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Technology tools bring training to life

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Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor For years, corporate learning has failed the employee, according to trainingindustry.com. The reasons are many:  training often takes a back seat to anything that directly supports the business;  a lack of interest from workers who fail to see the value or benefits of training courses to their personal success;  limited budgets and resources; employees can’t absorb…

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Chipotle will link executive compensation to environmental and diversity goals

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Chipotle Mexican Grill said that executive compensation will now be linked to hitting targets tied to the company’s environmental and diversity goals. The burrito chain is following in the footsteps of Starbucks and McDonald’s, both of which recently announced that performance for racial and gender diversity goals will impact executive compensation plans. Individual investors and large asset managers like BlackRock are increasingly picking stocks with strong environmental,…

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US urged to cut 50% of emissions by 2030 to spur other countries to action

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The US needs to commit to slashing its planet-heating emissions by at least half by the end of the decade to address the climate crisis and spur other countries to greater action, a coalition of American environmental groups has urged. Joe Biden’s administration is set to unveil a new national emissions reduction target at a climate meeting it has convened…

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Addressing opioid overdose deaths in the workplace

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On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to 2017 data from Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Since then, the United States has experienced a surge of overdose deaths during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a CDC health advisory (https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00438.asp) issued in December of 2020. Some states have reported an increase in…

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66% of employees are worried about “health and safety” risks when returning to work

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More than one year after the first U.S. COVID-19 cases, many professionals continue to work remotely, however, some companies are bringing employees back to the traditional office as hundreds of thousands are vaccinated per diem. On Tuesday, Envoy released findings related to its Return to the Workplace Report detailing employee sentiments about returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, employers mandating inoculation,…

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New toxic chemical regulations: is your supply chain impacted?

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There are new chemical regulations on the block, and your company’s supply chain might be implicated. These rules prohibit both the manufacturing of certain bioaccumulating chemicals as well as the distribution of products that contain these chemicals.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued five final rules regulating the manufacture and distribution of certain persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (“PBT”) chemicals…

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Diagnosing Valley Fever cases complicated by COVID-19

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Rasha Kuran, infectious diseases physician and associate director of the Valley Fever Institute, Bakersfield, CA, http://valleyfeverinstitute.com/ says distinguishing between influenza and COVID-19 has been challenging, according to Valley Public Radio. Most valley fever patients have symptoms similar to the cold or flu—some can even clear the disease without knowing they had it at all. But in others, it can manifest…

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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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