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The EU Sensitizer Restriction Consultation Concludes

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Originally submitted by France and Sweden, the registry of restrictions intentions proposal includes restrictions on over 1000 substances in finished products, of which at least 90 are relevant for apparel and footwear. Also included is a novel provision dynamically linking harmonized classifications under the EU CLP Regulation to automatic restrictions. Substances that receive CLP classifications as category 1, 1A, or 1B sensitizer would be automatically restricted…

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Sustainability continues to drive the apparel industry

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“People have the time to investigate these brands and what they stand for.” “A brand no longer needs to tell us what it stands for; a brand has to tell us what it’s doing.” As bricks-and-mortar businesses slowly open under new COVID-19 safety guidelines, e-commerce popularity has increased. During this time, shoppers gained more freedom to research brand commitment to…

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Experts warn that America’s PPE shortage could last years without strategic plan

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Healthcare facilities expect to deal with equipment and supply shortages throughout 2021, especially as flu season approaches. “There’s going to be lots of shortages we haven’t even thought about,” says one expert. Shortages of personal protective equipment and medical supplies could persist for years without strategic government intervention, officials from healthcare and manufacturing industries have said. According to The Guardian….

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The first wave of COVID-19 workplace lawsuits is here, plus employee liability waivers

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The early round of liability lawsuits filed against employers are focused on whether employers followed state and federal guidance for combatting the virus’ spread, such as the use of face masks and physical distancing.  According to the experts, employers who failed to adhere to the guidance could potentially  be found liable in court if their employees contract the coronavirus. Major employers…

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If passed, California coronavirus bill would make employers report exposures

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Under Assembly Bill 685, public or private employers would face fines up to $10,000 for failing to provide notifications of exposure within 24 hours. Failure to provide any of the notifications would be a misdemeanor. A California bill supported by labor unions and opposed by business groups would force employers to quickly notify employees and health officials if a worker is…

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POLL RESULTS: How Health & Safety Professionals Are Doing During the Pandemic

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Phylmar Regulatory Roundtable members were asked in a special poll how they are handling COVID-19 issues and concerns, and the practices and protocols they are using. These are the questions we asked, and the general consensus: How are professionals on the ground are handling guidelines, training, complaints, fears, enforcement of policies and other roles and responsibilities? Working to establish /…

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Are you addressing your home workers’ ergonomics needs?

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As the number of workers working from home increases, so do the risk factors for ergonomic injuries. Even before the pandemic, in 2012, 25.5 million people lost a total of 290.8 million workdays due to back or neck pain. Eighty percent of all claims under workers’ compensation are musculoskeletal sprain/strain injuries, according to NU Property Casualty. However, companies are heavily focused on preventing COVID-19 cases, and ergonomic risks and associated costs are not catching the eye of most employers.

Ergonomics experts recommend managing risks by providing employees with:

• Ergonomic training
• A mechanism for early reporting of pain and discomfort; and
• Purchasing plans with vetted ergonomic office equipment suppliers

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New Vlog: It’s All About the Training

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In this third installment of the Phylmar Group Vlog, Mark Katchen shares some tips on the most efficient ways to train your staff. In this 4:50-minute video, Mark encourages managers to ask themselves: 1) How will you get your trainees to complete the feedback and evaluations? 2) How do you know the learning you intended has taken place? 3) How…

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