Managing waste is an important part of an Environmental Manager’s portfolio – one that can be complicated and full of compliance risk. Companies are required to maintain comprehensive records, meet waste reporting deadlines, and responsibly manage their waste or face noncompliance penalties. Failing to comply with EPA, OSHA, and RCRA regulations can negatively impact the reputation of a company and may result in the company being shut down by regulators and do tremendous damage to your corporate reputation. Spreadsheets for waste management may help environmental managers keep up with the avalanche of data, but spreadsheets have their limitations; when data is incorrect, the consequences can be serious for companies reporting to federal and state regulators. Waste management relies on many processes, waste calculations, container tracking, and record keeping for accurate reporting. In the event of a computer crash, the waste management data should still be accessible – an assurance that spreadsheets cannot promise.
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