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Abestos abatement risks, EPA chief pledges more cleanups

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Is asbestos abatement necessary? Around 39,000 workers die every year from asbestos-related diseases Asbestos abatement workers were deemed essential long before the pandemic. Property owners are legally required to call abatement teams in to remove asbestos any time there’s construction, renovation, or retrofitting. During the coronavirus pandemic, some asbestos jobs have accelerated as several cities are taking advantage of the closures of…

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What is ESG and why does it matter?

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A foundation to navigate risks and opportunities presented by an increasingly complex world McKinsey’s definition of ESG: The E in ESG, environmental criteria, includes the energy your company takes in and the waste it discharges, the resources it needs, and the consequences for living beings as a result. E encompasses carbon emissions and climate change. Every company uses energy and resources; every…

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New Report on Sustainability of the Supply Chain and EPA Reorganization

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A new report issued on supply-chain sustainability Companies realize social compliance and sustainability are critical to brand equity Findings from a new study by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics reveals industries and individual companies are under growing pressure to define their commitment to sustainable supply chains, according to SupplyChainBrain. Yet the meaning…

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Are mandatory COVID vaccines legal? More than 200 US meat plant worker die

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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination: Is it legal and is it right for your workplace? Employers may implement mandatory vaccination programs, subject to limited exemptions.  According to the World Health Organization, as of August 25, 2020, 173 potential vaccines are currently being developed in labs across the world, 31 of which have advanced to clinical stage testing on humans. Drug manufacturers estimate that a vaccine…

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Google announces new sustainability pledge

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“The world must act now if we’re going to avert the worst consequences of climate change.”  Google has announced a new sustainability pledge that will create a “carbon-free future for everyone,” as reported in the Everett Post. In a blog post , CEO Sundar Pichai says “The science is clear: The world must act now if we’re going to avert the worst…

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Cali. gov signs bill to expand workers comp due to covid; a widespread vaccination could be available in 2024

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CA governor signs bill to expand workers’ comp for those affected by covid-19 The law creates a presumption of infection whenever there is a workplace outbreak over a two-week span of time. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will expand access to workers’ compensation for front-line workers affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the Bay City News…

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Cal/OSHA will create emergency COVID workplace safety rules

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Standards will require employers to take stricter precautions against COVID-19. California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health will move forward with emergency statewide standards to address what worker advocates have been calling “an occupational health emergency,” according to the Los Angeles Times. A seven-member board appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom voted unanimously to begin creating standards that would require employers to take stricter…

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