The Top EHS Stories From May 2019

Did you miss May'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 ‘impossible’ meats, industry 4.0, the next big public health crisis, an OSHA update, and more.

1. Energy equity: bringing solar power to low-income communities [GreenBiz]

From New York to California, states are adopting “community solar” programs that bring solar power and lower energy bills to low-income households.

2. Howzat! Single-use plastic bowled out of the Oval [Business Green]

Reusable glasses and free drinking fountains have brought the London cricket stadium within a whisker of achieving its plastic-free goal. This sets the Oval up to be the first stadium of its kind to completely eliminate single-use plastic.

3. It's 'impossible' to ignore the world of alternative proteins [GreenBiz]

With this month’s landmark initial public offering of alt-protein company Beyond Meat, it's worth sinking your teeth into the disruptive market.

4. Workplace Ergonomics: What You Need to Know about Office Chairs [EHS Today]

We’ve written before about poor ergonomics as one of the most commonly overlooked risks to worker health. One major culprit? Your office furniture.

5. FDA to Food Industry: Stop Waste by Fixing Your Date Labels [Environmental Leader]

Have you ever thrown away food because it was past the date on the package? Consumer confusion over date labeling accounts for about 20% of food waste in the country, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. In an effort to stop food waste, the FDA’s deputy commissioner of food policy and response sent a letter to the food industry urging better date labels.

6. Is Noise Pollution the Next Big Public Health Crisis? [The New Yorker]

Research shows that loud sound can have a significant impact on human health, as well as doing devastating damage to ecosystems. A must-read for industrial companies.

7. Manufacturers not adopting Industry 4.0 may risk falling behind the curve, says GlobalData [IoT Business News]

The fourth industrial revolution, dubbed Industry 4.0, holds a promise in addressing the inefficiencies in traditional manufacturing by the application of disruptive technologies, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

8. U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards [OSHA]

The rule revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. According to OSHA, the changes are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

9. EPA Looks to Refine Endangered Species Pesticide Assessments [EHS Daily Advisor]

The EPA is proposing a new approach to how it evaluates the impact pesticides have on endangered species. According to the Agency, the revised framework is intended to correct overly conservative pilot biological evaluations (BEs) for three pesticides— chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion.

10. How to Make the Most of Your EHS Software [Perillon]

Whether you purchase an off-the-shelf EHS software or build your own custom system, EHS software is a major investment — so you want to know that you’re getting the most out of your system. After working with many different types of customers in various industries, we’ve identified 6 best practices that will help you make the most of your EHS software.

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

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