Specialty Technical Publishers and AECOM Publish Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Audit Protocol for Singapore

North Vancouver, B.C., Canada (PRWEB) January 29, 2015

Specialty Technical Publishers (STP) and AECOM announce the availability of the newly updated International Audit Protocol Consortium (IAPC) EHS audit protocol for Singapore. Leading companies around the world use IAPC EHS audit protocols to understand the scope of their EHS regulatory obligations and rapidly collect, share, archive, and export audit findings in a cost-effective manner.

IAPC EHS Audit Protocols are prepared by AECOM in partnership with STP and focus on those national (plus, in some cases, regional or provincial) EHS requirements that have site-specific application for manufacturing operations. With a leading global EHS management consulting practice, AECOM has in-depth knowledge of local/regional EHS requirements and a worldwide technical expertise network.

STP and AECOM maintain leading-edge EHS audit protocols for more than 30 jurisdictions. The protocol documents are written in English and are available on CD-ROM in MS Word, Adobe Acrobat and Excel formats, as well as through STPs web-based portal or can be integrated into an existing company platform. Using the protocols custom templates and advanced functionality features, auditors can easily track audit findings and manage data over time to improve compliance, risk management and safety performance. In addition, STPs formatting is compatible with leading risk management and sustainability platform providers.

Highlights of selected legislation covered in the newly updated protocol include:

Legislative change during the update review period focused primarily on the area of workplace health and safety. New legislation includes the Workplace Safety and Health (Asbestos) Regulations 2014, the Workplace Safety and Health (Incident Reporting) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, Workplace Safety and Health (Work at Heights) Regulations 2013 and the Workplace Safety and Health (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification 2013. This later Notification establishes the current listing of approved (i.e., mandatory) codes of practice, including the newly revised Code of Practice for Working Safely at Height, 2013.

Additional new or revised codes of practice that were identified as mandatory through other legislation or other approved codes include the following:

-SS 575:2012 Code of Practice for Fire Hydrant Systems and Hose Reels, which includes periodic testing and maintenance procedures for fire hydrants, hose reels and rising mains;

-SS 578:2012 Code of Practice for Use and Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers, which includes minimum requirements for types and placement of fire extinguishers, as well as maintenance schedules, labeling, and periodic inspections and testing of equipment;

-SS 586 – 1: 2014 (Specification for Hazard Communication for Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods – Transport and Storage of Dangerous Goods) and SS 586-2:2014 (Specification for Hazard Communication for Hazardous Chemicals and Dangerous Goods – Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) which provide information and guidance on the classification of dangerous goods by the types of hazards they present in accordance with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). These Standards also provide information on standard hazard communication placards and labels;

-SS 593:2013 Code of Practice on Pollution Control, which contains mandatory pollution control requirements for the import, storage and transport of hazardous substances, as well as non-mandatory guidelines for water, air and noise; and

-Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings (Fire Code 2013) which specifies requirements for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings so as to minimize the potential for fire and fire damage.

In addition to the newly revised and issued fire-safety related codes mentioned in the list above, there was a significant level of legislative change in the area of fire safety, including the following amended and new legislation:

-The amended Fire Safety Act, the Fire Safety (Emergency Response Plan) Regulations (formerly the Fire Safety (Fire Emergency Plan) Regulations) and the Fire Safety (Premises Requiring Emergency Response Plan) Notification 2013, which all include revisions to emergency response planning requirements;

-Three new instruments on fire safety staffing requirements, including the Fire Safety (Company Emergency Response Team) Regulations 2013, the Fire Safety (Fire Safety Managers) Regulations and the Fire Safety (Premises Requiring Fire Safety Manager and Company Emergency Response Team) Notification 2013. This legislation expands on the requirements for companies (e.g., occupying 5,000 or more square meters or having 1,000 or more occupants) to establish a Company Emergency Response Team (CERT). Facilities had until March 1, 2014 or up to 6 months after becoming subject to the Notification to meet the revised requirements, which include provisions on CERT training and assessments; and

-Amendments were also issued on fire safety requirements involving petroleum and flammable materials and pipelines. These included modifications to the Fire Safety (Building and Pipeline Fire Safety) Regulations, formerly the Fire Safety (Building Fire Safety) Regulations, the Fire Safety (Petroleum and Flammable Materials) Regulations and the Fire Safety (Petroleum and Flammable Materials) Exemption Order.

For more information on all International EHS audit protocols offered by STP and AECOM, click here.

About Specialty Technical Publishers

Specialty Technical Publishers produces technical resource guides covering environmental, health & safety, transportation, accounting, business practices, standards and law, offering comprehensive guidance on key compliance and regulatory issues. STP is a division of Glacier Media Inc., a Canadian information communications company that provides primary and essential information in print, electronic and online media. Glaciers Business and Professional Information Group publishes directories, technical manuals, research and development materials, medical education, electronic databases, investment information and specialty websites.


With nearly 100,000 employees including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals serving clients in more than 150 countries around the world following the acquisition of URS, AECOM is a premier, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm. AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazines annual industry rankings. The company is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the worlds built, natural and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM companies, including URS, had revenue of $ 19.5 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2014. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at http://www.aecom.com.

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NCPDP Provides Guidance to FDA Panel at Historic FDA Meeting on Biosimilars

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) January 07, 2015

Today, NCPDP Senior Vice President, Standards and Industry Information Technology, John Klimek, R.Ph., addressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) meeting that met to review and make a recommendation on what may be the first biosimilar to receive FDA approval in the U.S., and potentially develop a process for expedited approval of biosimilars. NCPDP spoke on the possible patient safety risks associated with deviating from using a different non-proprietary name than the innovator product for biosimilars.

NCPDP strongly urged the FDA to give biosimilars the same nonproprietary names as the innovator product to support the safe and effective use of biosimilars, citing how the drug compendia compile data, which is then interfaced for specific downstream needs in retail pharmacy, hospital, or other healthcare settings.

Applying different names for the same biological drug ingredients introduces confusion and unnecessary complexity; conflicts with normal pharmacy practice – employing an electronic database to recognize products by identifiers; is unnecessary for product recall or other patient safety considerations; and undervalues the ability of existing systems (NDC- and lot-based recalls) and new regulatory structures (track and trace) to provide adequate safeguards. It will also affect clinician decision-making, the ability to identify therapeutic alternatives, and put patient safety at risk.

By maintaining a high integrity, unambiguous standards-driven system, we can reinforce existing naming standards designed to support the safe and effective use of all medicines including biosimilars – in the interests of all stakeholders, but most importantly, patients, explained Klimek.

For more information on NCPDP, visit http://www.ncpdp.org.


Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with 1,600 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for ePrescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data products include dataQ

As GED Pass Rates Plummet, Shmoop Provides an Affordable Solution

Mountain View, California (PRWEB) January 23, 2015

Americans have been taking the GED since 1942, and the test has undergone a whopping five makeovers since then. The most recent version was introduced in 2014 and said hello to the 21st century by making the test completely computer-based, but it also came with a nearly 90% drop in the number of people who passed the test. According to NPR, 540,535 test-takers passed the GED in 2013, while only 58,524 passed in 2014 (note: this number doesnt account for incarcerated test-takers or people taking alternative tests).

Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com), an online test prep provider that aims to make learning fun, put its math elves to work and came up with the following conclusion about those numbers: not good.

Why the decline? First, although the exact cost depends on the state, the new test is more expensive to take. Second, the computer-based exam may be less accessible to some test-takers. (Sorry, No. 2 pencils. It was nice while it lasted.) Finally, the fact that the new test is aligned to the Common Core and includes technology-enhanced items means that its just flat-out harder.

Shmoop offers a comprehensive, engaging, and totally updated guide to the new GED that features in-depth topic review for Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Shmoops product also includes diagnostic exams, two full-length practice exams, and practice questions galore that include video answer explanations for visual learners. To top it off, technology-enhanced items allow test-takers to become familiar with those newfangled drag-and-drop and drop-down questions. And, to be sure that the material is accessible to everyone, Shmoop offers review in Spanish as well.

It wont be easy to bounce back from the dramatic drop in pass rates, but Shmoop is optimistic that its accessible and engaging materials can help lead the way.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named Best in Tech twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years in a row. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.


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Harvard buys water rights in drought-hit wine country

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Indigenous trauma course: University of Wollongong teams up with Harvard
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Green Renovation Gets A Boost From Online Learning in Building Science For Energy Efficient Homes

IBS, Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

GreenHome Institute (GHI) announces the immediate availability of Building Science Basics online learning course by Blue House Energy (BHE). The course ensures everyone involved in energy efficient home construction and renovation has a common understanding of how heat, air and moisture interact and affect the houses performance. The result is lower energy costs, comfort, and health in homes.

Our members need to maintain their professional knowledge, and what BHE offers on-demand fundamentals training has been missing in our industry until now. said Brett Little, Executive Director, GHI.

Building Science Basics (http://youtu.be/zYFwB_qtzFU) is also now the starting point for GreenHome Professional certification, which gives people a way to further distinguish themselves as residential green building experts.

Shawna Henderson, CEO of BHE says, Having our courses as the basis of the GreenHome programs fulfills one of our top goals: improving the capacity of our industry by collaborating with other training organizations.

The courses and modules are eligible for continuing education units (CEU) from organizations including: BPI, GBCI, & AIA (HSW). NARI Green is expected soon. The partnership means that over 100,000 professionals now have access to a new way to earn CEUs.

Building Science Basics is available now with a bonus module at GreenHome Institutes website:


About GreenHome Institute

The GreenHome Institute, formerly The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in renovation and construction of the places we live.


About Blue House Energy

Blue House Energy provides affordable, convenient online learning. Learning can take place wherever and whenever, and doesn’t take crews off job sites. Our self-paced courses feature animations and videos that clearly explain the science of building houses that don’t waste energy.



Brett Little, Executive Director GreenHome Institute

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Mastery Technologies Named One of the Nations Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Novi, Michigan (PRWEB) January 06, 2015

Embracing an award-winning year, Novi-based Training Content Network, Mastery Technologies finished 2014 with the prestigious honor of being named one of the Nations Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The award is sponsored by Corp! Magazine, Baudville and NABR.

Mastery Technologies was recognized as one of Metropolitan Detroits 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) in late September of 2014. The company was honored for their impressive value and business results, providing not only exceptional business but also helping to produce richer lives and build stronger communities through their daily efforts.

The National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2014 list was recently released, and everyone at Mastery Technologies is thrilled to be included in the nationwide honor. A complete list of the nationally recognized companies can be found by visiting the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For website.

2014 has been an award-winning year for the Mastery team. It is an honor to be recognized for an award that represents our mission to help build successful and amazing organizations, stated Bill Marker, President of Mastery Technologies.

Mastery Technologies was also awarded the 2014 DiSciTech Award in the digital category by Corp! Magazine for its mobile-

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Welcomes Three New Members to Its Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) January 09, 2015

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), one of the worlds leading nonprofit philanthropy services, announced today three new members to its Board of Directors: Founder and CEO of Root Impact Kyungsun Chung, former President and CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Luther M. Ragin, Jr., and education leader Valerie Rockefeller Wayne.

Kyungsun, Luther, and Valerie are authorities in global philanthropy and impact investing, and we are honored with the opportunity to leverage their unique expertise, said Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. I have no doubt that their guidance will inspire others to continue the Rockefeller familys legacy of effective giving and social investment, and I look forward to expanding RPAs portfolio with them.

Our Board consists of authorities in a number of different fields, but all of them believe in the power of thoughtful philanthropy and the tangible impact RPAs wide range of work can have, said Kevin P. A. Broderick, Chairman of the Board. We welcome our three new members as we continue expanding our services into different countries, fields, and partnerships, and we are excited to see how their profound knowledge will contribute to philanthropic innovation.

The three new members of RPAs Board of Directors are:

Kyungsun Chung: Founder and CEO of Root Impact, a non-profit focusing on building capacity for the social innovation sector in Korea, Kyungsun has partnered with RPA to fund and co-develop the Global Philanthropy Accelerators program for next-gen donors. Prior to founding Root Impact, he was Founding Member of the Non-Profit Business Team at Asan Nanum Foundation, one of the largest privately endowed foundations in Korea. His main role was to design capacity building systems for non-profit professionals and organizations in Korea. He is also a frequent speaker on philanthropy and social innovation throughout Asia.
Luther M. Ragin, Jr.: Prior to joining GIIN as the President and CEO, Luther served as Vice President for Investments at New York-based F.B. Heron Foundation for over 10 years. He oversaw the F.B. Heron Foundation’s endowment, built a portfolio of more than $ 260 million, steadily increased the impact investing allocation to more than 40 percent, and maintained competitive, risk-adjusted financial returns. Before joining the Foundation in 1999, Luther was the Chief Financial Officer of the National Community Capital Association, the Chief Financial Officer of Earl G. Graves, Ltd., and the Vice President of Syndications/Assets Sales for the North American Corporate Finance Sector at Chase. He is a member of the board of directors of Social Finance U.S. and is an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Valerie Rockefeller Wayne: As a middle school special education teacher specializing in adolescents with learning and emotional disabilities, Valerie began her teaching career at Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, New York, and has spent time teaching in Australia. She also served as a confidential assistant to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education during the first Clinton Administration. A former trustee of Spelman College, she currently serves as the Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; a trustee of D.C. Preparatory Academy, Teachers College Columbia University, and RPA; and a Vice Chair of the Asian Cultural Council.

For a complete list of RPAs current board members, please visit http://rockpa.org/page.aspx?pid=289.

About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $ 200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Continuing the Rockefeller familys legacy of thoughtful, effective philanthropy, RPA remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation, with a diverse team led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across the spectrum of issue areas. Founded in 2002, RPA has grown into one of the worlds largest philanthropic service organizations and, as a whole, has facilitated more than $ 3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA also serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 25 projects, providing governance, management and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. For more information, please visit http://www.rockpa.org.


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Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP Announces 2015 Promotions

PLANO, Texas (PRWEB) January 08, 2015

Matt Groves (Audit Partner)

Matts primary disciplines include audits of employee benefit plans and financial statement attestation in the following industry segments: distribution, manufacturing, services, construction, real-estate, and retail. Matt also has substantial experience with due diligence procedures for business combinations, stock option accounting, and variable interest entities. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and a 2001 graduate from Texas Christian University.

Rusty Hale (Audit Partner)

Rusty has 13 years of experience in public accounting, of which 10 years had been with national firm. Rusty leads MCGs technology audit practice, specializing in software, hardware, telecom and IT-enabled services. Through this practice, he has extensive experience in revenue recognition, stock based compensation, foreign operations, acquisitions, complex debt and equity structures, and other technical reporting requirements. In addition to his technology focus, Rusty has significant experience in oil and gas, manufacturing, distribution, and service industries. Rusty received a Masters of Accountancy and Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

Cary Mailandt (Consulting Services Partner)

Overseeing the Strategy & Management Consulting practice area, Carys primary disciplines include strategic planning, business development, critical priority identification and project management planning. Carys industry focus includes private equity owned businesses in the manufacturing, industrials, technology, telecommunications, retail and hospitality industries. Cary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Scott McCrillis (Sales Tax Partner)

Scotts experience includes conducting sales and use tax refund analysis, implementation of procurement companies, negotiating state and local tax incentives, performing managed audits, defending companies against state tax audit assessments, as well as conducting extensive research involving a wide range of sales and use taxation issues. During his career, Scott has served clients in manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, software and the homebuilding industry. Scott received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas State University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and a LL.M. in Taxation from Southern Methodist University.

Each Partner has shown commitment to adding enormous value to their respective practice areas, said Tom Montgomery, Co-Managing Partner. They have proven adept at responding to our clients needs and expectations. Our firm and our clients will benefit from their contributions.

Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP is also proud to announce the additional promotions for 2015 (by department):


Colby Horn to Senior Manager

Brad Reinart to Senior Manager

Peter Yeeda to Senior Manager

Anh Nguyen to Supervisor

Franci Suter to Supervisor

Consulting Services:

Andrew Pendleton to Principal

Alex Swanston to Principal

Missy Thompson to Principal

Michael Cox to Senior Manager

Jacob Tate to Senior Manager

Jared Cockrell to Manager

Amy del Prado to Supervisor

Rishi Patel to Senior

Income Tax:

Kevin Harris to Senior Manager

Yolawnde Malone to Manager

Caitlin Shue to Manager

Cory Gilbert to Senior

Carl Miller to Senior

JD Reed to Senior

Linzie Wilson to Senior


Kevin Simms to Manager

Sales Tax:

Renee Padilla to Manager

Keith Nowell to Supervisor

Samantha Thomsen to Senior

Matt Coscia, Co-Managing Partner at MCG added, We are fortunate to have so many bright individuals working with us. Im excited about the opportunities for us over the next few years.

Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP began in 2003 and currently has over 290 professionals including twenty three partners. MCG is ranked as the 6th largest accounting firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal, and provides Taxation, Attestation, Sales & Use Tax and Consulting Services to a wide range of clients. MCG is a member of the Alliott Group, a worldwide alliance of independent accounting, law, and consulting firms with more than 180 member firms in some 80 countries.

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Importance of Education in Pakistan

In this rapidly advancing era, the importance of education cannot be denied. It is crucial for progress and prosperity of any nation. With literacy rate as low as 51.6 percent, (63.7 for males and 39.2 percent for females), 53 million of world’s illiterates are found in Pakistan. Islamabad ranks second with the highest number of out-of-school children.

Economic Growth

It has been proved by development experts that basic education is essential for financial and societal progress. Every year of school increases individual’s wages by 10 per cent globally. As many as 164 multinational companies working in Pakistan with an investment of 55.779 billion rupees are dependent on qualified people. Local industries also require educated people to proceed. A skilled and educated person has an immense potential to work efficiently.


Needless to say that educated societies are disciplined and there is less violation of rules and regulations. People work in harmony with one another. Authorities are respected and people tend to fulfill their responsibilities.

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Anti-Evolution Curriculum Debate Lives On

Despite the Supreme Court ruling banning creationism and intelligent design in science classrooms, evolution is still on trial in Texas and Louisiana. I feel like it’s the Scopes monkey trial all over again. [Or at least the fictional account I read in Inherit the Wind.]

Both Texas and Louisiana are voting on changing the curriculum to allow for “weaknesses” in the theory of evolution to be introduced to students. Many science teachers see this as a backdoor approach to integrating creationism or intelligent design (basically creationism 2.0) into science curriculum and potentially, science text books.

Since Texas makes up such a large percentage of the textbook market, publishers will likely tailor their national materials to suit their needs. “These weaknesses that they bring forward are decades old, and they have been refuted many, many times over,” Kevin Fisher, a past president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, said after testifying. “It’s an attempt to bring false weaknesses into the classroom in an attempt to get students to reject evolution.” NYT article

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Premier Internet Marketing Education – 10 Tips on How to Find the Best Internet Education

Where do you go to get the internet marketing education that will truly make the difference? The difference in your understanding, or (if you’re building a business) the difference in how you approach the marketing of your business, or perhaps your job (if you’re responsible for directing the marketing tactics for a brand)?

I personally spent 12 months clicking around on the internet in search of that right company that provides the education and the tools to become a Master Internet Marketer. And, also provides the environment where you learn to start implementing, and start taking action on what you are learning. And, as a result, start making the difference and start achieving your goals.

And, why did I do this (click around for 12 months, that is)? Because, I believe in affiliating with the-best-of-the-best and it does take time to find just the right source that will work for your needs.

SO – Let me help you save all that time and share with you the steps, the thought processes, on how to find that right internet educational resource that will work for your online needs and goals.

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