Perhaps just as telling as the statistical results from our 2014 National Safety Survey were the write-in responses. EHS professionals didn’t mince words when we asked them about the challenges and opportunities that they face in protecting workers.
In this gallery, we look at the 10 most frequent answers to this question: “In what area would you most like to see improvement in your EHS program?”
Do any of these responses sound familiar?
Look for an in-depth analysis of our survey in the August issue of EHS Today.
EHS professionals are in the business of saving lives and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates their efforts to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.
In our 2014 National Safety Survey, we asked safety managers to share “the most frequent complaint that you hear from employees about your organization’s EHS program,” among other questions seeking to gauge the pulse of the profession.
Earlier this year, OSHA updated its standards for electric-power generation, transmission and distribution work, as well as for electrical protective equipment, covering general industry and construction.
The updated standards mandate improved fall protection for workers on aerial lifts and towers, adopt revised approach-distance requirements to ensure that unprotected workers don’t get too close to energized lines and equipment, and address the safe use and care of electrical protective equipment.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, OSHA launched an initiative to protect temporary workers. The agency sent a memorandum to regional administrators directing field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
In recent months, OSHA has received a series of reports about temporary workers suffering fatal injuries – many during their first days on a job. OSHA has issued citations when the employer failed to provide adequate protections, including safety training.
As EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies program enters its 13th year, we thought it would be nice to look back at the past years’ winners.
America’s Safest Companies recognizes organzations that achieve safety excellence through their:
The personal-finance website WalletHub recently unveiled its rankings of the safest U.S. states, based on 26 metrics that include crime, traffic accidents, climate disasters and workplace safety.
Based on its composite score, Massachusetts ranks No. 1 on the list (although it ranks fifth in workplace safety).
New Hampshire – which ranks first in workplace safety – holds the No. 2 overall spot, followed by Minnesota, Hawaii and the District of Columbia to round out the top five.