Selling Corporate Sustainability to Management

Selling Corporate Sustainability to Management

Convincing employees and management to embrace corporate cultural change is certainly nothing new. One needs to look no farther than the successful business models which promote occupational safety, aimed at lowering workplace accidents! A successful occupational safety program requires a cultural change and encourages participation among the entire workforce. Just like safety, promoting a sustainable culture at work is simply good business and yields a significant, long-term ROI.

The Fundamentals of Confined Spaces

The Fundamentals of Confined Spaces

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has implemented stringent regulations when identifying confined spaces in the workplace.  Such standards are due to the number of fatalities associated with occupying these spaces.  

The End of Leaded Gasoline

The End of Leaded Gasoline

The era of leaded gasoline has finally come to an end. Yes, you read that correctly. Leaded gasoline is finally no longer being used anywhere on the planet. Environmental activists, government regulators, and people with common sense are happy to see the poisonous additive is no longer used.

What Does Swiss Cheese Have to Do with Preventing COVID-19?

What Does Swiss Cheese Have to Do with Preventing COVID-19?

We recently discussed how to minimize the spread of the highly contagious Delta Variant in the workplace with Rapid Antigen Testing. As more businesses return employees to the workplace, whether it be to manufacturing facilities or commercial office spaces, it remains critical to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Absenteeism driven by the need to quarantine both COVID positive employees, as well as the general workforce with whom they closely interacted significantly impacts productivity.

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses on the Jobsite this Summer

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses on the Jobsite this Summer

As record heat waves continue to scorch throughout the U.S this summer, it is important to know the dangers and warning signs of heat stress. While temperatures climb during the summer months, the increase risks of heat- related illnesses or HRIs, increase as well. According to a study by the CDC, approximately 90% of heat related deaths occur during the months of May, June, July and August.

How to Combat the Highly Contagious Delta Variant in the Workplace: Rapid Antigen Testing – A Game Changer

How to Combat the Highly Contagious Delta Variant in the Workplace: Rapid Antigen Testing – A Game Changer

As the highly contagious delta variant spreads across the United States, a surprising number of vaccinated Americans are testing positive for COVID-19. The promise of a “return to normal” has hit an unexpected roadblock with the growing risk of these breakthrough infections. According to an early new study, individuals infected with the delta variant may carry more than a thousand times more virus particles, testing positive up to two days earlier than those infected with the original SARS-CoV-2.

Sustainability Sells: Building Brand Early in Your Sustainability Program

Sustainability Sells: Building Brand Early in Your Sustainability Program

Once the workforce has been recruited for the challenge, your sustainability program is ready for the next step: building sustainability into your company’s brand! It is well documented that sustainability sells. 66% of all consumers indicate they would pay a premium for a product if it came from a sustainable brand, with 70% of millennials having a similar view. More significant, 90% of CEOs feel that sustainable brands are key to success in business.

How Trouts Stress the Importance of Protecting Our Waters

How Trouts Stress the Importance of Protecting Our Waters

Have you ever wondered why there’s an insignia of a trout stamped on the top of stormwater drains? If you’ve never noticed this, take a look the next time you happen to see one on a sidewalk or in a parking lot. It’s probably not hard to guess the reason when its printed directly on top, but most people are unaware that those drains lead directly to our streams and rivers.

The EPA Reviewing Risk Management Program Rules

The EPA Reviewing Risk Management Program Rules

Since the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) rules were first promulgated, the efforts to revise, improve, or otherwise change these rules has been like a slow-motion tennis match. The latest volley was a significant forehand shot to the back corner of the opposing court.

Lessons Learned from a Health & Safety Career

Lessons Learned from a Health & Safety Career

This summer will mark 44 years I have been in the safety profession and as the end of my career quickly approaches, the question recently came up, “What lessons have been learned during a 43-year career in occupational safety and health?”

Launching a Sustainability Program at Your Facility? Engaging Employees as Sustainability Stakeholders

Launching a Sustainability Program at Your Facility? Engaging Employees as Sustainability Stakeholders

Engaging employee stakeholders is critical to galvanizing corporate sustainability culture and the key driver for a long-term successful sustainability program. Eliciting employees to own corporate sustainability transform them into sustainability advocates by leveraging the actions of the entire workforce, which provide them an avenue to contribute to the future well-being of the company/society and become part of the larger, global sustainability movement.

New CSB Accidental Release Reporting Requirement Now in Effect

New CSB Accidental Release Reporting Requirement Now in Effect

If you had a release of a hazardous air pollutant, you would have to notify your authorizing environmental agency under various rules, Federal RMP (112(r)), Title V, or maybe a State Air Toxics regulation. You might even be required to notify the National Response Center (NRC). As of March 23, 2021, you can now add the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) to your “must call” list.

Back to School! Are You Ready? How Rapid Antigen Testing Can Provide Peace of Mind.

Back to School! Are You Ready? How Rapid Antigen Testing Can Provide Peace of Mind.

When President Biden set a bold goal of re-opening schools in his first 100 days in office, public health experts quickly pointed out that regular COVID testing would have to be an integral part of the plan. While a questionnaire and temperature scan may have been provided peace of mind and screened some potential cases in 2020, more stringent measures are needed for student and teacher populations. Enter Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT).

The Next Step in Occupational COVID Screening: Rapid Antigen Testing of the Workforce

The Next Step in Occupational COVID Screening: Rapid Antigen Testing of the Workforce

During 2020, the most effective method of screening employees who were potential carriers of SARS-CoV2 was the administration of a CDC recommended questionnaire, coupled with a temperature scan from a non-contact thermometer. The COVID questionnaire was utilized to identify those workers who were experiencing COVID symptoms or those employees who had potential contact with individuals who were COVID carriers.

US EPA Announces New Lead Dust Clearance Level Standards

US EPA Announces New Lead Dust Clearance Level Standards

On January 7, 2021, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its intent to revise the 2001 dust-lead clearance levels (DLCL) for pre-1978 constructed residences and child occupied facilities. The new change in the standards will go into effect in the first quarter of 2021. It has been over two decades since the EPA has made a revision to these standards.

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