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Today's Highlights from EHS Works:
Cycle Season: Top 10 Safe Motorcycling Tips

4/7/2015

With springtime weather, motorcyclists are beginning to pull their bikes out of winter storage to hit the road for the season ahead. (read more)

Avoiding Costly OSHA Citations & Improving Safety

4/3/2015

Attorney Valerie Butera, an OSHA specialist with the national law firm Epstein Becker Green, offers five critical steps can help improve safety and avoid costly OSHA citations. (read more)

Adding Safety to Green: PTD Credit Presents Great Opportunity

PTDU.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently approved a prevention through design (PTD) pilot credit that aims to support OSH outcomes across the building life cycle. “This is a long-awaited and important step for PTD implementation and for the recognition of the importance that workplace safety and health has in the sustainability movement," says Michael Behm, Ph.D., CSP, an associate professor at East Carolina University.
The pilot credit grew out of a NIOSH partnership with USGBC to explore the connection between OSH and sustainable building practices. ASSE has also taken a leadership role in this area, including its founding role in the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability. The credit includes two OSH reviews: 1) a safe design review aimed at building operations and maintenance; and 2) safety constructability review.
This development represents a shift in thinking, Behm explains. "The OSH profession is expert at identifying hazards, but now must become adept at anticipating potential hazards and risks. PTD presents a great opportunity to realize the efficacy of the hierarchy of controls and the ability to utilize the higher order controls of avoid, eliminate, substitute and engineering." Read more about PTD on ASSE's EHS Works blog.

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Oil & Gas

Report Says Gulf of Mexico at Baseline Again Post Deepwater Horizon Spill

03/25/2015

BP has released a report indicating that the Gulf of Mexico has returned to its baseline condition in the 5 years since the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.  (read more)

DOT Considers Overhaul of Aging Oil Pipeline

03/24/2015

Federal regulators have quietly proposed a sweeping rewrite of oil pipeline safety rules almost 2 years after an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline split open and sent Canadian crude oil flowing through a neighborhood in Mayflower, AR.  (read more)

Environmental

Flooding Preparedness Tips From FEMA

03/16/2015

With spring on the horizon and the winter thaw beginning, the threat of flooding becomes more prevalent with changing temperatures.

ASTM Proposes Guide to Green Chemical Alternatives

03/12/2015

ASTM International has proposed a new guide to help companies explore alternative chemical use in the life cycle of their products.


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