Proposed Legislation Will Allow Whistle-Blowers to Blow the Whistle Electronically on Retaliation

September 30, 2013- In their recent article, "Whistle-Blowers Will Soon Be Able to File Complaints Online," the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports on a pending proposal that would allow for whistle-blowers to file retaliation complaints electronically.

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‘Safe’ Levels of Pollution May Have Long-Term Health Consequences

September 27, 2013- If your health isn’t improving despite good diet and exercise, the culprit could be something most people overlook: low levels of pollutants in food.

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Event Unites Community to Build a Better Detroit

September 26, 2013- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) held an event last month aimed at helping to revitalize the city of Detroit -- Better Block Detroit.

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Depressed Fish Provide Evidence of Possible Link Between Antidepressants and Stress Hormones

September 23, 2013- Mutated zebrafish have become a new ally in the search for new drug treatments for depression.

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Is the World’s Greenest Skyscraper Really Green?

September 20, 2013- Increasingly, some are questioning whether eco-friendly buildings are, in fact, really living up to their green standards.

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New Coal Dust Limits Sent To White House

September 19, 2013- Federal regulators are asking the White House to give final approval to new rules aimed at ending deadly black lung disease among America’s coal miners by tightening the amount of exposure to coal dust.

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Liability Protection Gives Landowners Incentive to Open Up Natural Spaces

September 16, 2013- A recently enacted Illinois state law has restored the ability of non-profit organizations, land trusts, residential landowners and businesses to allow the public onto their property for recreation, conservation and education with the benefit of liability protection.

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New Standards for Labeling Under GHS

September 13, 2013- Under the previous OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), the manufacturer or importer had to label containers with the identity of the chemical, and the appropriate hazard warnings. The way this was done was left to the manufacturer and importer. The new GHS standard provides a standardized system for labeling containers and specifies the information to be included for each hazard class and category.

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EPA Requests Research on Healthy School Environments

September 12, 2013- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking proposals for research on the negative impacts of a school’s environment on student health and achievement, as well as the positive benefits of managing that environment and applying sustainable building practices.

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DOL Saw Fewer Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012

September 9, 2013- This past August the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary results from their National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) showing that 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries in 2012, 310 fewer than in 2011.

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OSHA Announces Proposed Rule to Curb Workers’ Exposure to Crystalline Silica

September 6, 2013- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a proposed rule that would lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year.

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Menu Labeling and Calorie Recommendations Have Little Impact on Consumers’ Food Choices

September 4, 2013- A new study by the American Journal of Public Health finds that informing diners of their recommended calorie intake does not help them use calorie labels on menus more effectively.

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Study Finds Smokers Who Try E-Cigarettes To Quit Are Younger, More Motivated

September 3, 2013- New research published in the September, 2013 issue of the American Journal of Public Health finds that smokers who are likely to use electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes) to quit smoking are characterized as being younger and more motivated to quit smoking.

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