Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Connect with Habitat in your community

The holiday season is approaching... do something that feels good -- help other people. Connect with Habitat for Humanity in your community! Click here to find your local Habitat affiliate and learn about volunteer opportunities and events in your area. You can also read local field notes, search for campus chapters and locate the Habitat ReStores nearest you.

Going Green: Safe and Healthy Jobs

The fine folks at NIOSH have a blog. Read their wonderful post on green jobs here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NIOSH on Twitter

Follow NIOSH tweets here. Very useful, up-to-the-minute information! Thank you, NIOSH!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NIOSH flu resources

Here's another excellent source of helpful info about the flu. Thanks to the CDC and the National Institute for Safety and Health!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Preparing for the flu: a toolkit for employers

Here is an excellent toolkit from flu.gov to take to help protect your workers and your business from the flu:

The purpose of "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Businesses and Employers" is to provide information and communication resources to help businesses and employers implement recommendations from CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Influenza Season.

Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Businesses and Employers (PDF - 2.1MB)

The toolkit includes:

Letter from the Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor

Questions and Answers about CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to 2009 H1N1 Influenza (PDF Version - 264KB)

Quick Reference for Business 2009 H1N1 Flu Planning and Response (PDF Version - 137KB)
1 Fact Sheet for Employers

Actions Steps to Keep Your Business and Employees Healthy (PDF Version - 266KB)

1 Fact Sheet for Employees

8 Ways You Can Keep Yourself Healthy (PDF Version- 236KB)

1 Poster for Workplace Entrances to Remind Sick Employees to Go Home

STOP! Do You Feel Sick? (8.5" x 11") (PDF - 354KB)

STOP! Do You Feel Sick? (18" x 24") (PDF - 892KB)

3 Template E-mails (or Letters) for Businesses to Send to Employees

Flu Season is Starting. Get Ready Now! (DOC - 40.5 KB)

If You Are Not Feeling Well . . . (DOC - 35 KB)

Staying Healthy . . . (DOC - 39.5 KB)

Text Messages for Businesses to Send to Employees (PDF Version - 123KB)

Additional Communication Resources for Businesses to Share with Employees (PDF Version - 467KB)

Additional Web Resources for Businesses to Use for Planning (PDF Version - 219KB)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama administration bypasses US Chamber of Commerce

In another blow to the increasingly irrelevant and obstructionist US Chamber of Commerce, the Obama administration is going directly to CEOs of major US corporations, bypassing the Chamber entirely.

Historically, the Chamber of Commerce has served as something of a gatekeeper: if powerful policymakers wanted to make headway with business leaders, they had to go through the Chamber to get to them. The White House prefers to simply go around the gatekeeper and engage the community directly.

We will continue to keep our eyes on this series of events.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Major corporations ditch US Chamber of Congress over global warming denial

This is amazing: Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PNM Resources, Nike, and Exelon, among other major corporations are ditching the US Chamber of Commerce over their global warming / climate change denial.

PG&E's press release states:

PG&E Corp. (PCG) said Tuesday it is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over objections to what its top executive called the chamber’s “extreme position on climate change.”

In a letter to the U.S. Chamber published on PG&E’s blog, www.next100.com, PG& E Chairman and Chief Executive Peter Darbee wrote that company employees “find it dismaying that the Chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored.”

Excellent news. Global warming is real, and it's really bad for business.