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ENLAR is here to help! In order to assist you in understanding environmental safety and health management systems and EHS legal and corporate governance requirements, we have put together this page of resources that will provide you with additional information.

These resources include:

Environmental Management Systems -- ISO 14001

SO 14000 is a series of environmental standards developed under the auspices of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an organization responsible for the development of a wide variety of international standards (for example, camera film is manufactured to meet ISO performance standards). Further information on ISO can be found at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) web site.

Copies of the ISO 14000 standards are available from ISO, American Society for Quality ASQ or from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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OH&S Management Systems -- OHSAS 18001 & ANSI/AIHA Z10

OHSAS 18001 is a document developed in 1999 by an independent group of national standard-setting bodies and registrars to provide guidance on establishing an occupational safety and health management system. The elements of OHSAS 18001 are similar to the elements of ISO 14001. Copies of OHSAS 18001 can be obtained from BSI.

According to a 2005 survey conducted by the OHSAS Project Group that surveyed the extent of OH&S MS standardization and certification worldwide, over 15,000 organizations have gotten third-party certification of their occupational safety and health management systems.

The OHSAS 18001 standard is currently in the process of being revised. The OHSAS Working Group reached consensus on proposed changes to the standard in its meeting in Shanghai, China on March 26 to 30, 2007. The revised standard should be published in July 2007.

ANSI/AIHA Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, is a standard developed in the United States through the standard setting process of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) as the secretariat. Copies of ANSI/AIHA Z10 can be obtained from AIHA.

In August of 2005, three professional safety associations published a position paper on Auditor Competency for Assessing Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems. ANSI Z1 is currently in the process of revising ANSI/ASQ 19011S (Guidelines on Quality and/or Environmental Management System Auditing) to include guidelines for auditing occupational safety and health management systems.

If you would like more information about developing, implementing and maintaining occupational health and safety management systems such as OHSAS 18001, visit the OHSAS 18001 Expert blog.

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Identifying EHS Legal Requirements

A key step in either establishing an ISO 14001 environmental management system or simply maintaining compliance with legal and regulatory requirements is identifying those laws and regulations applicable to your activities, products and services.

ENLAR can work with you to identify, evaluate and document the environmental, safety and health regulatory requirements applicable to your activities, products and services. The focus of this service is to ensure that company personnel have ready access to applicable environmental legal requirements and a means of periodically updating this evaluation.

Listed below are web sites that may assist you in identifying applicable laws and regulations:

United States Environmental Protection Agency web site.

The Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law School.

Listing of federal and state environmental laws and regulations located on the web site of Environmental Law Net.

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Corporate Governance and the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley

In response to a wave of corporate scandals, the Public Company Accounting and Reform Act of 2002 was signed into law in July of 2002. This Act, commonly known as Sarbanes-Oxley or SOX, makes company officers personally accountable for establishing internal controls to ensure accurate financial reporting. Clink here to access the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

This Act, in concert with other financial laws requiring the recording and reporting of environmental liabilities, will focus corporate attention on environmental internal control processes and procedures. For publicly traded companies, internal control processes must be in place to identify, track, quantify and assess the materiality of potential environmental liabilities.

A December 2001 study by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) found that many companies did not provide adequate disclosure on environmental issues. ENLAR can assist you in determining whether your existing environmental internal controls will meet the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

For additional information on Sarbanes-Oxley:

Securities and Exchange Commission

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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Selecting Appropriate Training Programs

Deciding what training course to take can be difficult. Making the wrong decision can waste your time and money.

Trying to decide what training program is right for you?

To make a better decision, check out the five questions you should ask yourself before you sign-up for training.

ENLAR offers a number of training solutions to assist you in developing and implementing environmental safety and health management systems to conform to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

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Document Development & Management

Document and Record Control are a key part of any management system - including environmental safety and health management systems.

ENLAR can help you get control of your documents and records. We offer document management training programs and consulting services.

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General Environmental, Safety And Health Assistance

Listed below are web sties that can provide information on environmental, safety and health issues:

United States Environmental Protection Agency web site.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration web site.

American Industrial Hygiene Association.

AFC International, a supplier/integrator of environmental, safety and health monitoring instrumentation.

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