By Adam R. Young

Seyfarth Synopsis: Cal/OSHA’s Standards Board approved the Division’s revisions to the silica standard on an emergency basis, requiring a regulated area, PPE, and air monitoring for any workplace with a stone or tile cutting task. The regulations go into effect on December 29, 2023.

Recent stories from the LA Times have noted California occupational silicosis cases

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By Benjamin D. Briggs, Adam R. YoungA. Scott Hecker, Patrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a new set of best practices to assist host employers in better protecting the safety and health of temporary workers.

Since 2013, Federal OSHA has maintained

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By Jennifer L. Mora and Frederick T. Smith

Seyfarth Synopsis As previously reported here, on February 22, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMMA), which amended the New Jersey Constitution to legalize recreational cannabis.

The law allows employers to conduct numerous forms of drug testing for
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By Ilana R. Morady and Eric E. Boyd

On October 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published final changes to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, commonly known as the “Green Guides.” The FTC first issued the Green Guides in 1992 to help marketers ensure that claims they make are true and substantiated. The guidance

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By Ilana R. Morady and Eric E. Boyd

On September 25, 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is trying to bolster the manufacturing industry by increasing the number of biobased products available to federal agencies.  Under the USDA’s BioPreferred program, the Department designates categories of biobased products and lists individual products available for preferred

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By Ilana R. Morady and Eric E. Boyd

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently released a five-year Strategic Plan that sets targets to improve the safe handling and transportation of hazardous materials.  PHMSA is the principle arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that promulgates and enforces regulations pertaining to the movement of hazmat by all

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By Ilana R. Morady, Eric E. Boyd, and Craig B. Simonsen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) program plans to post on its website in September a list of chemicals that are acceptable for use in DfE-labeled products.


EPA’s intention is that the list serve as a resource for product formulators and consumers, to increase

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By Eric E. Boyd and Craig B. Simonsen

George P. Nassos, of George P. Nassos & Associates, recently provided our Group with a presentation on “The Urgency of Adopting Sustainability”. It is an interesting analysis on the rationale for and the cost-benefit value in adopting sustainability within large corporate businesses and organizations. Sustainable strategies are listed and reviewed.

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By Eric E. Boyd

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a study regarding “up to” claims, such as a  marketing claim that a product will save people “up to 47%” in energy costs.  Not surprisingly, the FTC study concluded that people interpret such claims to mean that the typical user would achieve the maximum benefit using the product. 

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By Jeryl L. Olson and Eric E. Boyd

On May 10, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its draft “Permitting Guidance for Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Using Diesel Fuels.” The initial public comment period for this proposal was 60 days, ending on July 9, 2012. In response to requests from stakeholders, the EPA has

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