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Get out in front of OSHA’s heat illness standard

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor   Planning for 2022? For many workplaces, preventing heat illness will be top of mind. Scorching heat waves and wildfires of 2021 are one reason. Media coverage of heat-related work injuries and deaths is another, particularly warehouse conditions. The weight of the White House is another. On September 20th President Biden announced a series…

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November 2021 Health & Wellbeing News

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Artificial intelligence used to address well-being and health A study by Oracle has revealed that nearly 84 percent of employees have experienced more anxiety and/or stress at work than any year previously. A recent report by WTW showed that focus on well-being and health is a top priority for human resource managers, especially after the pandemic. The advent of digital solutions helps companies consider all aspects…

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November 2021 Sustainability News

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Five leadership approaches to sustainability There are five C-Suite personas when it comes to sustainability action, according to Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO of Stewardship Asia Center (SAC) Singapore, and Founder President of the Leadership Energy Consulting Company, Seattle WA. Steward Leaders: Fully understand what’s at stake, and strongly believe it is their responsibility to address the threats. Rather than customer or…

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Chemical Safety & Regulatory November 2021 News

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EPA strengthens new chemical safety reviews The EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) announced on October 14, 2021, action to strengthen new chemical safety reviews. OCSPP’s New Chemicals Division (NCD) has engaged in a top-to-bottom effort to catalogue, prioritize, and improve its standard operating procedures (SOP), decision making, and recordkeeping practices related to review and management of new chemicals…

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EHS November 2021 News

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Wildfire smoke harms more people in the Eastern U.S. than West, study shows On July 20, a haze blanketed the sky across the eastern half of the United States. People from Washington to New York snapped pictures of the abnormal hues — only to learn that the cause originated from wildfires nearly 3,000 miles away. As large fires smolder in the…

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Federal & State OSHA News

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OSHA issues 2021 Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards OSHA has announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021. The Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for FY 2021 are: 1.   Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,295 violations 2.   Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,527 3.   Ladders (1926.1053): 2,026 4.   Scaffolding (1926.451):…

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California EHS November 2021 News

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Cal/OSHA can issue citations for two new categories of violations A new law (SB 606) significantly expands the enforcement power of Cal/OSHA by creating two new violation categories: “enterprise-wide” violations and “egregious” violations. Enterprise-Wide Violation: This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a violation committed by an employer with multiple worksites is “enterprise-wide” if Cal/OSHA determines that the employer has…

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Covid19 and Delta Variant November 2021 News

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Global supply chains at risk of possible collapse? Global supply chains are at risk of collapse unless governments worldwide restore freedom of movement to transport workers and give them priority over vaccines, a coalition of international business leaders has warned. Workers such as seafarers, truck drivers, and airline workers have endured quarantines, travel restrictions and complex COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements just…

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Suggestions for effective sustainability decision-making

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar Group newsletter editor A U.S. industrial automation company with 23,000 employees and more than $6 billion in annual revenue recently expanded its corporate sustainability team and function. The vice president for sustainability oversees cross-functional workstreams focused on all areas of sustainability. Key team members include the company’s director of environment, health and safety and a sustainability…

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October 2021 Sustainability News

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Climate fears leave 40 percent of young people scared to have kids Forty percent of young people fear having children as a result of the climate crisis, according to a study of 10,000 individuals aged 16-25 published in The Lancet, and reported by Equilibrium, a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. A higher number — about 60…

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