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As one of the largest natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States, PG&E has over a 1,000 Hazardous Materials Business Plans. Ensuring every single one is updated and compliant is no easy task. Cynthia Pappas, PG&E’s Program Manager, not only manages all these requirements, she has also built the foundation in which the hazardous material program operates. During the Mapistry Coffee & Compliance webinar, she shared her essential tips to ensuring compliance in California and beyond.

As an advocate for continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Cindy shared how Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) relates to hazardous materials and hazardous waste. Other highlights included her advice that you take a bit of knowledge from a job and use it to apply value to the next role or situation. It is the additive ability of environmental managers to constantly grow and learn the next area to tackle that makes them such a valuable asset. This trait continues to rise in value as the environmental regulatory world grows more complex and environmental health and safety (EHS) managers are asked to do even more.

Key Takeaways:

  • Assess your team’s work to find key pointers for future lessons and training
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) can have a huge impact on the quality of hazardous materials business plans (HMBPs) and other regulatory plans and documents
  • Take knowledge from one role or job and leverage it in new ways to be constantly adding value to your next role or job
  • Hazardous materials management requires strict attention to detail and items like EPA ID accuracy and business activities in the right reporting year matter a lot!

To hear from more experts like Cynthia, check out our upcoming Coffee and Compliance webinars here.