Solid Science Practical Solutions

GSE ADVISOR

Advisor – Hurricane Sandy One Year Later

One year after Hurricane Sandy attacked the east coast with its devastating winds and rains, there is still much work to be done.  From an indoor air quality perspective the main issue is mold.

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ABOUT THE IMPROVED REAL ESTATE MARKET

FIRST THE GOOD NEWS:

We are starting to see positive news about the renewed growth of real estate transactions throughout the tri-state area.  This seems to be the result of the continued stabilization of the economy, historically low interest rates and increased overall confidence by the public and the business community.  We hope and expect that this trend will place many long-vacant properties back on the active market.

It’s That (Budget) Time of Year! 

Schools all over New Jersey are busy preparing their budgets for the 2013-2014 school year.  For Facility Managers this means (among many other things) reviewing your compliance and training programs to make sure they are up-to-date and in compliance with the myriad of mandated environmental health and safety regulations set forth by state and federal agencies.  

GHS is Coming!

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) has already been incorporated into OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and is expected to be adopted by NJ-PEOSH in the near future.  Since NJ-PEOSH receives OSHA funding, the adoption will be mandatory.  When that happens, GHS will begin impacting all public employers (including school districts) throughout the state.

We strongly recommend that you ignore environmental health and safety issues! 

That is if you want to:

  • be unaware of potential employee exposures/risks
  • increase the potential of an OSHA complaint and/or inspection
  • blindly manage your risk prevention program without relevant data
  • gamble with your regulatory compliance and licensing status

We know from experience that clinical laboratories with well planned and implemented environmental health and safety programs can:

 

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