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December 2021 Sustainability News

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Is sustainability the next frontier for luxury brands? Luxury brands can no longer ignore the subject of sustainability, according to an article in Forbes magazine. Due to their expansive visibility — perhaps more than their impact — they must face sustainable scrutiny. The new generation of consumers, who, in 2018 alone, drove 85% of luxury sales growth, consists primarily of millennials…

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December 2021 Chemical Safety & Regulatory News

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EPA announces forthcoming regulations to curb methane emissions from oil and gas sources On November 2, 2021, the EPA announced a proposed rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas sources. The proposed rule is part of the Biden Administration’s U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan, which was simultaneously unveiled by the EPA as President Biden and world leaders…

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December 2021 Federal & State OSHA News

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Democrats push for ten-fold increase in OSHA penalties The wide-ranging package of Democratic social spending priorities that passed the House in November and is pending in the Senate would increase the maximum penalty to $70,000 for a serious workplace violation and to $700,000 for a willful or repeated violation. The current top fines for those categories are $13,653 and $136,532. The legislation…

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December 2021 California EHS News

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California considers ranking heat waves after investigation of extreme heat deaths California could become the first state in the nation to adopt a ranking system for heat waves, much the way meteorologists categorize hurricanes. Legislation announced by state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara would create a system to warn communities of potentially deadly heat and encourage official action on prevention strategies….

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December 2021 COVID-19 News

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OSHA’s vaccine mandate could be headed to the Supreme Court The fight over the judicial stay of OSHA’s Covid-19 shot-or-test rule, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued Nov. 6, could be “the whole ballgame, from a practical standpoint,” said Sean Marotta, an appellate attorney at Hogan Lovells. He noted the six-month emergency rule is set to expire in early…

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Insiders’ perspectives: Are leading indicators reliable measures of safety performance?

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar Group newsletter editor Not one person on an expert panel of six global safety and health professionals could come up with an example of a company that made a significant positive pivot in safety and health performance based on a leading indicator, according to a July, 2021, article in Industrial Health and Safety Review. This apparent…

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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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