Vital Threads Archive [2013 January] [1/31/13]
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Consumer’s ask…chemicals on imported textiles?

The movement of textile production outside of the US guidelines for manufacturing produces questions with few answers.  The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is a global certification system proposed to test textile products for more than 300 substances.  Find information on participating in a free webinar on February 6th addressing the updates to this certification that are effective April 1 this year.

Required employee flu shots…think carefully first

The 2013 flu season is on in full force.  Flu outbreaks cost the nation's employers $10.4 billion annually in hospitalizations and outpatient visits, according to Chicago-based outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. And that doesn't include the indirect costs of lost productivity and absenteeism compounded by sick workers who come to work and spread the flu to their co-workers, according to NewsOK.  A Cincinnati Hospital could be headed toward a trial this summer over flu shot requirements for employees. Employers are warned to be careful when mandating flu vaccination requirements according to healthcare law experts.

Expectations of the “Luxury” hotel

Today, the word "luxury" has been degraded by overuse. Everything has its "luxury" component nowadays…from coffee blends to detergents, according to About.com.  What are the luxury traveler’s expectations for bedding and bath textiles? How will this figure into hotel star ratings by Forbes and AAA? Check out what the luxury travel market is expecting from you.

The Clock Begins on the Globalization of MSDS …

The first compliance date on the radar is December 1, 2013 when employees must be trained on the new label and safety data sheets formats. OSHA calls this update of the “Right to Know” requirements the “Right to Understand,” which is a part of the greater Hazard Communication Standard. Learn more about the OSHA changes or obtain a copy of the full document of the “purple book”.

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