EHS OutLoud Blog EHS OutLoud blog provides a candid look at health and safety issues both at work and at home. en 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 Easy-To-Adopt Strategies for Delivering Wellness Programs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;" title="Employers can and should play an important role in improving the health and well-being of millions of American workers by adopting evidence-based health promotion programs and policies. " />In the U.S., over <a href="" target="_blank">150 million adults</a> go to work daily and spend the majority of their waking hours engaged in some form of employment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:05:00 +0000 50021 at 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