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Doing Business in EU in the Next 5 Years… A Product Compliance Perspective

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9AM EST

As the final significant EU REACH registration deadline looms in 2018, it is an appropriate time to take stock of some of the important and emerging requirements for doing business in the European Union. In this webinar we will explore: Important compliance generalities when placing products on the market in the EU, REACH Related Considerations, Emerging Issues.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:00 PM CST

EHS Analytics in the Age of Industry 4.0

The digital revolution known as Industry 4.0 has transformed several industries, processes and business models. Sphera sponsored LNS Research defines the relevant EHS 4.0 dimensions and outlines breakthrough capabilities to systematically improve safety and environmental performance. In this webinar, we will dive deeper into EHS 4.0 analytics and talk about emerging analytics frameworks that manufacturing and industrial enterprises are exploring today.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:00AM CST

Emergency Response – Preparedness, Procedure, Support Services

Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area, surrounding public and on the environment. Preparing, before an emergency incident occurs, plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, know how to respond, and keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. During any incident or site emergency, immediate response of support teams is critical.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00PM EST

Managing contractor risks to drive down incident rates and improve safety performance

Join us to learn from a 100 billion dollar revenue organization, that leverages contractors to run most of its operations, how it manages the full contractor life cycle management process from a safety standpoint. How do you differentiate contractors that operate safely from those that don’t? These decisions can have direct impact on your organization’s safety performance, reputation and bottom line, potentially adding risk to your operations.

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Tuesday December 12, 2017 11AM CST

Meeting Stronger Refrigerant Regulations

The EPA is updating the record keeping and reporting requirements under Section 608 that currently apply to ozone depleting refrigerants and extending them to substitutes like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This action reduces climate-damaging emissions from air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and is aimed at strengthening the existing program. A number of industry best practices to interpret and adopt these changes will be covered in this webinar.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:00 PM CST

Building a True Safety Culture – Orient, Measure, and Report (Human Performance)

In this webinar, you will learn about: Holistic safety culture management frameworks in place at leading organizations worldwide. Measurement tools to quantify the effectiveness of your safety culture. Continuous improvement methods to evaluate and improve their safety efforts. Human performance considerations that are becoming a key factor in evaluating company value for investors.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:00 PM EST

Strategic Waste Mgmt. Planning Under the EPA’S New Regulations

This webinar will cover: Determining your generator category under the new criteria and applicability of rules for Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs), Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) and Large Quantity Generators (LQGs). Requirements to track “excess accumulation date." New container labeling obligations. Strategies for cost-effective waste management utilizing provisions for episodic generation and VSQG-LQG consolidation.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017, 11:00AM CST

FMEA Solutions: Reducing Failures in Discrete Manufacturing

Today the pace of innovation is relentless, and excellence in design and manufacturing drives you to invest in continuous improvement for your products and processes. A standardized process is essential to manage inherent quality risks in design and manufacturing. Improving quality, productivity and safety in manufacturing begins with instituting risk and reliability programs to prevent failures from happening in the first place.

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LNS Research – EHS 4.0: Leveraging Technology to Reach New Levels of Safety and Environmental Performance

Rapid change and greater complexity in the global business environment create risks that are difficult to manage. They demand new approaches to EHS management. The EHS 4.0 framework by LNS Research is a holistic approach to meet the risks and demands of the modern era head-on.

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Contractor Safety, Health & Environment Management

Everyone uses contractors, but many companies have found great difficulties in effectively managing contractors on site. Contractors often have a different culture, a different perspective and a different attitude to safety. The webinar will take attendees to the process of International best practices in insuring a safe project is achieved through agreed operational standards and procedures. This webinar is designed for senior management and supervisors that need to understand the most up to date process used for managing contractors from proposal stage to project completion and to be able to incorporate these principles and requirements into their daily work activities.

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Environmental Accounting: The Foundation for Sustainability and Compliance Management

Today’s converging internal and external pressures are compelling companies to publicly report their sustainability performance results with increasing levels of detail and precision, approaching what is expected in financial reporting. And, environmental accounting can only be expected to get more rigorous in the coming years. Asset-intensive companies are finding that the pursuit of sustainable operations requires a bottom-up approach, supported by a real-time data infrastructure. For example, air permits increasingly demand daily, hourly, and even sub-minute compliance demonstration. This webinar will explore how asset-intensive companies, particularly those operating in heavily-regulated jurisdictions, can leverage, increasingly larger volumes of real-time data to establish robust measures for environmental accounting – a necessary foundation for strong sustainability and compliance management.

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Industry Best Practices When Combining HAZOP and LOPA

Are you wondering if HAZOP and LOPA should be combined? Sphera Solutions discusses the pitfalls, industry best practices and more in this sponsored webinar. This 60-minute sponsored webinar looks at the increasing use of LOPA and how the additional effort is leading process safety engineers to seek ways to make the overall HAZOP and LOPA process more efficient.

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Management of Change (MOC) – Doing Right, Every Time

Eighty percent of all large-scale incidents are traced back to failures in the execution of the Management of Change processes (as per Chemical Engineering Transactions (CEt) published data). In view of the importance of effective implementation of MOC, organizations must evaluate each change considering the technical basis of the proposed change, the impact of change on Environmental Health & Safety, modification to operating procedures, duration of the change and authorization requirements for the proposed change.

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Using PHA-Pro & Industry Best Practices to Support Process Safety Management Needs

PHA-Pro has supported industries around the world as they work to improve safety performance and compliance with process safety management regulations. This webinar will highlight the updates to the main PHA templates included in version 8.7 of PHA-Pro. Attendees will discover the improvements made in the study worksheets to facilitate documentation of studies, and will also see the new tools included to help make analysis and management of identified risks easier. Whether you are a new user, or a seasoned veteran, you will see how PHA-Pro continues to help you place your focus on the identification and management of hazards and risks, instead of on generating piles of documentation!

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EH&S: Cornerstone for Broader GRC and Operational Risk Strategies

Organizations face an array of risks to operations and are inundated with compliance requirements from all directions in today’s dynamic and distributed business environment. This webinar guides organizations on how EH&S, as an established function in the organization, should be leveraged as the cornerstone to expand and build broader operational risk and GRC strategies.

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Doing Business in the EU in the Next 5 Years – A Product Stewardship Perspective

As the final significant EU REACH registration deadline looms on the horizon in 2018, it is an appropriate time to take stock of some of the important and emerging requirements for doing business in the European Union from a product stewardship perspective. In this webinar we will explore: ​Generalities when placing products on the Market in the EU, REACH Related Considerations (etc), Poison Center notifications and implications, Country specific VS EU regulatory requirements, The implications of the ebb and flow of EU membership; Brexit, Turkey and others.

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What to Expect When You Are Inspected

Being inspected by an environmental or health and safety regulatory agency can be a surprising and stressful event, if a facility is not prepared. During this webinar, you will learn what to expect should your facility be inspected and how to adequately prepare.

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Optimizing Safety Through Leading Indicators

Lagging indicators are easy to measure, but they typically offer insight into the outcome of a process only after an incident has taken place. That means lagging indicators are tricky to influence. Time-tested Environmental Health & Safety metrics, such as number of incidents and injuries, are useful but only to measure safety performance to date. Thus, they’re of limited use when attempting to improve future performance and prevent further incidents from taking place. Leading indicators, on the other hand, can provide actionable EHS information that can help reduce risk and encourage teams to be more proactive in preventing incidents.

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Industrial Hygiene – Functional Processing of Collected Metrics

Industrial Hygiene - Functional Processing of Collected Metrics Alcoa has, for many decades, pursued a best in class Health and Safety work environment and has demonstrated industry leading performance in this area. This webinar will cover a few aspects from Alcoa’s Industrial Hygiene management program.Organization and prioritization of Similar Exposure Groups (SEG) remains a challenge in Industrial Hygiene to manage the groups of workers having the same general exposure profile because of the similarity and frequency of the tasks they perform, the materials and processes with which they work, and the similarity of the way they perform the tasks.

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Operational Excellence in Safety: A Lesser Initiative Is Not an Option

Safety incidents can have a significant effect on stocks, employee morale and insurance premiums, and invite unpleasant regulatory scrutiny by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Workers’ tunnel vision, lack of safety precautions, and inadequate training are just a few of the many root causes of injury incidents. Kelly Bernish, director of safety, security, and risk management for the City of Fort Collins, will outline how to successfully make the operational excellence journey and will provide real-life tips on how to continuously strive for the best environment for your employees.

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Join E2 ManageTech for a conversation with Sphera CEO Paul Marushka

As part of their 2017 Trends & Perspective Series, E2 invites you to this exclusive opportunity to join conversations with executive-level industry leaders while they share their insights for EMIS solution selection success and what changes you may need to make.Moderated by: Vijay Gudivaka, CEO, E2 ManageTech.

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High Frequency Data Collection & Environmental Accounting

Environmental emission calculations and compliance with permit limits require access to many sources of data. Automating the collection of data provides a huge time savings for your environmental staff and reduces possible errors. Once data is retrieved, especially high-frequency data, it takes time to ensure it can be used effectively. In this session, you will learn why there is value in connecting to hundreds of resources like historians, laboratory information management systems and accounting systems and the data needed for compliance purposes. We'll also cover when and where you can accelerate data collection, ensure data integrity and provide a full audit trail for complex regulatory requirements.

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Improving Safety Management: How to Implement and Audit OSHA and ISO Safety Programs

According to the International Labor Organization, 6,300 people die every day as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. That is almost 2.3 million deaths per year. Many companies around the world have established their own Health & Safety management systems either based on the international management consensus standards such as ISO 14001 and/or OHSAS 18001 series, or a custom system based on their needs. Join us to hear from two accomplished safety auditors and practitioners who have been in the trenches implementing and auditing these programs at large refineries, chemical plants and industrial organizations worldwide.

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Refrigerant Management is No Hot Air

Instead of putting all the focus on solar farms and wind turbines to curtail global warming, Paul Hawken argues in the New York Times bestseller “Drawdown,” that an emphasis on Refrigerant Management is the No. 1 strategy to combat climate change. More than 40 gigatons of CO2 were emitted by man-made activities and emissions in 2015, which was 36 million metric tons higher than 2014, so Refrigerant Management clearly represents the greatest potential for corrective action to reverse, or “draw down,” global warming. Be it stratospheric ozone depletion or climate change, Refrigerant Management is a challenge that Sphera’s Refrigerant Compliance Management Software and Services have tackled since 1994 to reduce emissions and the environmental effects of refrigerants. This webinar, will outline the key components that are integral to a strong and effective Refrigerant Management culture enabled by software and services solutions.

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Realize MRO Success

Companies experiencing rapid growth, resulting from general business success or mergers and acquisitions, grapple with a series of integration challenges such as multiple unconnected systems, processes, and data. These situations frequently result in unplanned downtime and increased Maintenance, Repair and Operations expense. MRO data optimization and governance is foundational to an organization’s asset-management ecosystem. This webinar will provide expert insight and lessons learned through a case study that showcases a large multinational company’s approach to MRO data optimization.

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Finding the Harmonization in GHS

The GHS is not as harmonized as many of us may have hoped. With all the countries who have currently implemented GHS, along with those that are coming up, are there ways to create a ‘harmonized’ SDS or label? The world is becoming smaller and where we used to divide the planet up into regions, maybe we should look at it differently. In this webinar we will look at different ways to create harmonized SDSs across multiple countries and ask questions on where a pragmatic view to SDS/Label creation might help make processes more efficient.

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REACHing into the Future… Communicating Mixture Hazard Information

A few years have passed since the crazy rush of creating exposure scenarios for registered substances. Now, we are faced with this daunting task of developing an approach that is both pragmatic and meaningful for communicating safe-use information of mixtures to downstream users in a useable format. In this webinar, we will take a look at the future for formulators and how they will need to communicate the Exposure Scenario information to their customers.

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Building a Learning Minded Organization

Learning-mindedness is essential to operational excellence. However, learning-mindedness can be an intimidating or nebulous concept for organizations eager to address problems and improve their performance. This webinar will explore what it means to be a learning-minded organization, identify obstacles to learning, and offer some practical activities that produce learning value. Join the discussion as we also share methods to provide structure to learning, to turn lessons-learned into corrective actions, and to monitor & measure learning activities.

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Design for Quality – A Risk Based Approach

A lapse in quality means financial impact in terms of product recalls, shortage of supplies, dissatisfied customers and penalties for suppliers. This webinar will walk you through a harmonized approach to manage inherent risks in the development and manufacturing processes, addressing quality issues at the source. Irrespective of your industry, the risk assessment principles outlined here will enable you to address key principles of TP 14693 (aviation), IATF 16949 (automotive), ISO9001 (general manufacturing), and ISO 14971 (medical device) frameworks. Sign up today!

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Refinery Flare Rule – Shaping Your Information Management Strategy

With the “Refinery Flare Rule” now being implemented, don’t make the mistake of thinking these requirements are only for refineries or exclusive to flares! Join us as we discuss the precedent these regulations set for public reporting of air emissions monitored at a property’s fenceline and from key sources within a facility. With the intention of this rule being to eliminate smoking flare emissions and upsetting emission events, the impact to daily operations is extensive.

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Benchmarking – Shaping Your Risk Management Strategy

In June 2017, Sphera will begin creating our second-annual Operational Risk Benchmarking study. Our aim is to help companies improve their safety performance through measurement and management of leading indicators. Last year a dozen companies participated, and we’re looking to expand that roster of organizations for 2017. This year’s study includes important benchmarks in the areas of: Adoption and Usage, Reporting Culture, Process Discipline, Risk Sensitivity, and Learning Mindedness. It will also include collaborative sessions with the participants to uncover other areas of comparison in the Safety domain and best practices around quality reviews. Please join us for this 30 minute overview of the 2017 Sphera Operational Risk Benchmarking study with Carrie Young, Sphera's Vice President of Consulting Services.

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Better Incident Management is no Accident

A recent news release from Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, states that there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015, a rate of 3 cases per 100 equivalent full time workers. This trend has been found to be a reoccurring theme every year, a challenge that Rivo Software, a Sphera company, has taken on since 2003 to reduce incidents in the workplace. This webinar will outline key components that are an integral portion of a strong and effective safety aware culture enabled by a mobile platform driven solution.

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Making Your HAZOP Study Work for You…In Real Time

Too often, a HAZOP study, despite the investment of human and financial capital, becomes a stand-alone document, securely archived for regulatory purposes. Many disparate processes or in fact even a lack of processes, related to study follow-up activities may not give you the insight you need into what actual risks your operation poses on a day-to-day basis.

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GHS by Design…. What a Concept!

As more and more countries adopt GHS it is becoming difficult to keep track of all the differences in the implementation. The question becomes, how can we make our life easier?

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Using Process Execution Measurements to Increase Safety Performance

Monitoring your organization’s ability to execute the operational risk communication processes will help uncover which parts of your business are ready to take their process to the next level of maturity while also identifying other parts that may need help just getting the basics down. This webinar will explore an additional set of metrics and indicators that will help take your organization to a greater level of safety performance.

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Substance Volume Tracking (SVT) Solution Overview

In 2018 the annual volume threshold triggering substance volume registration obligations will drop to 1 ton. Registration filings are time and labor intensive, and many of our customers have expressed pain points around their current systems and processes regarding Substance Volume Tracking (SVT). Some are still using Excel and Access as stop-gap solutions that are proving inefficient and unreliable.

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Elevate the Value of EHS Management: Build a Strategic Business Case for Your EHS Technology Initiative

The link between Enterprise, Health and Safety (EHS) performance and business performance is well-established. Improved safety and environmental performance can contribute to better business performance in terms of productivity, reduced risk, and profitable growth. However, EHS leaders struggle to drive improvement due to fragmented systems and silo’ed organizational structures. Modern information technology can help businesses […]

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From Isolated to Integrated: How to Eliminate the Redundancies and Inefficiencies of Independent EHS Systems

How to eliminate the redundancies and inefficiencies of independent EHS systems and maximize the benefits—financial, compliance, operational, safety, risk mitigation and otherwise—that result from an Integrated Management System (IMS). Learn best practices, cost-benefits tied to this implementation, and how to manage the associated organizational change.

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Using Risk Ranking To Drive Behaviors, Efficiencies, and Insights

The focus of the incident management process, as well as other processes used to communicate risk, has evolved over the years. Getting a high level of engagement from the workforce to increase risk communication has been a challenge especially where historical lack of follow up or uncertainty about what constitutes a valid event has prevailed.

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Intelligent Authoring 4.9 Release Highlights

Please join us for the Intelligent Authoring 4.9 Release Highlights. We will be covering the following topics: GHS by Design implementation, Enablement of Substance Volume Tracking (SVT) reporting, Product data entry management enhancement (Datalink Origin), EU CLP 8th ATP updates, HMIS 4th Edition implementation, UN GHS Revision 6 updates, California Prop 65 implementation update, Transition of OEL parameters to Settings Editor, 2017 Regulatory Transport Amendments, Support for alternate CAS numbers, Korea MOEL Circular 2016-19, Support of ESCom phrase catalogue v2.1 and v2.2, Enhancement of Kit pictograms

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