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Warehouse Worker Deaths and Injuries Higher than Average

With e-commerce exploding, retailers (sometimes called e-tailers!) have an increasing need for warehouses to store their goods for shipment. And one of the biggest needs in warehouses is speed. While robots are increasingly being used in warehouses, there will always be human workers, and worker safety will remain paramount. Will there be a growth in […]

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The Health Risks of a Noisy Commute

That noisy ride to and from work on a commuter train may be more than annoying. It could be detrimental to your health, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. And trains aren’t the only problem. While most sounds you hear while walking, cycling, driving, or taking transit fall within safe levels, sudden bursts […]

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Two National Monuments Modified by Trump Proclamations

On Monday, President Donald Trump issued two proclamations “modifying” the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah: Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). Under the proclamations, the area in the BENM protected under the federal 1906 Antiquities Act will be reduced by 85 percent from 1.35 million acres to 201,876 […]

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Before the Stormwater Tsunami Hits

The next industrial stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) is due in 2020. Even if the current EPA officials manage to put in place its deregulation agenda, this 2020 permit is subject to a settlement that could significantly increase the industrial stormwater permitting reach and associated costs. Here’s what’s going on and what you can do.

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Multimillion Dollar Settlement in Airline Return-to-Work Case

American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock, currently valued at over $14 million, and provide other relief to settle a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which brought the suit, claims the airlines unlawfully denied reasonable accommodations to hundreds of employees. Envoy Air is described […]

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CEQ Nominee Softens Past Statements in Hearing

During a nomination hearing, Kathleen Harnett White, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) was asked to explain multiple past statements that troubled Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW). In a subsequent vote, the EPW approved White for a full Senate vote; all Democrats […]

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A Stormwater Tsunami Possible for Industrial Facilities

Well, you’re just getting used to new obligations under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial facilities. Do you really have to start thinking about the next iteration of the MSGP? The answer is yes—and not just for those currently subject to the federal industrial MSGP […]

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EPA: TSCA Small Business Definition Will Change

The EPA announced that it has determined that a revision of the current small business size standards under a section of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is warranted. Although the Agency does not indicate how the standards will change, it does state that based on current economic conditions, the levels used to define a […]

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Ergonomics the Focus of OSHA Construction Roundtable

OSHA’s Alliance Program Construction Roundtable is a forum for employers to share information and address challenges. Participants represent organizations in OSHA’s construction alliance program. In a recent blog post, Dr. John W. Mroszczyk provided an update on the work of the group and shared statistics about ongoing challenges the industry faces.

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Stormwater Annual Reports Coming Due

If your facility is covered under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial facilities (MSGP), your electronic annual report is due by January 30, 2018, covering the period up to December 31, 2017. And, it’s time to get ready for next year’s report.

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