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AUG 2014

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www.concreteproducts.com August 2014 • 35 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT complianceGO programmers tailor cloud-based inspection and documentation solutions according to a ready mixed plant's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan guidelines. Their software enables environmental or plant managers to schedule inspections and actionable measures according to permit targets or deadlines. The complianceGO program for construction materials operators was announced at ConEx- po-Con/Agg 2014, timed with federal, state and local agen- cies' increasing migration of recordkeeping requirements from paper to electronic alternatives. drive to the site to view what is going on! When this is the case, compli- ance accountability, due to the lack of accessibility and verifcation, takes a dive while liability risk skyrockets—thus becoming a major problem for any company, let alone one with multiple regulated facilities and operations. And, it appears that the federal government is ready to require states and local municipalities to manage programs like the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System – Federal Clean Water act) electronically. This would certainly encourage anyone wanting to comply to utilize technology to save everyone money and time in the process. Online software that will enable companies to perform inspections, doc- ument action items, update maps, and other fles while managing it all electronically is more sustainable, and provides a much better way to man- age an environmental program more effciently and make it compliant. This concept is the very benefcial essence of implementing technology. As long as the way to electronically access updated plans, completed inspections, action items, and documents are posted with the permit, a site is complying with the law. The benefts of utilizing technology for electronic management are obvious. Never has there been more incentive for the implementation of technology to enhance operational processes than this day and age where everyone has a smartphone, tablet, or access to a laptop or computer. Three- ring binders and hard copies of the plans, inspections, and all that other stuff are a thing of the past. Electronic performance and management of all things environmental is the process of the future, no different than our online banking accounts or fling our taxes electronically. This increases proftability, provides more fexibility, and drives improved compliance. Consider the following advantages when utilizing technology to manage an Environmental Program: • Correct inspection form for each permit can be utilized, managed, and amended when needed. • Inspections and management on any device; creating a paperless process, saving time and costs. • Correct inspection frequency for each permit can be set up. • Adaptable inspection forms in real time when changes need to occur. • Directives on inspection forms and action prompts can help ground opera- tions comply. • Drive action items electronically for communication and completion. • Create, amend, update key maps/drawings, etc., when needed. • Platform for all compliance documents-readable, accessible, retainable training modules available 24/7; operators access when it is best for them. • Run reports for quality control and employee evaluations. • Quantify action items by open and closed dates; run key reports to properly manage this cycle. • Closes communication gaps of non-compliance from ground operations to management, "the eye in the sky;" you can't properly manage what you can't see. • Protect company and personal risk management; closes compliance gaps in any program. Company interests are better protected with electronic management as well. It is one thing to say, "These things are important," but where com- panies invest in environmental management technology—providing a con- sistent process with tools and resources that often save time and money— operational efforts to comply with the regulations can fnally be achieved. Lee Ware is a Senior Consultant with complianceGO, online software developed by complianceGO.com, Orem, Utah, to assist industrial businesses with en- vironmental inspections, compliance monitoring, tracking and management. He works directly with clients and consultants bringing the complianceGO platform to their operations, including a charter construction materials user, Staker Parson Cos., part of the Oldcastle Materials Mountain West Region. He can be reached at 888/467-0047; lee@compliancego.com.

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