Insights on Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), Operational Risk and Product Stewardship

March 24th, 2017

Banoo Behboodi

What Do Exploding Headphones and FMEA Have in Common?

Recently, an Australian woman suffered burns to her face after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. On that day, the health and safety of all the passengers on board that flight was compromised because of one malfunctioning headphone battery. With the flaming device thrown on the ground and the smell […]

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March 23rd, 2017

Francis Trudeau

European Poison Center Reporting Changes Don’t Have to Be a Poison Pill for Your Business

On March 22, 2017, the European Commission adopted Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/542 amending the Classification, Labelling and Packaging, or CLP, regulation by adding an Annex (Annex VIII) on harmonized information relating to emergency health response. You can read the regulation here. As parents, we do everything we can to keep our kids safe. We childproof […]

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March 22nd, 2017

Paul Marushka

Sphera’s Focus on Innovation

At Sphera, we take risk very seriously. This is why our mission, in large part, requires the monitoring, assessing, adopting and evolving of the critical technology trends that help keep companies in compliance with operational, product stewardship, environmental, health and safety requirements today—and tomorrow.

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March 16th, 2017

Andy Hosman

Event Management – Benchmark Metrics

This blog is the last of a four-part series: Using Risk Ranking to Drive Behaviors, Efficiencies, and Insights Building on the quality and cultural aspects relevant to event reporting, in this blog we will elaborate on a few of the many benchmark metrics gathered by Sphera across a number of companies involved in the webinar […]

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March 15th, 2017

Banoo Behboodi

ISO 9001 Changes Are Rolling In; Are You Ready?

Major differences in terminology between ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015 include: “Products” has been broadened in scope to include “Products as well as Services” that must meet ISO 9001:2015 standards. There are no longer any “Exclusions” as there were in the previous ISO 9001:2008 revision, so “nonapplicable” is no longer an acceptable answer. Companies are […]

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March 13th, 2017

Jeff Ladner

Moving From Isolated to Integrated to Ensure Your Risk Solutions Are Speaking the Same Language

A foot is a foot is a foot, right? Of course; unless it isn’t. If you isolated five people from around the world and asked them how to measure the size of a person’s foot, you’d likely get five different answers. But if you put everyone in the same room where they could identify and […]

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March 12th, 2017

The List: FMEA

5 Reasons Why FMEAs Are Critical Components of Mitigating Risk

You’ve heard the expression: “Failure is not an option.” That’s all well and good, but failure is most certainly an option—even if it’s undoubtedly not a desired one—in areas such as product design, machinery and processes. That’s where a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, or FMEA, can help companies understand the potential risks involved if […]

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March 10th, 2017

Compliance Alerts

March 2017: Compliance Alerts

Under the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, newly amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that one goal was to “reset” the TSCA Inventory to denote active and inactive chemicals. In mid-January 2017, the EPA published a proposed rule soliciting comments (82 FR 4255), with the comment period ending March 14, 2017.

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March 9th, 2017

Marc Dillon

Don’t Risk It: Integrating Predictive Analytics Can Help Mitigate Incidents

As everyone knows: There are no shortage of opinions or risks in the workplace. Some risks are common, others are infrequent and some are such outliers that you might see Halley’s Comet more often. Regardless, in the risk mitigation business, you never say never—you say never be unprepared. That’s why using software solutions to track […]

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