Aon's O'Leary: Mold claims are on the rise | Lawyers: Big consequences can arise from vapor-intrusion risks | Ore. court broadly defines pollutants
April 19, 2017
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Aon's O'Leary: Mold claims are on the rise
Catherine O'Leary of Aon Risk Solutions' environmental practice said an unexpected number of mold claims are arising as property owners, especially in the hospitality industry, are finding mold when they begin renovations. With regard to the overall environmental insurance market, "except for a few specific industry sectors, the market pricing is competitive, and the terms broad," O'Leary said.
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Lawyers: Big consequences can arise from vapor-intrusion risks
Landowners who acquire and develop properties must thoroughly address vapor-intrusion risks while performing their environmental due diligence, lawyers John Gregory and Ashley Breakfield write. A crucial step is the "all appropriate inquiry," which makes a landowner eligible for certain Superfund protections, Gregory and Breakfield write.
Mondaq (free registration)/Farella Braun + Martel (4/11) 
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Ore. court broadly defines pollutants
An Oregon court recently ruled that carbon monoxide damages qualify for the pollution exclusion under commercial general liability policies. To make the determination, the court consulted dictionary definitions of "irritant" and "contaminant," which were mentioned but not defined in the policy of contractor Victory Construction. Snow (3/29) 
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Laws and Regulations
OSHA pushes back implementation of silica-exposure rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new rule on silica exposure will go into effect Sept. 23 instead of June 23 to give the agency time to develop "guidance materials and training for compliance officers."
The National Law Review/Jackson Lewis (4/6),  The Hill (4/6) 
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Glyphosate products may get warning label under Prop 65
Glyphosate will be added to California's Proposition 65 listing of carcinogenic chemicals, and products containing the chemical could soon include a warning label. Whether companies will have to add the label will likely hinge on the safe harbor level that will be determined by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
FoodNavigator (4/10) 
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Green Construction
Chicago pledges clean energy for public buildings
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that more than 900 government buildings in Chicago would transition to 100% renewable energy by 2025. On-site renewable sources and renewable energy credits will power city buildings, public schools, the Chicago Park district and the Chicago Housing Authority.
WTTW-TV (Chicago, Ill.) (4/10) 
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Video: Aon at RIMS 2017
Listen as Aon colleagues discuss an innovative new product offering that provides risk leaders with an interactive casualty claims dashboarding tool that leverages Aon Casualty Laser proprietary benchmarking data -- with complementary leading advisory consultation -- to identify cost-savings opportunities and monitor the performance of pre- and post-loss casualty TCoR (total cost of risk) mitigation strategies. Spectrum Analytics represents a new, interactive way of driving insight into casualty TCoR. Watch video.
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3 things millennials can teach us about health
Health is on the decline. Throughout the world, health care costs are rising and people are becoming less healthy. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates annual health-related productivity losses cost US employers $225.8 billion. Against this backdrop, recent findings from Aon reveal a conflict at the heart of US health trends: People believe their health is important, but they are placing less importance on traditional ways to improve their health. Interestingly, millennials are the ones leading positive health thinking and behaviors. How are millennials approaching health, and what can we learn from them? Read more.
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