EHS Today en The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach? <div class="field-deck"> The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard is considered the defining document for addressing the complex issues of lockout/tagout and methods for the control of hazardous energy, and the Z244 Committee is moving in a new direction. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consensus Safety Training News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 52361 at Thinkstock January 2017 EHS Today Product Showcase [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each month, EHS Today&#39;s print edition features a variety of personal protective equipment, literature, software and services geared to improve your workplace. January 2017&#39;s product spotlight was hand safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head Galleries Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:00 +0000 52331 at Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock The Eyes Have It <div class="field-deck"> A survey commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that the majority of U.S. adults have eye problems, but most don't seek help. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A recent survey found that nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems, but most of them fail to have regular eye exams that could predict or prevent serious problems. Add me to the list.</p> <p>Four years ago, I got Lasik surgery on my eyes. Having worn glasses (and later, contact lenses) since I was in second grade, the surgery was like a miracle. I wake up in the morning and I can see!</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head Health Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:46:00 +0000 52271 at EHS Today Takes Workplace Wellness to a Whole New Level <div class="field-byline"> By John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> It's a treadmill. It's a desk. But can it put our writer on path towards healthier living? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It doesn&#39;t seem that long ago I could run a six-minute mile. I could still feel the pain in my chest &ndash; like a gorilla is giving me CPR &ndash; after a run. And the wanting to drink a gallon of water and die part. I remember that, too.</p> <p>But that was half a life ago, back in the Navy, when I was forced to run. Then I got out and ran less and less, blaming achy knees and an overall hatred of running. Sometime during my wife&#39;s first pregnancy, I lost the will to work out all together, though my ability to kill a pint of Ben and Jerry&#39;s went up exponentially.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:21:00 +0000 52261 at 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 BBS: Silver Bullet or Out-Dated Thinking? <div class="field-deck"> Is behavior-based safety a silver bullet, or one of several tools in your toolbox? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Behavior-based safety (BBS) has its disciples and its critics. It has been called the silver bullet of safety and it also has been labeled as yesterday&#39;s thinking. Based on the evidence, it is neither.</p> <p>If it really was a silver bullet, the organizations using it would be accident-free. If it truly was old and dead, it would have been abandoned by previous users and would not be attracting new ones. So, if BBS is neither magic nor dead, what is it? The answer to this question depends heavily on how you use it.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:51:00 +0000 52241 at Businesses Spend More Than $1 Billion a Week on Serious, Nonfatal Workplace Injuries <div class="field-deck"> New research from Liberty Mutual places a dollar amount on the cost of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries to American businesses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to the 2017 <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index</em></a>, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers&rsquo; compensation costs per year. This translates into more than $1 billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:19:00 +0000 52231 at <p>Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury.</p> Thinkstock Building a Climate for Culture Change: 3 Key Concepts for Your Safety Evolution <div class="field-byline"> By Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Do you have a plan to sustain your safety initiatives? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An organization is a complex set of dynamically intertwined and interconnected elements (inputs, processes, outputs, feedback loops and environment) in which it operates.&nbsp; These elements are continuously changing, interacting, ebbing and flowing (Katz &amp; Kahn, 1978).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:30:00 +0000 52221 at Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers <div class="field-deck"> In a final rule issued the first week of 2017, OSHA has lowered the beryllium exposure limit and established new key provisions to protect workers in a broad range of industries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA&rsquo;s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn&rsquo;t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.</p> <p>About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety Standards News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:17:00 +0000 52211 at Thinkstock Are Your Top Leaders Engaged in Driving Safety Performance? <div class="field-byline"> By Len Jannaman </div> <div class="field-deck"> Savvy corporations recognize the importance of having top leadership teams engaged in driving safety performance. So how can you engage your corporate leaders? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In a perfect world, everybody does the right thing, the right way, all the time, for the right reasons, on the road to zero injuries and incidents. But unfortunately, we don&#39;t live in a perfect world and injuries often do happen. And when they do, while the financial impact can be crippling, the human costs are much greater.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:06:00 +0000 52201 at Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee <div class="field-deck"> Safety manager at Jasper Roofing terminated for cooperating with OSHA inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.</p> <p>The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA&#39;s Whistleblower Protection Program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 52181 at Thinkstock Nurses Testify for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings <div class="field-deck"> RNs are demanding OSHA take action on a national standard to address violence in the healthcare setting. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.</p> <p>Members of NNU &ndash; from states around the country &ndash; will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety OSHA Enforcement Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:03:00 +0000 52161 at <p>Workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry face extremely high rates of workplace violence. In 2014, 52 percent of all the incidents of workplace violence reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occurred against workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry.</p> Thinkstock Proposed PHIT Act Legislation Aims to Allow Pre-Tax Dollars for Fitness <div class="field-deck"> The PHIT Act calls for pre-tax medical accounts to be used for health and wellness activities, not just hospital visits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A tax bill making its way through Congress is aiming to shape the way the American public utilizes health savings accounts to focus on prevention, not just treatment.</p> <p>The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, first introduced to the house in March 2015 and more recently to the Senate in November 2015, is a bi-partisan supported proposal that would allow medical account tax deductions to be applied to some specified costs associated with staying active.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:23:00 +0000 52151 at Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents <div class="field-deck"> A strong safety culture extends to all seasons, even in winter when cold stress is common among outdoor workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This time of year, cold stress that can result in hypothermia or frostbite is a hazard of which employers must be aware, particularly if they have outdoor workers. With the right preparation and presence of mind, both employers and employees can prevent these injuries.</p> <p>One of the most effective prevention techniques is adopting the attitude that safety is an area of responsibility for everyone in the organization &ndash;&nbsp;both the employer and workers. Companies must initiate and reinforce safety protocols and clearly spell out safety responsibilities and expectations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Health Safety News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:25:00 +0000 52141 at Thinkstock Top 10 Workplace Trends: Data Is Still Big, Greater Emphasis on Employees’ Needs [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists study workplace issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work&ndash;life balance. What workplace needs are I-O psychologists predicting businesses will want to address in 2017?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galleries Health Galleries Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:22:00 +0000 52121 at Leadership: No Leaks, A Complete Sockeroo <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent trip to my local home improvement store reminded me of the value attained when organizations utilize professionals skilled in their trade to assist clients and customers solve their toughest challenges.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Voices of Safety Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:07:00 +0000 52111 at Heavy-Duty Vacuum Disintegrates Safety Concerns <div class="field-byline"> David Kennedy </div> <div class="field-deck"> The Cianbro facility in Georgetown, Mass., found a way to reduce the potential for employee injuries, unscheduled downtime and wasted manpower in its abrasive blasting operation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Nearly every manager or supervisor in heavy industry has heard that safety is good for business. According to the OSHA document, &ldquo;Safety and Health Add Value,&rdquo; effective safety and health programs can mean the difference between organizations operating &ldquo;in the black and running in the red.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eliminating manual material handling has some of the biggest potential to improve a company&rsquo;s productivity, product quality and overall business competitiveness.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +0000 52091 at <p>The VAC-U-MAX portable 1020 industrial vacuum is capable of recovering up to 5 tons of material per hour, and can reduce labor costs by more than 50 percent.</p> VAC-U-MAX OSHA Investigation of Fatal Fall Leads to Citations for Electrical Hazards <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s investigation of Jersey City Medical Center worker's fatal fall finds the facility allegedly exposed employees to dangerous electrical hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA began an inspection of Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health in Jersey City, N.J. on June 28, 2016, after the employer notified the agency that a worker needed to be hospitalized after falling from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:54:00 +0000 52081 at Thinkstock 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 OSHA: Robert Barringer Continues to Willfully Violate Fall Protection Standards <div class="field-deck"> Barringer Brothers Roofing, an Illinois roofing contractor, still lacks accident prevention program and fall protection for its employees. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Participating in OSHA&rsquo;s Severe Violator Enforcement Program hasn&rsquo;t raised Robert Barringer&rsquo;s awareness about fall protection and employee safety.</p> <p>The Illinois roofing contractor has&nbsp;again been cited by OSHA to the tune of $214,782 after a recent inspection at a home construction site in Troy found workers exposed to fall hazards.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:42:00 +0000 52061 at Thinkstock A Full Year of Sandy Says <div class="field-deck"> Agree, disagree or agree to disagree, these 12 columns from EHS Today Editor in Chief Sandy Smith run the gamut from personal safety to OSHA Compliance. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS Today Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith is a national award-winning writer, and her monthly column, Sandy Says, is a must-read for many EHS Today subscribers.</p> <p>Smith brings occupational safety, health and environment topics such as PPE, emergency response, training, hazard awareness and OSHA enforcement down to a personal level for herself and her readers.</p> <p>Using her own experiences as a springboard, she addresses topics that touch her readers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:13:00 +0000 52051 at Greg Murray The Importance of EPCRA Reporting and the Dangers of Complacency <div class="field-byline"> Missy Hart </div> <div class="field-deck"> Even with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act having been the law of the land for 30 years, many organizations continue to have lax policies and inadequate recordkeeping. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) mandates that companies maintain hazardous chemical information to support state and local emergency planning and response for community awareness. EPCRA also requires reporting on the storage, use and release of hazardous chemicals to federal, state and local regulatory government agencies.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment News Recordkeeping Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:39:00 +0000 52041 at Thinkstock Top 8 Healthy Food Trends for 2017 [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Gym memberships, drinking more water, eating healthier. About 45 percent of Americans make New Year&#39;s Resolutions, and 38 percent of those are weight or fitness related, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.</p> <p>Of those resolutions, fewer than half of those that make them, about 46 percent,&nbsp;keep them past six months.</p> <p>While employers encourage participation in workplace wellness programs, especially in the new year,&nbsp;healthy meals start at home.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galleries Galleries Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:39:00 +0000 52031 at OSHA: Lauren Manufacturing Fails in Machine Safety <div class="field-deck"> Plastics manufacturer operating in New Philadelphia, Ohio cited for numerous violations after one employee’s finger was severed and another worker’s arm was crushed. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA has proposed Lauren Manufacturing pay $274,934 in penalties after two workers suffered debilitating injuries related to the company&rsquo;s lack of machine safety.<br /> <br /> An investigation was launched on the New Philadelphia, Ohio manufacturer after a pneumatic bench cutter severed a 27-year-old employee&#39;s finger as she cut rubber material on June 22, 2016. This is the second debilitating injury suffered by an employee in less than 18 months, according to the agency.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000 52021 at Thinkstock Financial Goals Directly Impact Employee Safety <div class="field-deck"> New research examines the impact of meeting financial goals in a company and higher injury/illness rates. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div>Financial goals may be more important than employee safety, according to new research in the <em>Journal of Accounting and Economics.</em></div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wellness Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:46:00 +0000 52011 at Thinkstock New Research Shows Heart-Related Deaths Spike Over Holidays <div class="field-deck"> Study in the Journal of the American Heart Association analyzed trends in New Zealand to rule out cold weather as a possibility. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Cold weather may have no correlation to heart-related deaths during winter months, according to a new study.<br /> Recent research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association analyzed trends in heart-related deaths in New Zealand, where Christmas occurs during the summer season when death rates are usually at a seasonal low &ndash; allowing researchers to separate any winter effect from a holiday effect.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wellness Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:18:00 +0000 52001 at Thinkstock John Deere Settles with OSHA on Whistleblower Allegations <div class="field-deck"> Former employee to receive more than $200,000 for being terminated after reporting unsafe working conditions to OSHA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>John Deere has signed a settlement agreement with OSHA, resolving a lawsuit centering around the anti-retaliation&nbsp;provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.</p> <p>A pipefitter who was terminated from the company in 2012 will receive a total of $204,315 in back wages and &quot;front pay&quot; and $70,685 in other damages after reporting unsafe working conditions and filing a complaint with OSHA after John Deere failed to correct one of the unsafe conditions.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 27 Dec 2016 20:53:00 +0000 51991 at Thinkstock Sandy Says -- 2016 Collection <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/datasheet/sandy-says-2016-collection" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="node-body datasheet-body">EHS Today Editor-in-Chief is an national award-winning writer, and her monthly column, Sandy Says, is a must-read for many EHS Today subscribers. Smith brings occupational safety, health and environment topics such as PPE, emergency response, training, hazard awareness and OSHA enforcement down to a personal level for herself and her readers. Using her own experiences as a springboard, she addresses topics that touch her readers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Gold Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:53:00 +0000 51981 at Workers Exposed to Fall, Scaffolding Hazards in Philadelphia <div class="field-deck"> A Plymouth Meeting, Pa., contractor has been fined $87,000 by OSHA for alleged safety violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Dec. 9, <a href="https://www.osha/ooc/citations/Vanilson_Da_Silva_dba_Real_Contractors_LLC_1154452_12_09_16.pdf" target="_blank">OSHA&nbsp;issued citations to Vanilson Da Silva</a>, doing business as Real Contractors LLC, for four alleged&nbsp;repeat&nbsp;and&nbsp;two alleged serious safety violations. Proposed fin is $87,794.</p> <p>OSHA began an inspection of one of the company&rsquo;s job sites on June 10, after a compliance officer observed Real Contractors&rsquo; employees exposed to fall hazards.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fall Protection OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:58:00 +0000 51971 at Thinkstock