EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml/trackback en Five Years Later: Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/environment/five-years-later-remembering-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body">April 20th marks the five-year anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. An explosion of the BP-leased oil rig killed 11 workers and began the spill of roughly 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from an underwater well head for over 87 days.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/five-years-later-remembering-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/five-years-later-remembering-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-photo-gallery#comments Environment Safety Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000 39951 at http://ehstoday.com Major Egg Producer Agrees to Reduce Water Pollution Discharges at Mississippi Facility http://ehstoday.com/environment/major-egg-producer-agrees-reduce-water-pollution-discharges-mississippi-facility <div class="field-deck"> EPA and the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division have reached a settlement with Cal-Maine Foods Inc., one of the nation’s largest egg producers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><span class="rangySelectionBoundary" id="selectionBoundary_1429109562826_6294136162313884" style="line-height: 0; display: none;"></span><a href="http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/cal-maine-foods-inc-clean-water-act-settlement" target="_blank">Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has reached an agreement with EPA and U.S. Department of Justice</a> that resolves Clean Water Act violations at the company&rsquo;s poultry egg production facility in Edwards, Miss.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/major-egg-producer-agrees-reduce-water-pollution-discharges-mississippi-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/major-egg-producer-agrees-reduce-water-pollution-discharges-mississippi-facility#comments EPA Environment News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:08:00 +0000 39861 at http://ehstoday.com Getty Images Pop Quiz! How much do you know about gas detector docking stations? http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/pop-quiz-how-much-do-you-know-about-gas-detector-docking-stations <div class="node-body article-body">Find out how much you know about gas detector docking stations. Take the quiz and enter to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards! </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Marketing </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/pop-quiz-how-much-do-you-know-about-gas-detector-docking-stations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/pop-quiz-how-much-do-you-know-about-gas-detector-docking-stations#comments Sponsored Industrial Hygiene Safety Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:42:00 +0000 39831 at http://ehstoday.com Recycling Center to be Built on Former Mine Site http://ehstoday.com/environment/recycling-center-be-built-former-mine-site <div class="field-deck"> The Borough of Ringwood, N.J., will build a recycling center on a former disposal site of Ringwood Mines. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The EPA has granted the Borough of Ringwood, N.J., the authority to build a recycling center on the Ringwood Mines Superfund site.</p> <p>Initial cleanup plans called for the O&rsquo;Connor Disposal Area &ndash; the future site of the recycling center &ndash; to be excavated, but the Borough was able to prove to the EPA that the construction of the recycling center would not take longer than excavation.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/recycling-center-be-built-former-mine-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/recycling-center-be-built-former-mine-site#comments EPA Environment News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:25:00 +0000 39941 at http://ehstoday.com Image: Thinkstock Chemical Hazards in Our Backyards: Has Much Changed Since West, Texas? http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/chemical-hazards-our-backyards-has-much-changed-west-texas <div class="field-deck"> Many people in the United States live in the shadows of large chemical and processing plants. As the second anniversary of the West, Texas explosion looms, a new report finds that much still needs to be done to protect our communities and first responders from chemical hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>April 17 marks the second anniversary of the West, Texas fertilizer facility explosion. The disaster killed 15 people &ndash; most of them first responders &ndash; and injured 200 more. The blast leveled nearby schools and a nursing home. Had it happened during school hours, it could have killed hundreds of children.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Aggregated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/chemical-hazards-our-backyards-has-much-changed-west-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/chemical-hazards-our-backyards-has-much-changed-west-texas#comments Emergency Management Environment Safety News Workplace Fatalities Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:43:00 +0000 39931 at http://ehstoday.com <p>April 17, 2015 is the two-year anniversary of the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas that claimed the lives of 15 people and injured 200 others.</p> Getty Images Mechanical Geniuses http://ehstoday.com/blog/mechanical-geniuses <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2015/02/genuis_0.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 195px; margin: 6px; float: left;" title="Thinkstock" />I have a couple of male friends who seemingly can fix any household problem. One has installed toilets, light fixtures and a hot water tank at my house. In his &quot;real&quot; life, he&#39;s the CEO of a company he co-founded. But for years, he owned rental properties and he taught himself to do a lot of home repairs. Another friend, whom many of us refer to as &quot;McGuyver,&quot; can fix ANYTHING.</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/mechanical-geniuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/mechanical-geniuses#comments Safety Training EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:03:00 +0000 39921 at http://ehstoday.com Major Workplace Disasters and Their High Human and Monetary Costs [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/safety/major-workplace-disasters-and-their-high-human-and-monetary-costs-infographic <div class="field-deck"> From Chernobyl to the Deepwater Horizon spill to plane crashes and building collapses, disasters often take the lives of workers and have devastating economic consequences. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As the fifth anniversary of the explosion and blowout of the Deepwater Horizon platform approaches on April 20, we&#39;re reminded that many disasters &ndash; whether plane crashes, building collapses or nuclear meltdowns &ndash; kill and injure workers.</p> <p>Often, warnings that disaster could occur went unheeded, and routine safety inspections and tasks were ignored. In some cases, employee&#39;s safety concerns were ignored, such as in the case of the Rana Plaza building collapse, where 1,219 workers ultimately died.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/major-workplace-disasters-and-their-high-human-and-monetary-costs-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/major-workplace-disasters-and-their-high-human-and-monetary-costs-infographic#comments Safety News Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:21:00 +0000 39911 at http://ehstoday.com North Sea Workwear Partner-centered Safety: A New Approach to Achieving Sustainable, Safety Excellence http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/partner-centered-safety-new-approach-achieving-sustainable-safety-excellence <div class="field-byline"> Richard N. Knowles, Safety leadership and management consultant </div> <div class="field-deck"> Partner-centered safety programs drive excellence by creating energy and fostering engagement. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the past 60 years, I have lived and breathed safety.</p> <p>I have spent years talking with people about all aspects of safety, in manufacturing, offices, construction, through research and consulting globally.</p> <p>The overall level of safety in the USA is far better now than when I began my journey so many years ago, yet there are still too many people getting hurt and killed.</p> <p>I consider Partner-Centered Safety the best way to achieve sustainable excellence in occupational safety, occupational health and process safety management.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/partner-centered-safety-new-approach-achieving-sustainable-safety-excellence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/partner-centered-safety-new-approach-achieving-sustainable-safety-excellence#comments Safety Leadership Safety News Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:46:00 +0000 39901 at http://ehstoday.com Image: Thinkstock The 30-day Challenge: Improve Your Leadership Skills http://ehstoday.com/blog/30-day-challenge-improve-your-leadership-skills <div class="node-body blog-body">We’ve all heard it, “Be a leader!” The question is: how do you enhance your leadership skills and gain new ones in the shortest amount of time?</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/30-day-challenge-improve-your-leadership-skills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/30-day-challenge-improve-your-leadership-skills#comments Safety Leadership Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:19:00 +0000 39851 at http://ehstoday.com Safety Lessons of Titanic Proportions [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety/safety-lessons-titanic-proportions-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>April 15th marks the 103rd year anniversary of a major maritime catastrophe: the sinking of the Titanic, arguably one of the most talked about safety tragedies of the 20th century. The sinking of the &ldquo;unsinkable&rdquo; Titanic&nbsp;resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. The tragedy shocked the world, because the Titanic had been touted as &ldquo;the safest ship ever built.&rdquo;</p> </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/safety-lessons-titanic-proportions-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/safety-lessons-titanic-proportions-photo-gallery#comments Safety Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:52:00 +0000 39841 at http://ehstoday.com Five Safety Lessons Learned from the Sinking of the Titanic http://ehstoday.com/safety/five-safety-lessons-learned-sinking-titanic <div class="field-byline"> By Mandy Savage </div> <div class="field-deck"> Over 100 years ago, the sinking of the Titanic set the groundwork for safety lessons we use today. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Headlines about catastrophes, accidents and fines related to safety performance grab our attention, and there often is more than enough finger-pointing to go around.</p> <p>April 15th marks the 103rd year anniversary of a major maritime catastrophe: the sinking of the Titanic, arguably one of the most talked about safety tragedies of 20th century. The sinking of the &ldquo;unsinkable&rdquo; Titanic&nbsp;resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. The tragedy shocked the world, because the Titanic had been touted as &ldquo;the safest ship ever built.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/five-safety-lessons-learned-sinking-titanic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/five-safety-lessons-learned-sinking-titanic#comments Safety News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:44:00 +0000 39821 at http://ehstoday.com Getty Images A Slippery, Asbestos Slope http://ehstoday.com/health/slippery-asbestos-slope <div class="field-deck"> Ski park developer must clean up asbestos. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ski park developer must clean up asbestos. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/slippery-asbestos-slope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/slippery-asbestos-slope#comments Health Safety News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:41:00 +0000 39801 at http://ehstoday.com Image: Thinkstock Dirty Little Secret: A Backlog of Black Lung Claims Leaves Miners Waiting for Help http://ehstoday.com/msha/dirty-little-secret-backlog-black-lung-claims-leaves-miners-waiting-help <div class="field-deck"> A recent report issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Labor found that in many cases, claims for benefits for miners suffering from black lung were stacked up by the hundreds, waiting for doctors' reports, employment and earnings histories, judicial hearings and processing – part of a huge backlog of cases. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>March 30 marked the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. It was the toughest worker health and safety law of its time and ushered in a new culture in mining. As he signed the new law, President Richard Nixon declared that it &ldquo;represents a crucially needed step forward in the protection of America&rsquo;s coal miners.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/msha/dirty-little-secret-backlog-black-lung-claims-leaves-miners-waiting-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/msha/dirty-little-secret-backlog-black-lung-claims-leaves-miners-waiting-help#comments MSHA Health News Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:26:00 +0000 39811 at http://ehstoday.com <p>According to DOL, black lung disease has killed more than 70,000 miners between 1970 and May 2013.</p> MSHA CEO Discusses Independent Contract Workers in the Workplace http://ehstoday.com/training/ceo-discusses-independent-contract-workers-workplace <div class="field-deck"> Matt Faustman, CEO of UpCounsel and a small business expert, discusses the trend of independent contract workers, their impact on the workplace and why they are becoming the new way for labor. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Recent years have seen a change in how employers hire talent, says Matt Faustman, CEO of UpCounsel and a small business experts.</p> <p>&ldquo;There has been a shift [away from] hiring full-time employees to hiring freelancers and contract workers,&rdquo; said Faustman. &ldquo;There are many pros and cons to hiring independent contract workers, so whether or not it makes sense for a business will depend on the industry, size of the company and the tasks needing to get done.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/ceo-discusses-independent-contract-workers-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/ceo-discusses-independent-contract-workers-workplace#comments Training News Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:27:00 +0000 39791 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock OSHA: Lack of Cave-In Protections Led to Trench Collapse http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-lack-cave-protections-led-trench-collapse <div class="field-deck"> Two men who worked for Bednar Landscape died in October 2014 when a trench as deep as 13 feet collapsed around them. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Oscar Portillo and Selvin Zelaya were installing a French drain system for Bednar Landscape Services Inc. at the historic James Dixon Farm in Boonton, N.J., when the trench they were working in collapsed around them, killing them.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-lack-cave-protections-led-trench-collapse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-lack-cave-protections-led-trench-collapse#comments Construction OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:18:00 +0000 39781 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock In Interviewing, Keep It Legal [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/interviewing-keep-it-legal-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In an interview, some questions just aren&#39;t legal to ask.</p> </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/interviewing-keep-it-legal-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/interviewing-keep-it-legal-photo-gallery#comments Safety Leadership Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000 39771 at http://ehstoday.com Not For Scaffold Use: Three Massachusetts Roofers Hospitalized When Scaffolding Breaks http://ehstoday.com/construction/not-scaffold-use-three-massachusetts-roofers-hospitalized-when-scaffolding-breaks <div class="field-deck"> Calling scaffolding being used by employees “substandard,” OSHA has issued nearly $300,000 in fines against Massachusetts employers A.C. Castle/Daryl J. Provencher. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three roofing workers employed by Provencher Home Improvement of Beverly, Mass. were hospitalized after a two-story fall from a scaffold platform that broke beneath them, according to OSHA. The incident occurred, inspectors said, because a spruce plank used as the platform could not support the workers&rsquo; weight, was not graded for scaffold use and the plank&rsquo;s invoice was clearly marked &ldquo;not for scaffold use.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/not-scaffold-use-three-massachusetts-roofers-hospitalized-when-scaffolding-breaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/not-scaffold-use-three-massachusetts-roofers-hospitalized-when-scaffolding-breaks#comments Construction Fall Protection OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:25:00 +0000 39761 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Three roofers were injured when they fell two stories because a spruce plank used as the platform could not support the workers&rsquo; weight and snapped. OSHA claims the plank was not graded for scaffold use and the plank&rsquo;s invoice was clearly marked &ldquo;not for scaffold use.&rdquo;</p> Thinkstock Federal Solar Power Partnership: Here Comes the Sun http://ehstoday.com/environment/federal-solar-power-partnership-here-comes-sun <div class="field-deck"> Federal agencies partner on solar installation plans to meet standards set by President Obama. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the first time, federal government agencies have developed a solar purchasing partnership plan.</p> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, Department of Energy and General Services Administration created the Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Project (or FASPP) in response to a March executive order requiring federal agencies to in the next 10 years cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent and increase renewable energy use 30 percent.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/federal-solar-power-partnership-here-comes-sun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/federal-solar-power-partnership-here-comes-sun#comments Environment News Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:15:00 +0000 39751 at http://ehstoday.com Blood Lessons: The Story Behind the Story http://ehstoday.com/blog/blood-lessons-story-behind-story <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2015/02/uploads/2015/04/blowdown1.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 202px; margin: 6px; float: left;" />I read a lot of news every day. I&rsquo;m a news junkie. Short articles, long articles; if it&rsquo;s news, I&rsquo;ll read it. And I&rsquo;m a tough critic.</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/blood-lessons-story-behind-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/blood-lessons-story-behind-story#comments EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:06:00 +0000 39741 at http://ehstoday.com NASA: There's No Place Like Home http://ehstoday.com/environment/nasa-theres-no-place-home <div class="field-deck"> What is your favorite place on Earth? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This Earth Day, NASA is encouraging people to post pictures and videos of their favorite place on Earth using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome.\ The #NoPlaceLikeHome project is designed to showcase the beauty and wonder of the planet and create a social media showcase of our favorite places on Earth.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/nasa-theres-no-place-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/nasa-theres-no-place-home#comments Environment News Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:40:00 +0000 39731 at http://ehstoday.com Image: NASA Investigation Continues in Scaffolding Collapse that Killed Three Workers http://ehstoday.com/construction/investigation-continues-scaffolding-collapse-killed-three-workers <div class="field-deck"> Workers were dismantling scaffolding at a Raleigh, N.C., construction site when it collapsed, sending metal and men crashing to the ground. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tragedy struck at the Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh, N.C., when scaffolding that was being dismantled collapsed on March 23. Three workers died at the scene. A fourth worker, Elmer Guevara, landed on top of a portable toilet &ndash; which apparently helped break his fall. He is in serious condition in the hospital with multiple injuries.</p> <p>The victims have been identified as 41-year-old Jose Erasmo Hernandez, of Durham, N.C.; 33-year-old Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez, of Clinton, N.C.; and 33-year-old Anderson Almeida, of Durham.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/investigation-continues-scaffolding-collapse-killed-three-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/investigation-continues-scaffolding-collapse-killed-three-workers#comments Construction Fall Protection News Workplace Fatalities Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:39:00 +0000 39721 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Three workers were killed and a fourth seriously injured when the scaffolding they were dismantling collapsed in Raleigh, N.C.</p> Two Puget Sound-Area Companies Fined for Multiple Safety and Health Violations http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/two-puget-sound-area-companies-fined-multiple-safety-and-health-violations <div class="field-deck"> State says temporary workers were entering a confined space – in this case, fuel tanks – with no safety precautions in place. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Multiple serious safety and health violations involving temporary workers at a work site in Fife, Wash., have resulted in Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) citations and fines for two Western Washington businesses &ndash; Smarttalent LLC of Kirkland and Innovative Repairs LLC of Fife.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/two-puget-sound-area-companies-fined-multiple-safety-and-health-violations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/two-puget-sound-area-companies-fined-multiple-safety-and-health-violations#comments OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:25:00 +0000 39711 at http://ehstoday.com <p>When a confined space has one or more hazardous characteristics that could harm workers, it&rsquo;s considered a permit-required confined space. That means employers must control access to the area and use a permit system to prevent unauthorized entry. Anyone working in or around a permit-required confined space must be trained and there must be safety measures and rescue procedures in place.</p> ultrapro/Thinkstock Treading Gingerly: The Doctor's Guide to Walking on Ice http://ehstoday.com/safety/treading-gingerly-doctors-guide-walking-ice <div class="field-deck"> Don't walk on the ice. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I grew up on the shores of Lake Erie.</p> <p>Don&#39;t swim too far.</p> <p>My family watched Fourth of July fireworks from the beach, our blankets haphazardly sprawled on the sand.</p> <p>The swings I knew overlooked the blue expanse of the Great Lake, each pump of my legs bringing me ever closer to seeing Canada&hellip;this time, for sure.</p> <p>Don&#39;t swing that high.</p> <p>After leaving for college and then work, I once again live on that same lake. In fact, I can see Lake Erie from my desk (if I angle my body just so).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/treading-gingerly-doctors-guide-walking-ice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/treading-gingerly-doctors-guide-walking-ice#comments Safety Leadership Health Safety Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:10:00 +0000 39541 at http://ehstoday.com Photos: Ginger Christ Hand Safety in Simple Steps http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/hand-safety-simple-steps <div class="field-byline"> By Matt Reid </div> <div class="field-deck"> When it comes to workplace hand injuries, some industries are more dangerous than others. What are you doing to keep your workforce safe? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Do you simply give employees a good pair of cut-resistant gloves and tell &#39;em to be careful? Are you overlooking key steps to preventing workplace hand injuries long before your employees even walk through the door?</p> <p>Here is a seven-step safety approach that EHS leaders can and should take to prevent workers from becoming just another hand injury statistic.</p> <p>Step 1: Eliminate the Hazard</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/hand-safety-simple-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/hand-safety-simple-steps#comments Hand Protection Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:46:00 +0000 39691 at http://ehstoday.com The True Cost of Burn Injury on the Job http://ehstoday.com/white-papers-and-case-studies/true-cost-burn-injury-job <div class="field-byline"> Workrite </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Burns are one of the most common, yet potentially dangerous workplace injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury sustained, the true cost of a burn injury for both the employer and employee extends far beyond the obvious medical and legal costs. <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=101448867&amp;iu=/3834/ehs.home" target="_blank">Read on to learn more about the cost of burn injuries.</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/white-papers-and-case-studies/true-cost-burn-injury-job#comments Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:33:00 +0000 39681 at http://ehstoday.com How to Properly Layer Your FR Clothes http://ehstoday.com/white-papers-and-case-studies/how-properly-layer-your-fr-clothes <div class="field-byline"> Workrite </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Learning how to layer your FR clothing the right way can be a great way to meet electric arc safety standards while also optimizing for comfort and convenience. Employees must wear the level of protection necessary to meet or exceed their arc-flash exposure. <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=101448747&amp;iu=/3834/ehs.home" target="_blank">Read on to learn more.</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/white-papers-and-case-studies/how-properly-layer-your-fr-clothes#comments Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:31:00 +0000 39671 at http://ehstoday.com Factors that Contribute to Heat Stress http://ehstoday.com/white-papers-and-case-studies/factors-contribute-heat-stress <div class="field-byline"> Workrite </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Factors affecting the level and speed at which heat stress can occur include: age, gender, hydration and activity level. Most single-layer FR work clothes have minimal effect. To reduce the effect of heat stress: take regular rest breaks, stay hydrated, find shade and wear light-weight, breathable fabrics. <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=101448627&amp;iu=/3834/ehs.home" target="_blank">Read on to learn more.</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/white-papers-and-case-studies/factors-contribute-heat-stress#comments Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:27:00 +0000 39661 at http://ehstoday.com Unlocking Employee Engagement http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/unlocking-employee-engagement <div class="field-deck"> Employees who aren't engaged in their jobs likely won't be driven to innovate. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The benefits of having engaged workers are not a secret.</p> <p>Research has repeatedly shown that companies with engaged employees have lower absenteeism, lower turnover, fewer safety accidents, higher productivity and higher profitability.</p> <p>The tricky part has always been in figuring out how to get engaged employees.</p> <p>It turns out that managers have the biggest impact on employee engagement, according to a new Gallup report. &nbsp;One in two adults, in fact, have left a job to get away from a manager, according to Gallup&rsquo;s study of 7,272 adults.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/unlocking-employee-engagement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/unlocking-employee-engagement#comments Safety Leadership Health News Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:40:00 +0000 39641 at http://ehstoday.com The Challenges of Labeling for OSHA's Revised Hazard Communication Standard http://ehstoday.com/ghs/challenges-labeling-oshas-revised-hazard-communication-standard <div class="field-byline"> By Daniel Levine </div> <div class="field-deck"> The GHS system gradually is being adopted on a worldwide basis. But what is GHS and what are some of the challenges that chemical producers and shippers will encounter in complying? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As a response to the multiple definitions of &quot;hazard&quot; and multiple ways of communicating hazards, the United Nations adopted the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2003.</p> <p>OSHA&#39;s revised Hazard Communication Standard has presented manufacturers, formulators and distributors with the challenge of revising their safety data sheets (SDSs) and the product labels by June 1. These changes are based upon the third revision of the GHS.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ghs/challenges-labeling-oshas-revised-hazard-communication-standard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/ghs/challenges-labeling-oshas-revised-hazard-communication-standard#comments GHS Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:33:00 +0000 39651 at http://ehstoday.com Batkid: Saving Humanity http://ehstoday.com/blog/batkid-saving-humanity <div class="node-body blog-body">This past weekend, I went to the closing night of the Cleveland International Film Festival. The festival, a 12-day event, annually brings hundreds of films to Cleveland theaters, and, as a former film major, is one of my favorite activities to attend. On Sunday, I saw Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, a documentary about the overwhelming support 5-year-old cancer patient Mile Scott received for his Make-A-Wish request. Scott, who is now in remission, became an international icon Nov. 15, 2013, when the city of San Francisco transformed into Gotham City, allowing the cancer survivor to fulfill his wish of Batkid, Batman’s sidekick.</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/batkid-saving-humanity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/batkid-saving-humanity#comments Health EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:25:00 +0000 39601 at http://ehstoday.com <p><em>Photo: Ramin Talaie, Getty Images</em></p>