EHS OutLoud Blog http://ehstoday.com/blog/13620/feed EHS OutLoud blog provides a candid look at health and safety issues both at work and at home. en Skateboards, Tigers, Polar Bears and Kidnappers http://ehstoday.com/blog/skateboards-tigers-polar-bears-and-kidnappers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/01/polar-bear.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 397px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="Photo Credit: Thinkstock" />I admit it: I was stumped. A long-time friend of the magazine, the senior safety and environmental compliance manager at a company that is on the list of America&rsquo;s Safest Companies, contacted me with an unusual problem.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/skateboards-tigers-polar-bears-and-kidnappers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/skateboards-tigers-polar-bears-and-kidnappers#comments EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:44:00 +0000 52551 at http://ehstoday.com EHSFIT: Finding Your Passion http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-your-passion <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Staying active in cooler temperatures and avoiding cabin fever can be quite the challenge. For me, it&rsquo;s always a balance between the cold and precipitation this time of year. It&rsquo;s not much different than assessing risk in the workplace.</p> <p>I always ask a set of questions: What is the temperature? If it is between 30&deg;F and 40&deg;F, what are the conditions of the trails in the park? Is there ice? Are the roads and sidewalks clear? What clothing do I need to keep my skin and body protected?</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-your-passion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-your-passion#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:36:00 +0000 52451 at http://ehstoday.com Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations? http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/01/trumppressconference.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)" />Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations#comments EPA Environment OSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 52391 at http://ehstoday.com <p>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump&#39;s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p> EHSFIT: Finding Time for Fitness http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-time-fitness <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Get up. Let the dogs out. Make coffee. Figure out breakfast. Shower. Commute. Work. Run. Home. Clean the house. Find time for friends and family.</p> <p>From the time I wake up in the morning to the time I get to the office, two-and-a-half to three hours of the day already is gone.</p> <p>Deadlines. Commute home. Dinner. &nbsp;Friends? Cleaning. Sleep.</p> <p>Finding time for fitness can be hard. Juggling obligations and prioritizing things that need to get done can be difficult. So, where do I find 8 to 10 hours per week to run? The simple answer is I don&rsquo;t.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-time-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-time-fitness#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000 52251 at http://ehstoday.com EHSFIT: New Year, New You http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-new-year-new-you <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>New Year&rsquo;s resolutions. Diet. Exercise. Quit smoking. Eat right. As EHS professionals, health and safety go hand-in-hand.</p> <p>There are a mass of articles right now touting how 2017 finally will be your year to get fit or be healthy. They&rsquo;re published to get you excited and make you sign the dotted line for that year-long gym membership.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-new-year-new-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-new-year-new-you#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:32:00 +0000 52071 at http://ehstoday.com The New Appointees: What Donald Trump’s Choices for his Cabinet Say to Me http://ehstoday.com/blog/new-appointees-what-donald-trump-s-choices-his-cabinet-say-me <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2016/10/25/Scott_Pruitt_EPA.gif" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016 in New York City to meet with President-elect Donald Trump.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/new-appointees-what-donald-trump-s-choices-his-cabinet-say-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/new-appointees-what-donald-trump-s-choices-his-cabinet-say-me#comments EPA OSHA OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:08:00 +0000 51921 at http://ehstoday.com An Open Letter to District Attorneys Regarding Dollar General's Continued Negligence http://ehstoday.com/blog/open-letter-district-attorneys-regarding-dollar-generals-continued-negligence <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><em>Editor&#39;s Note:&nbsp;</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12.8px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Lucida Grande&quot;, &quot;Lucida Sans Unicode&quot;, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The following is an open letter to various district attorneys regarding the alleged negligence of Dollar General stores and its repeated and willful violations related to blocked exits. The letter was written by Edward Stern who served the U.S.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/open-letter-district-attorneys-regarding-dollar-generals-continued-negligence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/open-letter-district-attorneys-regarding-dollar-generals-continued-negligence#comments Safety OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:53:00 +0000 51891 at http://ehstoday.com 36 Deaths and Counting: Why the Ghost Ship Tragedy Should Haunt Safety Advocates http://ehstoday.com/blog/36-deaths-and-counting-why-ghost-ship-tragedy-should-haunt-safety-advocates <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2016/10/25/uploads/2016/12/oakland.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 397px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" title="Memorials such as this one are appearing near the site the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that claimed the lives of at least 36 people on Dec. 2, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)" /></p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/36-deaths-and-counting-why-ghost-ship-tragedy-should-haunt-safety-advocates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/36-deaths-and-counting-why-ghost-ship-tragedy-should-haunt-safety-advocates#comments Emergency Management Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000 51671 at http://ehstoday.com False Positive: Employers Should Re-Examine Drug Testing Policies http://ehstoday.com/blog/false-positive-employers-should-re-examine-drug-testing-policies <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As safety professionals and HR personnel, we have our employees conduct random, post-accident and new-hire drug tests as a condition for hire. Although the medical reviewing officer (MRO), gives them what they consider adequate time to submit proof of medication, what happens when they can&#39;t produce it because they have truly never even tried any drugs? Do we terminate the employee? Do we decide not to hire them?&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/false-positive-employers-should-re-examine-drug-testing-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/false-positive-employers-should-re-examine-drug-testing-policies#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:08:00 +0000 51591 at http://ehstoday.com District Attorneys Should Enforce Reckless Endangerment Laws for Dollar General http://ehstoday.com/blog/district-attorneys-should-enforce-reckless-endangerment-laws-dollar-general <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>OSHA repeatedly has fined Dollar General stores for blocking fire exits, a violation that has an infamous, tragic history.</p> <p>The story begins with a link between and Frances Perkins, the first female U.S. secretary of labor.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/district-attorneys-should-enforce-reckless-endangerment-laws-dollar-general" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/district-attorneys-should-enforce-reckless-endangerment-laws-dollar-general#comments Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:19:00 +0000 51481 at http://ehstoday.com