Stefanie Valentic

Stefanie
Valentic
Associate Editor,
EHS Today

Stefanie Valentic is an associate editor for EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication.

 A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has been in B2B publishing for eight years. Her work has spanned many industries including crop protection, landscaping, horticulture and pest control.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University. You can find her on Twitter @SVSafety.

Articles
Poisonous Fumes in Confined Space Lead to Three Worker Deaths

Three underground utility workers in Florida died Monday after entering a confined space without the proper protective equipment.

The incident, which occurred in Key Largo, Fla., began when the first man removed a manhole cover, entered a 15-foot-deep drainage hole and became unresponsive, according to news reports.

The second worker entered with the intention of saving him but also lost consciousness. Likewise, a third man climbed into the hole was overcome by fumes. All three workers perished. None were wearing any respiratory protective equipment.

EPA Issues Proposed Rules on Chemical Risk Evaluation

After 40 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have established rules to prioritize and evaluate chemicals in the marketplace and the manufacturing process.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed on June 22, 2016, gives the EPA the authority to look at and regulate unevaluated chemicals in the marketplace originally grandfathered in with the Toxic Substances Control Act.

OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations

OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.

Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.

Sincerely Stefanie: Employees Should Stay Home When Sick

I had an eventful holiday season. I went to three different houses, visited my family and watched as many of them came down with the stomach flu.

The issue began with my niece two days before Christmas Eve. Usually bubbly and charismatic, she was confined to her bed. Sparing the details, my mother took care of her, cleaning up the mess and making sure she had plenty of fluids.

January 2017 EHS Today Product Showcase [Photo Gallery]

Each month, EHS Today's print edition features a variety of personal protective equipment, literature, software and services geared to improve your workplace. January 2017's product spotlight was hand safety. 

To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.

Seven Million Ways to Prevent Injuries

Decades after OSHA first held a public meeting regarding revisions to its Walking-Working Surfaces standard for general industry, the final rule will become effective on Jan. 17.

The revision to 29 CFR Part 1910 general industry addresses subpart D – for slip, trip and fall hazards and subpart I – adding requirements for personal fall protection systems. In addition, it eliminates the existing mandate to use guardrails as a primary fall protection method and allows employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems, according to OSHA.

Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers

OSHA’s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn’t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.

About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.

Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee 1

A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.

The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program.

Proposed PHIT Act Legislation Aims to Allow Pre-Tax Dollars for Fitness 2

A tax bill making its way through Congress is aiming to shape the way the American public utilizes health savings accounts to focus on prevention, not just treatment.

The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, first introduced to the house in March 2015 and more recently to the Senate in November 2015, is a bi-partisan supported proposal that would allow medical account tax deductions to be applied to some specified costs associated with staying active.

OSHA: Robert Barringer Continues to Willfully Violate Fall Protection Standards

Participating in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program hasn’t raised Robert Barringer’s awareness about fall protection and employee safety.

The Illinois roofing contractor has again been cited by OSHA to the tune of $214,782 after a recent inspection at a home construction site in Troy found workers exposed to fall hazards.

Top 8 Healthy Food Trends for 2017 [Photo Gallery]

Gym memberships, drinking more water, eating healthier. About 45 percent of Americans make New Year's Resolutions, and 38 percent of those are weight or fitness related, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Of those resolutions, fewer than half of those that make them, about 46 percent, keep them past six months.

While employers encourage participation in workplace wellness programs, especially in the new year, healthy meals start at home.

Financial Goals Directly Impact Employee Safety 1
Financial goals may be more important than employee safety, according to new research in the Journal of Accounting and Economics.
New Research Shows Heart-Related Deaths Spike Over Holidays

Cold weather may have no correlation to heart-related deaths during winter months, according to a new study.
Recent research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association analyzed trends in heart-related deaths in New Zealand, where Christmas occurs during the summer season when death rates are usually at a seasonal low – allowing researchers to separate any winter effect from a holiday effect.

Comments
Sincerely Stefanie: Upcoming M. Night Shyamalan Movie "Split" Vilifies Mental Illness
October 27, 2016

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