Environment http://ehstoday.com/taxonomy/term/6601/more en Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations? http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/01/trumppressconference.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)" />Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations#comments EPA Environment OSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 52391 at http://ehstoday.com <p>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump&#39;s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p> Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="https://www.epa.gov/fca" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa#comments EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at http://ehstoday.com <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents <div class="field-deck"> A strong safety culture extends to all seasons, even in winter when cold stress is common among outdoor workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This time of year, cold stress that can result in hypothermia or frostbite is a hazard of which employers must be aware, particularly if they have outdoor workers. With the right preparation and presence of mind, both employers and employees can prevent these injuries.</p> <p>One of the most effective prevention techniques is adopting the attitude that safety is an area of responsibility for everyone in the organization &ndash;&nbsp;both the employer and workers. Companies must initiate and reinforce safety protocols and clearly spell out safety responsibilities and expectations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents#comments Environment Health Safety News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:25:00 +0000 52141 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock The Importance of EPCRA Reporting and the Dangers of Complacency http://ehstoday.com/environment/importance-epcra-reporting-and-dangers-complacency <div class="field-byline"> Missy Hart </div> <div class="field-deck"> Even with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act having been the law of the land for 30 years, many organizations continue to have lax policies and inadequate recordkeeping. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) mandates that companies maintain hazardous chemical information to support state and local emergency planning and response for community awareness. EPCRA also requires reporting on the storage, use and release of hazardous chemicals to federal, state and local regulatory government agencies.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/importance-epcra-reporting-and-dangers-complacency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/importance-epcra-reporting-and-dangers-complacency#comments Environment News Recordkeeping Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:39:00 +0000 52041 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Sustainability and Occupational Safety: White Papers for a Greener New Year http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sustainability-and-occupational-safety-white-papers-greener-new-year <div class="field-deck"> OSHA and the Campbell Institute release white papers focusing on the relationship between safety and sustainability. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As Oprah famously said during her holiday specials, &quot;You get a new car! And YOU get a new car! And YOU get a new car!!!&quot; It might not be a new car, but both OSHA and the National Safety Council&#39;s Campbell Instutute have released white papers in December that examine the relationship between occupational safety and health and sustainability.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sustainability-and-occupational-safety-white-papers-greener-new-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sustainability-and-occupational-safety-white-papers-greener-new-year#comments Safety Leadership Environment News Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:42:00 +0000 51951 at http://ehstoday.com The First 10: The Chemicals EPA Will Review Under New TSCA Legislation http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation <div class="field-deck"> Asbestos and carbon tetrachloride are two of the first 10 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation as part of the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Nov. 29 announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.&rdquo; said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. &ldquo;We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first 10 chemicals to be evaluated are:&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/first-10-chemicals-epa-will-review-under-new-tsca-legislation#comments EPA Environment Safety News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:32:00 +0000 51491 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock One Worker Dead, Five Injured When the Colonial Pipeline in Rural Alabama Explodes http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes <div class="field-deck"> Contractors were working on the line “to restore system integrity” following a September gasoline leak. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fires are still burning at the site of a gasoline pipeline explosion in Alabama on Oct. 31. A crew of contractors from L. E. Bell Construction was working on the Colonial Pipeline line in Shelby County around 3 p.m. when their equipment struck the line, causing the explosion. One worker was killed and five others were injured, four with serious burns.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/one-worker-dead-five-injured-when-colonial-pipeline-rural-alabama-explodes#comments Emergency Management Environment Safety News Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:29:00 +0000 50971 at http://ehstoday.com <p>An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Ala., on Oct. 31 killed one worker and injured five others and caused the evacuation of homes and businesses within a three-mile radius.</p> Phil Montgomery/Alabama Forestry Commission OSHA Warns of Hazards During Hurricane Matthew Cleanup http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-warns-hazards-during-hurricane-matthew-cleanup <div class="field-deck"> Safe work practices and personal protective equipment are recommended after Hurricane Matthew leaves destruction and flooding across the Eastern United States. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Severe flooding, power outages and storm damage were left after the hurricane came up the Florida coast and battered the Carolinas the first week of October.</p> <p>Numerous counties are reporting damage into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and cleanup could take weeks, according to news sources.&nbsp;OSHA is reminding&nbsp;emergency workers, employers and the public at-large about the potentially serious hazards that come with storm cleanup and urges &ldquo;vigilance&rdquo;.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-warns-hazards-during-hurricane-matthew-cleanup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-warns-hazards-during-hurricane-matthew-cleanup#comments Environment Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:20:00 +0000 50681 at http://ehstoday.com The Continued Importance of Compliance Auditing: Shifts in Scope Provide Increased Value http://ehstoday.com/environment/continued-importance-compliance-auditing-shifts-scope-provide-increased-value <div class="field-byline"> By Adam Steinman, Esq., CPEA </div> <div class="field-deck"> To address the changing EHS landscape, auditing practices must broaden in scope and shift focus in order to effectively measure compliance while delivering reasonable returns on the investment. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Reacting to changes in government enforcement priorities, complying with new regulations and dealing with new and readily available technologies that help identify enforcement targets add to the already long list of environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance challenges at regulated facilities. Coupled with this is the fact that evolving business climates have prompted regulated entities to view EHS as stand-alone profit-and-loss centers, similar to other corporate functions.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/continued-importance-compliance-auditing-shifts-scope-provide-increased-value" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/continued-importance-compliance-auditing-shifts-scope-provide-increased-value#comments Environment Safety Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:04:00 +0000 50561 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Changes in regulations will require highly regulated facilities to devote increased resources to complying with these programs, while continuing to devote necessary resources to air, RCRA and numerous safety rules. (Photo: iStock.com/nakaret4)</p> Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back http://ehstoday.com/safety/fifteen-years-after-911-ehs-today-looks-back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/fifteen-years-after-911-ehs-today-looks-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/fifteen-years-after-911-ehs-today-looks-back#comments Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at http://ehstoday.com <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images