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
Cal/OSHA: Workers Need Access to Fresh Water to Prevent Heat Illness

Triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest and West United States in the past week have already played a factor in at least two deaths, according to news reports.

Because of this, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers they must provide fresh water and encourage workers to stay hydrated in order to prevent heat illness.

"It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented," Dr. Michelle Jorden, Medical Examiner, Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office in a statement to the press.

OSHA Fines Arrow Plumbing LLC After Fatal Trench Collapse 1

On Dec. 15 2016, 33-year-old Donald Meyer arrived at a job site and began to perform his duties as a plumber. He never returned home.

While working in a 12-ft-deep unprotected trench, the walls collapsed around Meyer, burying him in 10 ft. of dirt. Rescue crews did not recover his body until that night.

Survey Findings Show Workers are Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies

More than 10,000 cases of cardiac arrests annually occur in the workplace.

Does your workplace have access to CPR and first aid training? Does it have an automated external defibrillator (AED) should a cardiac emergency occur?

Two new surveys from the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that most U.S. employees are not prepared or trained to handle cardiac emergencies in the workplace.

Safety 2017: The 7 Cs of Success 1

A smile never left the face of Tom Morris as he energetically spoke to the general session audience at Safety 2017 in Denver.

Aptly nicknamed, “World’s Happiest Philosopher,” Morris drew on personal experiences as well as those of his friends to demonstrate the 7 Cs of Success. The key elements in the mantra are needed to meet and exceed any goals in life, he told attendees.

The 7 Cs involve both inner and external mindsets and skillsets a person must realize in order to move forward and obtain success. They include:

SLC 2017: Speaker Q&A: Achieving Safety Excellence in Small- to Mid-Sized Companies

EHS Today's 2017 Safety Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13.  Bob Toohey, CSP, Continental Mills will speak along with Paul English, safety director, CMC Steel Texas, in a session about using critical thinking and best practices to achieve overall safety excellence. This discussion is part of the Safety and Risk Management Track. Here is a preview about what to expect during the presentation.

Safety 2017: Q&A with Jeremy Bethancourt

ASSE formally will honor Jeremy Bethancourt, LeBlanc Building Co. director of health, safety and training, at Safety 2017, which will be held June 19-22 in Denver. 

In an interview with EHS Today, Bethancourt explains what receiving the award means to him as well as what safety measures EHS managers can take to protect workers from heat exposure, falls and distracted driving.

How did you get involved in a safety role? Can you please give readers a little bit of your background.

SLC 2017: Safety Leadership: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference will arrive in Atlanta Sept. 11 and conclude on Sept. 13. During the event, attendees will learn best practices in the following tracks: Safety & Risk Management, Safety Technology, Construction and Compliance.

The goal of the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference is to guide EHS managers to understand their roles, communicate to others about the safety process and improve the safety culture at their companies through session presentations, workshops, plant tours and keynote speakers.

June 2017 Product Innovations [Photo Gallery]

Each month, EHS Today  features the latest personal productive equipment and safety software for the workplace.

The June 2017 issue highlights products from UL, Brady, Rosetta Stone, ClickSafety, Mil-Ram Technology, VelocityEHS, Pelican Products Inc., Carhartt, FallTech and Mount Vernon FR.

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

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Addresses Summer Hazards

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have collaborated on a new app aimed at addressing weather-related hazards for workers during the summer months.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app, available for both iOS and Android devices, displays heat index values based on temperature and humidity. The tool uses the smartphone’s geolocation capabilities to pull temperature and humidity data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites.

DOL: G Farms Forced Workers to Sleep in School Buses and Semi-Truck Trailers

The federally-mandated agricultural visa program which allows foreign laborers to come to the United States for work is under increasing scrutiny because of low wages, unsafe living conditions and employee abuse.

The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained its first preliminary injunction order under the H-2A visa program after investigators discovered G Farms provided “dangerous and substandard” living conditions to Mexican farmworkers in El Mirage, Ariz.

Sincerely Stefanie: 10 Days Later

It was a cold day in January 2014 – the kind where your lungs burn as soon as you breathe the air. At the time, I was working close to home. Our friend Big Mike, a tall, hulky, teddy bear with an infectious laugh that rose from the depths of his stomach, asked to take a shower at our house.

Big Mike was one of our closest friends. So, we didn't think twice about the request. He stopped by around noon, when I was home for lunch, and took care of what he needed to do.

President Thomas Cecich: The Beat Goes On for ASSE

Change is the name of the game for Tom Cecich. During his tenure as president of ASSE, he has seen a shift in the way the organization utilizes technology for communication and education, worked directly with other board members on ASSE's first name change in 100 years and witnessed the outcome of a presidential election.

Inaugural Safe + Sound Week to Raise Awareness of Workplace Health and Safety

OSHA has designated June 12 through 18 as Safe + Sound Week in a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the value of workplace safety programs.

More than 85 trade associations, industry and professional groups are partnering with the agency in the initiative including the National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

NSC: Preventable Deaths Highest in July and August

Preventable deaths are at an all-time high, according to data from the National Safety Council.

Poisonings, car crashes, falls, drowning, choking and fires lead as the most common preventable fatality causes, with the highest numbers recorded in July and August.

OSHA: Gulf Cable LLC Willfully Exposed Workers to Machine Hazards

On Nov. 29, 2016, 26-year-old Jonathan Gilmore was guiding electrical wiring cable into a re-spool machine.

Gilmore, a Gulf Cable LLC employee, became caught in the equipment, crushing him to death. OSHA subsequently opened an investigation and has now cited the Milton, Fla.-based manufacturer for failing to protect workers.

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Sincerely Stefanie: Upcoming M. Night Shyamalan Movie "Split" Vilifies Mental Illness
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