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Walmart ‘Failed to Protect Employees from Serious Hazards,’ OSHA Says

Walmart has violated a corporate-wide safety agreement it signed with the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2013, OSHA says. A Walmart spokesperson, however, told Environmental Leader that the retailer is “confused” by the allegations and took steps two years ago to improve its environment, … Read more »

OSHA Working on Hazard Comms Guides, Compliance Directive

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s enforcement division is developing a compliance directive on the agency’s hazard communication standard. The directive will instruct inspectors on how to enforce the standard. OSHA’s top hazard communication official, Maureen Ruskin, told Bloomberg BNA she couldn’t estimate when the directive would be finished because … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sherwin-Williams, Duke Energy, Beijing Pollution

Sherwin-Williams has agreed to pay $1.35 million to reimburse the US for costs incurred to combat releases of hazardous substances at the Eagle Zinc Superfund Site in Montgomery County, Ill. In a consent decree filed with the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the US agreed not to sue … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Safety, Nuclear ‘Mafia’, Fry’s Electronics

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to implement changes the board has urged for years, for safety improvements to refineries, chemical facilities, and sugar plants. CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said the regulatory changes – including a proposed standard to reduce or eliminate combustible … Read more »

Site Assessment Changes May Increase Costs, Report Times

Proposed changes to Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments may increase user costs and delay report delivery times, according to GlobeSt.com. The American Society for Testing Materials is currently updating the industry’s Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments as it tries to make such tests reflect recent changes in the due diligence world, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Aircraft CO2, Globally Harmonized System, LEDs

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Aircraft CO2, Globally Harmonized System, LEDs

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection reached the second milestone in the development of a carbon dioxide standard for new aircraft, by agreeing recommendations on certification procedures. These recommendations will be forwarded to the Council of ICAO for review and action during its sessions this spring. Airlines for America, the industry trade … Read more »

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