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COVID-19 and Delta Variant News

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Pfizer’s full FDA approval triggers new vaccine mandates

The full federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on August23 immediately, as expected, led to new vaccination mandates by government entities, a development that suggests more could be coming, according to The Hill.

Immediately after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the …

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Are you throwing away training dollars?

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor

Total expenditure on workplace training by U.S. companies totaled a whopping $82.5 billion in 2020, according to Statista. Organizations with 10,000+ employees annually spend about $1,046 per employee. The majority of the training spend is directed at internal training taught by staff members. External training providers are more commonly …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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