While best management practices and best in class programs may be a goal of many EHS professionals, at the heart of the profession are the requirements and obligations established by law. It is this myriad of legal requirements that EHS professionals must be able to identify in order to achieve the minimum goal of compliance. While it is not expected that anyone can be an expert in all, or even many, areas of the law, a good EHS professional has enough knowledge to identify potential legal requirements which allows for further review and analysis. This paper provides a quick review of the major areas of regulations along with some of their components and triggers. EHS professionals are cautioned to seek local counsel when their analysis identifies complicated legal issues or structures or for areas where the professional does not feel competent to make decisions.

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