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General Guidelines for Organizations Regarding Safe Working During COVID (from the ASSP/ISO)

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ASSP/ISO TR – 45005-2021 Occupational Health and Safety Management – Safe Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic – General Guidelines for Organizations This document gives guidelines for organizations on how to manage the risks arising from COVID-19 to protect work-related health, safety and well-being. It is applicable to organizations of all sizes and sectors, including those that: a) have been operating throughout…

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The Biden Administration launches a $500,000 contest to improve face mask designs

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the $500,000 “Mask Innovation Challenge” to find new and effective masks people will find more comfortable to wear. HHS is hosting the contest in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the agency responsible for leading the charge on the production and…

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COVID-19: Tipping point mental health education

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar Newsletter Editor Two of three U.S. workers worked remotely at least part of the work week due to COVID-19 (as of April 2020) according to Clutch, a B2B ratings and review platform. Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological distress and stress are reported consequences of working in high-risk jobs and in isolated, abnormal routines in home…

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Don’t text and drive; NTSB Safety List

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What are the odds you’ll be in a car accident during your lifetime? According to the numbers from the car insurance industry, on average a driver will get into a crash once every 18 years. Many accidents relate to aggressive driving, speeding, buzzed and drunk driving, and the distractions of technology. Even dialing a phone number while driving more than…

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A flexible workforce matters now more than ever; NIOSH survey on well-being released

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A flexible workforce matters now more than ever The latest Center for Disease Control guidelines note that businesses can play a “key role in preventing the spread” of COVID-19, and recommend the implementation of health and temperature screenings, regular cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in a facility, and the enforcement of federal and state mask mandates. Randstad Technologies Group, the technology arm…

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The age of drones: Manufacturer operations & workplace safety

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule expanding the circumstances in which drone operations may be conducted over people, over moving vehicles, and at night went into effect April 21, 2021.  Manufacturers now may expand internal implementation of drone technology to simplify inspections and streamline processes, and OSHA may increase the use of drones as an enforcement tool for workplace…

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EU News

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EU to unveil AI rules to fight Big Brother fears The EU is set to unveil a proposal to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, with the aim of reassuring the public against “Big Brother”-like abuses. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has been preparing the proposal for over a year, with big tech companies worrying that the…

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Exposure to PFAS—the “forever” chemical results an increase in heart problems among adolescents

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Gestational (during pregnancy) and childhood exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) increase cardiometabolic risk, or the risk of heart diseases and metabolic disorders, later in life, according to a Brown University study published in Environment International.  Because of their ubiquitous use in many products, studies report that PFAS compounds are detectable in infants, children, and pregnant women. Pregnant women can readily transfer…

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EHS News in the Biden Administration

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Biden EPA urged to set climate pollution cap The Center for Biological Diversity and 350.org has urged the Environmental Protection Agency to set a nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap under the Clean Air Act. A nationwide greenhouse gas pollution cap under the Clean Air Act is a central premise of the progressive Climate President action plan and model executive order, spearheaded by the Center and supported by nearly…

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Realities of climate change push big businesses to focus on sustainability; it’s the new digital

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A consensus appears to be taking root in Corporate America… what’s good for the environment can also be good for business. Big businesses have been amplifying their sustainability initiatives and making trillion-dollar pledges to fight climate change. Meanwhile, consumers are increasingly concerned about business’ carbon footprints, and companies are feeling the pressure and urgency to act. JPMorgan Chase said it…

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