CAPACCIO Presented "Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard" at the SESHA New England and New York State Mini-Conference
September 2014

On September 29 and 30, the New England and New York State Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) chapters jointly sponsored a mini-conference in Albany, NY at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) / SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT). SESHA is the premier Environmental, Safety & Health association serving the high technology and associated industries and provides value to its members through ongoing education and professional development.

Among the presenters at the conference was Daniel Forsythe, CHMM, TURP, RABQSA Auditor, Practice Area Leader for the Semiconductor and Electronics sectors at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. Mr. Forsythe’s presentation, “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard,” walked attendees through the proposed changes detailed in the Draft International Standard (DIS), released for public enquiry in July 2014, and how they may impact theirr organizations. One of the most noteworthy changes is the style of the standard itself, which is being written in accordance with Annex SL - a new high level structural framework that will be common across all management systems and will provide core text, common terminology, and core definitions. The proposed changes also reflect an overall shift toward tangibly improving environmental performance rather than simply improving the management system itself. The ultimate goal is for certified organizations to produce more fundamental ‘bottom line’ reductions in key environmental impact areas such as noise, gas, and water emissions.

For more information on ISO 14001/18001 or environmental, health and safety management systems or having a gap analysis performed for your company, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508.970.0033 ext. 135.

CAPACCIO Presented “Expanding Scope of Quality Management Systems to Keep Up with Stakeholder Demands” at the North East Quality Council Conference in October
August 2014

The North East Quality Council Conference took place October 21-24 in Springfield, MA. As part of the conference, CAPACCIO presented “Expanding Scope of Quality Management Systems to Keep Up with Stakeholder Demands.” Julie Muszalski, Sustainability Professional, and Jonquil Li, RABQSA Auditor, Environmental Scientist, delivered the presentation to provide an overview of current applicable standards as well as an update on proposed standards, including several new international management systems standards and guidelines. Specifically, the presentation addressed QC 080000:2012, IEQC’s “Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components - Hazardous Substance Process Management System (HSPM); the new ISO 14001 Revisions; ISO 26000:2010 (Social Responsibility); ISO 22301:2012 for Business Continuity Planning; and ISO 45001, which will be the replacement for current OHSAS 18001 Occupational Safety and Health Management System. Integrating these management systems will require both internal process controls as well as consistent external reporting to customers and other important stakeholders. This presentation also discussed these challenges and explored opportunities for addressing these needs through the use of common elements of ISO management systems.

If you would like any information or assistance with your management system, please contact Lisa Wilk at 508-970-0033 ext. 112.

CAPACCIO Achieves 6th Place In ZweigWhite’s Best Places to Work Contest
July 2014

CAPACCIO is proud to announce it achieved 6th place - out of approximately 500 environmental firms who entered across the US and Canada - in ZweigWhite’s Best Places to Work contest. ZweigWhite provides management information and expertise to architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms worldwide. CAPACCIO, and this year's other winners, will be officially announced and honored at . ZweigWhite’s Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference on September 25-26, 2014.

The contest, which was based on anonymous employee surveys, was conducted by ELI Research, and recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, and multidiscipline firms in the US and Canada. The results are based on questions regarding workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more.

CAPACCIO’s vision includes being a great place to work, with a talented, energetic, and passionately engaged staff committed to the success of our clients and to each other. Toward this end, we foster an atmosphere for professional growth, innovation, teamwork, open-communication, and feeling valued, and are very excited to be recognized for our efforts toward this goal.

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Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center presented “Mercury An Old Problem With New Implications” at NEWEA’s Annual Conference in Boston
January 2014

From January 26 through the 29, New England Water Environment Federation (NEWEA) held its Annual Conference and Exhibit at the Boston Marriott Hotel. This prestigious conference, which attracts over 2000 engineers, consultants, scientists, operators, and students featured a variety of technical sessions, over 200 exhibitor displays, presentations on state-of-the-art wastewater treatment concepts, and information on other water environment issues.

On Wednesday, January 29, Bill Potochniak, PE, Practice Area Leader Healthcare and Education, from Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., (CAPACCIO) along with Dave Foye, PE, Senior Engineer, MEP, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center(BIDMC) in Boston, presented a technical session on “Mercury—An Old Problem with New Implications.”

Although rampant use of elemental mercury no longer takes place in modern healthcare facilities, environmental regulatory agencies have increased enforcement against healthcare institutions relative to the discharge of mercury which can be contained in wastewater discharged from research and clinical laboratories to the sewer. In the metro-Boston area, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority enforces an effluent limitation of one part per billion from regulated industries and institutions. Successfully treating laboratory wastewater to meet such stringent effluent limits hinges on selecting a treatment method that can handle the predominant species of mercury contained in the effluent.

CAPACCIO and BIDMC’s technical presentation focused on the initial testing and ultimate design and installation of a mercury removal system at one of BIDMC’s clinical and research buildings. The presentation demonstrated the importance of the pilot testing phase in the design process and how it led to the full-scale system design. In addition, Mr. Potochniak and Mr. Foye outlined the planning and coordination process and challenges that surfaced during the procurement, construction, and installation process.

For technical questions or information regarding the aforementioned presentation, please contact Bill Potochniak at 508-970-0033 ext. 134.

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