School lunch in India poisons 23 children, OSHA launches health care ergonomics campaign, Largest urban rooftop solar program in US, 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:

  • School lunch in India poisons 23 children
  • OSHA launches health care ergonomics campaign
  • Largest urban rooftop solar program in US, and more.

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!

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Canada-U.S. regulatory alignment progress, OSHA’s app challenge, EPA climate change rules 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 Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council continues to align regs between the two countries, OIRA head says. 
  • The winners of an OSHA safety.
  • EPA proposed climate change rules, and more.

By the way, you can access the schedule for GHS/HCS we mentioned in the show here.

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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China’s staggering coal consumption, GAO report on agency response to public feedback, Chemical Safety Board secutiry 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:

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows lacking response to public feedback on regulations among government agencies. 
  • Chemical Safety Board calls for tighter security.
  • China’s staggering coal consumption stats, 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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Whistleblower complaints could rise under OSHA proposal

Filing a whistleblower complaint is about to become a whole lot easier. In line with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) increase focus on whistleblower protection, the agency has proposed a rule to allow for new ways to file a whistleblower complaint, including a web-based form.

Under Labour Code 6310, employers can’t retaliate against workers when they file an OSHA complaint. Examples of retaliation include firing, demoting, or transferring the complainant. Currently, the only way to file a whistleblower complaint is to contact the nearest office of the Division of Labour Standards Enforcement.

Under the new proposal, a whistleblower complaint would be a much easier affair, with only a few clicks and keystrokes separating an alleged retaliatory action and the submission of a complaint. If it goes through, the rule would have the potential to dramatically increase the amount of whistleblower complaints filed.

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OSHA 2013 priorities, DOL head resigns, strip club death 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:

  • Another senior administration resignation.
  • OSHA’s mandate and priorities for 2013.
  • Site-Specific Targets are announced for OSHA enforcement 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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Happy New Year from EHS This Week!

Good day, loyal listeners, and Happy Holidays!

We’ll be taking a break from our weekly podcast this Holiday week, returning on January 4, 2013 with the latest content from the world of environment, health and safety news.

Thanks for all the feedback throughout 2012, and thanks to all those who have been listening to our weekly podcast since our very first episode over a year ago. We’ll be implementing some format changes over the coming months to make our content even more accessible. Please let us know if you have any feedback on changes you’d like to see…or hear! 

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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OSHA extends fall protection enforcement measures, new approaches to preventive safety, a cool cadmium tool 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:

  • OSHA extending fall protection enforcement measures for construction.
  • New approaches to proactive health and safety through design.
  • OSHA’s new cadmium tool 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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Applying lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

Though it has fallen off the mainstream news cycle, Hurricane Sandy continues to be felt throughout the northeastern seaboard. The cleanup is an ongoing effort, many are still without homes, and federal and state governments still struggle to get aid to those most affected. In the midst of all this, some are contemplating a permanent move from the region, anticipating Sandy is simply a harbinger of future, more severe storms.

On the eve of a legendary benefit concert poised to raise millions in support of Sandy relief, where sheer spectacle is bound to provide a welcome distraction from post-storm woes, it’s worth revisiting what lessons can actually be learned from the event, and applied to mitigate the impacts of future storms. While public safety is an obvious topic of discussion, what’s not assessed as regularly is the occupational health and safety component, and how preparedness can be extended outside the … Read more...