COVID-19 Variant Surges: 11 Key Questions and Answers for Employers

Like you, we had hoped COVID-19-related issues would have waned by now and we could all move forward with a return to “normal.” Not so fast, apparently, as the disease’s delta variant has surged, and tensions between the pro- and antivaccination contingents have heightened. More employers are taking charge of the coronavirus narrative at work, […]

Faces of EHS: Jade Nelson Talks Being Yourself and Letting Passion Drive You

Before Jade Nelson got her start in the environmental, health, and safety (EHS) field, she always thought she would work in a private practice as a doctor, creating and maintaining a forward-thinking culture. One day, however, Nelson was invited to participate in a safety committee meeting at her job – and that’s when she had […]

New York Bans New Sales of Gas-Powered Vehicles Beginning in 2035

New York has passed legislation to ban the sale or lease of new gas-powered cars and trucks in the state beginning in 2035. Governor Kathy Hochul signed Assembly Bill A4302/S2758 into law on September 8. The law set the goal for the state to require zero emissions for any new cars, trucks, off-road vehicles, and […]

EPA Rescinds Previous CWA Guidance Requirements

The EPA on September 16 rescinded its guidance document entitled “Applying the Supreme Court’s County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program.” This guidance document was issued on January 14, 2021, by the Trump administration. “Using the tools provided by the […]

EPA Considers Rulemaking Related to Pyrolysis and Gasification Units

The EPA on September 8 issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) and called for public comments in the potential development of regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units that are used to convert solid or semisolid feedstocks into useful products. The feedstocks include solid waste (municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, hospital/medical/infectious waste, […]

OSHA Launches Heat Stress Initiatives

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) September 20 announced “enhanced and expanded efforts” to address worker exposures to excessive heat and heat-related illnesses. The agency will develop a National Emphasis Program (NEP) and workplace heat standards, according to a White House announcement of interagency efforts to address heat hazards. An advance notice of proposed […]

Ask the Expert: Leading Edge Retractable Compliance Guidelines for Roofers

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®, we look at a recent question from a subscriber asking if there are leading edge retractable compliance guidelines for roofers. See what the experts had to say. Q: Are there leading edge retractable compliance guidelines […]

NIOSH Adds Four Total Worker Health Program Centers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) September 16 announced the addition of four new Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (TWH). New Centers of Excellence in California, Maryland, North Carolina, and Utah now join the program’s six existing centers in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Oregon. NIOSH’s TWH approach combines […]

OSHA Launches Tree Care Enforcement Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) September 14 announced its Region 1 office has launched a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for tree care and landscaping operations. Region 1 consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. “We are taking this action to raise awareness and improve worker safety in these industries. […]

How Can OSHA Even Require Vaccines?

How is it that President Joe Biden can order the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to establish an emergency rule that requires employers to vaccinate all their employees or test them for COVID-19? Is this normal? How does OSHA even have that kind of authority? Like much since the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared […]