EHS OutLoud Blog en Sincerely Stefanie: Schlitterbahn Waterslide Death Demonstrates Slippery Slope to Safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Thrill seekers flock to amusement parks every year looking for the fastest, tallest, craziest new attraction to satiate their hunger for overcoming danger. In the United States, this translates to a $55.4 billion industry. Schlitterbahn Water Park is home to Verruckt, the “World’s Tallest Waterslide,” an attraction reaching heights above Niagara Falls. Safety hazards or “glitches” supposedly worked out prior to the ride’s opening in 2014 did not prevent the August 7 death of a 10-year-old boy.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 08 Aug 2016 19:19:00 +0000 49351 at <p>This video captures early Verruckt test rides in which rafts regularly flew off the slide.</p> Sincerely Stefanie: Pokémon NO! Protecting Your Workers from Digital Zombies <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Have you seen the digital zombies - in the park, in front of churches and stores, in the street? These aren&rsquo;t your normal, flesh-eating zombies. Rather, it&rsquo;s their thirst for rare imaginary creatures called Pok&eacute;mon that causes them to stumble around town.</p> <p>Pok&eacute;mon Go, which launched on July 6 in the United States, potentially is the start of a new era in the mobile gaming revolution. In the game, players are able to use their phone&rsquo;s GPS to catch imaginary creatures in real-life locations such as parks, on streets or in their households.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety Distracted Driving Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:22:00 +0000 48841 at Sandy Says: Burn Baby Burn <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Will the Republican National Convention spark riots in Cleveland? At least one political candidate seems to think so.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:16:00 +0000 46281 at Treading Gingerly: Safety Isn't Cool <div class="node-body blog-body">From age 7 to 31, you're never too cool to be safe.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:18:00 +0000 45851 at Valentine’s Day: For the Love of the Earth <div class="node-body blog-body">The U.S. Department of the Interior created a video showcasing couples who committed to one another while celebrating their love of planet Earth. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:59:00 +0000 45481 at <p>Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge, as photographed by&nbsp;Melissa Hahn (</p> The Poisoning of Flint, Michigan <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 418px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder activated the National Guard to help the American Red Cross distribute water to Flint residents to help them deal with the lead contamination that is in the City of Flint's water supply. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)" />I proudly call myself a community activist in my Cleveland neighborhood.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000 45001 at The Conviction of Don Blankenship: What Does it Mean? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>You have seen the news. The jury convicted Don Blankenship of conspiracy to willfully violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards at Upper Big Branch South Mine (UBB).</p> <p>Such an important case deserves some scrutiny of the details. They are in the federal grand jury indictment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:52:00 +0000 44361 at A Picture of Safety from a Young Artist <div class="node-body blog-body">We grow up and, for some reason, we grow out of safety.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:05:00 +0000 43601 at Back to the Future: A New Era of Safety <div class="node-body blog-body">As we define the future, we set new rules of safety.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:33:00 +0000 43411 at <p>Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images</p> Dateline Thailand: A Bucket List Trip Is Even More Amazing than Expected <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; margin: 6px; float: left;" title="Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Bangkok, Thailand" />Two years ago, a co-worker was invited by the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) to visit that country and learn about U.S. investment. She visited several parts of the country and a number of businesses. To say that I was jealous is to put it mildly. I was nearly insane with jealousy.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:51:00 +0000 43261 at NSC 2015: The Semi-Autonomous Car: A Guide to the Future <div class="node-body blog-body">Autonomous cars are ready for the roads today, but the public isn’t quite ready.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety NSC 2015 EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:56:00 +0000 43001 at Why the Homicide Conviction in California for Trenching Violations Could Contribute to Workplace Safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Some forms of work involve the risk of injury, and employers and workers are morally and legally obliged to minimize the risk of serious harm and death.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:45:00 +0000 42581 at Have We Become a Nation of Bad Drivers, or Are We Just Jerks? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 350px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;" title="Photo Credit: Thinkstock" />The National Safety Council released information last month that indicated 2015 could be the deadliest year for vehicle crashes since 2007. Fatalities were up 14 percent over 2014 through the end of June and serious injuries were up 30 percent. The NSC predicts that as many as 400 people could die on the roads over Labor Day weekend.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Distracted Driving EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:41:00 +0000 42461 at <p>Are you a careful driver, a distracted driver or a rude driver? Your answer might save your life. (Image: Thinkstock)</p> When Safety Interferes with Work <div class="node-body blog-body">Ultimately, safety brings us back to our jobs, our friends, our lives. We just need a reminder sometimes.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:30:00 +0000 42431 at Safety Wins on the Interstate <div class="node-body blog-body">While using signage to impart safety information certainly is nothing new, it is encouraging as someone in the safety world to see new efforts being taken to address the general public.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:02:00 +0000 41861 at