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OSHA outlook: Shift to union leadership and increased enforcement

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The new OSHA front office is quickly taking shape. Top tier appointments are being made by President Biden’s Labor Department transition team, with input from Labor Secretary nominee Marty Walsh, mayor of Boston, and Deputy Labor Secretary nominee Julie Su, secretary of the California Workforce Development Agency and nationally recognized expert on worker rights and civil rights. President Biden, who…

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Report sheds light on serious injuries at work

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ISN, a company involved in contractor and supplier information management, released its Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) Insights report, created to support companies with safety initiatives. Organizations are more likely to experience higher SIF rates if contractors work at heights of six feet or higher, bring chemicals on site, work with rigging material handling, or perform welding, cutting or hot…

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270 people at meatpacking plants die of Covid; employees don’t feel safe at work

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Meatpacking companies, OSHA face investigation over coronavirus in plants A U.S. House subcommittee is investigating coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants, citing the deaths of more than 250 employees nationwide and accusing the Trump administration of failing to enforce worker safety laws. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, sent letters requesting documents from the…

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EPA’s asbestos risk evaluation faces litigation; fatal Georgia poultry plant investigation could take years

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EPA’s asbestos risk evaluation faces litigation The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization continued its challenge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, filing a petition for review  in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and an intent to sue notice under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The petition for review is aimed at the EPA’s Final Risk Evaluation for Asbestos from earlier…

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Biden-Harris EPA provides updates on chemical safety actions; Judge throws out Trump EPA ruling

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The EPA has announced that it is reviewing actions issued under the previous Administration and will take any needed steps to ensure that they protect human health and the environment. The announcement included an update on chemical safety actions that have immediate or near-term effective dates or other steps associated with them. According to the announcement, these actions, along with…

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REACH’s health benefits are four times greater than the costs

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The EU’s REACH chemicals regulations offers health benefits that are four times greater than the costs, according to new analysis by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The monetized health benefits of REACH from restricting the manufacture and use of chemicals that pose a risk to EU citizens amount to €2.1 billion ($2.5 billion) annually, while the associated costs to society add up…

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Textile chemical giants launch new alliance

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Leading textile chemical firms have come together in a new alliance to develop a globally harmonized chemical ‘sustainability standard’ along with screening tools that cover hazards through to environmental and social impacts, according to Exotextile News. The new Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI) aims to “drive transformational change, inspire action and lead the textile and leather industries through…

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 EPA publishes first part of final risk evaluation for asbestos

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Critics of the EPA are renewing their call for a complete ban on asbestos after the agency’s release of Part 1 of a final risk evaluation concludes that the substance – a known human carcinogen – presents an unreasonable health risk to workers under certain conditions. Used in chlor-alkali production, consumer products, coatings and compounds, plastics, roofing products, and other applications, asbestos…

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Technology-Enhanced Safety training ramps up at mid-sized companies

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“Training using technology is a trend that has been underway for years, and now COVID has been an accelerator,” explains Chris Fanning, CEO of KPA, Inc. “Moving forward EHS training will become embedded in a company’s DNA.” The technology is easy-to-use and accessible for medium-sized companies. Once companies have a more formalized EHS system, based on technology, data can be…

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