Sandy Smith

EHS Today

Sandy Smith is editor-in-chief of EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication. She has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for documentaries and television programs, has served as a panelist on roundtables, has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences and has won national and international awards for her articles.

“Workers Falling Out of the Sky”: NYCOSH Report Reveals Uptick in New York Construction Fatalities

Construction workers, safety advocates, unions and elected officials are calling for more worker training, safer worksites and stronger regulations to help curb the number of injuries and fatalities occurring at construction sites in the state of New York.

Two Employees in 10 Days Suffer Severe Injuries at Green Bay Manufacturer

One worker’s hand was crushed and another suffered the partial amputation of a finger during a bloody 10-day in July 2016. The two men, employees at Green Bay muffler component manufacturer Bay Fabrication, suffered severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures in place, according to OSHA investigators.

The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach?

The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.

Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA

EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.

Sandy Says: The Eyes Have It

A recent survey found that nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems, but most of them fail to have regular eye exams that could predict or prevent serious problems. Add me to the list.

Four years ago, I got Lasik surgery on my eyes. Having worn glasses (and later, contact lenses) since I was in second grade, the surgery was like a miracle. I wake up in the morning and I can see!

Businesses Spend More Than $1 Billion a Week on Serious, Nonfatal Workplace Injuries

According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers’ compensation costs per year. This translates into more than $1 billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.

Nurses Testify for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings

Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.

Members of NNU – from states around the country – will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. 

Top 10 Workplace Trends: Data Is Still Big, Greater Emphasis on Employees’ Needs [Photo Gallery]

Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists study workplace issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work–life balance. What workplace needs are I-O psychologists predicting businesses will want to address in 2017?

OSHA Investigation of Fatal Fall Leads to Citations for Electrical Hazards 1

OSHA began an inspection of Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health in Jersey City, N.J. on June 28, 2016, after the employer notified the agency that a worker needed to be hospitalized after falling from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016.

A Full Year of Sandy Says

EHS Today Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith is a national award-winning writer, and her monthly column, Sandy Says, is a must-read for many EHS Today subscribers.

Smith brings occupational safety, health and environment topics such as PPE, emergency response, training, hazard awareness and OSHA enforcement down to a personal level for herself and her readers.

Using her own experiences as a springboard, she addresses topics that touch her readers.

Sustainability and Occupational Safety: White Papers for a Greener New Year

As Oprah famously said during her holiday specials, "You get a new car! And YOU get a new car! And YOU get a new car!!!" It might not be a new car, but both OSHA and the National Safety Council's Campbell Instutute have released white papers in December that examine the relationship between occupational safety and health and sustainability.

How Deadly Will the Holiday Highways Be This Year?

The upcoming Christmas holiday period may cost 314 people their lives on the roadways, according to National Safety Council estimates. Another 364 fatalities are expected during the three-day New Year’s holiday period. 

FEMA: Don’t Let Jack Frost Get the Best of You!

When Jack Frost comes nipping at our noses, there are precautions we can take to keep our cars operational, our pets safe and noses from getting frostbite.

Labor Secretary Perez: ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Provide Safe Workplaces

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2015, with many statistics trending up, rather than down. The occupation with the most fatalities was tractor-trailer or heavy truck operator.

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