Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, Europe Tackles Climate Change, Ebola Workplace Health and Safety 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:

  • Safety Initiative leads to more than 1000 factory inspections in Bangladesh
  • Europe gathering support to tackle climate change
  • Commentary says Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) undercounts injuries and illnesses
  • Addressing Ebola workplace health & safety concerns
  • Ebola outbreak prompts call for PPE innovations

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • The Accord: Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Read more here.
  • Mayors Adapt initiative. Learn more here.
  • European Commission website on Climate Action. Check it
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OSHA Requests Public Input on Chemical Hazards, FSMA Proposals to Become More Flexible, Canada Invests in Food Traceability 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 releases RFI, launches “national dialogue” on workplace chemical hazards
  • FDA looking to increase the flexibility of FSMA proposals
  • Canadian government invests in livestock traceability database
  • Unique mobile unit initiative promoting awareness of workplace safety

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • OSHA seeks public opinion on chemical hazards and permissible exposure limits. View instructions for submitting comments are here.
  • Canada’s proposed national livestock traceability database. Learn more about it here.
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DOT’s New Rules for Crude Oil, Mysterious Factory Worker Deaths in China, Preventing Falls Through Building Design, 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:

  • Work-related depression/stress the “elephant in the boardroom”
  • Emergency shower safety in the workplace
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) proposes new oil-by-rail rules
  • PHMSA proposes reduced requirements for transporting explosives
  • Young factory workers in China dying mysteriously in their sleep
  • NIOSH recommendations on preventing falls through building design

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • New proposed rules from the Department of Transportation on crude oil, flammable materials: Read them here.
  • Emergency shower safety protocol. Read it here.
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CDC’s Anthrax Scare, EPA’s Proposal to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Benefits of Green Buildings, 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:

  • CDC’s recent biosafety incidents cause concern
  • Solutions for employees at risk of heat stress
  • EPA releases new SNAP proposal to reduce HFC emissions
  • Studies show green workplaces boost employee engagement
  • OSHA offers new demolition safety resources

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • CDC Director Releases After-Action Report on Recent Anthrax Incident. Read the press release here.
  • Report on the Potential Exposure to Anthrax. Read the full CDC report here.
  • ISEA’s List of Heat Stress Solutions.
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3-D Printer Makes Custom PPE, MSHA’s Roof/Rib Safety Campaign, Sleep’s Impact on Workplace Safety, 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:

  • BMW creating custom ergonomic PPE for its workers
  • Air quality during the summer months
  • MSHA’s summer preventive roof/rib outreach program
  • Ontario safety blitz targets explosives at mines
  • 5 keys to building successful workplace cultures
  • Lack of sleep impacting workplace safety

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) Live Map: Check it out here.
  • MSHA Roof and Rib Falls Safety Campaign – Summer Alert. View it here.
  • MSHA Roof and Rib Falls
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Second-Class Protection: The Lack of PPE for Women

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial source of protection for workers to minimize the risk of workplace injuries. It’s essential that workers have properly fitting PPE in order to stay protected against these risks. However, women are facing serious disadvantages when it comes to PPE because of the lack of protective equipment designed specifically for females.

The reasoning is that PPE and clothing are often designed for the average-sized male or come in unisex sizing. However, protective equipment designed for men doesn’t always fit women correctly because of their differences in body size and composition. The lack of PPE for women is also attributed to the low number of women in industries that require PPE, such as construction.

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OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness, Potential OSHA Smaller Business Inspections, Forklift Safety Day 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’s campaign to prevent heat illness
  • Proposed inspections for smallest employers under PSM standard
  • New alliance to protect temporary workers
  • Upcoming Forklift Safety Day, June 10
  • The importance of noise protection in the workplace

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • OSHA’s Heat Illness Educational Resources. View them here.
  • OSHA plan to inspect smallest businesses. Learn more here.
  • National Forklift Safety Day. Learn more here.
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EPA proposed rule for Clean Water Act, Occupational Health and Safety peace officers, Jetpacks as fall protection PPE, 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:

  • EPA proposed rule for Clean Water Act
  • Railroads provide support for employees who witness traumatic accidents
  • Alberta crowns first 10 Occupational Health and Safety peace officers
  • OSHA beauty alliance to eliminate hazardous chemicals
  • Hong Kong DOL increases inspections after fatal falls
  • Jetpacks as fall protection PPE

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EHS This Week Resources

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

  • EPA proposed rule to clarify Clean Water Act. Read it here.
  • Final rule: railroads support employees who witness traumatic accidents. Read it here.
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OSHA’s Effects on Temporary Workers

In the past year, OSHA has broadened their initiatives to protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. This focus on the safety of temporary workers has tightened the standards for business owners looking to hire temporary employees. Organizations who fail to meet these standards face serious OSHA fines for violations and liabilities.

As a result of a recent death of a temporary employee, inspections revealed that many temp workers had not been fully trained or provided protective equipment, making them vulnerable to serious workplace hazards. These hazards included misuse of toxic chemicals, lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), lockout and tag-out protection violations, and more. These are only a few of the hazards temp workers are dealing with in the workforce.

Inspections
To combat the lack of safety for temp workers, OSHA inspectors will assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and … Read more...

Caught in-between hazards safety, Hydrogen sulfide safety, Iowa food safety regulations 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:

  • Caught in-between hazards safety
  • Hydrogen sulfide safety
  • Iowa food safety regulations, 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.

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