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Jan 2021 Textile and Fashion Industry EHS News; Regulating Groups of Chemicals

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Textile chemicals market: Sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives drive developments The global textile chemicals market is expected to reflect a moderate growth for the period of forecast between 2020 to 2030, supported by growing consumer awareness, according to FACT MR research. According to the Fact MR study, the coronavirus outbreak is expected to negatively impact players participating in the textile chemicals market. Supply…

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Long-Term legal consequences of EHS and management decisions

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On 8 December 2020, 28 members of the Phylmar Regulatory Roundtable (PRR)and Phylmar’s BioPharma members’ group were joined by Michael Cooper. Cooper has developed and directed Environmental, Safety, and Health programs in the semiconductor, medical device, grocery, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and foundry industries within the U.S. and abroad. Here is a summary of his comments: There are core obligations…

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EPA releases Fall 2020 Regulatory Agenda, forecasting a busy year ahead for TSCA

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EPA recently released its Fall 2020 regulatory agenda, which includes several important updates to planned actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) concerning section 5 pre-manufacture notification (PMN) content and review procedures, section 6 risk evaluation and management for existing chemicals, CBI claim procedures, risk evaluation fees, and chemical data collection, according to a report by The National Law…

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Workplace fatalities increased 2 percent in 2019; NIOSH creating new facemask efficiency standards

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Workplace fatalities increased 2% in 2019 There were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019, a 2% increase from the 5,250 in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.  The fatal work injury rate was 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, which was the rate reported in 2018.  Key findings from the…

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January 2021 OSHA Updates

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Cal/OSHA sued by group of businesses over updated COVID-19 prevention standards Businesses are suing the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) over updated coronavirus workplace safety rules, saying new mandates could cost them their businesses, according to ABC10. The National Retail Federation, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) along with small businesses Relles Florist, Mayfield Equipment Company,…

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Employers can bar unvaccinated employees from the workplace, EEOC says

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on Dec 16th that employers are entitled — and required — to ensure a safe workplace in which “an individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of individuals in the workplace.” That can mean a company requiring its workforce to be vaccinated. There are certain restrictions on employers….

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January COVID-19 News

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54% of Americans think employers should require COVID-19 vaccine “As the vaccination process begins, there are a lot of issues to consider. And the question as to what level of involvement employers should be taking is one of the hardest to navigate. In a survey of 2,000 adults in the U.S in November, Skyes, a solutions provider, asked if employers should require non-remote…

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President-elect Biden: OSHA to develop strategies to address the most dangerous hazards

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President-elect Joe Biden issued a 324-word statement on 12.29.20, the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. He said he will ask OSHA to determine whether to establish an emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 protection, and stated: “I will direct OSHA to enforce worker safety requirements, target the worst violators, and work to increase the number of OSHA…

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More aggressive EU chemical management impacts U.S. businesses

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor On October 14, the European Commission (EU), made up of 27 member states/countries, published details of a new chemical strategy to control the production of hazardous chemicals and related pollution by progressively restricting or banning their use in consumer goods. The rationale for “Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment” as stated in…

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OSHA issues guidance on long-care respirators and workplace ventilation

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OSHA issues long-care respirator guidance OSHA issued respiratory protection guidance for assisted living, nursing home, and other long-term care facilities. The guidance focuses on the use of respirators while emphasizing a primary reliance upon engineering and administrative controls for controlling exposures, consistent with good industrial hygiene practice and the agency’s traditional adherence to the “hierarchy of controls.” The industrial hygiene “hierarchy of…

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