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Gaining momentum: Restricting & banning “forever chemicals”

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“The PFAS issue is analogous to climate change,” says Nathaniel Sponsler, director of the Apparel and Footwear International Restricted Substances List Management Group (AFIRM). AFIRM is one of three Phylmar Group® professional forums that bring EHS and sustainability professionals together to share best practices in workplace safety and product stewardship. AFIRM was established …

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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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Your company’s sustainability journey – what to do after the easy work is done

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor

Four out of five leading companies worldwide now report on sustainability in regard to revenue, according to KPMG’s 2020 Survey of Sustainability Reporting. Sustainability reporting has been trending up for decades yet in 1993, KPMG’s first study found a paltry 12 percent of companies published sustainability reports. Now 98 …

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Mark Katchen Featured in EBJ

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Our very own Mark Katchen was just featured in the Environmental Business Journal. Here’s an excerpt of the Q&A article with him, courtesy of the EBJ:


For over two decades, The Phylmar Group has assisted Environmental Health and Safety Professionals in creating …

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Severe Lack of Trained Environmental Professionals in China Prompts GE to Sponsor New AIHA Course Managed by The Phylmar Group

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July 26, 2010 - Due to a severe lack of environmental health and safety (EHS) talent throughout the developing world, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has partnered with General Electric and The Phylmar Group, a Los Angeles-based environmental health and safety consultancy, to present a course that was successfully completed in Shanghai this month. To read more, click here.
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The Business Impact of the Oil Spill

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Frank Mottek, host of CBS Radio's KNX 1070 Business Report, interviewed Mark Katchen from the American Industrial Hygiene Conference in Denver to discuss the business impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and other environmental hazards. In the interview, Katchen emphasizes the importance of sustainability making economic sense. Katchen said that people who embrace sustainability as a core competency within their organization stand to benefit no matter what the current market conditions may be. The interview aired throughout Southern California May 29-31, 2010. To listen to it, click here.
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