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 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