Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) and Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) Publish New Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Audit Protocol for Manitoba, Canada

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Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) and Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) announce the availability of the new International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol for Manitoba, Canada. Leading companies around the world use IAPC EHS audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly collect, share, archive, and export audit findings in a cost effective manner. IAPC EHS audit protocols are now prepared by STC in partnership with STP and continue to focus on those national (plus, in some cases, regional or provincial) EHS requirements that have site-specific application for manufacturing operations. As a leading EHS management consulting firm with a global network of experienced EHS teaming partners, STC has indepth knowledge and technical expertise of local/regional EHS requirements.

STP and STC maintain leading-edge EHS audit protocols for more than 30 jurisdictions. The protocol documents are written in English and are available in MS Word, Adobe Acrobat and Excel formats, as well as through STP’s web-based portal or can be integrated into an existing company platform. Using the protocols’ custom templates and advanced functionality features, auditors can easily track audit findings and manage data over time to improve compliance, risk management and safety performance. In addition, STP’s formatting is compatible with leading risk management and sustainability platform providers.

Highlights of selected legislation covered in the new protocol include:

Matters involving international issues, treaties, inter-provincial and international transportation of dangerous goods, criminal law powers, boundary waters, and wildlife and fisheries are designated as being exclusively under federal jurisdiction, whereas matters relating to property and civil rights or the management of resources, for example, fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces. Environmental issues may relate to any of these heads of power, and in some cases, this creates overlapping jurisdiction.

Manitoba Sustainable Development is the main ministry responsible for environmental issues in Manitoba. The Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Branch of the Environmental Stewardship Division of Manitoba Sustainable Development has ongoing responsibilities for the administration and management of provincial environmental protection and emergency response programs and services. This includes the delivery of programs and services, and the inspection, compliance monitoring, and enforcement of environmental legislation. More information is available here.

The primary legislation in Manitoba for environmental issues is The Environment Act and its regulations. Examples of applicable regulations include, but are not limited to: "Classes of Development Regulation, M.R. 164/88;" "Onsite Wastewater Management Systems Regulation, M.R. 83/2003;" "Waste Management Facilities Regulation, M.R. 37/2016;" and the "Notice and Reporting Regulation, M.R. 126/2010."

As with environmental legislation, the provinces have the primary responsibility for the development and enforcement of occupational health and safety legislation. Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health enforces the "Workplace Safety and Health Act" and its three associated regulations; more information is available here.

The primary legislation under the "Workplace Safety and Health Act" is the "Workplace Safety and Health Regulation [M.R. 217/2006]." Areas of concentration include: general safety requirements; notice of accidents; and provisions for guardrails, clearances, floors, coverings and doors, lighting, fire prevention protection for flammable liquids, installation of machinery and equipment, machine guarding, material handling, identification of hazardous substances in piping systems, maintenance and repairs, protective equipment, buildings, and industrial hygiene.

For more information on all International EHS audit protocols offered by STP and STC click here.

About Specialty Technical Publishers
Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) produces technical resource guides covering environmental, health & safety, transportation, accounting, business practices, standards and law, offering comprehensive guidance on key compliance and regulatory issues. STP is a division of Glacier Media Inc., a Canadian information communications company that provides primary and essential information in print, electronic and online media. Glacier’s Business and Professional Information Group publishes directories, technical manuals, research and development materials, medical education, electronic databases, investment information and specialty websites.

About Specialty Technical Consultants
Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc. (STC) is a specialized management consulting firm working to enhance environmental health and safety (EHS) performance. Through its consulting services, STC partners with clients to strengthen management systems' design and implementation, and identifies needs and implements solutions to meet business objectives. Services provided include: EHS compliance support; risk assessment; EHS auditing; corporate responsibility and sustainability; EHS management systems development and implementation; EHS regulatory information tools; and EHS training.

STC is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Supplier Clearinghouse for the California Public Utilities Commission, and as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program.

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