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OSHA Wants to Scale Back Coverage of Beryllium Rules

OSHA proposed on Friday, June 23 to exclude construction and shipbuilding from a final rule issued on January 9, 2017 reducing workers’ exposure to beryllium. The lightweight metal is used primarily in foundry and smelting, composites manufacturing, dental lab work, among other applications. Under the proposal only general industry workplaces would be subject to the […]

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Avetta and the EHS Daily Advisor® Announce the Survey Results for Supply Chains and Sustainability Research

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee (June 26, 2017)—EHS Daily Advisor® announces the results of their most recent survey, “2017 Supply Chains and Sustainability” sponsored by Avetta. The Supply Chain and Sustainability Survey was launched in mid-April 2017, and 379 environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals have shared their insights into how their companies are managing the safety risks […]

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Telecommunication manual high worker engineer repairing 260 feet tall mobile base station (communication tower), high angle of view.

Contractor Vetting Is Key in Communication Tower Safety

It’s simple enough to identify the hazards of communication tower work: falls and structural collapses, rigging and hoisting practices, and struck-by hazards. What’s sticky is the question of who is responsible for workers’ safety in an industry that employs multiple layers of contractors.

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Black Swans and Swiss Cheese: Incidents with Small Probability but Big Consequences

At Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference and exposition of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Debby Shewitz, CSP, and Carol J. Robinson, CSP, CIH, spoke to safety professionals about so-called “black swan” events in a session titled “Understanding Low Probability, High Consequence Events.”

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AG Sessions Issues Memo Cutting 3rd Party NGOs from SEP Policy

The reach of supplemental environmental projects (SEPs), a 40-year old EPA policy used in enforcement settlements, has been truncated under a recent memo issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The memo specifically prohibits attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from entering into agreements on behalf of the United States, which directs or […]

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Judge Rules Corps Must Revise the Dakota Pipeline EIS

Operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) hit a potential roadblock when a federal district judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) had approved the project without adequately considering the rights of the Sioux tribe living on the Standing Rock Reservation, which spans the North Dakota/South Dakota border near Lake Oahe. The pipeline […]

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Fourth Authorization Nearing for Pesticide Registration Bill

PRIA said to benefit all stakeholders There may be no precedent for the current level of divisiveness over federal environmental laws and regulations. But within this storm there are several islands of bipartisanship that suggest it is possible to design programs that achieve that elusive balance between environmental protection and economic growth. One such exception […]

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Safety Culture 2017: BLR’s Forum for Employee Engagement and Safety Culture Improvement

BLR’s Safety Culture 2017 will come to Austin, Texas this September 11 and 12. The conference, geared to both HR and safety professionals, will focus on how employers can improve safety compliance and enhance worker performance, with participants leaving with a powerful action plan to improve culture at their organizations based on case studies and […]

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Safety 2017: Leadership Tips for Frontline Supervisors

At Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Judy L. Agnew, PhD, senior vice president of safety solutions with Aubrey Daniels International, spoke to a large room filled with safety professionals in a session titled “Setting Frontline Supervisors Up for Success in Safety.”

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A New Model for PSM at Refineries

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) recently made good on its efforts to establish strict process safety measures at oil refineries in the wake of a refinery explosion in Richmond.

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