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This monthly video spotlights EHS news highlights from March 2023.

Hi everyone! Welcome to the monthly news roundup video, where we’ll review the most impactful environmental, health, and safety news. Please view the content links in the transcript to take a deeper dive into the topics I’ll be covering today. With that said, let’s get started!

First, let’s take a look at what’s happening in safety and health. OSHA revised its combustible dust national emphasis program. It adds several industries with a higher likelihood of having combustible dust hazards.

California’s Safety and Health Appeals Board says drinking water must be “as close as practicable” to outdoor employees.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says that some forklift operators may be considered hazmat employees. If operators handle hazmat cargo, such as moving it from the truck to an aircraft, they need hazmat training.

OSHA posted a letter of interpretation that answers hazard communication questions related to lithium batteries. The agency says workers may be exposed to hazards during storage, handling, and maintenance activities.

Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week was held the week of March 27. Employers were encouraged to hold toolbox talks or safety demonstrations related to grain handling and storage.

Turning to environmental news, EPA issued significant new use rules for chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices. This change brings added reporting and recordkeeping.

Thanks for tuning in to the monthly news roundup. We’ll see you next month!