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Behavior-Based Safety Goes global

A Cairo-based consultant discusses behavior-based safety
October 2, 2013
Behavior-based safety is based on a safety philosophy that consists of these principles.


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Road warriors spin weary travel horror stories

October 1, 2013

The NSC Congress & Expo takes on more of an international flavor each year. As per usual in recent years, you have the “China Village,” a group of dozens of small mostly PPE Chinese suppliers separated by thin white pegboard walls.


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A freshwater shortage is expected in the U.S. by 2030

September 27, 2013

The demand for fresh water in the U.S. will exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030, says a State Department report. Global consumption, which has increased threefold in the past 50 years, and short- and long-term droughts are the main cause for the worldwide problem.


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UN: Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990

Pneumonia, malnutrition among leading causes
September 19, 2013

In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18 000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division.


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Diseases don’t stop at borders

CDC Director on public health challenges, opportunities
September 17, 2013

It’s a small world, after all – especially when it comes to disease outbreaks. Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made that point in a speech last week to the National Press Club.


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Coming your way: a global standard for occupational health and safety

September 4, 2013

The world will soon have a new global standard for occupational health and safety. Earlier this summer the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved the creation of a new project committee to develop an international standard for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).


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Global solvents industry seeks greener alternatives

Study finds environmental, regulatory pressures driving change
August 26, 2013

Driven by increasing environmental and regulatory pressures, and concerns over toxicity to humans, the global solvents market continues to undergo significant changes as demand for “greener” solvents has increased in developed countries during the last 15 years, while demand for traditional solvents (outside of China) continues to decline, according to a new IHS Chemical (NYSE: IHS) global market research report.


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Professional certification for sustainability practitioners - Yea or nah?

August 7, 2013

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals is in the process of creating a professional certification for the field. ISSP has reached its first big milestone in that process - the publication of the first draft of the Body of Knowledge that defines the job of "sustainability practitioner." This document is in first draft form and is available for comment by members of the profession.


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ANSI, ASSE working on new international OH&S standard

U.S. stakeholders urged to take an active role
July 29, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) are in the process of creating a U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to lead discussions on the creation of a new occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard for global occupational health and safety.


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Bangladesh passes new factory worker safety law

Does it go far enough?
July 23, 2013

In the face of international criticism over the dangerous conditions in its garment factories, Bangladeshi has passed a new law aimed at improving conditions – although the export-oriented factories which make up the bulk of Bangladesh’ garment industry are exempted from a major provision.


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