Health & Safety

State House Considers Positive Changes to Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

The House Natural Resources Committee recently heard testimony on HB 5638, which would make changes to how the DEQ handles a site-specific review under Michigan’s water withdrawal assessment tool. The water withdrawal assessment tool is used to determine if a withdrawal will have an adverse impact on water resources.  

Employer Response to Aggressive Intruders and Active Shooters

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News stories from the last few months reinforce how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. To protect employees, customers, and contractors, it does not really matter who the perpetrators are; what matters most is do our employees know what to do when they encounter aggressive intruders or active shooters in the workplace?

Incentives for Urban Redevelopment – Brownfields and Beyond

The recent improvements in the real estate market, and the shift toward city living, have made urban real estate redevelopment more desirable. However, with the uncertainties and increased costs of redevelopment, incentives are still a necessary component of many projects. Not only do these programs provide funding for extraordinary brownfield costs, but they can provide funding for construction, infrastructure, site preparation, and operating costs if a financing gap exists.

Employer Responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers must provide their workers with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and must follow all OSHA safety and health standards. Employers must find and correct safety and health problems. OSHA further requires that employers must first try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making feasible changes in working conditions rather than relying on personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, or earplugs.

OSHA Clause for Safe Workplaces Applies to Aggressive Intruders and Active Shooters

News stories from the last few weeks reinforces how employers must be vigilant to protect employees internationally, nationally and locally. The shootings in Paris and Mali and the violence in colleges, churches, plants and office settings, point out risks that are sad reminders that there are individuals and groups who mean to do harm in the workplace and have the means to do so.

Do You Have a PIPP?

Facilities that store oil and polluting materials above certain quantities require a PIPP (Pollution Incident Prevention Plan). Polluting materials include oils of any kind, salt, and chemicals listed in Rule 9 and mixtures containing more than 1% of these materials.

A PIPP is required if your facility exceeds the following thresholds:

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards* following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.