Summary of Updates to the How to Higg FEM Guide (v1.5)

Date: November 4, 2021

Summary of Updates to the How to Higg FEM Guide (v1.5)

Facility Site Info

  • Added guidance for Hardgoods facilities on Facility Type
  • Added example for Hardgoods facilities on calculating SAM
  • Added new question on Industry Program/Certification participation
EMS
NEW Question This question was previously only on “Facility Preview” Does your facility have documented procedures that enable workers to report environmental emergencies/violations? Updated Question and guidance for FEM
Energy
  • Added LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as energy source
  • Removed Unscored Question asking “Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?” from Higg FEM

Water

  • Added guidance on accessing Water Risk
  • Removed Unscored Question asking “Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?” from Higg FEM
 
Question 1Updated guidance for “What is the intent of the question?”
Question 3Added new guidance for Hardgoods facilities on “Technical Guidance”

Wastewater

  • Added new guidance for Hardgoods facilities regarding wastewater standard

Air Emissions

  • Added more guidance on Introduction

Waste

  • Added new guidance for Hardgoods facilities.
  • Removed Unscored Question asking “Does your facility have a robust process in place to ensure data accuracy and integrity?” from Higg FEM
 
Question 1Added “Wastewater Treatment Sludge (Non-hazardous)” as a new non-hazardous waste stream.
Question 2

Update “Wastewater Treatment Sludge” waste stream to indicate Hazardous Sludge, inclusive of Industrial and Domestic Hazardous Sludge.

Added new guidance for hardgoods facility to add specific under “Other”

Question 6

Updated Question for FEM to include “Prohibiting Burying and Storage tank Leaks”, which was previously only on “Facility Preview”

Updated “What is intent of the question?”, “How This Will Be Verified” to include additional requirement

Question 8Updated Unit of Measure on Higg Platform.

Chemicals

  • Added new facility process in Applicability question to include facility process of Hardgoods facilities
 
Question 1

Updated Guidance on Requirement for Partial Yes on “How This Will Be Verified”.

Updated recommendation to additional information to be included in the Chemical Inventory list on “Technical Guidance”

Question 7

Added new guidance for Hardgoods facilities on “Technical Guidance”.

Updated Guidance on requirement for Yes for Chemicals used in Tooling/Operation only facilities on “How This Will Be Verified”.

Question 22

Updated Guidance to standardize terminology on “Contractors / Subcontractors”.

Included definition of Contractor / Subcontractor.

Higg FEM Glossary

  • Updated definition on Produced / Process Water to align with guidance on water section
  • Updated definition to Verifier – Generalist to give further clarification
  • Removed definition of “Verifier Instructor (Generalist) and replace with new definition on “Higg FEM Trainer”
  • Verifier Protocol – added direct reference link
  • Updated definition on Verifier Training
  • Updated definition on Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) to align with Guidance definition

Appendix A: FEM Foundation

  • Previously known as Facility Preview, a feature introduced starting in 2020 Higg FEM, and renamed to FEM Foundation starting in 2021 Higg FEM.  
  • Please note that FEM Foundation is only available for new facility account.  This is not available to existing facility that had or has Higg FEM in their account.  
  • There are limited questions that are included in FEM Foundation
    (Please refer to Appendix A: FEM Foundation for guidance)
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