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Administrative court sets precedent, allowing request for enterprise-wide hazard abatement by employer to proceed to trial

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News Release, U.S. Department of Labor, December 23, 2015 Background:  An Administrative Law judge has decided that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission may have authority under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to order abatement measures sought by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration beyond the specific violations OSHA identified in its the citations….

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Breaking Down the Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook

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Summary of article by Dean Blauser, EHS Today, December 22, 2015 The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) is an efficient and effective way for safety professionals to find initial information during an emergency incident.  Although the ERG is primarily intended for emergency responders, it is useful for safety professionals in a variety of industries. The ERG is a…

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The Montreal Protocol Puts World on Path to Phase Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

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Statement from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, November 5, 2015 On November 5, 2015, countries across the world took the historic step to work together on a 2016 Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to reduce the production and consumption of harmful hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), greenhouse gases that can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide…

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White House Announces Additional Commitments to The American Business Act on Climate Pledge

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Press Release, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, December 1, 2015 On December 1, the White House announced additional commitments from  73 companies from across the American economy who are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.  With this announcement, a total of 154 companies will have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate…

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AIHA Announces New Online Mold Resource Center

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Press Release from AIHA, October 26, 2015 The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has launched a Mold Resource Center, an online reference guide for consumers and professionals to learn fast facts on mold, the potential adverse health effects of mold exposure, why remediation and prevention is important, what to do if you are victim of an indoor flood, and where…

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Simple Ways to Improve Facility Lockout Practices

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Summary of article by Todd Grover, EHS Today, October 13, 2015   Precautions for many hazards emphasize the role workers have in using safety equipment and following safety procedures.  Our experience has also shown us many companies achieving a high level of employee accountability with their lockout programs.  However, we have seen programs fail to prevent injuries, even when basic…

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Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers & Workers

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Published by osha.gov American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day.  While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the workplace. As a result, workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures. Workplace chemical exposures have been linked to cancers, and other lung,…

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UN Global Compact Unveils New Website

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UN Global Compact Unveils New Official Website Aiming to Spur Corporate Sustainability Action Published by United Nations Global Compact, June 22, 2015 Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the UN Global Compact has launched its new official website www.unglobalcompact.org. The website is designed to support business at all stages along the corporate sustainability journey – from those companies that are just learning…

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