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Needed: Innovative thinking to prevent serious injuries and fatalities

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By Dave Johnson, Phylmar Group Newsletter Editor Serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) are a frustrating workplace safety issue for more reasons than one. SIFs for years have stubbornly resisted efforts by some of the world’s most elite occupational health and safety programs to reduce their numbers. In 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported employers suffered 5,915 work-related…

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EHS News

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Communicating with your employees could be challenging in a crisis According to the results of Rave Mobile Safety’s 2021 Workplace Safety and Preparedness Survey, as reported in Forbes: The most common methods of communication for workplaces were email and alerting employees in-person, which risk leaving workers uninformed. Only 16% said their employers used mobile apps to communicate in a crisis. A third…

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Sustainability News

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Sustainability stands out as post-pandemic trend The importance of sustainability to consumers has “massively increased in importance even among lower incomes,” said Konstantinos Apostolatos, managing director and senior partner for The Boston Consulting Group. The accelerated interest is going to change how companies communicate with consumers and collaborate with their customers and suppliers, according to the Food Business News. Francois…

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Chemical Safety & Regulatory News

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TSCA risk management may include new risk assessments EPA is reviewing all of the first 10 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical risk evaluations to determine whether the agency needs to reopen those risk evaluations to include additional chemical use and exposure pathways that were previously excluded (e.g., EPA had determined not to include air emissions that were already regulated…

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ESG stock ratings vary widely

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Investment money is pouring into stocks that get good grades on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, but determining how high- and low-rated companies perform is nearly impossible due to inconsistencies in the way they are rated, according to The Wall Street Journal. Depending on the time period and the provider of ESG data (Refinitiv; MSCI, Inc.; and Sustainalytics were…

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California EHS News

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California loosens mask rules for vaccinated employees California on June 17 moved to end physical distancing requirements for all workers and allow most fully vaccinated employees in many workplaces to stop wearing masks, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The 5-1 decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board followed more than two hours of public…

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OSHA News

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Unions seek appeals court review of OSHA virus standard The AFL-CIO two individual unions are asking federal appeals courts to review OSHA’s new Covid-19 emergency temporary standard for the health-care industry. The AFL-CIO and United Food and Commercial Workers filed a joint petition June 24 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, complaining the OSHA measure was…

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OSHA issues a new Covid safety rule, but only for the health care industry

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OSHA in June announced a rule outlining steps employers must take to protect workers from the risk of Covid-19, but it will apply only to the health care industry, not to other high-risk workplaces, as the Biden administration initially indicated. “The science tells us that health care workers, particularly those who come into regular contact with the virus, are most at risk at…

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Mask mandate continues for most California workplaces

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At a marathon public meeting June 3rd, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously approved a revised Cal/OSHA proposal that allows workers to go maskless in only a few circumstances including:  everyone in a room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus,  or workers are outdoors and not within six feet of other people, according to an AP report. …

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OSHA News

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OSHA proposes new requirements for building stairs, handrails The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed changes to its rule for fall protection in factories, warehouses, and other completed buildings, hoping to end confusion over its requirements for handrails and stairs. If finalized, the changes would make it clear that handrails are required only on open sides of stairs; height requirements for…

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