Executive Brief • Sept. 10, 2020
NAEM Executive Brief, Selected News for the EHS Community
“There is too much bad news to justify complacency.
There is too much good news to justify despair.”

Donella Meadows (1941 – 2001)
American environmental scientist, educator and author
Federal Report Warns of Financial Havoc From Climate Change
A report commissioned by President Trump’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued dire warnings about climate change’s impact on financial markets. Those observations are not entirely new, but it is the first wide-ranging federal government study focused on the specific impacts of climate change on Wall Street.
New York Times

OSHA Whistleblower Complaints Rise During Pandemic
OSHA is seeing a significant increase in the number of whistleblower complaints it’s receiving during the coronavirus pandemic, which could further delay the agency’s ability to investigate, a new report says. 39% of those complaints stemmed from employers being blamed for actions they took regarding the virus itself.
Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)

Corporate Sustainability and COVID-19: Trying to Stay On Track
One might expect that the 2020 pandemic and economic slowdown translated to corporate sustainability agenda slowdown. The short answer: Yes. The longer answer: Certain sustainability initiatives have no longer been prioritized compared to others.
NAEM's GreenTie Blog

Work From Home’s Impact on Drug Testing
There are many aspects of both our work and personal lives that have changed since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Ensuring that long-standing employment drug testing policies are adjusted for a dramatically changed work environment is one of those crucial matters.
EHS Today

In Reversal, Trump To Ban Oil Drilling Off Coasts Of Florida, Georgia And South Carolina
The move comes after the White House previously proposed a huge expansion of drilling off U.S. coasts. Democratic and Republican governors have resisted offshore oil exploration.
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The Washington Post

Face Shields and Valved Masks Don’t Fully Stop the Spread of Aerosols
The CDC already warns against wearing only a face shield, but a new visualization shows how the droplets from a cough or sneeze easily drift around the shield to the rest of the room.
Smithsonian Magazine

10 Facts About the Flu Shot
It’s time to head to the nearest pharmacy or doctor's office for your annual flu shot. And this year, public health officials are putting even more emphasis on getting vaccinated to prevent a "twindemic" of COVID-19 and influenza. Here are some interesting facts, and things you need to know about the flu shot.
Mental Floss
NAEM Virtual Conference Experiences
EHS & Sustainability Management Forum
EHS & Sustainability Management Forum
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Oct. 20-22 (Tues-Thurs)

Virtual Conference

NAEM’s EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is the largest annual gathering of environmental, health & safety, and sustainability managers, directors and vice presidents. Join us for three days of valuable content, networking, peer-led interactive sessions, keynote presentations, and a virtual exhibit hall filled with solutions and resources to support your efforts. Don’t miss this premier event dedicated to showcasing best practices in environmental, health & safety, and sustainability management.
September EHS&S Webinars
Why Ergonomics? Communicating the Value to Business Stakeholders
Why Ergonomics? Communicating the Value to Business Stakeholders
Thursday, Sept. 10
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Free for NAEM members; $99 for non-members

Ergonomics can improve business performance by positively influencing product quality, manufacturing performance, employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and even stock performance. Learn how to communicate the value of an ergonomics process and generate additional support for your ergonomics efforts.
COVID-19 Management Investments Pay Long-Term Dividends
Excelling in the New Normal: Making the Business Case for Resources to Manage COVID-19 and EHS Long-Term
FREE thanks to the support of EY
Tuesday, Sept. 15

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

The pandemic emphasized that having the right tools in your toolbox is the key to an effective response strategy. This webinar will explore impactful technologies, like Internet of Things wearables and integrated digital platforms, that can be utilized to respond to COVID-19 and later repurposed to enhance broader EHS programs and improve safety culture.
How COVID-19 is Impacting Corporate Sustainability Agendas
Webinar: Benchmarking Corporate Sustainability Priorities
Thursday, Sept. 24

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Has your company leaned more heavily on sustainability to drive responses during these challenging times? Or has sustainability recently taken a backseat to other business goals in your company? Register for this free webinar to learn what new sustainability initiatives are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice movement.
Latest NAEM Research
Benchmarking Corporate Sustainability Priorities
Report: Benchmarking Corporate Sustainability Priorities
FREE thanks to the support of Enablon
Just Published!

Take a look behind the scenes at the effects of unprecedented challenges — a deep economic recession, COVID-19’s long-term impacts and social unrest — on corporate sustainability.
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