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August 2021 EHS News

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Biden requires federal workers to be vaccinated or undergo repeated tests President Joe Biden announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated. Federal workers will be required to sign forms attesting they’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else…

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August 2021 Sustainability News

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Executives lead the charge in supply chain sustainability efforts: report The push to make supply chains more sustainable came from many stakeholders in 2020, but executives were the most likely to pressure their companies to make commitments, according to the State of the Supply Chain Sustainability 2021 report, cited in an article by Supply Chain Dive. The report found that 52%…

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August 2021 Chemical Safety and Regulatory News

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EPA final rule sets reporting requirements for 50 chemicals The EPA has issued a final rule that requires anyone who manufactures or imports 50 specified chemicals to report to the agency “certain lists and copies of unpublished health and safety studies” undertaken within the past decade. This action is being taken, according to EPA, because the Interagency Testing Committee – established under the Toxic…

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August 2021 Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) News

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Sustainable investment assets hit $35 trillion — 36% of all managed assets Sustainable investment assets globally grew 15% in the past two years to reach $35 trillion, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Review 2020. With 36% of all professionally managed assets now sustainable assets, “sustainable investing has really become a major force across global capital markets,” said Simon O’Connor,…

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August California EHS News

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Workers in California City must wear “Fully Vaccinated” stickers to avoid masks Montclair City Hall workers in California have been told to wear stickers proving that they are fully vaccinated if they want to work without wearing masks, in a move that’s sparked concerns about people’s rights and medical confidentiality. The measure followed a decision last month by the state’s…

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August Federal and State OSHA News

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OSHA heat protection rule lags while record temperatures rise Federal OSHA heat rule proposal not due until October Confronted by record-high temperatures stretching from the Pacific Northwest across the U.S., federal OSHA has been relying on a 51-year-old statute to compel employers to protect workers from being felled by the heat. OSHA hasn’t promulgated a heat standard, though a Heat…

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Are You Throwing Away Money on Training?

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Many companies do not know if their training is effective. Relying on quizzes at the end of the course may measure short-term memory, but it does not measure understanding, long-term retention, or successful implementation.  It also does not measure non-training conditions that influence the effectiveness of training.  The absence of more in-depth effectiveness studies is a reason many companies may…

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Needed: Innovative thinking to prevent serious injuries and fatalities

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar Group Newsletter Editor Serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) are a frustrating workplace safety issue for more reasons than one. SIFs for years have stubbornly resisted efforts by some of the world’s most elite occupational health and safety programs to reduce their numbers. In 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported employers suffered 5,915 work-related…

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EHS News

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Communicating with your employees could be challenging in a crisis According to the results of Rave Mobile Safety’s 2021 Workplace Safety and Preparedness Survey, as reported in Forbes: The most common methods of communication for workplaces were email and alerting employees in-person, which risk leaving workers uninformed. Only 16% said their employers used mobile apps to communicate in a crisis. A third…

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Sustainability News

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Sustainability stands out as post-pandemic trend The importance of sustainability to consumers has “massively increased in importance even among lower incomes,” said Konstantinos Apostolatos, managing director and senior partner for The Boston Consulting Group. The accelerated interest is going to change how companies communicate with consumers and collaborate with their customers and suppliers, according to the Food Business News. Francois…

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