CDC Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools: Vaccinated Teachers and Students Do Not Need Masks Indoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance, stating K-12 students benefit from in-person learning, and prioritizing safely returning to in-person instruction in fall 2021. The updated…

OSHA Announces Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for Noise

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Region V office in Chicago has announced a Regional Emphasis Program (REP), a targeted outreach and enforcement of OSHA’s occupational noise exposure standard…

OSHA Releases COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) circulated a news release announcing the U.S. Department of Labor’s much awaited COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”). With some…

Insurance Liability Claims Spike as Accident Risks Rise in Rush to Restarting Suspended Business Industry Operations

A post-pandemic trend has emerged within the insurance industry as businesses rush to reopen or to return to pre-pandemic production. Start-up actions by business owners looking to recoup lost revenues…

Illinois Passes Legislation to Eliminate Lead in Water Crisis

When Governor J.B. Pritzker signs the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act into law, the State of Illinois will be taking a large step towards recognizing, sourcing and eliminating…

CDC Interim Mask Guidance Update

On May 13, 2021, the CDC issued updated guidance, “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People”. With this updated guidance ”fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a…

Putting ‘Emerging Technology’ Air Purification Devices to the Test

A news article published by CNN health on May 3, 2021 has nailed it when it comes to the types of questions that need to be asked about the efficacy…

Blog: Recent Focus on Environmental and Occupational Exposures to Trichloroethylene (TCE) as Part of a Complex Combination of Factors Leading to Parkinson’s Disease

In response to rising rates of Parkinson’s Disease, attention has been focused on finding the cause or causes. One of these focus points landed on environmental exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE)…

Blog: Revisions in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Rule for Lead and Copper in Water and the Relationship to Lead in Water Levels in Illinois

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule for Drinking Water Requirements for States and Public Water Systems. The purpose of these revisions are…

RHP Profile on COVID-19: Navigating Stimulus Packages for Keeping Buildings Healthier

Since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the US government has enacted three stimulus packages into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) in March 2020; the Coronavirus Response…