Users of the EHS Compliance Center™ can obtain an emission report for internal and regulatory reporting purposes in real-time using the emission reporting feature. This feature uses regulatory compatible algorithms to turn data from material tracking records, safety data sheets, reportable ingredients, department areas, control devices, and other sources into easily understandable reports. Emission reports are customizable and can be used to determine whether emissions are compliant with applicable permits. The inner workings of the emission reporting system are further described below.
Material Tracking Records—Material records capture information about how materials flow through the department. Each material tracking record consists of a date/time, type, area, material, amount, and user.
Date/Time—Users can easily compare records from different time periods to track changes and ensure compliance. To allow for worldwide collaboration, the system automatically represents date/time values in the user's local time zone.
Type—The material tracking record type indicates whether the material was purchased, generated, used, processed, etc. This information allows the user to choose what records to include or omit in his or her report.
Area—Each material tracking record specifies the area where the record occurs allowing for the creation of customizable area specific reports. If an area has an emission control device, then emissions occurring in that area are filtered accordingly. For example, an area with a filter that captures 99.7% of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 would emit only 0.3% PM2.5.
Material—The emissions that occur are determined based on the type of material indicated in the material tracking record. Because not every material generates the same emissions, an analysis is conducted to determine what emissions the product generates when the material is added.
Amount—Each material record includes a material amount (e.g. 5 x 55-gallon drums). This amount is converted when a report is run using information provided on the safety data sheet, internal computing formulas, and desired outcome.
User—Accountability is crucial to emission reporting. All material tracking records are linked with the user who enters them to prevent abuse and ensure accountability. Material tracking records may be either added by a user or automated system or submitted through other means (e.g. packing slips, paint booth usages, etc.).
Control Devices—If the area is connected to an emission control device, specified percentages of certain types of emissions and/or particulate sizes are reduced in the report. Emission control devices may be turned on or off depending on their operating status.
Emissions—Depending on the type of material and its uses, the emission reporting system may either pull information about what constituents are being released directly from the product's safety data sheet (such as often is the case with paint thinners) or compute that information using best engineering practices
Safety Data Sheets—Safety data sheet information considered in emission reports includes but is not limited to: specific gravity, density, volatile organic compound weight percentage (VOC%), ingredients, amounts (minimum, maximum, and precise), and solid content percentage.
Alternative Source—If the emissions from the product are different than the product's constituents, alternative emission data may be entered to allow for accurate calculations. Such is the case with welding rod being consumed using AP-42 engineering calculations instead of information present on the safety data sheet. It is encouraged to always use alternative best engineering practices that meet state-specific permit and other applicable requirements.
Reportable Totals—The user may choose whether or not to include reportable totals in the emission report. Examples of reportable totals include but are not limited to ozone-depleting substances, greenhouse gasses, particulate matter, USEPA hazardous air pollutants, and volatile organic compounds. Each reportable total category consists of a list of chemicals/ingredients, which was obtained from official sources, and is updated as necessary.