EHS Today en More Than Half of U.S. Employees Say Their Employer Provides No Wellness Benefits <div class="field-deck"> The majority of working Americans say their employers do not offer support, assistance or benefits designed to help them improve physical health or wellness. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While many employers acknowledge that healthy workers are more productive workers, and contribute to lower healthcare costs, a new poll shows that most working Americans do not have employer-provided wellness benefits.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0000 51611 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 Signs Your Colleagues Hate You [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>More information on VoIP solutions, applications and GetVoIP&#39;s blog can be found at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> </div> Safety Leadership Galleries Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000 51601 at Are You Ready for Recordkeeping? Last Hurdle To Implementation Removed <div class="field-deck"> A Texas judge has denied a request for a preliminary injunction against OSHA’s revised recordkeeping rule. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. District Court Judge Sam Lindsay of the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division has ruled against plaintiffs TEXO ABC/AGC Inc., Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers, American Fuel &amp; Petrochemical Manufacturers, Great American Insurance Co., Atlantic Precast Concrete Inc., Owen Steel Co.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:41:00 +0000 51561 at Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack <div class="field-byline"> American Heart Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body">People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not the same. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:21:00 +0000 51531 at 5 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Success <div class="field-byline"> DeLores Pressley </div> <div class="field-deck"> DeLores Pressley, international motivational speaker, says there are five ways you can overcome obstacles and become successful in your everyday endeavors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As a former plus-size model, I know all too well the pain and disappointment of rejection and judgements solely-based on appearance, both professionally and personally. I have lived it time and time again. But, rather than allowing the numerous barrier-inducing critics define who I was, how I would live my life and what measure of success and happiness I could achieve, I instead chose to face that &ldquo;cold winter season&rdquo; head on, turning what others had deemed as challenges into the very assets that would help me realize tremendous success in all aspects of my life.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Wellness Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:14:00 +0000 51541 at Thinkstock NIOSH Releases Interim Guidance for Fentanyl Protection <div class="field-deck"> With opiate use on the rise, NIOSH and CDC have posted guidelines for protecting emergency and first responders from exposure. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fentanyl, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin, continues to pose hazards to both its users and emergency responders, with no reduction of use in sight.</p> <p>The drug typically is mixed with powder heroin, which causes a higher potential for overdose. When emergency responders need to provide assistance to those experiencing an overdose, they too can be exposed to fentanyl through the inhalation of the powder.</p> <p>Because of this, NIOSH and the CDC have posted interim guidance which steps workers can take to reduce occupational exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Eye, Face & Head Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wellness Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:03:00 +0000 51511 at Thinkstock MCR Safety - We Protect People <div class="node-body video-body">MCR Safety - We Protect People</div> <div class="field-byline"> MCR Safety </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:55:00 +0000 51501 at The First 10: The Chemicals EPA Will Review Under New TSCA Legislation <div class="field-deck"> Asbestos and carbon tetrachloride are two of the first 10 chemicals to undergo risk evaluation as part of the reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Nov. 29 announced the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate for potential risks to human health and the environment under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under the new law, we now have the power to require safety reviews of all chemicals in the marketplace.&rdquo; said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the of Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. &ldquo;We can ensure the public that we will deliver on the promise to better protect public health and the environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first 10 chemicals to be evaluated are:&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment Safety News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:32:00 +0000 51491 at Thinkstock Why Should I Implement a Hearing Conservation Program in my Workplace? <div class="field-byline"> Skillsoft </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ongoing exposure to excessive noise in the workplace can lead to permanent hearing loss. It can also increase stress, reduce efficiency, interfere with concentration and cause fatigue. Excessive noise can even cause industrial accidents if employees can’t hear co-workers give them warnings or directions. Download this white paper to learn what you can to do prevent hearing loss in the workplace. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000 51341 at Managing Risk in Hazardous Work Environments: A Guide for Safety Professionals <div class="field-byline"> Skillsoft </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Managing the range and complexity of hazards in the modern workplace can present a daunting challenge to safety professionals.Many OSHA standards that address hazardous work environments include explicit safety and health training requirements. Download this safety professional's guide to reassure your organization's OSHA compliance and injury avoidance strategies. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000 51331 at Compliance Training Tip: Why Ergonomics in the Workplace Matters <div class="field-byline"> Skillsoft </div> <div class="node-body article-body">How are poor ergonomics costing you? Injuries to the muscles and skeleton are the most common “lost time” illnesses in nearly every industry. According to the Institute of Medicine, it is estimated that the costs associated with MSDs (compensation,lost wages and lost productivity) are between$45 and $54 billion annually. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000 51321 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 Complaint about Fall Hazards Results in OSHA Inspection <div class="field-deck"> A Philadelphia contractor has been fined $72,000 by OSHA for alleged fall and trenching violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA paid an unannounced visit to one of Hua Da Construction sites and it turned out to be more than a social call for a Philadelphia contractor.</p> <p>The federal occupational safety and health agency on Nov. 9 <a href="" target="_blank">issued citations for one alleged repeat and one alleged serious safety violation</a>. Total proposed penalties are $72,511.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:31:00 +0000 51471 at <p>Hua Dua Construction previously was cited for alleged trenching violations in March and May 2016 for allegedly exposing workers to cave-in hazards due to an inadequate protective system.</p> Thinkstock 7 Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Thanksgiving might be over, but the holidays have just begun. The American Heart Association has released recommendations for seasonal, healthy foods that will keep your celebrations merry and your heart filled with joy, not cholesterol.</p> <p>&quot;Half of a meal should comprise fruits and vegetables that consist of a&nbsp;variety of colors,&rdquo; said Vilma Andari, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association in a statement. &ldquo;The other two quarters should be whole grains and healthy proteins.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:58:00 +0000 51461 at Black Friday Alert: Driving Through a Parking Lot Is Still Driving! <div class="field-deck"> As many as 500 deaths each year occur to drivers and pedestrians in parking lots and parking garages. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As if searching for parking spaces and bargains isn&rsquo;t distraction enough, a recent poll found that many drivers are texting, talking on the phone and checking their cars&rsquo; GPS systems while driving through parking lots and parking garages.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:10:00 +0000 51451 at 3 Ways to Make Your Safety Moments More Personal <div class="field-byline"> Esteban Tristan, Ph.D. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Whether it’s at the start of a meeting, a shift or a conference call, we’ve all likely taken part in some form of a safety moment, where someone briefly talks about a specific topic related to safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Does your company do safety moments? If so, what do you consider to be an effective safety moment? It&rsquo;s an interesting question, and one that I took a bit for granted until yesterday. I&rsquo;ve heard people do safety moments in many different ways, with varying degrees of relevance to the actual work environment, but they all bring us back to the importance of safety in some way.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Training News Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:48:00 +0000 51441 at <p>Do you offer employees safety moments or warnings about working safely? There&#39;s a difference, and one can be much more powerful than the other.</p> Thinkstock OSHA Cites Companies After Trench Collapse Kills Worker <div class="field-deck"> Ohio companies KRW Plumbing LLC , W.F. Hann & Sons and Trax Construction fail to properly secure trenches. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA recently reported three separate incidents involving improperly-secured trenches, highlighting the dangers workers face when excavating.</p> <p>The first incident, which occurred in June 2016, resulted in a worker&rsquo;s death.</p> <p>The agency cited KRW Plumbing $274,359 after a 33-year-old employee was crushed to death as he was digging soil out of the 12-foot trench in Washington Township, Ohio when the trench walls around him collapsed - burying him in thousands of pounds of dirt. Rescue workers recovered his body a few hours later.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:58:00 +0000 51431 at OSHA 10 Ways to Build a Healthy Workplace [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Leigh Stringer, LEED AP, author of The Healthy Workplace <a href="" title=""></a>, works for EYP, an architecture, engineering and building technology firm and is a workplace strategy expert and researcher. Her work has been covered by CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:13:00 +0000 51411 at Don't Be a Dead Duck: Drive Safely This Thanksgiving <div class="field-deck"> The National Safety Council hopes everyone can give thanks for safely reaching their destinations this Thanksgiving. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than 400 people could lose their lives on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend and the <a href=";d=DgMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=VFdPdisL7TxtAEBFdQ5M4oD0yeI-3FjL3gt45EtbdRA&amp;s=uEIHBg4PXsqBCtPlN98BmZ3djEYfLe1vZTM11RyoW3c&amp;e=" target="_blank">National Safety Council</a> is calling on drivers to be vigilant about safety while traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday period.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:38:00 +0000 51401 at Thinkstock Smoking, Tobacco Use Linked to 40 percent of Cancers in United States <div class="field-deck"> A new report shows that although cigarette smoking in the United States has declined, 40 percent of cancers still are caused by tobacco use. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new study released by the CDC shows tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer in the United States.</p> <p>According to the study, Forty percent of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. may have a link to tobacco use. In addition to lung cancer, use can also cause cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum and a type of leukemia.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wellness Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:17:00 +0000 51391 at Thinkstock 112 Million Workers Impacted by Final OSHA Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards <div class="field-deck"> The update to the Walking-Working Surfaces standard, which includes a new section that establishes requirements for using personal fall protection, will affect employees at 7 million workplaces. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>By updated its general industry <a href=";d=DgMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=IylR7myCQKwgWlYLEfr8I5PqOl98SZRZNRPzekhyi_c&amp;s=9I4LITYLd8f2kFlKAwuF8N0lTMSTbxp-q7foMq_RFAs&amp;e=" target="_blank">Walking-Working Surfaces standards</a> specific to slip, trip and fall hazards, OSHA on Nov. 17 took steps to reduce injuries and fatalities for 112 million workers at 7 million workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fall Protection OSHA News Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:06:00 +0000 51381 at <p>The updated OSHA standard will impact 112 million workers in 70 million workplaces.</p> Thinkstock Winter Safety: 10 Hypothermia Symptoms [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Winter is coming, and prepping workers for cold temperatures should start well before the first snowflake falls. Proper PPE should include multiple layers of protection, both moisture-wicking and wind-resistant, as well as gloves and hard hat liners.</p> <p>Dressing improperly, wetness/dampness and preexisting conditions can contribute to cold stress and hypothermia, a condition that occurs when the body&rsquo;s temperature begins to fall to dangerous levels, resulting in tissue damage and even death.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:11:00 +0000 51371 at Four Workers Awarded $16 Million by Jury in Second Williams Olefins Plant Explosion Case <div class="field-deck"> The first two of what could be many trials have resulted in jury awards of a combined $30 million for eight injured workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On the morning of June 13, 2013, a massive explosion rocked Geismar, La. As many as 600 workers were at the Williams Geismar Olefins chemical facility when an explosion occurred just after 8:30 a.m. Two employees died and another 167 reported injuries, many of them serious. The explosion started a large fire, and people as far away as 2 miles were ordered to shelter in place.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:23:00 +0000 51361 at CSB Dollar Tree Store Cited by Washington’s L&I for Willful Hazards <div class="field-deck"> Dollar Tree Stores Inc. faces a $145,200 fine for alleged workplace safety violations that put workers at risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Washington&rsquo;s Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) has cited Dollar Tree Stores Inc., a Virginia-based employer recently cited by federal OSHA, after an inspection at its Aberdeen store found alleged serious, repeat safety hazards.</p> <p>The company was cited for two willful safety violations, each with the maximum legal penalty of $70,000. Dollar Tree also received a $5,200 fine for a repeat-serious violation. The employer was previously cited for the same violations at its Chehalis, Wash., location.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:09:00 +0000 51351 at Thinkstock Tree Service Worker Killed on First Day of Job <div class="field-deck"> OSHA has cited New York-based Countryside Tree Service after a worker was killed after being pulled into a wood chipper his first day on the job. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since 2011, tree service industry workers have suffered a six-fold increase nationally in the number of amputations due to wood chippers. OSHA has received 19 severe injury reports since 2015 related to wood chippers with injuries including amputations and head trauma.</p> <p>Recently, during his first day on the job, 23-year-old Countryside Tree Service employee Justus Booze was pulled into a wood chipper, killing him.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:02:00 +0000 51311 at Thinkstock Top 10 Workplace Law Developments To Expect from the Trump Presidency <div class="field-byline"> By Rich Meneghello </div> <div class="field-deck"> Workplace law attorneys at Fisher Phillips weight in on a Trump presidency. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&rsquo;s official: Donald Trump will soon be our nation&rsquo;s 45th president. Now the work begins to forecast what the next four years will bring. We&rsquo;ve spent some time gathering collective wisdom from our attorneys at <a href="" target="_blank">Fisher Phillips</a> on what the next administration will mean for workplace law and the nation&rsquo;s employers.</p> <p><strong>1. Immigration</strong></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Safety News Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:12:00 +0000 51301 at <p>Republican president-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd during his acceptance speech at his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9.</p> Mark Wilson/Getty Images EHS Today November Product Showcase [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each month,&nbsp;<em>EHS Today&#39;s</em>&nbsp;print edition brings you the latest in footwear, clothing, gloves, training, software&nbsp;and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are the latest products and services we featured in our November 2016 issue.</p> <p>To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.</p> </div> Galleries Wellness Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:15:00 +0000 51291 at At-Home Safety: Kitchen Safety for the Holidays [Infographic] <div class="node-body article-body">A new infographic from Electrical Safety Foundation International provides cooking fire preventing tips leading up to the holiday season.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Silver Wellness Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:49:00 +0000 51281 at Thinkstock Transitioning to a Trump Administration: What It Could Mean for the Department of Labor and OSHA <div class="field-deck"> Former Assistant Secretary of Labor Edwin G. Foulke Jr. shares his thoughts on what to expect in the first few months of the Trump administration. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke Jr. served from April 2006 to November 2008. He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, D.C., chairing the commission from March 1990 to February 1994. Foulke is the only person in the United States to serve as both head of OSHA and chairman of OSHRC.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> MSHA OSHA Safety News Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:53:00 +0000 51271 at Fisher Phillips