EHS Today en Getting to "Why" in your Gas Detection Program <div class="field-byline"> By Josh Futrell </div> <div class="field-deck"> Why comprehensive and real-time information is more important than ever to solve workplace industrial hygiene and safety challenges. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For some of us, the board game Clue, or one of its many variants, was our first foray into the world of investigation. Participants move around the board, gathering facts about a recent murder and eliminating possibilities, to piece together a conclusion like &quot;Ms. Peacock killed Colonel Mustard in the study with a candlestick.&quot; This beloved, somewhat ominous children&#39;s game highlights the importance of answering the big five questions when a critical event occurs: Who? What? When? Where? Why?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene IoT Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:23:00 +0000 54691 at Industrial Scientific Dying at Work in California: 388 Workers Didn’t Come Home <div class="field-deck"> Recently released data show 388 workers were killed on the job in California in 2015, more than one per day. This and other findings are included in a report released on Workers Memorial Day by Worksafe. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recently released data show 388 workers were killed on the job in California in 2015, more than one per day. This and other findings are included in a report released today by <a href="">Worksafe</a>, an Oakland-based worker health and safety organization, to commemorate Workers Memorial Day 2017, an international day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured at work.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety Training News Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +0000 54701 at Three of the Dirty Dozen: Dedicated TCS, Nissan USA and Pilgrim’s Pride <div class="field-deck"> The most recent statistics (for 2015) report 4,836 deaths due to workplace trauma and an estimated 95,000 additional deaths due to long-term occupational illnesses. These employers contributed to those numbers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Preventable and tragic incidents happen each day in American workplaces. In a country that likes to pride itself on being ahead of the game, there are 100,000 fatalities a year that are the direct result of workers being exposed to hazards.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:34:00 +0000 54681 at National COSH CSB: Fatal Airgas Nitrous Oxide Explosion Was No Laughing Matter <div class="field-deck"> The Chemical Safety Board has released its final report into an Aug. 28, 2016 nitrous oxide explosion at an Airgas manufacturing facility in Cantonment, Fla. which killed one worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Aug. 28, 2016, an Airgas employee began the process of transferring nitrous oxide into a trailer. A pump being used in the operation heated the gas above its safe operating limit, triggering the nitrous oxide to rapidly decompose in the pump.</p> <p>The reaction then moved from the pump into the trailer and caused an explosion which killed the Airgas operator, scattered large metal fragments for hundreds of feet.</p> <p>The facility also was badly damaged, and Airgas had to stop production of nitrous oxide indefinitely.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:40:00 +0000 54671 at Jeremy Bethancourt Named 2017 ASSE Safety Professional of the Year <div class="field-deck"> ASSE selects Bethancourt, director of safety, health and training for LeBlanc Building Co. Inc., for bringing attention to the dangers of distracted driving, heat stress and for being an advocate for fall prevention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has named &nbsp;Jeremy Bethancourt, director of safety, health and training for LeBlanc Building Co. Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., as the organization&rsquo;s 2017 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year.</p> <p>Besides holding the position of government affairs for ASSE&rsquo;s Arizona chapter, Bethancourt has played &nbsp;a lead role in getting billboards posted throughout Arizona to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:40:00 +0000 54661 at He Died Standing: Tales from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ <div class="field-deck"> National COSH solicited input from its network of 21 COSH groups around the country as well as worker advocates and labor groups to determine the 12 employers who most egregiously put their employees and communities at risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The &quot;Dirty Dozen 2017&quot; report &ndash; which highlights 12 companies that put workers and communities at risk due to unsafe&nbsp;practices &ndash; was released on April 26 in observance of Workers&rsquo; Memorial Week, which honors workers who lost their lives on the job and their families.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:20:00 +0000 54651 at <p>OSHA released a white paper in 2012 that estimated the total cost of a workplace fatality &ndash; legal costs, medical costs, training, lost productivity, etc. &ndash; at $8.7 million.</p> Roger Kerson/National COSH Worker Memorial Day: A Somber Reminder of the Importance of Workplace Safety <div class="field-deck"> Fallen workers from all walks of life will be remembered during an April 27 ceremony at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ building in Tumwater. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Eight truck drivers, five loggers, two nurses, a police officer, a fire chief and a flagger are among the 79 people who died from work-related causes who will be honored at this year&rsquo;s Worker Memorial Day observance by the Washington State Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I).</p> <p>The men and women range in age from 19 to 90 and did all types of work, including retail clerk, business owner, farmworker, chiropractor and arborist.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:41:00 +0000 54641 at <p>Eight work-related deaths last year in Washington were homicides, the highest number since 2009.</p> Thinkstock AFL-CIO: Latino Worker Death Rate Climbs, Regulations to Protect Workers in Jeopardy <div class="field-deck"> Peg Seminario, AFL-CIO’s director of safety and health, indicates that economic growth coupled with a changing political climate could be the reasons why certain demographics have higher fatality rates in the workplace. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>AFL-CIO has released the 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;edition of its&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect&quot; report which investigates the current state of health and safety for America&#39;s workers.</p> <p>Comprehensive analysis was performed on 2015 data pulled from sources such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and OSHA. The most recent data discovered that while the number of worker deaths flatlined overall, the fatality rate of America&#39;s Latino workers was at 18 percent higher than the national average.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News Wellness Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:57:00 +0000 54631 at Thinkstock May Is Electrical Safety Month [Infographic] <div class="field-deck"> Ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives since their introduction in 1970s. This infographic shows why. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since their introduction in to the National Electrical Code in the 1970s, ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50% of home electrocutions have been prevented by the introduction of GFCIs.</p> <p>The Electrical Safety Foundation International wants you to make sure your home is properly protected against ground faults with the correct installation of GFCIs. GFCI protection is required for outlets installed in:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consensus Safety Arc Flash News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:57:00 +0000 54621 at ESFI Judge: Two Companies Operated as Single Employer at Worksite Where Employees Were Injured <div class="field-deck"> An OSHA administrative law judge with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled that two Massachusetts contractors – A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvements – were operating as a single employer at a worksite when three employees were injured in October 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three employees at a Wenham, Mass., worksite were performing residential roofing work on a ladder jack scaffold when the wooden plank on which they were standing snapped, causing them to fall 20 feet to the ground. An OSHA investigation found that the wooden plank was not graded for scaffold use and its invoice made clear it was not for scaffold use. Other hazards noted during the OSHA inspection included deficiencies with the scaffold&rsquo;s components and structure and lack of fall protection for the employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:00 +0000 54611 at Five Steps to Women's Eye Health [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The numbers don&#39;t lie.</p> <p>According to the&nbsp;<a data-include="300443529" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Academy of Ophthalmology</a>&nbsp;(AAO), women&nbsp;make up 65 percent of age-related macular degeneration cases, &nbsp;61 percent of glaucoma and cataract patients are women&nbsp;and 66 percent of blind patients are women.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:36:00 +0000 54601 at Construction Companies Cited for Power Line Incident <div class="field-deck"> Power lines and cranes continue to be a deadly combination on work sites, and two Washington state contractors have been cited for an incident that severely injured workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Two King County (Washington) contractors face large fines from the state&rsquo;s Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) for safety violations after a crane boom made contact with high-voltage power lines at a construction site in Seattle. Two workers were severely injured during the incident, when approximately 14 kilovolts traveled down the crane&rsquo;s hoist line to the men working below the power lines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety Arc Flash News Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:00 +0000 54591 at <p>The danger from a crane contacting overhead power lines is well-known. From 1999-2012, there were nine deaths in Washington from crane contacts with power lines, including a double fatality in 2010.</p> Thinkstock 10 Health and Safety Tips for Safety Managers [Infographic] <div class="field-deck"> A company's safety manager has a lot on his/her plate. Not only do fellow employees count on them, the family and friends of that worker also count on safety managers to make sure each employee goes home safe. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As old adage goes, &ldquo;safety is everyone&rsquo;s responsibility,&rdquo; and a brush-up on health and safety tips may be in order. Why not make it companywide?</p> <p>Designed as a safety training resource, this infographic visually explains the importance of mitigating hazards, preparing for the unexpected, keeping workers safe in emergencies and meeting OSHA requirements.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:27:00 +0000 54561 at Thinkstock Survey Examines Advantages of Integrated Eye, Head and Face Protection <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Gordon and Lee Ptasnik </div> <div class="field-deck"> An extensive research project to help further understand the needs of specifiers and wearers of above-the-neck personal protective equipment (PPE) found that comfort, compatibility and style were important. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When safety managers are selecting protective eyewear, do they only focus on the eyes? Or do they think about protecting the entire head, if necessary, and how integrating eyewear with other protective equipment can provide better protection for employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:42:00 +0000 54531 at Mine and Process Service Inc. Peter Nees Charged with Lying to OSHA During Fatality Investigation <div class="field-deck"> Nees allegedly altered the scene of an accident after it occurred. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Nov. 20, 2014, John W. Miles III, died following a fall through a skylight during a roofing job in Jacksonville, Fla.</p> <p>Pinnacle Roofing Contractors Inc., a company who previously had been cited by OSHA for fall safety hazards, received two willful and two serious violations. The agency also named Pinnacle a Severe Violator and proposed $154,000 in fines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:25:00 +0000 54521 at Thinkstock Oil Prices, Predictions And the Problem With Predictions: Progress in EHS <div class="field-byline"> Hannah Stewart </div> <div class="field-deck"> Capitalism dictates that supply is driven by demand and vice versa, meaning that the person who can predict what’s coming down the line has landed on an infinite gold mine. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lot of time and money is spent on trying to predict the future. There are organizations built around it, millions of dollars spent on it and alas &ndash; as those in the UK and United States experienced first-hand in the political landscape of 2016 &ndash; they don&rsquo;t always get it right (if I&rsquo;m going there, I might as well say they got it downright wrong.)</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment OSHA News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:13:00 +0000 54511 at <p>How will fluctuations in the oil and gas industry around the world impact EHS?</p> Chemical Companies, Transportation Carriers Win Safety Awards <div class="field-deck"> Eleven companies win national achievement awards for supporting Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER). </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Volunteers from chemical producers, transportation carriers, emergency responders and government agencies recently were honored for their commitment to transportation safety.</p> <p>The Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency (TRANSCAER) Awards Program recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that go above and beyond in helping communities across the country prepare for hazardous material emergencies.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:47:00 +0000 54501 at Thinkstock The Question We All Should Ask: Is My Loved One Safe at Work? <div class="field-deck"> The American Society of Safety Engineers is urging families and communities to become involved in safety campaigns to reduce work-related injuries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There is one overlooked question that people across North America should ask themselves: &ldquo;Is my loved one safe at work today?&rdquo; This spring, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is building on that critical question and encouraging people to get involved in one or more of several workplace safety campaigns that can make a difference in reducing risks.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Fall Protection Safety Training News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:19:00 +0000 54491 at <p>Events in April, May and June draw attention to the importance of occupational safety and health for all workers, and encourage employers and family members to encourage employees and loved ones to work safely.</p> Thinkstock British Safety Council: Let’s Make Time for Conversations about Mental Health <div class="field-deck"> The British Safety Council is contributing to a new campaign organized by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association called “Stop. Make a Change.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and its members in the construction and civil engineering industries, the British Safety Council, a founding partner of the mental health program Mates in Mind, is supporting the safety campaign organized by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) called <a href=";d=DwMCAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=nOuiXhX8l9UoscacvdMqCA11TNQ1mV4RPOpW-BasGQI&amp;s=fV4NYaalToTlwe4wurgn9DlDc6C42a</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Health News Wellness Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:06:00 +0000 54481 at <p>Providing help for construction workers suffering from mental health issues is a multi-faceted challenge in the UK, with the British Safety Council and others stepping up to help.</p> Thinkstock Guardrail Basics: What You Need to Know <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s fall protection and guardrail requirements along with the International Building Code (IBC) are standards all builders, contractors and construction workers should follow for optimal building safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Providing safety precautions in both fall protection and guardrails can help workers make sure they&rsquo;re following all the proper procedures to avoid any potential accidents.</p> <p>The key to providing a safe atmosphere within your building is to follow the standards set by both the International Code Council (ICC) and OSHA, whose standards crossover in fall protection and guardrail requirements.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000 54471 at Thinkstock Criminal Indictment, Nearly $1.5 Million in Proposed OSHA Fines for Employer Involved in Fatal Boston Trench Collapse <div class="field-deck"> Atlantic Drain Service Co. Inc. has been cited for 18 violations by OSHA, and the company and owner now face charges of manslaughter in the deaths last year of two workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks went to work on a fall day in Boston, just like any other day. On that day &ndash; Oct. 21, 2016 &ndash; the approximately 12-foot deep trench in which they were working collapsed, trapping them in soil up to their waists. The trench collapse caused an adjacent fire hydrant supply line to snap. It quickly filled the trench with water, drowning the men within a matter of seconds in a terrifying, watery grave. Despite the desperate efforts of their coworkers, the men died at the scene.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:48:00 +0000 54451 at <p>Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley on Feb. 8 announces manslaughter charges in the 2016 deaths of two men in a South End trench collapse. With Conley (right) are ADA Michael V. Glennon (left), who responded to the scene, and ADA Lynn Feigenbaum (center) of the Senior Trial Unit, who led the grand jury investigation that culminated in criminal charges.</p> Suffolk County Attorney General's Office A Loaf of Bread: The Strangest Forms of Workplace Recognition [Infographic] <div class="field-deck"> A survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam revealed what forms of recognition make employees feel appreciated. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 535px; height: 2680px;" /></p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:51:00 +0000 54441 at Thinkstock Test Your Knowledge of Machine Safety <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Schmersal Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Take the Machine Safety&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">pop quiz and enter to win a $50</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;Amazon gift card.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Sponsored by Schmersal Inc</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">.&nbsp;</span></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Quiz Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:01:00 +0000 54261 at Industrial Safety Gloves, Protective Clothing Markets to Grow through 2023 <div class="field-deck"> Research firm Global Market Insights see an uptick in the purchase of safety gloves and protective clothing as economic growth continues globally. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Thousands of preventable workplace accidents occur every year. So, it&rsquo;s no surprise the personal protective equipment market is expanding as employers and governments become more cognizant of worker safety.</p> <p>The most recent statistics available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show fewer than 20 percent of workers who sustained head injuries wore hard hats, just over 20 percent of workers with foot injuries wore safety shoes or boots and only 40 percent of the workers with eye injuries wore eye protection.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Protective Clothing News Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:01:00 +0000 54431 at Thinkstock Can You Score 100% on this Dog Safety Quiz? (Your Mail Carrier Wants to Know!) [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The U.S. Postal Service is concerned about dog safety in general and specifically, dog bites to its letter carriers and delivery personnel.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Watch this video from the U.S.P.S. for dog bite prevention tips.</a></p> </div> Health Safety Galleries Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:06:00 +0000 54411 at <p>Friendly dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. So do aggressive and fearful dogs. The tips offered in this dog bite quiz from the U.S. Postal Service can keep relations between your mail carrier and your family pets cordial.</p> USPS: Taking a Bite Out of Dog Attacks <div class="field-deck"> Safety and prevention efforts highlight the United States Postal Service's Dog Bite Week </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 &ndash; more than 200 higher than the year before. Forty cities make up the top 30 dog attack city rankings (see the chart below).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:30:00 +0000 54391 at <p>The scanners that letter carriers use to confirm a customer&rsquo;s delivery include a feature for carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address</p> Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Do Seismic Celebrations Create Stadium Safety Concerns? <div class="field-deck"> When the response of Seattle Seahawks fans to Marshawn Lynch’s amazing play in the final minutes of a 2011 playoff win against the New Orleans Saints created a seismic event, what did that mean for Seattle’s aging football stadium? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With his team leading 34-30 in the final minutes of a wild card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints in 2011, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took a handoff and exploded through the hole, beginning what would turn out to be a 67-yard touchdown run.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety News Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:53:00 +0000 54381 at <p>Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.</p> Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images ASSE Proposes Name Change to American Society of Safety Professionals <div class="field-deck"> After a century of developing a global community of health and safety professionals, the American Society of Safety Engineers has suggested a name and logo change to unify its brand. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The occupational safety and health career field has evolved rapidly over the last 100 years to include a myriad of career paths.</p> <p>Because of this, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has proposed changing its name to the American Society of Safety Professionals as well as a logo rebrand.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:13:00 +0000 54371 at Hand Protection Made Easy <div class="field-byline"> MCR Safety </div> <div class="node-body article-body">According to OSHA, 70% of hand and arm injuries could have been prevented by proper use of gloves. Read to find the best ways to prevent hand injuries with appropriate hand protection. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored America's Safest Companies Awards Hand Protection PPE Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000 54331 at Driving Strong Performance: Supply Chain Management Solutions <div class="node-body page-body">[ebook] Successfully managing performance on complex health and safety standards in the temporary work force by putting together strong governance models - backed by modern, accessible applications – not only protects workers and property, but puts businesses at a competitive advantage. Sponsored by Avetta.</div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:43:39 +0000 54351 at