EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en NIOSH Science Blog Supports Research http://ehstoday.com/health/niosh-science-blog-supports-research <div class="field-deck"> Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/niosh-science-blog-supports-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/niosh-science-blog-supports-research#comments Health Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:44:00 +0000 34701 at http://ehstoday.com The Large Questions About Health Impacts from Tiny Nanoparticles http://ehstoday.com/health/large-questions-about-health-impacts-tiny-nanoparticles <div class="field-deck"> A new study examines the first reported case of worker sensitivity related to exposure to nanoparticles and raises nearly as many questions as it answers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new study examines the first reported case of worker sensitivity related to exposure to nanoparticles and raises nearly as many questions as it answers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/large-questions-about-health-impacts-tiny-nanoparticles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/large-questions-about-health-impacts-tiny-nanoparticles#comments Health Industrial Hygiene Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:16:00 +0000 34691 at http://ehstoday.com CDC Director: Ebola Virus Is Threatening the World’s Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/cdc-director-ebola-virus-threatening-world-s-safety <div class="field-deck"> CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says the Ebola virus outbreak not only is worse than official reports of illness and fatality make it seem, but it is a threat to world safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><style type="text/css"> /** block-quote style 2**/ .pquote2 { background: url("http://ehstoday.com/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/07/openquote.gif") no-repeat!important; color: #71808F; font-style: italic; font-size:18px; line-height: 25px; margin: 10px; padding: 30px 50px 1px 100px; }</style> <p>At a news briefing on Sept. 2 and during an interview on CNN&rsquo;s &ldquo;New Day&rdquo; program, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa &ldquo;is spiraling out of control.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/cdc-director-ebola-virus-threatening-world-s-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/cdc-director-ebola-virus-threatening-world-s-safety#comments Health Safety News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:15:00 +0000 34811 at http://ehstoday.com CDC ExxonMobil to Pay $1.4 Million Fine for 2012 Louisiana Oil Spill http://ehstoday.com/environment/exxonmobil-pay-14-million-fine-2012-louisiana-oil-spill <div class="field-deck"> On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil’s North Line pipeline ruptured near Baton Rouge and spilled crude oil into the surrounding area. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>ExxonMobil has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 oil spill near Torbert, La., the Justice Department and EPA announced.</p> <p>On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil&rsquo;s North Line pipeline about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge ruptured, spilling crude oil into the surrounding area, including an unnamed tributary connected to Bayou Cholpe.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/exxonmobil-pay-14-million-fine-2012-louisiana-oil-spill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/exxonmobil-pay-14-million-fine-2012-louisiana-oil-spill#comments Environment News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:00 +0000 34791 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA: Contractor Exposed Workers to Fall Hazards at New Jersey Construction Site http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-contractor-exposed-workers-fall-hazards-new-jersey-construction-site <div class="field-deck"> OSHA said it launched an investigation after observing workers building formwork without fall protection at the construction site of three midrise buildings in Bloomfield, N.J. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Concrete and masonry company Concrete Systems Inc. is facing $52,470 in fines for eight OSHA citations. The company allegedly exposed workers to fall hazards and other safety hazards at a New Jersey construction site.</p> <p>OSHA cited the firm for one repeat and seven serious violations after a February investigation.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-contractor-exposed-workers-fall-hazards-new-jersey-construction-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-contractor-exposed-workers-fall-hazards-new-jersey-construction-site#comments Construction OSHA Enforcement Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:53:00 +0000 34751 at http://ehstoday.com Federal Agencies Are Lagging in Addressing Physical and Psychological Violence in the Workplace http://ehstoday.com/blog/federal-agencies-are-lagging-addressing-physical-and-psychological-violence-workplace <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Every week, the major media and the trade press have stories on physical and/or psychological violence in the workplace. After 43 years in the federal government and 12 years studying workplace violence, I wanted to know whether federal departments were planning for workplace physical and psychological violence.</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/federal-agencies-are-lagging-addressing-physical-and-psychological-violence-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/federal-agencies-are-lagging-addressing-physical-and-psychological-violence-workplace#comments Safety Workplace Bullying EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:43:00 +0000 34781 at http://ehstoday.com Workrite Tech Notes: OSHA Updates http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/workrite-tech-notes-osha-updates <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=64425507&amp;iu=/3834/ehs.home" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/08/workrite-020.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; float: left; margin: 5px;" /></a>The OSHA rules covering safe work practices for the electric utility industry have been updated. CFR 1910.269 and 1926.960&mdash;which were in the revision process for many years&mdash;are now complete, and employers are required to provide workers with flame-resistant clothing.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/workrite-tech-notes-osha-updates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/workrite-tech-notes-osha-updates#comments Sponsored Protective Clothing Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:27:00 +0000 34721 at http://ehstoday.com VPPPA 2014: Images from the National VPPPA Conference [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/vpppa-2014/vpppa-2014-images-national-vpppa-conference-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., was the site of the 2014 National VPPPA Conference, which wrapped up Thursday.</p> <p>During the event, the Voluntary Protection Program Participants&rsquo; Association celebrated the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the organization and the conference.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/vpppa-2014/vpppa-2014-images-national-vpppa-conference-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/vpppa-2014/vpppa-2014-images-national-vpppa-conference-photo-gallery#comments VPPPA 2014 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:24:00 +0000 34711 at http://ehstoday.com CSB: Even Seemingly ‘Non-Hazardous’ Materials Can Explode http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/csb-even-seemingly-non-hazardous-materials-can-explode <div class="field-deck"> Although it will be a while before OSHA issues a report on its investigation of an explosion at the Omega Protein facility in Mississippi, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s chair has some advice for employers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Earlier in August, a team of U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators deployed to the Omega Protein facility in Moss Point, Miss., where a tank explosion on July 28 killed a contract worker and severely injured another.</p> <p>The CSB team, working alongside federal OSHA inspectors, found that the incident occurred during hot work on or near a tank containing eight inches of a slurry of water and fish matter known as &ldquo;stickwater.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/csb-even-seemingly-non-hazardous-materials-can-explode" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/csb-even-seemingly-non-hazardous-materials-can-explode#comments Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:45:00 +0000 34681 at http://ehstoday.com <p>An explosion of what was thought to be nonhazardous materials blew the top off of this tank, killing one worker and severely injuring another.</p> CSB VPPPA 2014: Where Does Humor Fit in Your Safety Training? http://ehstoday.com/training/vpppa-2014-where-does-humor-fit-your-safety-training <div class="field-deck"> “You can apply humor across the board, whether you have a poor [learning] environment or a terrible classroom,” said Tim Page-Bottorff. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you&rsquo;ve come to the conclusion that your training sessions are sorely in need of a refresh, you&rsquo;re not alone. A VPPPA breakout session on training &ndash;&nbsp;tantalizingly titled &ldquo;Humor in Safety: From Blah Blah Blah to Ha Ha Ha&rdquo; &ndash; drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 safety professionals.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/vpppa-2014-where-does-humor-fit-your-safety-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/vpppa-2014-where-does-humor-fit-your-safety-training#comments Training News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:49:00 +0000 34671 at http://ehstoday.com Safety by the Numbers (or How to Waste Trillions of Dollars) [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety/safety-numbers-or-how-waste-trillions-dollars-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>According to the International Labor Organization, 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work. In addition, there are 860,000 injury-causing occupational accidents every day. The direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at $2.8 trillion (U.S.$) worldwide.<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/safety-numbers-or-how-waste-trillions-dollars-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/safety-numbers-or-how-waste-trillions-dollars-photo-gallery#comments Safety Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:12:00 +0000 34661 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Work claims more vicitims than wars... (Photo: Papaija/freedigitalimages.net)</p> A World Without Fatal Work Accidents Is Possible http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/world-without-fatal-work-accidents-possible <div class="field-deck"> The organizers of the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 can imagine that a world without fatal or serious occupational accidents is possible. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As the largest global occupational safety event opened in Frankfurt, Germany on Aug. 25, nearly 4,000 occupational safety experts, politicians and scientists from 141 countries convened to discuss ways of making work safer and healthier. The triennial <a href="https://www.safety2014germany.com/">XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014</a> is co-organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and is hosted this year by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/world-without-fatal-work-accidents-possible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/world-without-fatal-work-accidents-possible#comments Safety Leadership News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:24:00 +0000 34651 at http://ehstoday.com <p><strong>A comprehensive prevention culture with a global reach was the central message of the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Congress. International guests from politics, business and social organizations witnessed an inspiring beginning of a new era in prevention.</strong></p> XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 The 5 C’s For Building a Successful Business (And Becoming a Leader) http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/5-c-s-building-successful-business-and-becoming-leader <div class="field-deck"> CEO and author Marsha Friedman offers these tips for success for small business owners, but they also apply to anyone seeking a leadership role in EHS or in another position at their company. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Small businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that&rsquo;s good news for all of us. Since we account for 63 percent of new jobs, our success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps us even more &ndash; people with paychecks buy stuff!</p> <p>And here&rsquo;s more good news: Women are launching more businesses than ever &ndash; 1,288 a day, according to a recent analysis by American Express. That&rsquo;s up from 602 in 2011-12. Since 1997, women-owned businesses rose by 68 percent.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/5-c-s-building-successful-business-and-becoming-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/5-c-s-building-successful-business-and-becoming-leader#comments Safety Leadership News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:40:00 +0000 34631 at http://ehstoday.com VPPPA 2014: ExxonMobil, DuPont, Halliburton Sites Honored for 30 Years in OSHA VPP http://ehstoday.com/galleries/vpppa-2014-exxonmobil-dupont-halliburton-sites-honored-30-years-osha-vpp <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>On the eve of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants&rsquo; Association&rsquo;s 30<sup>th</sup> national conference, VPPPA honored six manufacturing sites that have been in OSHA&rsquo;s Voluntary Protection Program for 30 years or more.</p> <p>OSHA Administrator David Michaels and former OSHA heads John Henshaw and Charles Jeffers were among those on hand for a Sunday night reception at the Gaylord Resort and Hotel in National Harbor, Md., site of the 2014 National VPPPA Conference.</p> <p>During the reception, VPPPA recognized:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/vpppa-2014-exxonmobil-dupont-halliburton-sites-honored-30-years-osha-vpp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/vpppa-2014-exxonmobil-dupont-halliburton-sites-honored-30-years-osha-vpp#comments Galleries VPPPA 2014 Galleries Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:21:00 +0000 34611 at http://ehstoday.com VPPPA 2014: Michaels Unveils New Publication on Temp-Worker Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/vpppa-2014-michaels-unveils-new-publication-temp-worker-safety <div class="field-deck"> OSHA chief David Michaels urged VPPPA attendees “to be the champions of these recommended practices.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Temporary workers are entitled to the same training and protection as full-time employees, OSHA Administrator David Michaels said during the opening general session of the 2014 National VPPPA Conference in National Harbor, Md.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the theme of a new publication that OSHA and NIOSH unveiled Tuesday. The publication emphasizes that staffing agencies and their clients &ndash; &ldquo;host employers&rdquo; &ndash; are jointly responsible for providing safe and healthy working conditions for temporary employees.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/vpppa-2014-michaels-unveils-new-publication-temp-worker-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/vpppa-2014-michaels-unveils-new-publication-temp-worker-safety#comments VPPPA 2014 Safety News Workplace Fatalities Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:52:00 +0000 34601 at http://ehstoday.com VPPPA 2014: At General Electric, the Future of Safety Is Spelled ‘H-O-P’ http://ehstoday.com/safety/vpppa-2014-general-electric-future-safety-spelled-h-o-p <div class="field-deck"> Over the past few years that GE has been applying its Human and Organizational Performance philosophy to EHS, the iconic manufacturer already has enjoyed a number of wins. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Ann Klee summarized General Electric Co.&rsquo;s new approach to workplace safety and health by comparing stop signs with traffic circles.</p> <p>Stop signs create a rules-based system in which motorists &ldquo;come to a stop, look both ways and move forward.&rdquo; On the other hand, traffic circles &ndash; also known as &ldquo;roundabouts&rdquo; &ndash; force motorists to be engaged in the process of moving through an intersection.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/vpppa-2014-general-electric-future-safety-spelled-h-o-p" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/vpppa-2014-general-electric-future-safety-spelled-h-o-p#comments VPPPA 2014 Environment Health Safety News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:17:00 +0000 34591 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Today iOS App http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/ehs-today-ios-app <div class="node-body article-body"></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/ehs-today-ios-app#comments Sponsored Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:50:00 +0000 34581 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Today Android App http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/ehs-today-android-app <div class="node-body article-body"></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/ehs-today-android-app#comments Sponsored Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:43:00 +0000 34571 at http://ehstoday.com It’s Back-To-School Season: Is Your Child Ready? http://ehstoday.com/safety/it-s-back-school-season-your-child-ready <div class="field-deck"> The National Safety Council and First Student are urging parents and motorists to be aware of these back-to-school safety risks. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The back-to-school season is a time that can be stressful for both parents and students. For this reason, the National Safety Council (NSC) has partnered with First Student to offer school safety tips.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/it-s-back-school-season-your-child-ready" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/it-s-back-school-season-your-child-ready#comments Safety News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:59:00 +0000 34551 at http://ehstoday.com Joe Raedle/Getty Images News Barab: Violence in the Workplace is American Horror Story http://ehstoday.com/safety/barab-violence-workplace-american-horror-story <div class="field-deck"> In an article posted to the National Law Review, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab examines incidents of workplace violence that occurred at a correctional facility and a medical care facility, noting that employers must take steps to protect workers “from preventable tragedies.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It sounds like a horror movie. The setting is Rikers Island correctional facility in New York and the opening scene shows a group of inmates gathered around a cell where an employee has been locked up while other inmates pass around a &ldquo;hit list&rdquo; of additional employees.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/barab-violence-workplace-american-horror-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/barab-violence-workplace-american-horror-story#comments Safety News Workplace Fatalities Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:24:00 +0000 34541 at http://ehstoday.com Toa55/freedigitalphotos.net Death of LAX Airport Worker Leads to Cal/OSHA Citations http://ehstoday.com/safety/death-lax-airport-worker-leads-calosha-citations <div class="field-deck"> Cal/OSHA’s investigation determined that Menzies Aviation’s safety policy on the operation of tow tractors in and around LAX discouraged the use of safety belts. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Cal/OSHA has fined Menzies Aviation $77,250 for alleged safety violations after an investigation into the February death of a worker at Los Angeles International Airport. The worker was thrown from the vehicle he was operating without a seatbelt.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/death-lax-airport-worker-leads-calosha-citations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/death-lax-airport-worker-leads-calosha-citations#comments Safety News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 34531 at http://ehstoday.com Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images OSHA: Hanford Contractor Must Pay $220,000 in Back Wages to Whistleblower http://ehstoday.com/environment/osha-hanford-contractor-must-pay-220000-back-wages-whistleblower <div class="field-deck"> Firing an employee for voicing safety concerns is a violation of federal whistleblower provisions. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A contractor for the Department of Energy&rsquo;s decommissioned Hanford nuclear site in Washington state has been ordered to reinstate an environmental specialist and pay more than $220,000 in back wages and other expenses after it fired the employee for voicing nuclear and environmental safety concerns.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/osha-hanford-contractor-must-pay-220000-back-wages-whistleblower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/osha-hanford-contractor-must-pay-220000-back-wages-whistleblower#comments Environment News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:26:00 +0000 34521 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The 586-square-mile Hanford Site, located along the Columbia River in southeastern Washington, was a plutonium production complex that played a key role in the nation&#39;s defense, beginning in the 1940s with the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.</p> Jeff T. Green/Getty Images Germs in the Office: Do You Know Where Your Phone Has Been? [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/health/germs-office-do-you-know-where-your-phone-has-been-infographic <div class="field-deck"> Think because you work in an office environment you're "safe?" Think again: Studies have found as many as 25,000 germs per square inch on an office telephone. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Providing a clean office environment is a key component of running an effective organization. Cleanliness is important for a company&#39;s brand persona and client perception, but it also has a major role to play for employee health and well-being and can directly influence productivity through the prevention of absences from work.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/germs-office-do-you-know-where-your-phone-has-been-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/germs-office-do-you-know-where-your-phone-has-been-infographic#comments Health News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:26:00 +0000 34511 at http://ehstoday.com EPA, Duke Energy Responding to Ohio River Oil Spill http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-duke-energy-responding-ohio-river-oil-spill <div class="field-deck"> EPA is serving as the federal on-scene coordinator for the emergency response to an oil spill immediately upstream from Cincinnati. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/newsevents/duke-energy-spill/" target="_blank">EPA is on the scene of an oil spill</a> that occurred last night when 3,000-5,000 gallons of diesel fuel was released into the Ohio River from Duke Energy&rsquo;s Beckjord power plant. Twenty-four hour operations are underway to contain and clean up oil along a 12-mile stretch of the Ohio River immediately upstream from Cincinnati.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-duke-energy-responding-ohio-river-oil-spill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/epa-duke-energy-responding-ohio-river-oil-spill#comments EPA Environment News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +0000 34501 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Booms have been deployed on the Ohio River to contain a 12-mile long oil slick.</p> EPA Is 'Safety Culture' Dead? http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-culture-dead <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In 1988, after the incident at Chernobyl, a new term arrived to arm safety professionals the world over. The report of the International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group (INSAG) coined the term &ldquo;safety culture.&rdquo; This concept quickly was embraced and refined over the next few years but the definition from the INSAG report stuck around:</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/leadership-perspectives-blog">Leadership Perspectives Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-culture-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-culture-dead#comments Safety Leadership Leadership Perspectives Blog Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:09:00 +0000 34821 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Is the concept of safety culture dead?</p> Asphalt Specialists Tells Workers to Hit the Pavement, OSHA Says Not So Fast http://ehstoday.com/osha/asphalt-specialists-tells-workers-hit-pavement-osha-says-not-so-fast <div class="field-deck"> Asphalt Specialists has been ordered by OSHA to pay nearly $1M in compensation and must reinstate drivers terminated for raising safety concerns. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Asphalt Specialists Inc. violated the <a href="http://www.whistleblowers.gov/acts/staa.html" target="_blank">Surface Transportation Assistance Act</a>, according to OSHA, when it wrongfully terminated a foreman and two truck drivers who had raised safety concerns. According to OSHA and the terminated workers, they were directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service" target="_blank">mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers</a>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/asphalt-specialists-tells-workers-hit-pavement-osha-says-not-so-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/asphalt-specialists-tells-workers-hit-pavement-osha-says-not-so-fast#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:57:00 +0000 34491 at http://ehstoday.com Asphalt Specialists Inc. Lights, Camera … Accident: Real-Life Movie Tragedies [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/lights-camera-accident-real-life-movie-tragedies-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The movie industry&rsquo;s safety history is no fairy tale. In fact, the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic &ldquo;Midnight Rider&rdquo; is the latest in a long list of real-life movie-set tragedies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/lights-camera-accident-real-life-movie-tragedies-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/lights-camera-accident-real-life-movie-tragedies-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Galleries Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:05:00 +0000 34481 at http://ehstoday.com Best Practices in Choosing and Deploying a Successful EHS Management System http://ehstoday.com/safety/best-practices-choosing-and-deploying-successful-ehs-management-system <div class="field-deck"> A robust EMIS plays a central role in propelling an organization’s EHS performance to the next level. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An EHS management system can provide many benefits to an organization, including meeting regulatory requirements, minimizing operational risks and liabilities, improving corporate image, meeting customer demands and achieving competitive advantages.</p> <p>With companies worldwide seeking to improve their EHS performance, the need for accurate data management is growing rapidly. Investment in data management systems now is the fastest-growing area of companies&rsquo; EHS spending, according to the Verdantix Green Quadrant EHS Software 2014 report.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/best-practices-choosing-and-deploying-successful-ehs-management-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/best-practices-choosing-and-deploying-successful-ehs-management-system#comments Safety News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:17:00 +0000 34451 at http://ehstoday.com Four Traits of a Great Leader http://ehstoday.com/blog/four-traits-great-leader <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Four Traits of a Great Leader</p> <p><br /> Success comes in many forms. The concept is so complex that perspective point plays a major role in its definition. Yet it&rsquo;s so simple that we all have a notion of what defines success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A person with a temporary disability rejoices when his or her limitations are removed (a success), while an abled-bodied person usually takes it for granted (not a success).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/leadership-perspectives-blog">Leadership Perspectives Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/four-traits-great-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/four-traits-great-leader#comments Safety Leadership Leadership Perspectives Blog Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:29:00 +0000 34421 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA Cites Production Company after Crew Member Dies During Filming of Gregg Allman Biopic http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-cites-production-company-after-crew-member-dies-during-filming-gregg-allman-biopic <div class="field-deck"> On Feb. 20, camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and eight other workers were injured while trying to escape an oncoming freight train during the filming of a scene for “Midnight Rider,” a biopic based on Allman’s life. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The production company filming the movie biography of musician Gregg Allman is facing $74,900 in OSHA fines for safety violations that allegedly led to the death of a 27-year-old crew member.</p> <p>OSHA cited Film Allman LLC of Pasadena, Calif., for one willful violation and one serious safety violation, alleging that the company exposed crew members to struck-by and fall hazards.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-cites-production-company-after-crew-member-dies-during-filming-gregg-allman-biopic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-cites-production-company-after-crew-member-dies-during-filming-gregg-allman-biopic#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:55:00 +0000 34401 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Parents Richard and Elizabeth Jones attend a March 7 memorial for their daughter Sarah Jones, an assistant camera operator who was killed by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic &quot;Midnight Rider.&quot;</p> Photo by David McNew/Getty Images