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White House to Lift Federal Hiring Freeze

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The Hill, 11 April 2017 The White House will lift President Trump’s federal hiring freeze on Wednesday following fire from critics who said it hampered the government from carrying out core functions.  The end of the freeze is part of guidance ordering federal departments and agencies to submit restructuring plans to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the…

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Minnesota Manufacturer Reduces Injuries with Help from OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program

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OSHA, April 2017 Industrial machinery manufacturer Innovance Inc. contacted OSHA’s free On-site Consultation Program for help establishing an effective safety and health program at the company’s three plants in Minnesota.  One of the first steps was creating a safety committee, composed of employees from all levels of the company and management representatives.  The committee makes sure employees feel comfortable reporting…

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Upcoming EHS and Sustainability Events May-June

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  Sustainatopia, San Francisco, CA, May 7-10, 2017 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, May 7-11, 2017 Sustainable Brands Redefining the Good Life, Detroit, MI, May 22-25, 2017 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition, Seattle, WA, June 4-7, 2017 The Conscious Company Global Leaders Forum, San Francisco, CA, June 7-9, 2017 Work, Stress and Health 2017,…

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Significantly Elevated Number of Human Infections with H7N9 Virus in Jiangsu in Eastern China, October 2016 to January 2017

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Eurosurveillance, 30 March 2017 Since first identified in 2013, the H7N9 virus has caused several waves of human infections in China, with a current wave including a number of patients with very severe disease.  Jiangsu is one of the most impacted provinces, whereby as of 31 January 2017, the number of human infections (n = 109) in the ongoing fifth…

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Clifton S. Robbins is already known as the nice-guy activist investor. Now he’s trying to be the socially conscious one.

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Republished from the WSJ, March 2017 Mr. Robbins’s Blue Harbour Group LP told investors it will urge companies to focus more attention on environmental and social issues such as climate change, diversity and employee well-being. The move builds on the traditional activist strategy of agitating to improve a company’s financial metrics and operations to increase value for shareholders. Mr. Robbins,…

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The Jobs Programs Trump’s Budget Would Cut

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The Atlantic, 17 March 2017 While the details of President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget remain scant, one thing is clear: The Department of Labor will likely be one of the biggest losers. Trump’s budget proposal would cut the department’s funding by $2.5 billion, or 21 percent, which will mean drastic changes for the work the department does. The dramatic scale-back is meant…

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How the EPA Chief Could Gut the Agency’s Climate Change Regulations

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The Hill, 12 March 2017 The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is fueling speculation that he could try to repeal the lynchpin of the federal government’s climate change regulations.  In an interview Thursday with CNBC, Scott Pruitt cast doubt on his own agency’s 2009 conclusion that greenhouse gases ‘endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and…

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Congress Reins in OSHA Log 300 Rules

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Cal-OSHA Reporter, 10 March 2017 The United States House of Representatives has voted to repeal – to rein in – a new Fed-OSHA rule on injury and illness recordkeeping. It is a certainty that Senate will follow suit and that President Donald Trump will sign it.  But what does this mean for Cal/OSHA and, more importantly, California employers? Congress is…

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Upcoming EHS and Sustainability Events April-June

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  ECHA Stakeholders’ Day Conference (live web-stream available), Helsinki, Finland, April 4-5, 2017 Chemical Watch Expo 2017, Berlin, Germany, April 25-26, 2017 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, May 7-11, 2017 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition, Seattle, WA, June 4-7, 2017 Work, Stress and Health 2017, Minneapolis, MN, June 7-10, 2017 Safety 2017: ASSE Professional…

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Phylmar Group’s Elizabeth Treanor Featured in Feb. 24th’s Cal-OSHA Reporter

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  A Cal/OSHA proposal to tweak the Title 8 requirements for employer emergency action plans received favorable comments at its February public hearing. As representatives of employer groups are feeling positive about the proposal, it is on its way to board adoption which could possibly happen this month. The proposal would revise General Industry Safety Orders on evacuation procedures to…

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