EHS OutLoud Blog EHS OutLoud blog provides a candid look at health and safety issues both at work and at home. en EHSFIT: Finding Time for 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000 52251 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:32:00 +0000 52071 at The New Appointees: What Donald Trump’s Choices for his Cabinet Say to Me <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" height="376" src="/site-files/" 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA OSHA OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:08:00 +0000 51921 at An Open Letter to District Attorneys Regarding Dollar General's 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety OSHA Enforcement EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:53:00 +0000 51891 at 36 Deaths and Counting: Why the Ghost Ship Tragedy Should Haunt Safety Advocates <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000 51671 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:08:00 +0000 51591 at District Attorneys Should Enforce Reckless Endangerment Laws for 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:19:00 +0000 51481 at Sincerely Stefanie: Upcoming M. Night Shyamalan Movie "Split" Vilifies Mental Illness <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I went to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, a town about an hour or so southeast of the state capital of Columbus.</p> <p>Located a short walk from campus is the former Athens Mental Health Center, also known as The Ridges. The vast 1,000 acre hospital complex has a lurid history, known for experimental procedures such as the lobotomy. At its peak, the hospital treated more than 1,800 patients.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:31:00 +0000 50881 at NSC 2016: Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Terry Bradshaw and the Case of the Puzzling Opening Keynote Address <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>NFL legend Terry Bradshaw gave the opening keynote address at the 2016 National Safety Congress. The message I expected and the one he delivered were two entirely different things.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s rare for me to speak badly about a conference speaker. Generally, I don&rsquo;t say anything at all if a session misses the mark. In this case, I can&rsquo;t stay quiet.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership EHS OutLoud Blog Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:08:00 +0000 50691 at <p>Honoree Terry Bradshaw (L) and NFL analyst Howie Long onstage at the Friars Club Roast of Bradshaw during the ESPN Super Bowl Roast at the Arizona Biltmore on Jan. 29, 2015 in Phoenix. <span>(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Friars Club)</span></p> Sincerely Stefanie: What Hurricane Matthew Teaches Us about Emergency Preparedness <div class="node-body blog-body">Emergency preparedness is nothing to brush off your shoulders.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:36:00 +0000 50471 at