The Phylmar Group Inc. Newsletter
September 2016, Issue #80
Last month federal regulations and guidance were issued to implement the
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
, signed by President Obama in July 2014. The Order requires prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations. The regulations specify disclosure of 14 basic protections from the previous three years, including wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star's Portfolio Manager. Building managers can now track energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions and waste together in the free benchmarking and tracking tool. Visit the Phylmar Group blog for more information.
Mark Katchen, CIH
The Phylmar Group, Inc.
Final Regulations and Guidance Implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order Released
[On August 24, 2016] the DOL and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
. Signed by President Obama in July 2014, the order requires prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and gives agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts.
With the new rule phased in fully, prospective contractors will be required to disclose violations of 14 basic workplace protections from the previous three years - including those addressing wage and hour, safety and health, collective bargaining, family and medical leave, and civil rights protections.
The rule's requirements will be phased in over time.
For the full article and source, please visit this page.
EPA Unveils Waste and Materials Tracking Feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager
The EPA recently unveiled a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers.
EPA's Energy Star Portfolio Manager is already used to measure energy, water and greenhouse gas metrics in more than 450,000 U.S. buildings, representing over 40 percent of U.S. commercial space, as well as in more than 10,000 buildings in Canada. Now owners and managers will be able to benchmark 29 types of waste across four different management metrics alongside their existing sustainability management indicators. Types of waste include building materials, glass, paper, plastics, and trash.
For more information, consider taking a look at the following resources:
- Introducing Waste & Materials Tracking in Portfolio Manager Webinar, September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time.
- Energy Star's webpage for using Portfolio Manager to track waste and materials.
- This short video on how to set up energy, water, and waste meters in Portfolio Manager.
- The EPA webpage on sustainable materials management.
Southern California Education and Research Center Presents a Risk Communications Course with Mark Katchen
September 28, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 pm PDT at UCLA
This course is designed to assist those responsible for environmental, health, or safety issues effectively communicate risk information to employees, community members, and the media. You will gain an understanding of how risk is perceived and learn the best approaches to communicating risk. Sharpen your risk communication presentation skills through role playing and understand which computer-based applications can be used successfully in risk communication. Case studies and real world examples are incorporated into the course.
Upcoming Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Events
September 19-21, 2016
Ethics for Health and Safety Professionals 2-Hour Webinar, October 10 & 13, 2016, 10:00 am-12:00 pm PDT.
Early bird pricing ends September 9
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Did You Know?
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