Texas fertilizer plant explosion, climate lawsuit challenges Obama administration, China hints at climate legislation and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • The devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, and it’s aftermath. 
  • About half-a-million in fines for willful and repeat violations.
  • Climate news in the US and China, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Intelex hits the streets for Corporate Clean-Up Day 2013!

Well, our coveralls may be a little stained and our gloves may be a little blackened by the dirt, but we at Intelex can celebrate another successful community clean up!

In advance of Earth Day (Monday, April 22) the City  of Toronto held its annual Corporate Clean-Up Day today, and Intelex participated in full force. Last year we made our way up to Toronto’s beautiful Trinity Bellwoods Park to collect litter from the park grounds, but this year we decided to take it to the streets. Just before noon about 30 Intelexians donned white coveralls and green gloves before heading out to pick up any garbage we could find around our headquarters at King and Strachan. Members of the Green Team as well as other interested Intelexians scavenged the grounds surrounding our office, looking for any litter we could find and putting it in its proper place. We found tons … Read more...

‘The boss as the hazard’, McCarthy’s confirmation hearing, Obama budget and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Obama’s budget numbers for OSHA and other programs. 
  • The whole notion of your boss as an occupational hazard gains traction with OSHA.
  • Nominee for EPA head faces grilling at confirmation hearing, and a whole lot more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Report invokes questions over OSHA’s farm exemption, Supreme Court moves to limit penalties, and big news for the US wind market on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NPR/CPI Report gets people questioning whether it is time for a change in OSHA’s safety exemption for farms. 
  • Supreme Court moves to curb OSHA’s ability to seek civil penalties.
  • Huge news for the US wind industry, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Think I2P2 ain’t happening? Think again.

So, there’s been some doubt OSHA’s ‘fabled’ I2P2 initiative – a massive Injury and Illness Protection Program – will be unveiled and enforced any time in the near future, there’s even been some speculation over whether it will be implemented at all. But I can assure you, these are just notions, and I2P2 will be implemented in the near future. In fact, probably this year, if not early 2014.

That said, it is understandable there’s been concern over the sheer amount of time it has taken for OSHA to finalize I2P2. Back in 2010, OSHA head Dr. David Michaels indicated it was ‘coming’. But then the U.S. midterm elections happened, and since regulation is a polarizing topic across the U.S., I2P2 talk was hushed. 

Then in January 2012 Michaels said it was OSHA’s “top priority” for the year. Then towards the end of the year health and safety leaders were … Read more...

The 80-20 inversion: how we waste time and money when we don’t have automated systems

Tracking and analyzing near-misses and at-risk behaviours should be central to any preventive health and safety management system. In 2003 ConocoPhillips Marine conducted a study that indicated that for every workplace fatality, there were at least 300,000 at-risk behaviours – basically, activities inconsistent with health and safety rules – and about 3,000 near misses. This applies across organizations of any size and is the basis of the classic Safety Pyramid. And the same essential dynamic also applies in any Quality Management System (QMS), except instead of lost time and fatalities, we’re looking at defects, recalls, rework, and huge brand damage. However, too often businesses fail to track recordable injuries, lost time and fatalities, and in the QMS sphere they fail to track the same kinds of proactive data. 

But tracking near misses, at-risk behaviours, and potential quality issues can be a challenging and exhaustive task for any business, especially when … Read more...

Roadway construction injuries still a huge threat, OSHA awards app winners, Dems push Obama on EPA regs, and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Heads up! Road and highway construction zones are still a huge threat to construction worker safety! 
  • Feds pull back from battle on cigarette warnings.
  • Foursome of Dems push Obama on EPA GHG standards, and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

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Intelex awarded for awesome company culture!

We’re thrilled to announce that Intelex has been included in AceTech’s 2013 Leadership Initiative, a program that recognizes technology companies across Ontario for their expertise and thought leadership, and provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and best practices. 

Intelex was singled out for its awesome company culture, and President and CEO Mark Jaine will deliver a presentation on just that at the Wisdom Exchange during AceTech’s annual retreat in June. AceTech, for the record, is a non-profit organization that connects tech CEOs and executives in the name of learning, networking and sharing experiences.

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Workers are still dying from carbon monoxide exposure

OSHA is currently reminding employers to protect their employees from the serious effects of carbon monoxide exposure. This is in the wake of a New England worker who was found unconscious near his workstation, experiencing seizures as a result of carbon monoxide exposure. Within days, a number of other workers at the site became sick as well.

What did the investigation show? All the windows and doors in the facility were closed tightly to conserve heat in the face of winter temperatures, but the real problem was the lack of any sort of exhaust ventilation, and this was a site with a lot of combustion mechanisms indoors — a sure fire recipe for carbon monoxide exposure.

It seems like it ought to be an archaic problem, but every year workers die on the job as a result of carbon monoxide exposure. And it is particularly bad in winter when, as … Read more...

Employer bans kettles, cites health and safety concern, U.S. Navy head indicates top security threat, senators want VPP codified and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • A curious case in the UK of an employer banning kettles at work due to health and safety concerns. 
  • Head of the U.S.’s Pacific Navy indicates his top security threat, and it’s not what you might expect.
  • Rare show of bipartisan support to codify VPP, and lots more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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