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EHS Today Weekly Update
February 28, 2012
1. Senior Supervisor Faces Criminal Charges, Accused of Conspiracy in Upper Big Branch Mine Cover-Up
2. Getting Your Employees Engaged in Sustainability Measures
3. West Virginia Mine Agency Releases Upper Big Branch Report
4. What Spring Break, 26 IH Student Sections and a HAZMAT Suit Have in Common
5. Putting the "Health" in International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week
6. Don't Take a Break from Safety During Spring Break

This Week's News


1. Senior Supervisor Faces Criminal Charges, Accused of Conspiracy in Upper Big Branch Mine Cover-Up

Federal prosecutors have charged Gary May, a former senior mine supervisor with the Upper Big Branch (UBB) Coal Mine in West Virginia, with felony conspiracy. According to the Department of Justice, May’s unlawful and willful actions at UBB, where an explosion in April 2010 killed 29 minters, served to "hamper, hinder, impede and obstruct by trickery, deceit and dishonest means" MSHA's attempts to enforce federal mine safety regulations at the mine.

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2. Getting Your Employees Engaged in Sustainability Measures

The best way to get your employees engaged in corporate sustainability measures such as recycling and energy management is to involve them in the process and make it as easy as possible to participate, say experts.

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3. West Virginia Mine Agency Releases Upper Big Branch Report

Following a 20-month investigation, the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training (WVOMHS&T) issued 253 violations and released a report surrounding the fatal April 5, 2010, explosion at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) Mine.

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4. What Spring Break, 26 IH Student Sections and a HAZMAT Suit Have in Common

Around this time last year, when other students traveled to exotic spring break destinations, I headed to Lansing, Mich., to the state police headquarters to complete a 40-hour EPA HAZWOPER class to become a certified HAZMAT technician. While many of my fellow students at the University of Michigan School of Public Health were donning bathing suits, I was donning a Tyvek suit. Even so, I still had a blast with my fellow industrial hygiene students as we performed mock scenarios identifying hazardous materials in a methamphetamine lab and abandoned waste sites.

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5. Putting the "Health" in International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

With a theme of "Rules You Can Live By," the 2012 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, a collaborative effort held June 17-23, sets out to reinforce the connection between health and safety.

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6. Don't Take a Break from Safety During Spring Break

It's almost spring, which means one thing for college students: A week off from classes to rest and maybe travel and have a little fun – but it doesn't mean a break from safety or common sense.

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