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.

Violation Tracker Database Catalogs Corporate Crime, Safety Violations

Between Election Day and the inauguration, federal agencies collected more than $20 billion in fines and settlements from corporations.

This data along with recent cases is available in an online database called Violation Tracker, a project funded by Good Jobs First’s Corporate Research Project.

OSHA Renews Corporate VPP Membership for Parsons Corp.
Parsons Corp. has been re-approved for membership in OSHA’s Corporate Voluntary Protection Program.
The Pasadena, Calif.-based engineering services firm is one of only five companies in the United States to participate along with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Morton Salt Corp., Delta Air Lines and General Electric Co.
Siemens Launches Educational Program for Future CNC Machinists

A new workforce development program engineered by Siemens aims to provide high school students and educators across the country the knowledge to jumpstart their manufacturing career.

The Lifelong Educational Advantage Program, or L.E.A.P., offers instructional content, training and partnerships with machine tool builders to give students an advanced understanding in the areas of milling and turning with the overall goal of boosting the skilled manufacturing labor market.

Goodyear Reaches $1.75 Million Settlement After Four Worker Deaths 2

Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties and overhaul its health and safety program after four fatalities occurred at its Danville, Va. plant over the course of a year.

Jeanie Strader, Kevin Waid Edmond,  Charles “Greg” Cooper  and William Scheier were killed at the facility between August 2015 and August 2016. Eleven subsequent investigations discovered numerous violations at the plant, which manufactures aviation and specialty tires.

Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Work-Related Injuries and Illness Summaries

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA, are reminding employers that they have until April 30 to comply with the agency's posting requirement for 2016 injuries and illnesses.

Companies that employ more than 10 workers must submit occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses per the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Sections 14300 through 14300.48 on an annual basis.

Even if none occurred, employers are still required to complete and post Form 300A, Cal/OSHA states.

Illinois Maintenance Worker Suffocates to Death

A sign maintenance worker suffocated to death on Friday, Feb. 3 while trying to install a sign at Geneva Commons Shopping Center in Illinois.

The incident occurred just before noon. The employee, 47-year-old Donald Tentler, became pinned between a crane and a bell tower and "died of compression asphyxiation due to the mechanical compression of the neck,” Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said in a news release.

February 2017 EHS Today Product Showcase [Photo Gallery]

EHS Today's February 2017 spotlight is hearing protection. See the latest products from companies including Honeywell, MSA Safety, EAR Inc., Ericson, HEMCO, Dickies, Industrial Scientific, SafeVision, INO Technologies, New Pig, Brady Corp. and Larson Electronics. 

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

Ken Jennings to Keynote Annual Industrial Hygiene Conference

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has announced the headlining speakers for its American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce EXP).

Ken Jennings, all-time “Jeopardy!” winner, will kick off the 77th annual event which will be held in Seattle from June 4 through June 7. His presentation is titled, "Life in the Form of a Question,” according to the AIHA.

Sincerely Stefanie: Stress and Heart Health

I'm sure we all can pinpoint what makes us stressed, whether it's our job, money, a relationship or a combination of internal and external factors.

Just in time for American Heart Month, researchers have released a study linking higher activity in the stress center of our brains, the amygdala, to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

VPPPA Taps Mike Maddox to be Executive Director

Mike Maddox has been hired as the executive director of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, or VPPPA.

The former vice president of corporate Voluntary Protection Programs for NuStar Energy, Maddox has more than 20 years of VPP experience and more than 40 years of occupational safety and health experience. 

Conveyor Belt Attendant First Coal Mine Fatality of 2017

A Kentucky coal mine beltman died on Jan. 26 from injuries he sustained after being pulled into a belt drive roller.

Ray Hatfield Jr, of Hi Hat, Kentucky, was shoveling loose coal near a belt drive when he came into contact with a roller, according to the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration. No other employees witnessed the accident. Hatfield had 23 years of experience.

The mine, located in Pike County, Kentucky, has nine employees and produced more than 14,000 tons of coal last year, according to MHSA.

Five Tips for Choosing Anti-Fog Eyewear [Photo Gallery]

Workers are exposed to a number of hazards when their eyewear fogs.

A new white paper released by Honeywell examines and addresses the factors that cause lens fogging as well as tips to select the best eyewear with anti-fog properties.

"Fogging is the number one problem faced by safety eyewear users," the white paper states. "....Fogging on untreated lenses is nearly impossible to avoid no matter where work is conducted, and it might seem like no big deal."

Workers at Hanford Nuclear Site Could Get Protection During Clean Up 1

Exposure to harmful vapors and nuclear waste is an everyday occurrence for employees stationed at the Hanford Reservation in Washington.

State lawmakers are calling for United States Department of Energy workers, contractors and subcontractors to be protected and treated for certain occupational diseases directly attributed to working with radioactive material and toxic substances.

Bad Posture Habits Lead to a Decrease in Productivity

A corporate wellness initiative between UpRight and Ernst & Young Israel studied the correlation between posture and workplace productivity.

The case study included studying office workers at E & Y’s Israel office through the application of the UpRight wearable and training them to be more aware of how they sit during long hours.

Forklift Crushes Massachusetts Stop & Shop Worker

A worker at a Stop & Shop Distribution Center Freetown, Mass. died late night Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Alphonse Ferent, 51, of Stoughton, Mass. fell between a truck and a loading dock as a tractor trailer pulled away. A forklift unloading merchandise from the trailer then fell on top of Ferent, killing him, according to news reports.

First responders provided first aid. However, Ferent was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

OSHA officials confirmed to news outlets that it is investigating the incident. No other information has been reported at this time.

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

"Because it's a universal Human behavior, pointing out differences, especially extreme differences, makes for great story material. If someone can turn that material into a...

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