The Constitution is silent on protection of the environment, and so environmental cases did not provide the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a convenient opening to expand on his belief in originalism—the position that the Constitution means what the framers wanted it to mean when they wrote it and that meaning does not […]
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a final rule amending its hazardous materials regulations (HMRs) for rail tank cars carrying flammable liquids. Mainly, the rule modifies PHMSA’s May 2015 final rule intended to enhance operational controls for high-hazard flammable trains (HHFTs).
In a case that set several precedents, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied an appeal from environmental groups seeking to have the court review a final decision by the EPA to grant a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit for a new biomass-burning power plant planned by Sierra […]
With the economy down, employees’ stress levels are up—no surprise there. But it’s a legitimate cause for concern for most employers, so today we bring you some strategies to help keep your employees from burning out. According to a new poll by Free & Clear, 86 percent of employers are concerned about the level of […]
With the hazard communication standard already a regular fixture on OSHA’s most frequently cited standards list, it’s more important now than ever before to understand how GHS affects your hazard communication obligations. It’s important to remember that your hazard communication requirements will not be reduced by the Globally Harmonized System (GHS); they will simply be […]
According to a recent report by EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Agency has not collected information on occurrences of agricultural worker exposure to dangerous pesticides and, therefore, cannot gauge the effect of its regulations to protect workers from those exposures. The OIG offered this assessment in the context of EPA’s 2015 revision of […]
All this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners nationwide. Take a look at some of the EHS Daily Advisor’s recent best practice articles that help these unique companies boost their environment, health, and safety compliance efforts.
Yesterday, we answered some key questions about lockout/tagout requirements. Today, we answer additional questions, and tell you about a safety resource that can answer so many more—about lockout and a multitude of other safety and health concerns. Q. Can a duplicate key for the purpose of lock removal under LOTO be held in a secure […]
Colleges and universities play an important role in promoting workplace safety and health through degree and certificate courses and other programs aimed at working safety professionals. Today, we feature two such institutions. Rochester Institute of Technology (RTI) is one of the institutions that teaches OTI Education Center courses. RTI is authorized to deliver more than […]
Approximately 30 million Americans are exposed to high noise levels on the job. Long-term exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing loss. That’s why OSHA requires employers to provide training and hearing protection when employees are exposed to harmful noise levels. Too much noise can affect employees’ safety and health. We know that […]