The post-election regulation landscape, chaos in Fresno 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:

  • What the U.S. regulatory landscape might look like over the next four years.
  • Progress in reducing incidents in the meat industry.
  • Worker violence in Fresno 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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Think wind power can’t meet our needs? The EU is getting closer to proving you wrong.

While climate talk has by no means been centre stage in this year’s presidential election, it’s quite a different story across the pond. In recent years, the comparatively progressive European Union member states have been turning up the dial on climate concern, and it’s not all hot air. They’ve undertaken a number of initiatives recently, particularly on the wind front, and the numbers are in…and they’re impressive, to say the least.

Though wind power is rarely taken seriously in North America, it’s practically a religion across many parts of Europe. That could be fueled in part by a 2009 European Environment Agency report that confirmed that the continent’s onshore and offshore wind energy potential, harnessed, could meet the EU’s overall energy needs many times over.

A significant milestone was announced last week when the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reported that more than 100 GW of wind power have … Read more...

Workplace fatality stats from 2011, an OSHA employee impersonator’s indictment, GHS update 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:

  • Stats on 2011 workplace fatalities and ASSE’s reaction.
  • The tale of an imposter OSHA trainer and the fallout she faces.
  • A big update to the GHS, 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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ASSE’s recommendations on OSHA’s VPP program, alarming U.S. drought data, the link between OSHA regs and Presidential Election years, and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we take a look at the top stories in environment, health and safety news, including:

  • ASSE recommendations on OSHA’s VPP program.
  • Severe drought affecting up to four-fifths of the U.S.
  • Data on the relationship between OSHA rulemakings before U.S. Presidential Elections, 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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Democratic climate platform at DNC, OSHA violator goes bankrupt, fall protection delays and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we take a look at the top stories in environment, health and safety news, including:

  • Fall protection enforcement delays for residential contractors.
  • A repeat OSHA violate files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
  • Democrats reveal cliamte/environment platform at DNC, 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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Alarming news on fatality rates in cell tower construction, drought and climate coverage in U.S. media and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we take a look at the top stories in environment, health and safety news, including:

  • Alarming news on the fatality rates in cell tower construction.
  • A look at a state investigation five years after a flash fire claimed the life of a worker at a Franklin factory. 
  • Continuing covwerage of the worst drought in recent memory and the Mississippi river’s historically low levels. Also news on a study on the U.S. media’s coverage of climate change, 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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Alarming news on global coal consumption, a mysterious update on OSHA’s I2P2 program, EPA’s soot regulations and more on EHS This Week

What? More whistleblower news? You guessed it. Kind of a trend recently on EHS This Week, the only weekly podcast to round up the top stories in EHS news around the world. 

This week we’ve got a ton of great (and not so great) news. We discuss the emerging OSHA whistleblower committee, strange news on OSHA’s upcoming (or is it?) injury and illness prevention program, and new EPA regulations on soot. 

Take a listen and don’t forget to send your comments and suggestions to paul@ehsthisweek.com.

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More whistleblower news, signs of EPA and Texas climate progress, deaths in fertilizer blasts and more on EHS This Week

This week Kristy and I discuss another whistleblower case, EPA’s work with Texas on a clean air plan, blasts at a Mississippi fertilizer plant, Mexico’s climate legislation and more.

Got an idea for an EHS story? Care to come on our program? Just write us at paul@ehsthisweek.com and we’ll make it happen.

Enjoy the show!

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Tons of OSHA news, energy and climate initiatives out of Scotland and Australia, and more on EHS This Week Podcast

This week Kristy and I discuss revised rules on hazardous dust explosions, Scotland’s Climate Justice initiative (the first of its kind in the world), energy investments in Australia, all sorts of OSHA news and a whole lot more. 

Got an idea for an EHS story? Care to come on our program? Just write us at paul@ehsthisweek.com and we’ll make it happen.

Enjoy the show!

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NAOSH Week, big South Korea climate news, interesting data on American workers’ sleep habits and more on EHS This Week

This week we take a look at a variety of OSHA citations, the incoming onset of the biggest week in health and safety for the continent, NAOSH Week, significant climate legislation news out of South Korea — which seems to be following Mexico’s recent example — the Obama Administration’s new rules on gas fracking, and a whole lot more.

As mentioned, next week is NAOSH week and we will be doing our utmost to provide comprehensive coverage, given this is such a great opportunity to highlight the value of occupational health and safety across North America. It’s also particularly resonant, coming only days after both the International Day of Mourning for those injured or killed at the workplace (April 28) and International Workers’ Day last Monday.

As always, write us at paul@ehsthisweek.com or kristy@ehsthisweek.com with any suggestions, comments, or ideas for future shows. We’ve loved your feedback so far, but … Read more...