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September 2021 California EHS News

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COVID outbreaks doubled in California workplaces in July The number of workplace coronavirus outbreaks in California more than doubled between June and July, according to state data. The data, which was shared with a panel exploring how to revise the state’s COVID-19 workplace safety standard, showed that the number of worksite outbreaks in July was the highest since April. Outbreaks…

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September 2021 Federal & State OSHA News

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OSHA calls on employers to combat surge in construction worker suicides While the hazards most often associated with workplace deaths in the U.S. construction industry – falling, being struck-by or crushed by equipment or other objects, or suffering electrocution are well-known – a recent study finds that another potential killer is taking lives at an alarming rate, according to an…

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COVID-19 and Delta Variant News

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Pfizer’s full FDA approval triggers new vaccine mandates The full federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on August23 immediately, as expected, led to new vaccination mandates by government entities, a development that suggests more could be coming, according to The Hill. Immediately after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the vaccine, New York City announced that…

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Are you throwing away training dollars?

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor Total expenditure on workplace training by U.S. companies totaled a whopping $82.5 billion in 2020, according to Statista. Organizations with 10,000+ employees annually spend about $1,046 per employee. The majority of the training spend is directed at internal training taught by staff members. External training providers are more commonly engaged to assist with technology…

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August 2021 EHS News

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Biden requires federal workers to be vaccinated or undergo repeated tests President Joe Biden announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated. Federal workers will be required to sign forms attesting they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else…

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August 2021 Sustainability News

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Executives lead the charge in supply chain sustainability efforts: report The push to make supply chains more sustainable came from many stakeholders in 2020, but executives were the most likely to pressure their companies to make commitments, according to the State of the Supply Chain Sustainability 2021 report, cited in an article by Supply Chain Dive. The report found that 52%…

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August 2021 Chemical Safety and Regulatory News

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EPA final rule sets reporting requirements for 50 chemicals The EPA has issued a final rule that requires anyone who manufactures or imports 50 specified chemicals to report to the agency “certain lists and copies of unpublished health and safety studies” undertaken within the past decade. This action is being taken, according to EPA, because the Interagency Testing Committee – established under the Toxic…

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August 2021 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) News

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Sustainable investment assets hit $35 trillion — 36% of all managed assets Sustainable investment assets globally grew 15% in the past two years to reach $35 trillion, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Review 2020. With 36% of all professionally managed assets now sustainable assets, “sustainable investing has really become a major force across global capital markets,” said Simon O’Connor,…

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August California EHS News

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Workers in California City must wear “Fully Vaccinated” stickers to avoid masks Montclair City Hall workers in California have been told to wear stickers proving that they are fully vaccinated if they want to work without wearing masks, in a move that’s sparked concerns about people’s rights and medical confidentiality. The measure followed a decision last month by the state’s…

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August Federal and State OSHA News

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OSHA heat protection rule lags while record temperatures rise Federal OSHA heat rule proposal not due until October Confronted by record-high temperatures stretching from the Pacific Northwest across the U.S., federal OSHA has been relying on a 51-year-old statute to compel employers to protect workers from being felled by the heat. OSHA hasn’t promulgated a heat standard, though a Heat…

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