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3 Problems With Cutting Your Safety Program

Experts have gone back and forth about whether we’re technically in a recession. But as the dust settles, one thing’s clear: companies feel like there’s an economic slowdown—and they’re looking for ways to cut costs. For many companies, safety programs might be first on the chopping block. But if you’re thinking about a program cut, […]

Faces of EHS: Adele Abrams on Staying the Course Ethically

Adele Abrams is an attorney, safety professional and trainer who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. Adele is an Associate Safety Professional, and Certified Mine Safety Professional, and she instructs on employment law at University of Colorado and Catholic […]

Climate Lawsuits Sent Back to State Courts

In an opinion dated August 17, 2022, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld federal district court rulings in Delaware and New Jersey that state courts are the proper venue for two climate change lawsuits brought against big oil companies. Two different lawsuits, one filed by the City of Hoboken and the other by the […]

OSHA Holding Excavation, Trench Training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will co-host an excavation and trenching safety training event September 16 in Southlake, Texas, with the North Texas National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA North Texas). In July, OSHA announced plans for 1,000 site inspections to address a rise in trenching and excavation fatalities. In the first six months […]

Ask the Expert: Safety Data Sheet Access

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 about worker access to Safety Data Sheets (SDS). See what the experts had to say. Q: Define the access workers need to have for Safety Data […]

OSHA Orders Wells Fargo to Pay Whistleblower $22 Million

On September 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that Wells Fargo violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by improperly terminating a Chicago area-based senior manager in the company’s commercial banking segment. The agency ordered the San Francisco-based bank to pay the employee more than $22 million to cover back […]

What Does the IRA Mean for Climate Change Regulations?

Although the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) contains many incentives for companies to decarbonize, it also contains a hidden gem for the EPA by quietly bolstering the Clean Air Act (CAA). “The IRA repeatedly defines greenhouse gas (GHG) as a form of air pollution,” reports The Atlantic. “It amends several sections of the [CAA] to define […]

Preventing Heat-Related Injuries

With the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Outdoor and Indoor Related Hazards being effective as of April 8, 2022, employers are advised to take note of the program’s instructions to avoid “largely preventable” heat-related illnesses. “Despite widespread under-reporting, 43 workers died from heat illness in 2019, and at least […]

Back to Basics: Ergonomic Hazards and Solutions

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine ergonomic hazards, solutions, and musculoskeletal disorder prevention. Ergonomics is defined by OSHA as “fitting a job to a person,” and it can help lessen muscle fatigue, increase productivity, and reduce the […]

Changes to the EPA’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List

In recent weeks, the EPA has made two announcements about new chemicals added to its Safer Chemicals Ingredients List (SCIL). The SCIL is a “living list of chemicals by functional-use class that EPA’s Safer Choice program has evaluated and determined meet the Safer Choice Standard.” Products containing chemicals on the SCIL are the gold standard […]