It’s understandable to feel stressed when thinking about being inspected by OSHA. Thankfully, OSHA has made strides to ensure employers have the necessary information to feel adequately prepared.
The ICCM recently held their fourth conference on their comprehensive implementation of their SAICM program. If you’ve kept up with the ICCM throughout its lifetime, you know that this conference is the fourth of five conferences ICCM expects to hold on a global approach to chemical management, with the last one scheduled for 2020. By that year, ICCM hopes to have successfully implemented basic regulations in chemical management risk reduction, knowledge dispersal, government interaction, global cooperation, and illegal chemical trafficking at both the political and economic levels.
Emissions cuts are an inescapable fact for businesses in a variety of industries. Since Obama announced the Climate Action Plan in 2013, the EPA has made several steps toward cutting carbon emissions including finalizing the Clean Power Plan and setting new source performance standards (NSPSs) to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. Significant efforts addressing the largest sources of methane emissions were also set in motion with new and modified NSPSs proposed.
The federal agency whose mission it is to assure safe working conditions in the U.S. wants input from the public to modernize one of its leading programs. For the first time in over a quarter-century, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is updating its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. Introduced in 1989, the voluntary program helps bosses put health and safety management plans in place. By incorporating new rules and standards, OSHA hopes these revised guidelines will improve chemical compliance and lower the number of workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the process.
In 1996, genetically modified crops were introduced to the fields of the world. One of the purported benefits of these genetically modified organisms was the reduced need for pesticides and herbicides. The modified genes were designed to produce the toxins from inside the plant, rather than require application from outside. Initially, this concept seemed well-founded as a worldwide dip in pesticide and herbicide use was recorded at the end of the last millennium. Life, however, can adapt at a remarkable pace. Increasingly, scientists and agronomists discovered new varieties of plants and insects that had developed a resistance to the compounds the modified crops produced.