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Petition Urges EPA to Address Alleged TCEQ Air Permitting Violations

Thirteen organizations, led by environmental advocacy heavy hitters Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, and the Sierra Club, petitioned the EPA on June 28, 2022, urging the Agency “to take action in Texas, where the state’s air permitting program has for years failed to meet public participation and environmental justice obligations under federal environmental and civil rights […]

Back to Basics: Oil and Gas Hazards

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine the hazards associated with oil and gas extraction, and OSHA’s recommendations for oil and gas safety. Oil and gas industry workers face all kinds of hazards during all the different industrial […]

Is It Recycling? ‘Advanced’ Recycling Dispute Continues

In September 2021, the EPA published advance notice of proposed rulemaking, soliciting information and requesting comments to assist in the potential development of regulations for pyrolysis and gasification units that are used to convert solid or semi-solid feedstocks to useful products such as energy, fuels, and chemical commodities. The units are currently classified as waste […]

OSHA Developing Six Economically Significant Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing six rule-makings considered economically significant, according to an August 8 Department of Labor (DOL) regulatory agenda notice (87 FR 48358). Two rule-makings in the “prerule” stage address process safety management (PSM) to prevent major chemical accidents and workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. Four other […]

National Safety Week: A Review

As EHSDA’s National Safety Week wraps up, let’s recap the various content offerings that became available throughout the week. The content highlighted how to promote round-the-clock safety and health at your organization by staying up to date on all the latest safety trends. Special thanks to Avetta, KPA, and Industrial Scientific for sponsoring the week. Monday Back to Basics | […]

Dollar Tree Facing $1.2 Million in New OSHA Fines

On August 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced $1,233,364 in new proposed penalties for Dollar Tree Inc. after citing multiple violations at 2 Family Dollar stores in Ohio. Dollar Tree acquired Family Dollar in 2015, according to the agency. The agency cited a Maple Heights, Ohio, store for 1 repeat violation and […]

Faces of EHS: Rachel Walla-Housman on the Future of Safety Training

Rachel Walla-Housman, CSP, CIH is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist with 11 years of experience. She started her career in manufacturing and construction doing everything from field audits to industrial hygiene sampling and eventually moved on to consulting for large consulting firms. In 2017, she began working for herself as a freelance […]

Biden’s Continued Climate Change Battle

President Joseph Biden Jr. announced a series of executive actions on July 20, 2022, to address the “clear and present” danger to the United States presented by climate change and promised additional upcoming executive actions over the next few weeks to combat “this emergency,” states a White House Fact Sheet. Biden announced the actions at […]

Ask the Expert: Claire Beich on Safety Programs, Investment, and the Future

In our latest installment of Ask the Expert, we hear from Claire Beich, the president and owner of Ascend Consulting EHS, LLC, about how to craft and invest in a safety program, and the future of technology and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives in the workplace. Here’s what she had to say. Q: What […]

Your Respiratory Protection Program

Different respirators clearly function differently, offering users two types of respiratory protection. Filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), like N95s and P100s, filter out particles like the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and the particulate matter in wildfire smoke. Other respirators supply clean respirable air. For example, airline respirators use compressed air from a remote source, and […]

OSHA Cites Florida, Wisconsin Employers for Fall Violations

On July 27, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced citations for J & L Roofing Inc. of Pompano Beach, Florida, following an employee’s fatal fall and proposed $74,751 in penalties. On July 28, OSHA announced it also cited Lopez Roofing of Appleton, Wisconsin, with one repeat and one serious violation and proposed penalties […]