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The Top EHS Stories from November 2018

Did you miss November's top EHS stories?

We've assembled a list of 10 articles for you from EHS and global new outlets, industry leaders, and technology experts.

The 10 stories that made our list include insights from the latest climate report, updates on the California wildfires, innovations in PPE, and more.

Many California Farmworkers Forced To Stay Behind During The Wildfires [NPR]

The Woolsey Fire in California destroyed almost 1,500 structures. While residents are beginning to return home, about 36,000 farmworkers stayed behind and worked in smoky, dangerous conditions. This story is a must-read for anyone responsible for worker safety.

We’ll Reduce Carbon Footprint 50% in 5 Years, Pledges Puerto Rico Governor [Environmental Leader]

Puerto Rico has outlined measures the government plans to take in order to combat climate change and create a more environmentally sustainable island. The Puerto Rico Pledge for Climate Change includes a pledge to reduce the island’s carbon footprint by 50% within the next five years, the most ambitious agenda of a US state government. 

SLC 2018: How Safety Attitude Surveys Can Improve Safety Culture [EHS Today]

We’ve written a lot recently about the power of employee input and the value of capturing worker insights. Along the same lines, Mike McCarroll of PROSAFE Solutions spoke to SLC 2018 audiences about how safety surveys can help companies better align their workforce management processes while improving safety performance. In case you missed it, you can catch a recap of the presentation and additional insights in this article.

Trump Push For 'Energy Dominance' Boosts Drilling On Public Land [NPR]

The Trump administration has made more cheap public land available to oil and gas companies, and streamlined and shortened the leasing process. However, the drilling push has had mixed results and has been met with fierce resistance from environmental groups. 

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Assistance for California Wildfires Recovery [OSHA]

The Department of Labor announced actions it is taking to assist those affected by the California Wildfires. These include dislocated worker grants, the suspension of federal contractor requirements during the relief effort, and a special enforcement advisory to reduce reporting burdens on affected organizations.

The Challenges of Global Water Supply and Demand [GreenBiz]

As climate risks grow, national security is about more than armies and weapons — it’s also about resources. Water is a particularly challenging factor because it’s an essential resource, and the global water supply problem will intensify as temperatures continue to rise.

November 2018 Product Innovations [EHS Today]

This article from EHS Today highlights some of the most recent product innovations in the EHS sector, including a more comfortable fall protection harness, multi-tasking gloves for the oil and gas industry, and safety gates for loading dock operations.

Here’s What the Climate Change Report Says Would Happen to the Economy If Temperatures Keep Getting Hotter [MarketWatch]

Annual losses could reach hundreds of billions of dollars — more than the output of some states, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Of note for environmental leaders, the report confirms that climate change is affecting every sector of the economy. 

Site-Specific Targeting: OSHA Guidelines for Inspections [EHS Daily Advisor]

As we discussed on our blog, OSHA has recently begun targeting worksites for inspection based on their electronically submitted 300A data. This raises many questions for employers, including how sites are selected for inspection and what the inspections will entail. This article provides background on OSHA inspections and additional key points selected from the SST plan directive.

Why Small Safety Details Matter [Reliable Plant]

Although this article appeared in Reliable Plant, the advice applies far beyond manufacturing. While it’s easy to overlook routine safety tasks, small oversights can lead to big accidents.

Is there another great article we didn't include? Let us know in the comments below!

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