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Abstract

The role of the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager has evolved over the last two decades. For many companies, the focus of the EHS Manager is shifting from solely a regulatory compliance and waste treatment or waste disposal role to incorporating a green engineering and pollution prevention approach when solving environmental problems. It is critical for the EHS Manager to have a strong understanding of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), regulatory requirements, and ISO standards pertaining to environment, health, and safety. However, having the ability to go beyond this realm and collaborate with manufacturing personnel to determine opportunities for cost savings as it pertains to environmental reductions is crucial. Reducing environmental impacts often has a direct relationship with reducing impacts on the health and safety of the organization’s personnel as well. This paper will focus on case studies surrounding projects where the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) has worked with companies where pollution prevention is becoming a focus of the EHS Manager’s role. The effectiveness of this approach versus waste treatment or management solutions will be quantified by showing both the environmental and cost savings.

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