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13 Jun 2017

Summary of Report’s Introduction, MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group, May 23, 2017
In the final annual report of an 8-year study, we see that corporate sustainability finds itself at a sort of crossroads.  As companies continue to demonstrate workable and profitable sustainability strategies, current sociopolitical upheaval is a threat to reverse key gains made.
Today, companies demonstrate a much higher level of commitment to corporate sustainability than has existed in the past.  9,000 companies have joined the UN Global Compact committing to 10 sustainability principles since it was established …

13 Jun 2017

Safety 2017: ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exhibition, Denver, CO, June 19-22, 2017
National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) Women’s Leadership Conference, Portland, OR, June 20-22, 2017
Fleet Safety Conference, Schaumburg, IL, July 25-26, 2017
National Safety Council Congress and Expo, Indianapolis, IN, September 23-29, 2017
SPF Americas 2017, Chicago, IL, September 26-27, 2017

8 Jun 2017

EPA, 25 May 2017
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today signed a proposed rule to postpone compliance dates for the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for steam electric power plants (ELG Rule), which was published in November 2015.
‘This proposed rule is one of nearly two dozen significant regulatory reform actions I have taken during my short time as EPA Administrator to protect the environment, jobs and affordable, reliable energy.  Today’s action, if finalized, will provide relief from the deadlines under the existing ELG Rule while we carefully consider the …

2 Jun 2017

Outbreak News Today, 20 may 2017
After a period of heavy flooding, which helped spread viral infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a dengue epidemic in the city of Piura, where 19 people have died according to a euronews report (computer translated). 
According to official figures, 3,150 cases have been confirmed in Peru in the latest outbreak, with another possible 12,446.  In Piura alone, three hundred possible new dengue infections are reported daily.  Health Minister Patricia Garcia Funegra said that she will continue joining forces in Piura to defeat …

25 May 2017

DIR, 19 May 2017
As Northern California braces for triple digit temperatures, Cal/OSHA urges all employers to revisit their Injury and Illness Prevention Programs and their emergency response procedures to make sure they are thoroughly prepared for high heat.  Sacramento’s National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the 90s today and through the weekend.  Early next week temperatures will reach triple digits in much of Northern California, from south of Stockton up to Redding.
‘During heat waves and whenever temperatures reach or exceed 95 degrees, employers must take additional steps to monitor …

9 May 2017

Huffington Post, 27 April 2017
Government agencies, and their enforcement of safety regulations, play a crucial role in protecting workers in dangerous workplaces.  There is a real cost to curtailing enforcement and stripping away protections—a cost that is borne out in more workers being killed on the job and more getting sick and injured.
Yet despite the strong empirical evidence about their effectiveness, the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans have acted in great haste to repeal these protections, thereby endangering workers.  Though worker safety has improved over the past decade, more than …

6 May 2017

American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition, Seattle, WA, June 4-7, 2017
The Conscious Company Global Leaders Forum, San Francisco, CA, June 7-9, 2017
Work, Stress and Health 2017, Minneapolis, MN, June 7-10, 2017
Safety 2017: ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exhibition, Denver, CO, June 19-22, 2017
National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) Women’s Leadership Conference, Portland, OR, June 20-22, 2017
Fleet Safety Conference, Schaumburg, IL, July 24-26, 2017

2 May 2017

DOL, April 2017
President Donald J. Trump nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be the 27th United States Secretary of Labor. He was sworn in on April 28, 2017.  Secretary Acosta is the son of Cuban refugees, a native of Miami, and first-generation college graduate. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.   Following law school, he worked as a law clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He then worked at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and went …

27 Apr 2017

Sacramento Bee, 8 April 2017
Man says he warned Goodwill of lax safety before co-worker was crushed.  Dave Goudie, a former Goodwill employee who witnessed the death of Abraham Garza, said the young father’s death could have been prevented with proper training.  Cal-OSHA has hit Sacramento Goodwill with more than $100,000 in fines for safety violations. 
Serious and willful safety violations by Goodwill in Sacramento led to the grisly death last year of a 26-year-old loading dock worker at one of its outlet stores, say state regulators who issued six citations …

19 Apr 2017

The Hill, 11 April 2017
The White House will lift President Trump’s federal hiring freeze on Wednesday following fire from critics who said it hampered the government from carrying out core functions.  The end of the freeze is part of guidance ordering federal departments and agencies to submit restructuring plans to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the fall.
‘It does not mean the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly,’ OMB Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters Tuesday.
‘What we’re doing tomorrow is replacing the across-the-board hiring freeze that was put in place on …

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