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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GAO report on safety incentive programs, OSHA’s new whistleblower committee, report on safety inspections and bottom lines, and more on EHS This Week

This week Kristy and I discuss interesting news on the effects of safety incentive programs, the fascinating impact of OSHA safety inspections on both the safety performance and bottom lines of organizations, OSHA’s new whistleblower protection advisory committee, and more.

Don’t forget to write us with your feedback at paul@ehsthisweek.com.

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EPA radiation monitoring audit, OSHA citations, fossil fuel subsidies and more on EHS This Week

This week Kristy and I discuss OSHA citation’s, EPA fines, calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, electrical safety month and more on EHS This Week.

In addition we touch on a huge EPA audit of radiation monitoring sites across the U.S., as well as an EPA chemist reinstated after a whistleblower suit went before the federal Merit Systems Protection Board.

Don’t forget to write us with your feedback at paul@ehsthisweek.com.

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OSHA increases encouragement of whistleblower claims – what employers should know

On March 12 of this year OSHA issued a memorandum on “Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies & Practices” to address its increased focus on whistleblower enforcement.

With this growing focus on embracing the whistleblower, employers must now ensure that they provide employees an avenue for reporting workplace incidents free of any negative repercussions and recognize that OSHA considers “reporting an injury to always be a protected activity,” and will raise flags if employees are disciplined or terminated after doing so. Employers are encouraged to assess their current incident reporting procedures and ensure that OSHA will not deem them to “unduly burden the employee’s right and ability to report.”

To learn more about what can be expected from this change, check out Howard Mavity’s article, OSHA Formalizes Criticism of Employee Safety Incentive Programs, Increases Encouragement of Whistleblower Claims. Mavity is a senior partner with the Atlanta office and co-chair Read more...

2011 state safety report cards, Ontario MSD crackdown, EPA mercury rules and more on EHS This Week

Check out the most recent podcast of EHS This Week.

This week, Kristy Sadler and I discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news, including: 

  • The Work Loss Data Institute’s 2011 State Report Cards on safety performance. See a map with each state’s grade here.
  • The Province of Ontario’s plan to crack down on musculoskeletal disorders.
  • New EPA rules on mercury, and more.

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

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Big Branch mine settlement, OSHA whistleblower protection and more on EHS This Week

Head on over to Podbean or use the player below to check out the most recent podcast of EHS This Week.

This week, Kristy Sadler and I discuss top stories from the world of environment, health and safety news, including a big OSHA whistleblower suit, the Big Branch mine disaster settlement, Durban climate talks, and more.

Check back on a weekly basis for a quick rundown of the week’s top EHS Stories.

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FDA offers helping hand in FSMA compliance

As any American food producer knows, the landscape of food safety is changing.

Back in January, President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law. The act, a sweeping bill with the most significant changes to food safety in nearly 70 years, will affect thousands of food producers across the U.S. and, in light of some new stringent rules related to imports, around the world as well.

Specific requirements of the act have trickling out of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) throughout the year, including mandatory recall powers for the FDA, increased protection for whistleblowers, the ability to hold products that may be mislabeled, and more.

But the full scope of the rulemaking that follow the FSMA will only be known as the act is implemented over the course of the next year.

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