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EPA Announces Changes to TSCA Risk Evaluations

On June 30, 2021, EPA announced policy changes for chemical risk evaluations conducted as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act. This provides a new path forward for the first 10 chemicals to go through risk evaluation: 1,4-Dioxane 1-Bromopropane Asbestos Carbon Tetrachloride Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster (HBCD) Methylene Chloride N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) Pigment Violet 29 (PV29) […]

Contractor Gets Jail Time in Trench Fatality

A Colorado contractor has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for a fatal 2018 trench collapse at a Granby, Colorado, work site. The case comes under a partnership between the Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitor’s Office and state and local prosecutors to prosecute employers under state criminal statutes, along with an increased number of […]

Where Are We on Masks and COVID-19?

As guidelines continue to evolve, you may be wondering if you can ditch your supply of disposable face masks. While they became fixtures of the pandemic, disposable face masks are not government-approved personal protective equipment (PPE). But isn’t the pandemic in our rearview mirror? Aren’t we done with masks already? If you’re in the transportation […]

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Supreme Court Delivers Win for Pipeline Industry

By a narrow margin, on June 29, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states cannot use sovereign immunity as a defense to prevent federally approved pipeline projects from being built on state-owned land.

OSHA Warns Employers of Heat Hazards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on July 12 called on employers in Western New York to protect workers from heat stress and illness hazards related to high temperatures. The agency acknowledged the anniversary of a worker’s heat-related fatality in Geneseo, New York. On July 7, 2020, Timothy Barber collapsed at the end of […]

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More Allegations That EPA Scientists Are Pressured To Alter Reports

Whistleblowers responsible for completing chemical risk assessments have come forward with allegations that their reports have been and continue to be “improperly altered to completely eliminate or minimize risk calculations,” according to a complaint filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) on behalf of four scientists who work in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety […]

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Cal/OSHA Warns Employers of Wildfire Smoke Hazards

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) on July 13 reminded employers of their obligation to comply with the state’s protection from wildfire smoke standard, which requires employers to take steps such as moving work operations, modifying work schedules, or providing proper respiratory protection such as N95 respirators in the event of wildfires. There […]

Colorado Whistleblower Complaint Launches Air Permitting Investigation

On July 1, 2021, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced that attorneys at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP have been appointed as special assistant attorneys general to conduct an independent investigation into “allegations regarding alleged improper non-enforcement of air quality standards as alleged by certain Air Pollution Control Division staff at the Colorado Department of […]

National Heat Safety Coalition to Focus on Preventing Heat Illness

In an effort to advocate for workplace heat safety standards, a group of product developers and experts has formed the National Heat Safety Coalition (NHSC). The NHSC was founded by cooling gear developer Mission, personal protective equipment manufacturer Magid, and the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, which provides research, education, and advocacy […]

Ask the Expert: Face Masks and Summer Heat

Our experts at EHS Hero® recently received a subscriber-submitted question regarding guidance to prevent heat illness, specifically for those workers who are wearing masks as a means of COVID-19. Read on to see what our experts had to say. Q: With summer temperatures on the rise and a growing focus on heat related illness, is there any […]