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September 27, 2022
OSHA administers $11.7m in grants for workplace safety

OSHA administers $11.7m in grants for workplace safety

Image via Freepik The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $11,746,992, in grants to support worker and employer education to make workplaces around the nation safer and healthier. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is making grants to 90 nonprofit organizations in fiscal year 2022 for education and training on hazard recognition and injury prevention, workers’ rights, and employers’ legal responsibilities to provide safe and healthful workplaces. Named for late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment, the grants are awarded in the Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building categories. During her 17 years with OSHA, Dr. Harwood helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction. OSHA grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, […]

September 27, 2022
ESG Compliance in an Era of Tighter Regulation

ESG Compliance in an Era of Tighter Regulation

ESG regulations are growing more intricate, and businesses’ fragmented compliance efforts are proving inadequate. Companies should adopt a comprehensive approach to enable efficient risk management and reporting. For businesses that have been trying to meet their goals and be good corporate citizens, one thing is clear: it’s imperative to comply with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations in order to successfully create value. However, the ever-evolving regulatory demands around ESG issues have made compliance a challenge for many companies. Government authorities worldwide have published a broad variety of ESG-related regulations that pertain to factors such as climate change , human rights, and diversity. For example, according to PRI Association, close to one thousand ESG-related regulations have been issued for the investment industry alone. In addition, in 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission called for companies to disclose information relating to climate risk, human capital (including workforce diversity and […]

September 27, 2022
US Department of Labor awards more than $11.7M in grants to educate workers, employers on workplace safety, health

US Department of Labor awards more than $11.7M in grants to educate workers, employers on workplace safety, health

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of $11,746,992, in grants to support worker and employer education to make workplaces around the nation safer and healthier. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration , the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is making grants to 90 nonprofit organizations in fiscal year 2022 for education and training on hazard recognition and injury prevention, workers’ rights, and employers’ legal responsibilities to provide safe and healthful workplaces. Named for late Susan Harwood, former director of OSHA’s Office of Risk Assessment, the grants are awarded in the Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building categories. During her 17 years with OSHA, Dr. Harwood helped develop federal standards to protect workers from bloodborne pathogens, cotton dust, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos and lead in construction. OSHA grants are awarded to non-profit organizations, including community and faith-based groups, […]

September 27, 2022
Why autonomous networks are important in Manufacturing 4.0

Why autonomous networks are important in Manufacturing 4.0

Photo by Brett Sayles: https://www.pexels.com/photo/modern-electronic-construction-with-connected-wires-5408008/ With connectivity one of the hallmarks of the digital economy, it makes sense that expectations ring high with the promise of 5G to enable ubiquitous enterprise networks. Enterprise 5G promises a dedicated wireless LAN solution built to the specifications of an organisation – increased transmission speeds (up to 10 times of 4G), increased network capacity (also up to 10 times more capacity than 4G), ultra-low latency (less than 20ms round trip) and improved support for low-power devices and sensors. To be clear, enterprise 5G goes beyond standard consumer 5G service. In an enterprise 5G, the enterprise has complete control over the network assuming the company forks out the money to have its infrastructure, radio devices, mobile core, and management software. The possibility of having private 5G networks means an enterprise will have better control over how it scales its network in addition to better […]

September 27, 2022
International Council unveils roadmap for reducing potentially hazardous mine tailings waste

International Council unveils roadmap for reducing potentially hazardous mine tailings waste

Destroyed houses during the National Council of Province in the Free State oversight visit to Jagersfontein to give feedback on the assessment of the dam wall disaster on 21 September 2022 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo: Gallo Images / Volksblad / Mlungisi Louw) Jagersfontein has grabbed the local headlines of late, but the global tailings wake-up call reverberated loudly in January 2019 when a waste dam at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine in Brazil, owned by miner Vale, collapsed, killing 270 people. That disaster prompted calls from investors including the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish Council on Ethics for mining companies to make public details of their tailings facilities and efforts to avert similar disasters. They had the backing of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which groups so-called ESG investors overseeing about $120-trillion worth of assets under management. Join the 230 000 South […]

September 27, 2022
Researchers working on smart drone capable of preventing tailings dams failures

Researchers working on smart drone capable of preventing tailings dams failures

Researchers Guilherme Pereira and Ihsan Berk Tulu. (Image by Paige Nesbit, courtesy of WVU). The goal of the project is to find a way to detect leakages and failures at coal waste facilities before tailings and coal ash are released into the environment. Coal ash is considered one of the largest US supplies of industrial waste, containing metals such as lead, mercury, chromium, selenium, cadmium and arsenic, which never biodegrade and are toxic to humans. “Failure of these structures has been shown to be catastrophic, causing massive mudslides that have devastated entire communities and created irreversible environmental damage,” Ihsan Berk Tulu, one of the engineers involved in the project, said. “Industry and federal and state governments spend great effort and time inspecting these structures, finding hazards that might lead to wastewater leakages or failures.” AI + autonomous features Tulu and his colleague Guilherme Pereira’s intelligent drone is expected to […]