EHS OutLoud Blog http://ehstoday.com/blog/13620/feed en Surprised and Delighted: The Indictment of Don Blankenship http://ehstoday.com/blog/surprised-and-delighted-indictment-don-blankenship <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/11/boots.gif" style="width: 585px; height: 390px; margin: 5px;" title="Coal miner boots and lunch pail sit on the stage of the New Life Assembly church during a Sunday service dedicated to the memory of the coal miners that died at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)" />As the saying goes: The fish rots from the head.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/surprised-and-delighted-indictment-don-blankenship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/surprised-and-delighted-indictment-don-blankenship#comments Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:40:00 +0000 36751 at http://ehstoday.com Chronically Absent Workers Weigh on Employers’ Productivity and Profits http://ehstoday.com/blog/chronically-absent-workers-weigh-employers-productivity-and-profits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Despite the current national anxiety about the Ebola virus, I&rsquo;m not afraid of it. What I am afraid of is the chocolate bundt cake that&rsquo;s sitting on the table in the break room. &nbsp;</p> <p>As most people know, the overconsumption of cakes, cookies, candies, cupcakes and other sugary delights can make a person overweight. And being overweight can lead to all sorts of bad things in addition to obesity &ndash; such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/chronically-absent-workers-weigh-employers-productivity-and-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/chronically-absent-workers-weigh-employers-productivity-and-profits#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:17:00 +0000 36591 at http://ehstoday.com What It Means To Be on OSHA’s Severe Violator List http://ehstoday.com/blog/what-it-means-be-osha-s-severe-violator-list <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/10/uploads/2014/10/grain-bin-dummy-2.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois uses a dummy inside a training grain bin at the Asmark Institute, in Bloomington, Ill., to demonstrate to farmers how quickly someone can be completely engulfed in grain. It also is used by rescuers to practice lifesaving extraction techniques." />It is understandable, as EHS Today has reported, that businesses would not want to be on OSHA&rsquo;s Severe Violators list.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/what-it-means-be-osha-s-severe-violator-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/what-it-means-be-osha-s-severe-violator-list#comments OSHA OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:44:00 +0000 36021 at http://ehstoday.com Is a Human Life Worth $2,363? http://ehstoday.com/blog/human-life-worth-2363 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The family of a 20-year-old construction worker who died on a Wyoming construction site is asking state lawmakers to consider legislation that would mandate an automatic $50,000 fine for safety violations that cause workplace fatalities.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/human-life-worth-2363" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/human-life-worth-2363#comments Safety OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:39:00 +0000 35911 at http://ehstoday.com Was Oklahoma Beheading an Act of Workplace Violence or Terrorism? Or Both? http://ehstoday.com/blog/was-oklahoma-beheading-act-workplace-violence-or-terrorism-or-both <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>On Sept. 25, Alton Nolen was suspended from his job at an Oklahoma food-processing plant, and he later attacked two employees with a knife, beheading one of them. While anyone would agree that Nolen&rsquo;s alleged actions were horrific and savage, there&rsquo;s some debate as to whether they constituted an act of workplace violence or terrorism.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/was-oklahoma-beheading-act-workplace-violence-or-terrorism-or-both" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/was-oklahoma-beheading-act-workplace-violence-or-terrorism-or-both#comments Safety Workplace Fatalities EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:54:00 +0000 35521 at http://ehstoday.com With Marijuana in the Spotlight, it’s Easy for Employers to Forget that Alcohol and Work are a Deadly Combination http://ehstoday.com/blog/marijuana-spotlight-it-s-easy-employers-forget-alcohol-and-work-are-deadly-combination <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has inspired much discussion about its impact on employers in those states and potentially others. However, should be just as concerned about a drug that&rsquo;s been legal for years: alcohol.</p> <p>According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 14 million U.S. workers are substance abusers, and the majority of them (85 percent) abuse alcohol.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/marijuana-spotlight-it-s-easy-employers-forget-alcohol-and-work-are-deadly-combination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/marijuana-spotlight-it-s-easy-employers-forget-alcohol-and-work-are-deadly-combination#comments Health Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:19:00 +0000 34981 at http://ehstoday.com Depression Is No Laughing Matter, Especially for Employers http://ehstoday.com/blog/depression-no-laughing-matter-especially-employers <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The tragic death of comedian Robin Williams has re-opened the public discussion about mental illness.</p> <p>If laughter is the best medicine, it&rsquo;s cruelly ironic that a man who soothed millions of souls with his comedic genius was felled by the darkness inside him.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/depression-no-laughing-matter-especially-employers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/depression-no-laughing-matter-especially-employers#comments Health EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:07:00 +0000 34391 at http://ehstoday.com Three Seconds: A Small Price to Pay for Working Safely http://ehstoday.com/blog/three-seconds-small-price-pay-working-safely <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Would you consider investing three seconds today to avoid injury and pain tomorrow? Would you consider that small investment of time to avert what might turn into a painful experience for you and/or your loved ones?</p> <p>Three seconds isn&rsquo;t much time. It&rsquo;s only about 0.008 percent of a 10-hour workday, and roughly equivalent to the time it takes to grab your spouse&rsquo;s hand and say &ldquo;I love you,&rdquo; kiss your kids goodnight or wish your parents a happy anniversary.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/three-seconds-small-price-pay-working-safely" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/three-seconds-small-price-pay-working-safely#comments Safety Training EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:11:00 +0000 34271 at http://ehstoday.com Put Down the Phone!!! http://ehstoday.com/blog/put-down-phone <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&ldquo;Driver Swerves Into Opposing Lane on I-90, Causes Crash.&rdquo; &ldquo;Motorcycle Crash on Innterbelt Bridge Leaves Two Hospitalized.&rdquo; &ldquo;Head-On Crash in Concord Township Injures 4 Teens, 1 Seriously.&rdquo; These are just a few of the headlines I found in our local newspaper from the past week. To say that we&rsquo;ve been experiencing a rash of serious car crashes would be an understatement and I doubt Northeast Ohio is alone in these phenomena.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/put-down-phone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/put-down-phone#comments Safety Distracted Driving EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:17:00 +0000 34001 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Cell phone distraction is a major cause of crash fatalities and a recent report claims cell phone use contributes to 24 percent of all motor vehicle crashes.</p> Focusing on the Positives in Safety http://ehstoday.com/blog/focusing-positives-safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A couple weeks ago, I posted a<a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-worker-complaints-about-your-safety-program-photo-gallery" target="_blank"> slideshow highlighting some of the most common worker complaints about safety</a>, culled from the responses to our 2014 National Safety Survey.</p> <p>Based on the analytics, the slideshow must have struck a chord with many readers, as it already ranks among the most popular Web items of 2014. (Yes, like safety, we&rsquo;re in a metrics-driven business too.) But it didn&rsquo;t come without a touch of guilt.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/focusing-positives-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/focusing-positives-safety#comments Safety Leadership Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:42:00 +0000 33991 at http://ehstoday.com 'Inspire Her Mind' Inspires Safety Message http://ehstoday.com/blog/inspire-her-mind-inspires-safety-message <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/06/uploads/2014/06/verizon.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin: 6px; float: left;" />I just watched the new Verizon commercial, &quot;Inspire Her Mind.&quot; And the message &ndash; that many young girls show an apptitude for science and math and engineering but often are discouraged from pursuing it (&quot;You&#39;ll get your dress dirty.&quot; &quot;Be careful with that! Why don&#39;t you hand that to your brother?&quot;) &ndash; is a worthy one.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/inspire-her-mind-inspires-safety-message" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/inspire-her-mind-inspires-safety-message#comments Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:14:00 +0000 33291 at http://ehstoday.com 10 Easy, Creative Ways to Celebrate National Employee Wellness Month http://ehstoday.com/blog/10-easy-creative-ways-celebrate-national-employee-wellness-month <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>June is one of my favorite months. I love the summer warmth and hanging outside enjoying activities like running, swimming and biking. Long days and short nights mean tons of time for physical activity.</p> <p>It also marks National Employee Wellness Month. This annual celebration shows how companies can create healthy cultures and improve employee well-being, while also lowering healthcare costs and improving business results.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/10-easy-creative-ways-celebrate-national-employee-wellness-month" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/10-easy-creative-ways-celebrate-national-employee-wellness-month#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:32:00 +0000 32911 at http://ehstoday.com Sustainability: It’s in the Bag http://ehstoday.com/blog/sustainability-it-s-bag <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>If your kitchen is anything like ours, it&rsquo;s overflowing with plastic bags.&nbsp;</p> <p>We have so many plastic bags, in fact, that we set up a bin in the kitchen pantry for the sole purpose of storing plastic bags. In the past, we&rsquo;ve used plastic bags to store plastic bags.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/sustainability-it-s-bag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/sustainability-it-s-bag#comments Environment EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 28 May 2014 19:33:00 +0000 32581 at http://ehstoday.com Dear Walmart, As Mama Used to Say… http://ehstoday.com/blog/dear-walmart-mama-used-say <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re known by the company you keep,&rdquo; my mother used to say. Not just to me, but to or about anyone she felt was hanging out with a bad crowd.</p> <p>In business, you&rsquo;re not only known by your own reputation, but by the reputation of the companies with whom you contract: the companies that sell your materials, buy your products, ship your products, sell your products or do contract work for you.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/dear-walmart-mama-used-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/dear-walmart-mama-used-say#comments Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 19 May 2014 19:52:00 +0000 32381 at http://ehstoday.com Have You Thanked a Police Officer Today? http://ehstoday.com/blog/have-you-thanked-police-officer-today <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Like millions of Americans, I&rsquo;m a sucker for a good cop show; that&rsquo;s been the case ever since &ldquo;Hill Street Blues&rdquo; was on TV. (For those of you who have a few more gray hairs than I do, you might insert &ldquo;Dragnet&rdquo; or &ldquo;The Streets of San Francisco&rdquo; into that sentence.)</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/ehs-outloud-blog">EHS OutLoud Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/have-you-thanked-police-officer-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/have-you-thanked-police-officer-today#comments Health Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:54:00 +0000 31631 at http://ehstoday.com