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Evaluating Training Across Organizations and Supply Chains

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Evaluating Training Across Organizations and Supply Chains By Dave Johnson, Phylmar newsletter editor “More than ever organizations need to achieve the very best training and performance improvement possible,” states learning effectiveness experts Robert O. Brinkerhoff and Dennis Dressler. Why? Today’s competitive environment demands a workforce that learns quickly, and consistently turns new learning into organizational, team, and individual performance improvements…

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CDC shortens quarantine recommendations; Biden wants to implement mask mandate

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CDC shortens Its COVID-19 quarantine recommendations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Now, instead of the standard 14-day quarantine it has been recommending, the CDC says that potential exposure warrants a quarantine of 10 or seven days, depending on one’s test results and symptoms, according…

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Cali drafting workplace violence regulation and protecting your workers from Covid-19

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California drafting a workplace violence regulation Three members of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Board) have requested a workplace violence prevention standard for general industry for the state of California.   The latest draft, although an improvement in some ways, according to the Phylmar Regulatory Roundtable (PRR), was of significant concern because it include two new elements: a Workplace…

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Making sustainability part of your supply chain strategy

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Sustainability is one of the most overused terms in supply chain in recent history and can mean different things to different people. However, this does not take away its importance when it comes to assessing a supply chain, according to Material Handling and Logistics magazine. Supply chains are transitioning away from traditional transactional functions, from focusing on a “lowest cost…

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Jan 2021 Textile and Fashion Industry EHS News; Regulating Groups of Chemicals

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Textile chemicals market: Sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives drive developments The global textile chemicals market is expected to reflect a moderate growth for the period of forecast between 2020 to 2030, supported by growing consumer awareness, according to FACT MR research. According to the Fact MR study, the coronavirus outbreak is expected to negatively impact players participating in the textile chemicals market. Supply…

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Long-Term legal consequences of EHS and management decisions

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On 8 December 2020, 28 members of the Phylmar Regulatory Roundtable (PRR)and Phylmar’s BioPharma members’ group were joined by Michael Cooper. Cooper has developed and directed Environmental, Safety, and Health programs in the semiconductor, medical device, grocery, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and foundry industries within the U.S. and abroad. Here is a summary of his comments: There are core obligations…

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EPA releases Fall 2020 Regulatory Agenda, forecasting a busy year ahead for TSCA

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EPA recently released its Fall 2020 regulatory agenda, which includes several important updates to planned actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) concerning section 5 pre-manufacture notification (PMN) content and review procedures, section 6 risk evaluation and management for existing chemicals, CBI claim procedures, risk evaluation fees, and chemical data collection, according to a report by The National Law…

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Workplace fatalities increased 2 percent in 2019; NIOSH creating new facemask efficiency standards

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Workplace fatalities increased 2% in 2019 There were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019, a 2% increase from the 5,250 in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.  The fatal work injury rate was 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, which was the rate reported in 2018.  Key findings from the…

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January 2021 OSHA Updates

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Cal/OSHA sued by group of businesses over updated COVID-19 prevention standards Businesses are suing the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) over updated coronavirus workplace safety rules, saying new mandates could cost them their businesses, according to ABC10. The National Retail Federation, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) along with small businesses Relles Florist, Mayfield Equipment Company,…

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Employers can bar unvaccinated employees from the workplace, EEOC says

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on Dec 16th that employers are entitled — and required — to ensure a safe workplace in which “an individual shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of individuals in the workplace.” That can mean a company requiring its workforce to be vaccinated. There are certain restrictions on employers….

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