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Prevent Indoor Mold to Protect Facility Occupants

Mold can happen to any building at any time if the conditions are right. Mold is three things: persistent, resourceful, and low maintenance. It requires very little to live and can sneak right into any type of facility if given the opportunity. Once it starts growing, it can quickly become a large-scale problem and begin […]

Ask the Expert: Forklift Inspection Requirements  

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 the annual inspection requirements for forklifts and other powered industrial vehicles. See what the experts had to say.    Q: Is there an OSHA requirement for […]

CARB Releases Draft Scoping Plan

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its Draft 2022 Scoping Plan Update for public comment on May 10, 2022. These updates describe the state’s approach to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are required every 5 years under Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The state’s current reduction goals […]

First PFAS Test Order Issued By EPA

On June 6, 2022, the EPA issued the first Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) test orders to the Chemours Company, DuPont De Nemours Inc., National Foam Inc., and Johnson Controls Inc. The orders require the companies to conduct and submit testing on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In October 2021, the Agency announced its PFAS […]

Back to Basics: Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Safety

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine forklift hazards and OSHA’s standards for forklift and powered industrial truck safety. Forklifts and powered industrial trucks are used to move materials and to raise, lower, and remove large objects from […]

EPA Announces Water Reuse Interagency Working Group

The EPA recently announced the formation of a Water Reuse Interagency Working Group that is charged with creating and managing actions, tools, and resources to advance the reuse of water across the United States. The group was established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. “Water is an essential resource that we must protect, especially in the […]

Preparing for New Heat Regulation, Enforcement

The signs are clear that federal and state occupational safety and health officials are intently focused on the risks of excessive heat and are responding with outreach, regulation, and enforcement: California issued another “Cal/OSHA Reminder: Protect Outdoor Workers from Heat Illness During Period of Excessive Heat in California” announcement. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration […]

3 Things EHS Managers Should Include in Their Hazard Communication Program

For the past four years, hazard communication has ranked in the top five for OSHA violations across every industry. In other words, organizations need to prioritize effective hazard communication programs. But there are many moving parts to a comprehensive program, and implementing one requires a commitment from everyone on your site. Here are three elements […]

SCOTUS Refuses to Reinstate Order Blocking Use of Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declined to reinstate an order blocking the Biden administration from utilizing the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions (SC GHGs) as a key climate metric in Louisiana v. Biden on May 26, 2022. In February 2021, the U.S. Interagency Working Group (IWG) on the SC GHGs issued “Technical Support Document: […]

Faces of EHS: Bob Cummins on Task Execution and Behavior-Based Safety

Bob Cummins has worked in construction for most of his life. He left school at 16 and got a job as a “chain-lad” for 18 months on a large road job before going to university in 1989 to study civil engineering. In 1997, he became involved in health and safety, taking on safety manager roles […]