Category: EHS Administration

Pesticide label

Do You Understand Placement of Pesticide First-Aid Statements?

Inclusion of first-aid statements on pesticide labels is governed by regulations at 40 CFR 156.68. The fundamental requirement is that all pesticides that have “systemic effects in Category I, II, or III, or skin or eye irritation effects in Category I or II” must bear a first-aid statement. (Category I pesticides have high toxicity; Category […]

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Safety Groups Fight for OSH Funding

Leading safety organizations are appealing to members of Congress to preserve federal funding for OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Read on to find out why concern is high.

Public Comments Requested on GHG Draft Inventory

The EPA is requesting public comments on its Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2015. The Draft Inventory contains estimates of U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions.

OSHA’s Antiretaliation Program Guidelines: Protecting Workers’ Right to Report

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long administered the whistleblower protection programs for itself and other federal agencies. If a worker speaks up about regulatory compliance issues or safety, and suffers a change in work status, OSHA will investigate to determine whether the change resulted from illegal retaliation. But OSHA doesn’t just want […]

Federal Railroad Administration Reminds Workers that OSHA Standards Apply to Them

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is not the only agency that makes rules protecting worker safety and health. Nuclear plants, for example, are subject to the rules of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); airlines are subject to safety rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Railroads, too, have their own safety […]

Workplace Injury? The Buck Stops with You

One of the most confusing tasks for environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers has to do with recording and reporting workplace injuries. Sometimes, it is very clear when a workplace injury occurs—and sometimes, it is not so easy. In a recent letter of interpretation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not shed much […]

Is Your Worker’s Compensation Insurer Defrauding You?

You’re probably on the lookout for workers who file fraudulent workers’ compensation claims—but how carefully are you watching your insurer? There has been a great deal of emphasis on claimant fraud, healthcare provider fraud, and employer fraud in the workers’ compensation system, but insurer fraud has received relatively little attention.