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OHS going from reactive to proactive, survey finds

Even small firms are changing their approach
March 3, 2014

In a recent international survey of nearly 4,000 professionals, 76 percent said they go above and beyond what is required by law and regulations when it comes to managing health and safety at work. Fully 90 percent of respondents said OHS has become an integrated part of today’s corporate strategy.


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Health map of the UK: Healthiest and unhealthiest places to work

February 21, 2014

London has the healthiest workers while Wales fares the worst, according to a new UK health map based on data on a combination of lifestyle choices and clinical outcomes of 10,000 employees across the country.


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EPA: Air pollution down

February 6, 2014

Total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011-2012, according to the EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report released this week. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions.


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Gas pipeline explosion in Canada leaves residents in the cold

TransCanada also owns Keystone XL pipeline
January 29, 2014

About 4,000 residents of southern Manitoba who rely on natural gas furnaces found themselves coping with wind chills of -45 Celcius (-49 Fahrenheit) yesterday without heat, after a gas pipeline exploded in the Canadian province early Saturday morning, sending balls of flame hundreds of feet into the sky.


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Global alliance strives for clean cookstoves

January 18, 2014

The Problem: Cooking and heating with solid fuels indoors pollutes the air and increases the risk of illness for nearly 3 billion people worldwide. This type of indoor air pollution is the leading cause of lung cancer and chronic lung disease among nonsmoking women in the world’s poorest communities.


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EPA’s McCarthy: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time”

January 17, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Statement to Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the President’s Climate Action Plan. In June of last year, the President reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon pollution when he directed many federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, to take meaningful steps to mitigate the current and future damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and to prepare for the anticipated climate changes that have already been set in motion.


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What you should know about ozone

January 14, 2014

Ozone is a gas that you cannot see or smell. Ozone occurs naturally in the sky about 10 to 30 miles above the earth's surface. Sometimes, this ozone is called "good ozone" because it forms a layer that protects life on earth from the sun's harmful rays. Ground-level ozone, on the other hand, can be bad for your health and the environment.


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EHS goes global

ASSE teams up with China, Taiwan counterparts to advance occupational health & safety issues

January 1, 2014

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has signed memorandums of understandings that will explore opportunities to collaborate, exchange technical information and conduct joint educational programs with the largest occupational health and safety organizations in China and Taiwan.


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The view from Singapore: “There are no real safety pros”

December 26, 2013

Maybe in the UK, Australia, U.S., and other developed countries there are real safety pros. What I have seen (sorry if it's blunt) in Asia and even in the Middle East (I served in southeast Asia and the Middle East) is that there are no real safety pros.


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New study shows 51 of top 100 companies emit unsustainable levels of CO2

Top performers earn their scores by decoupling business growth from emissions; of companies performing well, Autodesk, Unilever and Eli Lilly take top three spots
December 23, 2013
Climate Counts and the Center for Sustainable Organizations have released a first-of-its-kind study on sustainability context: Assessing Corporate Emissions Performance through the Lens of Climate Science.


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