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U.S. Manufacturing Reducing Energy Intensity

U.S. manufacturing has been making progress in reducing its energy intensity, reports the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In its eighth Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS), the EIA found that from 2010 to 2014, manufacturing fuel consumption increased by 4.7 percent, while real gross output increased by 9.6 percent—or more than twice that rate—resulting in a […]

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Climate Science Report Receives Varied Levels of Interest

The final version of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s (GCRP) Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) leaves unchanged all the major findings and conclusions contained in a draft of the report that was leaked to the news media and the public in August 2017. The CSSR was assembled by the nation’s most qualified climate scientists, […]

Super Safety Meeting Secrets, Part 2: Training Technique

To liven up that safety meeting, remember this refrain: Personalize, relate, repeat, rephrase, and for goodness sakes, be enthusiastic!“How do I make my safety training meetings more effective and memorable?” That’s the question our training experts get repeatedly. Yesterday, we began to answer it, using guidance provided in the BLR program, Safety Meeting Repros, and […]

Asbestos? Is That Still an Issue?

Asbestos was, and still is, a widely used substance. Today our Safety Training Tips editor provides some tips to help your employees avoid potentially dangerous exposures. Asbestos fibers are tough, flexible, heat- and fire-resistant, and they provide effective insulation and soundproofing. That’s why asbestos may be found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation materials, in […]

Proposal Looks to Add NGP to Toxics Release Inventory

In a proposal that will likely be viewed by the new administration as another attack by the Obama administration on fossil fuels, the EPA is seeking to add natural gas processing (NGP) facilities to the industrial sectors that must report under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), better known as […]

Strong City Responses to Climate Change—Study Shows

Based on responses to a survey from 66 cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) reports that cities are making progress in responding to climate change, identifying innovative approaches to energy efficiency, and sharing information and results with mayors nationwide. The USCM conducted the survey jointly with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). […]

Workers’ Comp Rates Fall, But Beware the ‘Mod’

Employers are happy to see lower workers’ compensation insurance rates, but there’s a factor that can drive them right back up, and it’s one completely under their control.To hear Frank Pennachio tell it, there’s danger even in good news. Pennachio is a cofounder of the Institute of WorkComp Professionals, a group that certifies insurance professionals […]

Safety from the Foundation Up: Olympic OSH Success

Yesterday, we talked about the foundations of workplace safety. Today, we highlight the safety foundations of a special workplace—the construction site of the London Olympics. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), a global safety organization, says companies can learn a lot from the safety and health success of the Olympic building effort in […]

Is Your Community Following EPA’s Advice?

CARE About Your Community EPA’s CARE (Community Action for a Renewed Environment) program encourages community leaders to be in the forefront of learning about and reducing environmental risks and impacts. While CARE used to provide grants to communities, at this point it does not because of a lack of congressional funding. However, the Agency is […]

Make Sure You’ve Got Your Employees’ Backs

With more than 500 work-related back injuries reported every day in U.S. workplaces, it’s no wonder you need to be concerned about preventing employee back injuries. An employee reaches up to a shelf to take down a carton and strains her back. A worker lifts a heavy load by himself when he should have gotten […]