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Calling All CHMMs: Looking for Speakers for the 2022 EHMM Virtual Course

We are looking for speakers for next EHMM (Essentials of Hazardous Materials) Course. If you have spoken in the past, don’t panic – we’re planning to have you back. But people get busy, conflicts arise, etc. so we are continually looking to keep our speaker pool current and fresh.  We are currently scheduling an online course beginning in November.

FET has been holding this course (in various formats) since 1989 and has successfully trained hundreds of professionals who are now CHMMs. The course will help prepare attendees for the CHMM examination and is also a great way to learn about various EHS topics. We even have people take the course to refresh their EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) knowledge base. 

You would be welcome to attend the course for free on the day you speak. This is an opportunity to gain CHMM points.  If you are interested in speaking, please contact Bob Evangelisti at UW Whitewater (262-472-5423), email evangelr@uww.edu. Be sure to let him know what topic you might be interested in speaking on.



Air Management Expands Use of e-Signature Service

Facilities now have the option to use e-Signature when submitting air permit application documents to the Wisconsin DNR Air Management Program. Paper copies with the original ink signature will still be accepted for permit documents; however, e-Signature is preferred by many permit applicants due to its speed and convenience.

For information on the electronic signature process, visit the How to Apply for Air Permits webpage 




PFOA/PFOS Rules to Take Effect August 1

Effective August 1, 2022 are two PFOA/PFOS rules.  One on drinking water rule (CR 21-088) and the second on surface water rule (CR 21-083). 

Visit https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/register/2022/798b/register#cr for details.





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Making it Through a SMETA Social Audit

By Jim Wagner, Belmark, Inc.

Preparing for and getting through a first social compliance audit is an interesting challenge for professionals who are used to the relatively cut-and-dry experience of environmental, or quality based standards audits.

Large retailers, in addition to requiring more environmental data from their supply chain, have increasingly started to lean on their suppliers to comply with and conduct social compliance audits. These audits demonstrate how they manage their business in a fair and honest fashion based upon various national or international standards of conduct.

There are several popular audit platforms like EcoVadis, amfori BSCI, Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) and the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), but there are also a host of others a company can choose. For small-to medium-sized private companies, that choice is often decided by their customer, who will require it for continued business in the future.

SMETA (https://www.sedex.com/our-services/smeta-audit/) is the audit methodology platform for Sedex, a London based non-profit organization. Sedex’s audit goal is that “every person working in the supply chain should have equality, a safe place to work and the means to support themselves and their families, free of bribery and corruption, using sustainable methods that keep the environment intact for future generations.”

The audit itself is based on the principles outlined in the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) Base Code (https://www.ethicaltrade.org/eti-base-code). These principles are founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) regarding forced labor, prohibition of child labor, and nondiscriminatory work practices which include safety, anticorruption and environmental considerations as well.

The entry-level SMETA 2-Pillar audit covers the nine baseline elements of the ETI Base Code and health & safety. A more expansive 4-Pillar audit includes business ethics and environmental analysis information.

When it comes to information requirements of the audit, the Human Resources, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Payroll departments are the main resource. The following employee information is required: male/female/production/supervisor, standard and overtime hours information, safety policies and procedures as well as injury data, wages and benefits and human rights policies. These information requirements  are also required for non-employees in the facility such as janitorial staff and temp workers.

Unlike the popular EcoVadis self-assessment, third-party auditors visit the site to conduct extensive rounds of interviews, both individually and in group settings, to ensure the answers provided on paper matches up with the employee testimony.

For companies and their employees who are used to DNR, OSHA or ISO audits, which include questions regarding their work procedures and training, SMETA audit questions are a little different. They want to know whether employees are happy to work there, are they treated fairly, and questions of that sort.

Ultimately, the SMETA is an audit on human rights from an international perspective which the United States already has in place through federal laws – notably the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Act, Fair Standards Labor Act (FLSA) and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Any company that has been doing business for any length of time will not have any difficulties adjusting to meet the SMETA standard. The standard does require the company to commit to the ETI Base Code and train all employees on the elements of the standard. Individual elements of that ILO-based labor code might take some buy-in from senior management.

Once in place and certified, the SMETA ensures you can support the requirements from any other offered social compliance standard. As more and more large companies start to require it for their supply chain partners, you’ll be in a position to meet that requirement quickly.




Job Postings

Executive Assistant

FET, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, is the premier source of environmental education and programs, and serves to satisfy the training and networking needs of those who have environmental responsibilities in the state of Wisconsin.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the ideal candidate will have a variety of skills to help the mission of the organization.

Duties to include:

  • General clerical duties including answering phone, emails, taking messages and ability to help members and answer questions
  • Be detailed and organized, ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellence in written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to handle periods of additional workload throughout the year as needed and occasionally attend evening meetings. This includes a 3-day off-site conference in the fall.
  • Ability to maintain relationships with outside vendors
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office products including Access and Publisher, plus Adobe Acrobat and email marketing software
  • Database management
  • Accounting software familiarity and ability to coordinate accounts payable, accounts receivable, running financial reports, process credit cards, and make other deposits as needed
  • Graphic design skills
  • Website maintenance, email marketing, marketing and social media savvy
  • Knowledge of Zoom meetings and webinars
  • Two-year or four-year degree in business, marketing, communications, or equivalent work experience

Salary range: $18 – $22 per hour

Job Type: Full time

Benefits: Health and dental insurance, 10 paid holidays; vacation days

Work Location: FET office in Germantown, WI

Send resume to julie@fetinc.org

Jobs Available ads are placed in the FET monthly newsletter EnviroNotes, and online for two consecutive months at a cost of $400 per ad ($300 for FET  patron member companies).

Jobs Desired ads are free of charge for anyone who is searching for a position in the environmental field.  

Additional questions can be directed to FET at juliejansett@fetinc.org

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