It’s Earth Day – Get Inspired!

EarthDay2016_InfographicEvery year on April 22nd since 1970, people around the world commit themselves to a day of going green. Earth Day symbolizes the collective initiative we need must have in order to instil a new, positive impact on our environment.  But that’s exactly what it is, a symbol. The environmental consciousness that comes with this day must expand into a practice that lasts all year round.

The theme for Earth Day 2016 is “Trees for the Earth.”  North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences conducted a study concluding one tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. They reduce soil erosion, lift up to 100 gallons of water from the ground to the air (in only a day), and one large tree can provide … Read more...

5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan

This article was co-authored by Kristin Meek and was republished with permission from the World Resources Institute, a global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.

Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever standards to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. After an extended comment period during which the agency received more than 4 million comments, EPA is expected to finalize the plan this summer. By addressing the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this plan is one of the most important near-term tools the country can use to help reach its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Here are 5 key questions to keep in mind as we look forward to the final Clean Power Plan:

1) How much will

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EHS This Week: Emission Trends in Canada, Massachusetts brings Solar Power to Public Housing and More!

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

  • Emission Trends in Canada
  • Massachusetts brings solar power to public housing
  • NIOSH warns of prolonged standing at work

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. 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!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Canada’s Emission Trends Report 2014.Click here
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ISO’s New Health & Safety Management Systems Standard, Shift Work Linked to Type 2 Diabetes, Protestors Rally Against EPA’s Clean Power 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:

  • ISO committee releases draft of ISO 45001
  • Law prohibiting bare hand contact with food repealed
  • New food safety partnership between U.S. & Mexico
  • Research links shift work to risk for Type 2 Diabetes
  • EPA’s public hearings on Clean Power Plan draw crowds

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. 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!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard. The first draft can be purchased from ISO here.
  • Research published in the Journal of Food Protection in 2010.
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Obama and Kerry get vocal on climate change, woman pleads guilty to impersonating OSHA instructor 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:

  • Climate central to President Barack Obama’s inaugural address, as well as Senator John Kerry’s confirmation hearing as Secretary of State. 
  • A woman pleads guilty to charges she impersonated an OSHA inspector.
  • Details on a new safety certification, 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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Notes from NSC, Michaels on the Health and Safety ‘bell curve’, U.S. close to reaching 2020 emissions targets, 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:

  • Notes from this week’s National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, including remarks from OSHA head Dr. David Michaels.
  • ASSE and OSHA’s work on risk in the Oil and Gas industry.
  • The U.S.’s progress to meeting 2020 emissions goals, 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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Workplace deaths up in one outlying state, OSHA launches new wind safety team, and lots 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:

  • Though U.S. workplace fatalities down, one state belies that trend. Find out which.
  • OSHA is fired-up about safety in the wind energy industry. Learn what they’ve done.
  • A new report builds the economic case for offshore wind power.

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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EPA budget presentation, workplace absenteeism revelation, advances in European renewable energy progress and more on EHS This Week

We discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news for the past seven days, including OSHA citations, the EPA budget, and more.

Come back on a weekly basis or subscribe for our rundown of the week’s top EHS Stories.

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FAA regs, EPA’s emissions battles, OSHA citations and more on EHS This Week

In this episode of EHS This Week, Kristy and I discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news for the past seven days, including OSHA citations, FAA pilot training rule updates, EPA GHG lawsuits and more.

We also have a Site Shoutout to the incredible GoodGuide.com, an excellent resource for evaluating sustainable and ethical supply chains of companies and products.

Come back on a weekly basis or subscribe for our rundown of the week’s top EHS Stories.

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FAA Modernization, OHSA’s GHS implementation, regulations.gov overhaul and more on EHS This Week

In this episode of EHS This Week, Kristy and I discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news for the past seven days, including OSHA citations, a milestone for GHS implementation, FAA modernization and more.

Come back on a weekly basis or subscribe for our rundown of the week’s top EHS Stories.

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