The Isosceles Group recently assisted one of its global manufacturing clients with direct outsourcing ESH management support for its global headquarters and manufacturing facility’s annual ISO 14,001 audit. The client, a leading manufacturer of sensors and control devices for automotive and aerospace applications, is required by many of its customers to maintain comprehensive environmental management programs and have its main operations certified in ISO 14,001, among other standards. The US global headquarters and manufacturing operations, having been in operation for more than several decades, provides a unique challenge for its location and extensive and varied operations. Besides manufacturing operations, the facility also carries out many research and development projects and failure analysis programs that utilize numerous chemicals, and create a variety of environmental aspects. The ever-changing nature of the R&D and failure analysis creates a complicated “change management” environment that is subject to continual process improvement.
The Isosceles Group’s outsourced ESH team worked closely with site business unit managers and key staff to ensure that new R&D projects and ever-changing customer requests were factored into the environmental management system’s process of tracking changes and recording potential new aspects and impacts. The myriad of constantly changing processes and associated aspects led the combined team to evaluate ways to create improvements year over year that were achievable and could produce cost-savings.
By developing master site logs, stored in cloud-based systems accessible from any computer, allowed for more rapid updating of changes, assessment of impacts, and follow-up inspections to ensure compliance. Simplification of tracking from many different tracking forms to a single system led to less confusion and better documentation. The results of the latest audit found no non-compliances; combined with these improvements in system management, the site has been able to remain Audit Non-Compliance free for 5 years.
Boston, MA- The Isosceles Group, an environmental health and safety management firm, is pleased to welcome Brianna McHugh to the firm.
Brianna is a recent college graduate and has worked on a number of different research projects pertaining to both the environment and to sustainability over the course of her academic career. Prior to joining The Isosceles Group, Brianna worked as both a Facilities and a Lab Support intern at a biopharmaceutical company where she was responsible for assisting with medical waste removal, maintaining regulatory compliance at hazardous waste satellite areas, and updating the Chemical MSDS catalog, among other duties. In addition, Brianna was also responsible for assisting with the daily lab operations.
As a Junior Environmental, Health and Safety Associate at The Isosceles Group, Brianna will be responsible for researching environmental, health, and safety (EHS) laws and regulations, writing regulatory update articles for the Global Newsletter and the Quarterly Report, and updating and editing EHS protocols.
Brianna has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (617) 330-2800.
Boston, MA – The Isosceles Group, an environmental health and safety management firm, is pleased to welcome Haley McClory to the firm.
Haley began her professional life as a researcher, and was given the opportunity to work on relevant projects affecting the world. Her research projects utilized the study of metabolomics, small molecule drug design, and nano-scale drug delivery systems to address treatment and diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease, Breast Cancer, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease. Her research efforts, along with those of her colleagues, culminated in the paper, “Design of novel di-substituted Hydroxy Ureas as inhibitors of Ribonucleotide Reductase,” which addressed a common form of AIDS treatment and its derivatives.
While participating in an International Technology Transfer Institute Clinic, Haley co-authored the paper “Horses as Sources of Proprietary Information: Commercialization, Conservation and Compensation.” This paper addressed relevant international treaties on genetic resources and provided additional support for the hypothesis that developing countries can utilize their rare genetic resources to build capacity within their country.
As a Legal Intern at The Isosceles Group, Haley will be responsible for researching environmental, health, and safety (EHS) laws and regulatory revisions, writing regulatory update articles for the Quarterly Report and the Global Newsletter, and revising EHS protocols.
Haley has a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in Writing and Business, from Niagara University. She recently received a J.D. from New Hampshire School of Law, where she earned a Certificate in Intellectual Property for her work with trademarks and patents. This coming fall, Haley will be returning to the classroom to pursue a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of New York at Buffalo. She would like it to be noted that, despite what it might look like, she is not collecting degrees.
Boston, MA- The Isosceles Group, an environmental health and safety management firm, is pleased to welcome Sara Fam to the firm. An environmental, health, and safety scientist, Sara has worked for both the chemical and the paper mill industries.
Over the course of her career, Sara has worked on a variety of environmental, health, and safety projects as well as important report submittals for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Report. Her work ensured regulatory compliance with federal, state and local agencies and reduced process safety risk.
As a Junior Environmental, Health and Safety Associate at The Isosceles Group, Sara will be responsible for researching environmental, health, and safety (EHS) laws and regulatory revisions, writing and editing regulatory update articles for the Quarterly Report and the Global Newsletter, revising EHS protocols, and assisting in consulting work for clients.
Sara has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health Science (Industrial Hygiene) with a minor in Spanish from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Prior to joining The Isosceles Group, Sara worked as an EHS Engineer at a chemical manufacturing plant, where she served as an EHS subject matter expert. In addition, Sara is certified in OSHA 10-hr Construction Safety and Health training course, OSHA 30-hr General Industry Safety and Health training course, and Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor 40-hr Course.
Ms. Fam is from Cairo, Egypt and is fluent in speaking Arabic. She also studied Spanish abroad in Alicante, Spain for 5 months. She can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (617) 330-2800.
Environmental Law Attorney to Provide Legal Research and Analysis to Support Regulatory Compliance Initiatives
Boston, MA—The Isosceles Group, an environmental health and safety management firm, is pleased to welcome Brittany Tofinchio Palmer to the firm. An environmental law attorney, Brittany has worked for both the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency and has gained invaluable regulatory compliance experience.
Over the course of her career, Brittany has worked on a variety of environmental law projects. She has drafted storm water management legislation, gathered evidence against companies for Clean Water Act violations, and researched legal issues for health and safety civil penalty cases and employment discrimination cases. Brittany also advises a manufacturing and a commercial installation company on workplace procedures and legal issues.
“Brittany’s background and capabilities are a real asset to our firm,” says Isosceles founder and CEO Richard DiNitto. “Her experience on both the enforcement and client-side of regulatory compliance will be invaluable in understanding the complexities of new regulations and the real impact they have on our clients.”
As a Regulatory Analyst and Compliance Project Manager, Brittany will be a critical member of the team responsible for growing The Isosceles Group’s Regulatory Compliance initiatives, including country protocols, audit checklists, legal registers, quarterly reports and regulatory alerts. Each of these regulatory compliance resources requires extensive research and analysis. As technology makes access to this information more readily available, the analysis becomes even more important for those companies that wish to stay on top of the ever-changing legal landscape.
Brittany has a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a JD from Pace Law School, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental Law. She served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Energy & Natural Resources Litigation Committee and is a member of the Waste and Resource Recovery, International Environmental Law, and Water Quality and Wetlands Committees. You can reach her by phone at (617) 330-2800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified ScrumMaster to Provide Facility Management and Environmental Health and Safety Program Support to Global Manufacturing Clients
Boston, MA--The Isosceles Group, an environmental health and safety management firm, is pleased to welcome Barbara Varoutsos to the firm. A Certified ScrumMaster, Barbara has more than 10 years of project management and team leadership experience, including software product management and operations experience.
Since 2010, Barbara has served as independent management consultant, working on an array of projects in the environmental services, healthcare, nonprofit and education industries. During this time, she has worked with The Isosceles Group on several projects, including providing onsite EHS Program Management Support, overseeing and streamlining the ISO 14001 recertification process for a global manufacturing client, and managing a large-scale regulatory compliance program.
“Barbara has an array of skills that you rarely find in one individual,” says Isosceles founder and CEO Richard DiNitto. “She is a phenomenal project manager—especially on complex projects with a lot of moving parts. But she also has extensive marketing and communication experience and excellent presentation skills. As if that wasn’t enough, she also has a strong EHS background. This makes her particularly valuable to our clients who need someone who can communicate across departments and to a variety of constituencies.”
As Senior Program Manager, Barbara’s first engagement will be to provide real estate, insurance, environmental and facility management support for Sensata, a global producer of sensors and controls for manufacturers in the automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial and HVAC markets. Sensata owns or leases more than 120 properties worldwide. Barbara will design and develop a program to manage the sales, acquisitions, leases, insurance requirements, permits, registrations, and environmental management of each of these facilities. She will be the liaison between the various vendors and the Global EHS Manager and will make presentations to the Board as required. This is the type of high-level service our clients have come to expect.
Barbara has a B.A. in Geology from Amherst College and is a Certified ScrumMaster with the Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit membership association that supports the effective practice of Scrum, an Agile project management framework for completion of complex projects with rapidly changing, highly emergent requirements. If you have a complex project to manage, Barbara has the experience, education and expertise to help you. You can reach her by phone at (617) 330-2800 or by email at email@example.com.
Cobb to Serve on Panel Regarding the Impact of New Workplace Bullying Laws on Employee Relations Stakeholders
Boston, MA ~ Ellen Pinkos Cobb, Senior Regulatory & Legal Analyst for The Isosceles Group, will be serving on a panel at the Work, Stress and Health Conference 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations to present The Impact of New Workplace Bullying Laws on Employee Relations Stakeholders.
The panel includes three members of the U.S. Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing and Abuse: David Yamada, a Professor of Law and founding Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Gary Namie, a social psychologist and North America’s foremost expert on Workplace Bullying, and Ellen Cobb, the author of Bullying, Violence, Harassment, Discrimination and Stress: Emerging Workplace Health and Safety Issues, an international review of legislation, compliance guidelines, and developments on workplace bullying.
Members of the panel will examine new legal developments in workplace bullying laws and explore the significance of these changes for employee relations stakeholders, including executives, managers and human resources professionals. They will examine the impacts of workplace bullying laws on organizational policies and behaviors, including prevention and response, and will compare the status of U.S. workplace bullying legislation with workplace bullying laws enacted in other nations while assessing the future of workplace bullying legislation and the implications for companies, management and employees. Finally, they will discuss the key priorities in designing workplace policies in response to workplace bullying laws.
“I have a huge amount of respect for David and Gary and their years of work in this field,” says Ms. Cobb. “Sharing our research, findings and observations with the audience at the International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health will not only advance the discussion around workplace bullying, but will allow us to have a broader understanding of the issues and concerns of those in the field and from other areas of expertise. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Work, Stress and Health Conference 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations, will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, May 6-9, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and addresses the ever-changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers.
Boston, MA – Ellen Pinkos Cobb, Senior Regulatory & Legal Analyst in The Isosceles Group's Boston office, has been named a founding fellow of the U.S. Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing and Abuse. The Academy is a joint initiative between the Workplace Bullying Institute and the New Workplace Institute. It supports and promotes the multidisciplinary work of leading and emerging educators, researchers, practitioners, writers and advocates who are dedicated to understanding, preventing, stopping, and responding to workplace bullying and related forms of interpersonal mistreatment.
"For over a year, we've been contemplating how to bring together an American network of leading and emerging experts on workplace bullying and related topics. The Academy is our conduit for doing so," says David Yamada, Suffolk University law professor and director of the New Workplace Institute. "We look forward to highlighting the good works of these incredible people."
The Academy has over 50 fellows, including leading psychological researchers, physicians, attorneys, occupational health experts, professors of management, nursing, and communications, counselors, union trainers, military leaders, advocates, and consultants. Among this elite group of founding fellows is Ms. Cobb, author of Bullying, Violence, Harassment, Discrimination and Stress: Emerging Workplace Health and Safety Issues, an international review of legislation, compliance guidelines, and developments on workplace bullying.
"I am honored to have been invited to serve as a Founding Fellow of the Academy and join this network of professionals focused on the unique challenges posed by American employee relations, mental health and legal systems," says Ms. Cobb. "It is an exciting opportunity that will allow me to contribute my knowledge and understanding of global workplace bullying initiatives to an organization at the forefront of this issue here in the United States."
Bullying, Violence, Harassment, Discrimination and Stress: Emerging Workplace Health and Safety Issues, by Ellen P. Cobb, a Senior Regulatory and Legal Analyst in the Isosceles Group’s Boston office has been updated for 2013/2014 with new legislation and developments.
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The 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), set against the psychological backdrop of the recession and the physical backdrop of historic Philadelphia, Pa., brought hundreds of international and United States attendees together to discuss advancements in labor and employment relations around the world over the July 4th holiday week. Janice Bellace, President of ILERA, LERA member and A Professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, welcomed conference attendees from countries including Korea, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Nigeria, the United States, Mexico, Malawi, Taiwan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The theme of this World Congress was Beyond Borders: Governance of Work in a Global Economy. The theme was based on the recognition that the integration of national economies through transnational markets, the development of new technologies, and growing institutional linkages are reaching new levels beyond a national level.
Ellen P. Cobb, a Senior Regulatory and Legal Analyst at our Boston office, presented a paper “Workplace Bullying: A Global Health and Safety Issue” at a refereed paper session. Her presentation covered the state of workplace bullying around the world, including its definitions, prevalence, costs, and recent developments. Ellen has been tracking global laws and developments related to this emerging health and safety issue over the last few years.
The ILERA World Congress produced four days of provocative and informative discussions of sustainability, diversity, technology and corporate social responsibility as well as roles for labor organizations and government around the world in response to the global financial crisis. The 17th World Congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2015 and hosted by the Industrial Relations Association of South Africa.