In a 2-to-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the EPA veered outside its statutory authority when it issued a rule in 2015 that ordered manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in their products because the substances contributed to climate change. Accordingly, the court remanded that part of the […]
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “core statutory mission” includes implementing the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and particularly completing new chemical reviews more quickly. Upon taking charge of the Agency, one of Pruitt’s initial challenges was reducing a backlog of 600 new chemicals stuck in the EPA review process. Now, 6 months […]
Laboratories are a unique environment when it comes to chemical hazards. Laboratory workers use a broad variety of chemicals, in relatively small quantities, and in combinations and bench-scale procedures that may be unlike anything found in a larger-scale operation. But that doesn’t mean that their chemical exposures are insignificant. In fact, lab workers may be […]
A requirement to place wireless continuous monitors on containers at off-site waste and recovery operations (OSWROs) to detect leaks from pressure relief devices (PRDs) would be eliminated under an EPA proposal (August 7, 2017, FR).
A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 9.4 percent of the population is living with diabetes. Another 84 million have prediabetes, a condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes within 5 years if not treated. The CDC says the rate of new cases remains steady, but […]
When your workers go to the vending machines in their work area, they probably expect to be able to get a soda and a bag of chips. If your company is trying to encourage healthier food choices, workers may find bottled water and nuts instead. If you’re really looking to expand your workers’ options and […]
An analysis of federal statistics finds that older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, despite a general decrease in the number of workplace fatalities.
There is strong bipartisan support in Congress behind a bill that would improve an existing federal tax credit to promote and spur carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies and processes.
Losing temporary employees prematurely is bound to create challenges tied to productivity, morale and the overall bottom line. So what drives majority of contract workers to leave an assignment early? Your safety and onboarding strategy, or lack thereof, may be a strong indicator.
Pyrolysis, a process that converts certain post-consumer plastics into fuel and other chemistry products, has the added benefit of emitting low amounts of air pollution when compared to facilities in some industrial sectors.