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Nate Sponsler Named New AFIRM Group Director

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Kayla Anderson, Marketing Manager
The Phylmar Group, Inc.,

Longtime AFIRM Group Member from Gap takes on new role with Phylmar

Los Angeles, CA, USA (December 6, 2016): The Phylmar Group, Inc. and the Apparel & Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) are pleased to announce Nathaniel Sponsler as its new director. Sponsler …

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EPA Lists Chemicals for Risk Evaluation, Expedited Action under Reformed TSCA

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The first ten chemicals to be evaluated for potential risks are:




Carbon Tetrachloride

Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster

Methylene Chloride


Pigment Violet 29

Tetrachloroethylene, also known as Perchloroethylene


There is a statutory deadline to complete risk evaluations for these chemicals within three years.  If it is determined that a chemical …

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OSHA Issues Final Rule to Update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards

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On November 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards.  The rule adds requirements for personal fall protection systems as well as training and inspection requirements.  The rule does not change construction or agricultural standards.  Where possible, …

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Workplace Violence: Active Shooter Preparedness

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DHS has developed an independent study course, “Active Shooter: What You Can Do,” providing guidance on how to prepare for and respond to incidents, including:

  • The actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and to assist responding law enforcement officials.
  • Recognizing potential workplace violence indicators.
  • Actions to take to prevent and
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