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States Bolster Use of SEPs

With Congress and the Trump administration intending to ease compliance costs for businesses, the Environmental Council of States (ECOS) recently passed a resolution to bolster the use of supplemental environmental projects (SEPs) in environmental settlements.

Slight Cuts for OSHA in Proposed Budget

The proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2018 is out, and President Trump is asking Congress to approve an overall cut of $2.4 billion for the Department of Labor (DOL), a reduction of 21 percent.

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Virginia Governor Orders Rulemaking to Reduce GHGs

Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has directed the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to begin rulemaking to establish a statewide cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil-fuel power plants.

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Bringing a Worker Back In—Where’s the Payoff?

If a highly skilled worker is injured or becomes sick, it’s easy to see the monetary benefits of getting that worker back to work as soon as possible. But what about your less skilled workers? What’s the benefit of making an effort to get them back to work in a hurry? Are you better off […]

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5 Steps for Successfully Managing Diversity

Your workforce, your customers, and your markets are increasingly diverse. To promote individual and organizational success, you must welcome diversity and manage it well. These five steps will help you to manage diversity effectively.

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Looking for Safety Meeting Topics? Here’s a Whole Year of Ideas

Why reinvent the wheel when there are so many ready-made safety observances to link up to? The National Safety Council (NSC) publishes an annual list of safety meeting topics. Here are some highlights. With January already passed, it’s too late for National Radon Action month, but there’s still plenty of time to design some safety […]

Fire Drills: Why, When, and How

Preparation is the key to effective response to workplace fires. Fire drills help prepare employees to respond quickly, calmly, and safely. Fire drills play a very important role in workplace fire safety. Although OSHA does not require fire drills, it strongly recommends them.