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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 …

11 Apr 2017

OSHA, April 2017
Industrial machinery manufacturer Innovance Inc. contacted OSHA’s free On-site Consultation Program for help establishing an effective safety and health program at the company’s three plants in Minnesota. 
One of the first steps was creating a safety committee, composed of employees from all levels of the company and management representatives.  The committee makes sure employees feel comfortable reporting hazards and making safety suggestions.  The company also provided annual hazard recognition training and established a monthly inspection program that includes employee participation. 
Innovance invited the local fire department and an …

6 Apr 2017

 
Sustainatopia, San Francisco, CA, May 7-10, 2017
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, May 7-11, 2017
Sustainable Brands Redefining the Good Life, Detroit, MI, May 22-25, 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
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5 Apr 2017

Eurosurveillance, 30 March 2017
Since first identified in 2013, the H7N9 virus has caused several waves of human infections in China, with a current wave including a number of patients with very severe disease.  Jiangsu is one of the most impacted provinces, whereby as of 31 January 2017, the number of human infections (n = 109) in the ongoing fifth H7N9 wave has exceeded the sum of those in the four preceding ones.
Ten of 13 cities in Jiangsu have been affected, and clustered infections as well as one co-infection with seasonal …

29 Mar 2017

Republished from the WSJ, March 2017
Mr. Robbins’s Blue Harbour Group LP told investors it will urge companies to focus more attention on environmental and social issues such as climate change, diversity and employee well-being. The move builds on the traditional activist strategy of agitating to improve a company’s financial metrics and operations to increase value for shareholders.
Mr. Robbins, who’s known for eschewing the bitter public fights often waged by other activist investors, said the move makes good investing sense.
“This is a way of reducing risk,” Mr. Robbins said in an …

22 Mar 2017

The Atlantic, 17 March 2017
While the details of President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget remain scant, one thing is clear: The Department of Labor will likely be one of the biggest losers.
Trump’s budget proposal would cut the department’s funding by $2.5 billion, or 21 percent, which will mean drastic changes for the work the department does.
The dramatic scale-back is meant to offset the proposed budget’s additional funding to national-security efforts.  The proposal says, ‘With the need to rebuild the Nation’s military without increasing the deficit, this Budget focuses the Department of Labor on …

14 Mar 2017

The Hill, 12 March 2017
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is fueling speculation that he could try to repeal the lynchpin of the federal government’s climate change regulations.  In an interview Thursday with CNBC, Scott Pruitt cast doubt on his own agency’s 2009 conclusion that greenhouse gases ‘endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations.’  The so-called endangerment finding was the backbone of the Obama administration’s climate change regulations.
Under Obama, the EPA argued that the 2009 finding compelled it to issue greenhouse gas emissions …

14 Mar 2017

Cal-OSHA Reporter, 10 March 2017
The United States House of Representatives has voted to repeal – to rein in – a new Fed-OSHA rule on injury and illness recordkeeping. It is a certainty that Senate will follow suit and that President Donald Trump will sign it.  But what does this mean for Cal/OSHA and, more importantly, California employers?
Congress is busy repealing a range of regulations from the last days of the prior administration.  Mostly this is welcome news to businesses all over the country.  The OSHA rule in question became effective …

6 Mar 2017

 
ECHA Stakeholders’ Day Conference (live web-stream available), Helsinki, Finland, April 4-5, 2017
Chemical Watch Expo 2017, Berlin, Germany, April 25-26, 2017
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, May 7-11, 2017
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition, Seattle, WA, June 4-7, 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
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