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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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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 engaged to assist with technology…

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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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