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Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Asbestos in 2018

Each year on September 26, the mesothelioma community raises awareness for this aggressive and rare cancer on Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This year is the 14th anniversary of the awareness day, which was established in 2004 by the Meso Foundation to bring awareness to the disease and allow community members to come together.

New York construction

The Bar Has Been Raised for NYC Construction Training

The latest trend in safety for construction workers may have been established by a New York City (NYC) law signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in October 2017. Local Law 196 established new training requirements for employees at certain construction jobsites. The requirement—a minimum number of hours of training on specific safety subjects for workers […]

Transportation fuel oil gas

GHG Program in Oregon Found (Appropriately) Discriminatory

In a majority opinion, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that Oregon state violated neither the dormant Interstate Commerce Clause nor a provision of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) when it assigned a carbon intensity value to transportation fuels produced out of state and imported into Oregon, […]

Back pain ergonomics

What to Do if Your Chair Hurts Your Back

It’s one of the most common ergonomic injuries—back pain. A lot of the blame is falling on how chair design has evolved over the years. Even if you can’t do anything about the chair you sit in at work, here are a few tips and tricks for minimizing the risk of discomfort and possible injury.

OSHA log

Prevent Incidents Using the OSHA 300 Log

You may have wondered why OSHA and OSHA-authorized states refer to occurrences in which workers are injured or killed as incidents, not accidents. The main reason is that, by the dictionary definition, an accident is an “unexpected or unforeseen” incident that usually results in injury or damage. To take an extreme example, an airplane that […]

Cooperative federalism

Collaborative Enforcement: EPA and the States

In September 2017, the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) kicked off a work group to find ways “to improve the state-federal relationship in the context of compliance assurance.”

Can Class 9 Placards Get You Into Trouble If Your Shipment Isn’t HazMat?

Question: I understand that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous material regulations do not require a Class 9 placard for domestic transportation of either non-bulk or bulk shipments but that some shippers decide to attach a placard to their Class 9 domestic hazmat shipment with the applicable UN number even when the placard is not […]