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.

The Real Reasons Americans Are Unhappy at Work

When it comes to work, Americans aren’t happy.

Ladder Safety e-Book Available for Download

More than 2,000 people per day are injured in ladder-related incidents, and the industry is taking major steps to reduce that number.

The American Ladder Institute has declared March as National Ladder Safety Month.

This collection includes articles about National Ladder Safety Month, ladder safety and the OSHA regulations related to the appropriate and safe use of ladders in general industry and construction.

Download it here.

The Federal Budget: What It Could Mean for Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls “FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” – President Donald Trump’s first budget – “fairly compassionate.” But with a number of federal programs aimed at the elderly, children, workers and the environment facing deep cuts or complete elimination, environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals and others are concerned, particularly when combined with several Executive Orders signed since Trump took office.

Seven Tips to Help You Outsmart Smart Machines

The American manufacturing workforce is shrinking. Workers are being replaced by robots and automated production systems, and managers are being replaced by software programs and Siri. Professor Ed Hess says that in order to succeed and be seen as leaders, we need to rethink human excellence and the traits required to achieve it.

61 Workers Died on the Job in Oregon in 2016

A preliminary report issued March 7 by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) indicates that Oregon worker deaths in 2016 increased by more than 30 percent from 2015. The state experienced 61 deaths in 2016, up from 2015’s figure of 41 deaths.

Will Cities Take Lead Role on Climate Change?

As the representatives of the National League of Cities (NLC) prepared to meet in Washington for their annual Congressional City Conference, NLC President Matt Zone, a city council member from Cleveland, Ohio, sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group's dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.

Sandy Says: Climbing the Ladder to Safety Success 1

As a tool, ladders have been around longer than the wheel, so you would think we would know how to safely use them at this point. And yet, we still experience an average of 2,000 injures EVERY DAY related to ladders.

Talking Ladder Safety with American Ladder Institute President Ryan Moss

"Every year there are 300 ladder-related deaths and thousands of disabling injuries related to ladders," says Ryan Moss, president of the American Ladder Institute (ALI), and CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems.

"Without better training and continuous innovation in safety, planning and product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities."

International Women’s Day: Most Women Prefer To Work

A new, landmark report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Gallup, “Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men,” examines the attitudes and perceptions of women and men regarding women and work.

The results come from the Gallup World Poll, which was conducted in 142 countries and territories and surveyed almost 149,000 adults. It is representative of more than 99 percent of the global adult population.

The Cost of Pollution: 1.7 Million Children Dead Each Year

Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under age 5, say two new reports from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Appreciate Employees Any Day of the Year

Employee Appreciation Day is March 3, and even though employees should be recognized regularly for their performance and work milestones, a survey of over 3,400 workers around the world by global employee recogni

Would You Like to Share Your Safety Success Stories?

EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference is the premier education and networking opportunity for leaders in occupational safety and health, compliance and risk management. The 2017 Safety Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 11-13 in Atlanta at the Hilton Atlanta.

The most important element of the Safety Leadership Conference is the educational component contributed by the experts speaking in our four tracks: safety and risk management, compliance, construction and safety technology:

House Overturns OSHA’s 2015 Recordkeeping Amendment Stemming from the Volks Case

In one of the first in what probably will be a long line of changes for recent regulations and amendments promulgated by OSHA during the Obama administration, the U.S. House of Representatives on March 1 passed H. J. Res 83, a resolution of disapproval, under the Congressional Review Act. Introduced by Rep.

High Five! Tell EHS Today About Your Successful Hand Protection Program

If you are a safety professional in any industry who has a successful hand protection program, EHS Today wants to talk to you!!

Over 1 million workplace hand injuries occur each year. Some 20 percent of disabling workplace injuries involve the hands. Of those injuries, 63 percent are lacerations, 13 percent are crush injuries and the remaining injuries are punctures, fractures, burns and amputations.

OSHA 1910.138 states:

Ladder Losers [Photo Gallery]

The Ladder Association, the UK organization behind the annual “”Idiots on Ladders” competition, has returned, this time with the Ladder Leaders/Ladder Losers competition.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, followers of their Facebook page had the opportunity to post photos of ladder losers and leaders.

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