Welcome to our May EHS news roundup!

The second week of May seen the National Safety Stand-Down program, designed to increase awareness around the risks of working from a height.

In other news: total ban of asbestos is pushed, four in five workers uncomfortable talking about mental health at work, company fines for illegally firing employee after and finally, feral cats are no longer classed as vermin.

Read on for the full scoop.

NSC Stands with OSHA on Fall Safety

National Safety Council

"The program was originally a two-year effort, launched on Workers Memorial Day in 2012, to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. It was so successful, it continues at the start of every construction season. Tens of thousands of employers nationwide and more than a million workers participate in the annual Fall Safety Stand-Down." Read more »

Asbestos: EPA issues final rule on ‘discontinued uses’ as agency critics push for total ban

Safety and Health Magazine

"The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule on asbestos intended to keep manufacturers from reintroducing “discontinued uses” of the known human carcinogen into the market without EPA approval." Read more »

Mental health still a no-go zone for four in five workers says IOSH

SHP Online

"Four out of five workers in Britain say they fear being stigmatised and judged incapable of work if they were to discuss their mental health problems with their boss, according to a new survey." Read more »

Company illegally fired employees after amputation


"Five years of legal wrangling following a workplace amputation – in which retaliation, intrigue and secret photos played a part – ended recently with a decision by a federal jury in Pennsylvania." Read more »

Feral cats no longer ‘vermin’ in OSHA’s latest Standards Improvement Project rule

Safety and Health Magazine 

"Washington — Feral cats and social security numbers are among the topics addressed in OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project - Phase IV final rule, intended to remove or revise “outdated, duplicative, unnecessary and inconsistent requirements” in the agency’s safety and health standards." Read more »

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