Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Emerging issues in occupational health and safety?
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2020 15:58:17 -0700
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An emerging trend that SPs will be dealing with now and well into the future
is the deharmonization of the GHS system. For example, the three north
American countries have three different, and conflicting, standards for
their SDSs and labels. Fortunately, agreements are in place to resolve most,
but not all inconsistencies. However, if the SP is working with a
trans-national or a global, this trend will create obstacles and additional

Good topic, your students are fortunate to have you as their mentor.

Stay healthy and stay safe


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-----Original Message-----
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety On
Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:43 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Emerging issues in occupational health and safety?

I am teaching a class this semester for undergrad safety majors with the
title "Safety and Health Standards".

I have interpreted this title broadly to include all of the environmental
factors that help an organization prioritize its EHS program relative to
other opportunities the organization is interested in pursuing.
Unfortunately, due to the change in venue from classroom to electronic
meetings, I am not able to offer the field trips I had hoped to in the
second half of April. It occurs to me that one topic that I could substitute
for the field trips is "emerging issues in occupational health and safety".

Topics that come to mind under this heading include:

- Firefighter exposure to emerging chemical concerns, both in fire settings
and fire fighting foams

- The connection between safety culture and workplace power relationships

- Connecting the EHS program to the organization's mission

- Emerging training media, both for safety professionals to continue their
education and to provide training to workers

- Responding to performance based standards (e.g. ISO standards, VPP, etc.)

- The emergence of the intersection of biological and chemical safety issues
in the public sphere and the impact of the differences between these two
paradigms on public policy

It occurred to me the DCHAS members may be able to help identify trends that
I have overlooked. I am interested in emerging topics will impact of careers
of safety professionals over the next 15 to 20 years. So, I'd appreciate any
suggestions of other topics that I could include in this catalog, and even
better, references where someone interesting in more information about this
topic this suggestion could go to find out more.

Thanks in advance for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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