EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en Was Oklahoma Beheading an Act of Workplace Violence or Terrorism? Or Both? http://ehstoday.com/blog/was-oklahoma-beheading-act-workplace-violence-or-terrorism-or-both <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>On Sept. 25, Alton Nolen was suspended from his job at an Oklahoma food-processing plant, and he later attacked two employees with a knife, beheading one of them. While anyone would agree that Nolen&rsquo;s alleged actions were horrific and savage, there&rsquo;s some debate as to whether they constituted an act of workplace violence or terrorism.</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/was-oklahoma-beheading-act-workplace-violence-or-terrorism-or-both" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/was-oklahoma-beheading-act-workplace-violence-or-terrorism-or-both#comments Safety Workplace Fatalities EHS OutLoud Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:54:00 +0000 35521 at http://ehstoday.com Fulwiler, Drebinger to Keynote EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference http://ehstoday.com/safety/fulwiler-drebinger-keynote-ehs-today-s-safety-leadership-conference <div class="field-deck"> The jam-packed conference agenda includes thought-provoking educational sessions; safety tours of major manufacturing facilities; an awards ceremony for the America’s Safest Companies Class of 2014; and inspiring keynote sessions by Dr. Rick Fulwiler and John Drebinger. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There&rsquo;s still time to register for <em>EHS Today</em>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.safetyleadershipconference.com/slc14/public/enter.aspx" target="_blank">Safety Leadership Conference</a>, which takes place Oct. 27-29 in downtown Indianapolis.</p> <p>The jam-packed conference agenda includes thought-provoking educational sessions; safety tours of major manufacturing facilities; an awards ceremony for the America&rsquo;s Safest Companies Class of 2014; and inspiring keynote sessions by Dr. Rick Fulwiler and John Drebinger. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/fulwiler-drebinger-keynote-ehs-today-s-safety-leadership-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/fulwiler-drebinger-keynote-ehs-today-s-safety-leadership-conference#comments Safety ASC Conference News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:10:00 +0000 35491 at http://ehstoday.com A Sneak Peek at the Construction Safety Topics and Speakers for the Safety Leadership Conference [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/construction/sneak-peek-construction-safety-topics-and-speakers-safety-leadership-conference-photo-g <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>For the first time, the EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference is offering a track that focuses on Construction Safety. The Safety Leadership Conference is scheduled for Oct. 27-29 in Indianapolis, Ind.</p> <p>Sponsored by ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.), the Construction Track features speakers who are the leading experts in construction safety, building safety culture and promoting management and employee engagement in safety in the construction industry.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/sneak-peek-construction-safety-topics-and-speakers-safety-leadership-conference-photo-g" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/sneak-peek-construction-safety-topics-and-speakers-safety-leadership-conference-photo-g#comments Construction Safety Leadership Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:57:00 +0000 35481 at http://ehstoday.com Off-the-Job Safety: How to Prepare Your Kids for Natural Disasters http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/job-safety-how-prepare-your-kids-natural-disasters <div class="field-deck"> “The first place to start is at home,” says Jeffrey Upperman, M.D., director of the Trauma Program and Pediatric Disaster Resources and Training Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>September is National Preparedness Month and <a href="http://www.shakeout.org/" target="_blank">the Great American ShakeOut earthquake drill</a> is Oct. 16, a reminder that disasters often happen with little or no warning. That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s important for families to have a plan in place for before an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire or other natural disaster occurs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/job-safety-how-prepare-your-kids-natural-disasters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/job-safety-how-prepare-your-kids-natural-disasters#comments Emergency Management News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:50:00 +0000 35471 at http://ehstoday.com Frontline Workers and Safety Managers in the Oil and Gas Industry: Four Roadblocks to Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/frontline-workers-and-safety-managers-oil-and-gas-industry-four-roadblocks-safety <div class="field-deck"> A new survey from Dräger uncovered the top four roadblocks preventing greater onsite safety for oil and gas workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the first time, a new survey has captured frontline workers&rsquo; and safety managers&rsquo; personal perspectives on the state of safety within the oil and gas sector. Compiling the viewpoints of 129 self-identified, current and former safety managers and frontline workers, the safety survey from Dr&auml;ger reveals the leading challenges in maximizing the industry&rsquo;s safety potential: complacency, training, communication and a bottom-line focus.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/frontline-workers-and-safety-managers-oil-and-gas-industry-four-roadblocks-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/frontline-workers-and-safety-managers-oil-and-gas-industry-four-roadblocks-safety#comments Safety News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:12:00 +0000 35451 at http://ehstoday.com Dräger Jarts and Other Totally Unsafe Toys from Your Childhood [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/jarts-and-other-totally-unsafe-toys-your-childhood-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>&ldquo;The good old days weren&rsquo;t always good,&rdquo; Billy Joel opined in his 1983 single &ldquo;Keepin&rsquo; the Faith.&rdquo; Whether the good old days actually were better is up for debate. But you could make a strong case that the good old days were much more dangerous than present times.<br /> <br /> In his keynote address at the 2014 National Safety Congress and Expo in San Diego, motivational speaker Dale Lesinski put it this way: Safety is &ldquo;evolving in our personal lives.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Case in point: bike helmets.<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/jarts-and-other-totally-unsafe-toys-your-childhood-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/jarts-and-other-totally-unsafe-toys-your-childhood-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Galleries Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:44:00 +0000 35441 at http://ehstoday.com America's Safest Companies http://ehstoday.com/americas-safest-companies <div class="node-body page-body"><p> <strong>2014 America&#39;s Safest Companies Winners Are Announced! </strong></p> <p> EHS Today, a magazine dedicated to the management of risk in the workplace and environment, is proud to announce that 16 companies have been named to the 2013 list of America&#39;s Safest Companies. Together, these companies provide a safe working environment for thousands of employees and serve as a point of reference for companies hoping to achieve world-class safety status.</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/americas-safest-companies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:39:03 +0000 35431 at http://ehstoday.com In Safety, There’s One Thing We Control 100 Percent of the Time http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-there-s-one-thing-we-control-100-percent-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><em>&ldquo;Right is right even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>The quote above &ndash; by William Penn &ndash;&nbsp;is a favorite of mine. It speaks to me of the personal accountability and courage it takes for us, as individuals, to do the right things in life &ndash; no matter how difficult that might be, because that&rsquo;s 100 percent within our control 100 percent of the time.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/leadership-perspectives-blog">Leadership Perspectives Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-there-s-one-thing-we-control-100-percent-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-there-s-one-thing-we-control-100-percent-time#comments Safety Leadership Leadership Perspectives Blog Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:33:00 +0000 35421 at http://ehstoday.com Oklahoma Trooper Wishes She’d Killed Man Accused of Beheading Co-Worker http://ehstoday.com/safety/oklahoma-trooper-wishes-she-d-killed-man-accused-beheading-co-worker <div class="field-deck"> Betsy Randolph stopped beheading suspect Alton Nolen in 2010 for having a fake vehicle tag. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For every law enforcement officer who makes headlines for using excessive force, there are countless others who exercise incredible restraint because they believe in performing their duties by the book. Oklahoma state trooper Betsy Randolph falls into the latter category.</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/safety/oklahoma-trooper-wishes-she-d-killed-man-accused-beheading-co-worker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/oklahoma-trooper-wishes-she-d-killed-man-accused-beheading-co-worker#comments Safety News Workplace Fatalities Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:09:00 +0000 35411 at http://ehstoday.com The Antidote to Depression: Walking in Nature http://ehstoday.com/health/antidote-depression-walking-nature <div class="field-deck"> “Walking ... may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster,” said Sara Warber, M.D., associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For those who love to hike, camp, fish, bike or generally spend time outdoors, this story might fall into the &ldquo;No Duh&rdquo; news category. For others, though, it could be just what the doctor ordered.</p> <p>A new study, published in a special issue of <a href="http://www.liebertpub.com/overview/ecopsychology/300/" target="_blank"><em>Ecopsychology</em></a>, concludes that group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/antidote-depression-walking-nature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/antidote-depression-walking-nature#comments Health News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:09:00 +0000 35401 at http://ehstoday.com Soft Skills Training http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/soft-skills-training <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=66579387&amp;iu=/3834/ehs.home" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Soft-Skills-200x200.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left; margin: 5px;" /></a>High-growth organizations understand they must invest in and maximize the &ldquo;human capital&rdquo; of their workforce just as they do the physical assets. Developing soft skills in all employees is one part of the larger human capital agenda.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/soft-skills-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/soft-skills-training#comments Sponsored Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:22:00 +0000 35391 at http://ehstoday.com Man Beheads Co-Worker in Workplace Dispute http://ehstoday.com/safety/man-beheads-co-worker-workplace-dispute <div class="field-deck"> One dead, two injured following workplace rampage. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In terms of acts of workplace violence, this has to be one of the most gruesome. A man reportedly beheaded a female coworker with a knife on Sept. 25 and critically injured another coworker before being shot by a security guard.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/man-beheads-co-worker-workplace-dispute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/man-beheads-co-worker-workplace-dispute#comments Safety News Workplace Fatalities Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:05:00 +0000 35381 at http://ehstoday.com Falling From the Skies: OSHA Cites Wireless Horizon For Tower Collapse That Killed Two http://ehstoday.com/osha/falling-skies-osha-cites-wireless-horizon-tower-collapse-killed-two <div class="field-deck"> OSHA finds two willful and four serious safety violations at the Blaine, Kansas, work site where two workers tumbled to their deaths. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Following the death of two workers from the collapse of a cell tower they were dismantling on March 25, <a href="http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/WirelessHorizonInc_964654_0919_14.pdf" target="_blank">OSHA has cited Wireless Horizon Inc.</a> for two willful and four serious safety violations and has placed the company in the <a href="https://www.osha.gov/dep/svep-directive.pdf" title="Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP)">Severe Violator Enforcement Program</a>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/falling-skies-osha-cites-wireless-horizon-tower-collapse-killed-two" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/falling-skies-osha-cites-wireless-horizon-tower-collapse-killed-two#comments OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:09:00 +0000 35371 at http://ehstoday.com <p>So far in 2014, 11 workers have lost their lives nationwide in the communication tower industry; and 13 deaths occurred in 2013.</p> OSHA Home Fire Safety [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/safety/home-fire-safety-infographic <div class="field-deck"> What to do before and after a house fire. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Up to 25,000 people die every year in domestic fires across Europe. Each year, approximately 70,000 people are hospitalized due to injuries caused by fire and smoke, and fire damage burns up about 1 percent of Europe&rsquo;s GDP.</p> <p>Here in the United States, a fire department responds to a report of a fire every 25 seconds. In 2013, there were:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/home-fire-safety-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/home-fire-safety-infographic#comments Safety News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:55:00 +0000 35361 at http://ehstoday.com Massachusetts Utility Faces $168,000 in Fines for Worker Fatalities http://ehstoday.com/safety/massachusetts-utility-faces-168000-fines-worker-fatalities <div class="field-deck"> “These deaths were preventable,” said Brenda Gordon, OSHA’s area director for Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp. could have saved the lives of two workers who died in an April crane tip-over if it had followed the crane manufacturer&rsquo;s operating instructions and trained its employees on the crane&rsquo;s proper operation, OSHA asserts.</p> <p>The employees were working from a raised personnel platform attached to an Elliott 40142 truck-mounted crane. They were working on power lines on the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal when the crane overturned and fell more than 150 feet to the ground, according to OSHA.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/massachusetts-utility-faces-168000-fines-worker-fatalities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/massachusetts-utility-faces-168000-fines-worker-fatalities#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:27:00 +0000 35351 at http://ehstoday.com NIOSH Resource Offers Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers http://ehstoday.com/safety/niosh-resource-offers-sleep-tips-truck-drivers <div class="field-deck"> “This new resource provides easy-to-implement solutions that will help truck drivers stay safe and well while on the job and continue their good work." NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard said. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Driving a truck isn&rsquo;t for the faint of heart. The hours are long, the work is demanding and fatigue is a life-threatening occupational hazard.</p> <p>NIOSH earlier this month unveiled a new publication that offers tips for improving sleep quality to improve driver health and help reduce the risk of drowsy driving and vehicle crashes.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/niosh-resource-offers-sleep-tips-truck-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/niosh-resource-offers-sleep-tips-truck-drivers#comments Health Safety News Distracted Driving Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:03:00 +0000 35341 at http://ehstoday.com Fired on Monday, Dead on Tuesday: UPS Worker Kills Two Before Committing Suicide http://ehstoday.com/safety/fired-monday-dead-tuesday-ups-worker-kills-two-committing-suicide <div class="field-deck"> A day after he was fired, a UPS worker in Alabama returns to work wearing his uniform and carrying a gun. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Kerry Joe Tesney of Trussville, Ala., received notice in the mail on Monday, Sept. 22, that he had been fired from his job at a UPS shipping center in Inglenook, Ala. On Tuesday, Sept. 23, just after 9 a.m., he showed up at the facility with a gun, murdered two managers, and killed himself.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/fired-monday-dead-tuesday-ups-worker-kills-two-committing-suicide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/fired-monday-dead-tuesday-ups-worker-kills-two-committing-suicide#comments Safety News Workplace Fatalities Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:23:00 +0000 35331 at http://ehstoday.com Spill Solutions: Examining Choices for Industrial and Commercial Absorbents http://ehstoday.com/environment/spill-solutions-examining-choices-industrial-and-commercial-absorbents <div class="field-byline"> Lisa Owen and Tom Uskup </div> <div class="field-deck"> Fluid spills are an unavoidable reality anytime an operation uses, maintains or repairs industrial or commercial equipment. Precautions can help limit the number or extent of spills, but even the best precautions will not be able to eliminate spills entirely. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For workplace spills, as with any type of workplace incident, the best solution is to avoid it in the first place. But despite measures to eliminate spills, they do happen. There are several common causes and types of fluid leaks and spills in an industrial setting.</p> <p><strong>Hydraulic leaks &ndash;</strong> These are the frustrating, slow drip of hydraulic oils underneath equipment vehicles or machinery that require lubricant or coolant to operate. These leaks can occur while in operation or simply at rest, making it more difficult to troubleshoot or isolate.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/spill-solutions-examining-choices-industrial-and-commercial-absorbents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/spill-solutions-examining-choices-industrial-and-commercial-absorbents#comments Environment Safety News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:25:00 +0000 35321 at http://ehstoday.com RSC Bio Solutions What General Patton, Steve Jobs and Michael Jordan Can Teach You About Safety Leadership [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/what-general-patton-steve-jobs-and-michael-jordan-can-teach-you-about-safety-leadership-ph <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The best leaders motivate, inspire and empower others to do great things. But what motivates, inspires and empowers great leaders?</p> <p>How about other great leaders?</p> <p>The quotes in this gallery don&rsquo;t reference workplace safety, but their wisdom might help you become a better safety leader.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/what-general-patton-steve-jobs-and-michael-jordan-can-teach-you-about-safety-leadership-ph#comments Galleries Safety Leadership Galleries Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:34:00 +0000 35311 at http://ehstoday.com Cut-Resistant Hand Protection: Busting the Myths http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/cut-resistant-hand-protection-busting-myths <div class="field-deck"> What’s a myth and what’s the truth when it comes to cut-resistant hand protection? You might be surprised. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Protecting your employees from on-the-job hand injuries is hard when you&rsquo;re faced with the plethora of misinformation, myths and misnomers surrounding personal protective equipment (PPE). Specifically, the misinformation surrounding cut-resistant gloves certainly exacerbate the issue.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/cut-resistant-hand-protection-busting-myths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hand-protection/cut-resistant-hand-protection-busting-myths#comments Hand Protection News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:15:00 +0000 35301 at http://ehstoday.com Ansell The National Transportation Safety Board Seeks Lower Alcohol Limits, Finds Support from ASSE http://ehstoday.com/safety/national-transportation-safety-board-seeks-lower-alcohol-limits-finds-support-asse <div class="field-deck"> The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations to tackle the problem of impaired driving. One of the most important recommendations, to lower the legal blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent, has received support from the American Society of Safety Engineers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the past several decades, awareness of the dangers of alcohol-impaired driving has increased. However, alcohol-impaired driving still accounts for approximately one-third of all U.S. highway fatalities.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/national-transportation-safety-board-seeks-lower-alcohol-limits-finds-support-asse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/national-transportation-safety-board-seeks-lower-alcohol-limits-finds-support-asse#comments Safety News Distracted Driving Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:39:00 +0000 35291 at http://ehstoday.com David Castillo Dominici/freedigitalphotos.net Condiment Maker Faces $235,000 in OSHA Fines http://ehstoday.com/safety/condiment-maker-faces-235000-osha-fines <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA has cited Englewood, N.J.-based Supreme Oil Co.-South for 14 safety and health violations carrying $234,960 in total fines, the agency said.</p> <p>The fines stem from OSHA&rsquo;s March inspection of the company&rsquo;s Brundidge, Ala., facility. The agency initiated the inspection because of a complaint and to follow up on an inspection that it conducted in March 2012.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/condiment-maker-faces-235000-osha-fines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/condiment-maker-faces-235000-osha-fines#comments Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:09:00 +0000 35281 at http://ehstoday.com Splish Splash: Protecting Healthcare Workers from Splashes Containing Blood Borne Pathogens http://ehstoday.com/health/splish-splash-protecting-healthcare-workers-splashes-containing-blood-borne-pathogens <div class="field-byline"> Jacie Volkman, MPH, CIC </div> <div class="field-deck"> Workplace safety in the healthcare setting focuses a lot on the mantra of “trips, slips, falls and sharps.” One significant daily risk that often is ignored is splashes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Should caring for patients in a healthcare setting be considered a dangerous occupation? Far beyond slips, trips and falls, should we be giving healthcare workers hazard pay for putting themselves at risk of acquiring a fatal disease by virtue of the work they are doing?</p> <p>If a hospital does everything they can to protect their employees, then the answer to these questions is &ldquo;No.&rdquo; But are healthcare organizations really doing all they can? Several studies on healthcare exposures would lead one to believe they are not.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/splish-splash-protecting-healthcare-workers-splashes-containing-blood-borne-pathogens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/splish-splash-protecting-healthcare-workers-splashes-containing-blood-borne-pathogens#comments Health Safety Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:44:00 +0000 35271 at http://ehstoday.com Landscaper Dies After Falling Headfirst into Wood Chipper http://ehstoday.com/safety/landscaper-dies-after-falling-headfirst-wood-chipper <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A Phoenix-area landscaper died last week after losing his balance and falling headfirst into a wood chipper, according to news reports.</p> <p>The man was part of a small landscaping crew using the wood chipper at a car dealership in Chandler, Ariz., outside Phoenix.</p> <p>Tragically, the victim&rsquo;s two sons were part of the crew and witnessed the man&rsquo;s horrific death.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s more:</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/landscaper-dies-after-falling-headfirst-wood-chipper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/landscaper-dies-after-falling-headfirst-wood-chipper#comments Safety News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:06:00 +0000 35261 at http://ehstoday.com NSC 2014: OSHA’s Expanded Notification Requirement Will Create ‘Teachable Moment,’ Michaels Says http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-osha-s-expanded-notification-requirement-will-create-teachable-moment-michaels-says <div class="field-deck"> During the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego, Michaels asserted that the current rule doesn’t provide OSHA “the information we need.” </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When <a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/revised-osha-rule-requires-employers-report-all-serious-injuries-within-24-hours" target="_blank">OSHA&rsquo;s revised severe-injury reporting rule</a> kicks in next year, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels hopes the agency will be able to make inroads with a new set of employers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-osha-s-expanded-notification-requirement-will-create-teachable-moment-michaels-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-osha-s-expanded-notification-requirement-will-create-teachable-moment-michaels-says#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:45:00 +0000 35231 at http://ehstoday.com NSC 2014: Safe (and Hot) in San Diego [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-safe-and-hot-san-diego-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>It was a week of records in San Diego: Record-breaking temperatures shortened school days and had the region under a heat advisory, while record-breaking crowds converged on the San Diego Convention Center for the National Safety Council&rsquo;s 2014 Congress and Expo.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s event is our biggest show to date, with the highest attendance ever,&rdquo; said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, who noted that the theme of this year&rsquo;s conference was helping attendees advance on their &ldquo;Journey to Safety Excellence.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-safe-and-hot-san-diego-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-safe-and-hot-san-diego-photo-gallery#comments Safety Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:26:00 +0000 35221 at http://ehstoday.com NSC 2014: Fall Protection, Hazard Communication Repeat as OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards http://ehstoday.com/osha/nsc-2014-fall-protection-hazard-communication-repeat-osha-s-most-frequently-cited-standards <div class="field-deck"> In fact, this year’s entire top 10 list contained the same standards as last year’s list, with a few standards moving up or down. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There was no need for a drumroll when OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2014.</p> <p>Predictably, fall protection (1926.501) retained the No. 1 spot, with 6,143 violations, and hazard communication (1910.1200) retained the No. 2 spot, with 5,161 violations.</p> <p>The No. 3 and No. 4 most frequently cited standards &ndash; scaffolding and respiratory protection, respectively &ndash; retained their rankings from 2013 as well.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/nsc-2014-fall-protection-hazard-communication-repeat-osha-s-most-frequently-cited-standards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/nsc-2014-fall-protection-hazard-communication-repeat-osha-s-most-frequently-cited-standards#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:58:00 +0000 35211 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Kyle Morrison, senior associate editor for the National Safety Council&rsquo;s <em>Safety+Health</em> magazine, and Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA&rsquo;s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, unveil the list on the expo floor of the San Diego Convention Center during the NSC&rsquo;s 2014 Congress and Expo.</p> NSC 2014: Leadership Engagement Drives EHS Success at Cummins http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-leadership-engagement-drives-ehs-success-cummins <div class="field-deck"> "Every manager needs to feel accountable” for safety, CEO Tom Linebarger said. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Over the past decade, engine maker Cummins Inc. has embarked on an EHS journey that&rsquo;s been &ldquo;nothing short of amazing,&rdquo; Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said during an executive forum at the National Safety Council&rsquo;s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego.</p> <p>But Cummins, which received the National Safety Council&rsquo;s 2014 Robert W. Campbell Award for EHS excellence, isn&rsquo;t even &ldquo;partway&rdquo; to the finish line &ndash; at least in the eyes of its leaders.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-leadership-engagement-drives-ehs-success-cummins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-leadership-engagement-drives-ehs-success-cummins#comments Safety Leadership News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:57:00 +0000 35201 at http://ehstoday.com NSC 2014: Campbell Institute Paper Reveals the Predictive Power of Leading Indicators http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-campbell-institute-paper-reveals-predictive-power-leading-indicators <div class="field-deck"> A new white paper provides a standardized set of best practices and benchmarks for leading indicators. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.thecampbellinstitute.org">The Campbell Institute</a> &ndash; the National Safety Council center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management &ndash; released a new white paper titled, &ldquo;Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies &amp; Strategies&rdquo; at the 2014 NSC Congress &amp; Expo.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-campbell-institute-paper-reveals-predictive-power-leading-indicators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/nsc-2014-campbell-institute-paper-reveals-predictive-power-leading-indicators#comments Safety Leadership News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:13:00 +0000 35191 at http://ehstoday.com NSC 2014: Cummins Honored With the 2014 Robert W. Campbell Award http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-cummins-honored-2014-robert-w-campbell-award <div class="field-deck"> The National Safety Council on Sept. 15 presented the 2014 Robert W. Campbell Award to Indiana-based Cummins Inc. at the NSC Congress & Expo. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With its inclusion as a Campbell Award winner, Cummins Inc. becomes part of an elite group of organizations committed to continuous improvement. Cummins was recognized by EHS Today as one of America&rsquo;s Safest Companies in 2010. The company successfully has integrated environmental, health and safety (EHS) management with business operations as a cornerstone of corporate excellence.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-cummins-honored-2014-robert-w-campbell-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-2014-cummins-honored-2014-robert-w-campbell-award#comments Safety News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:03:00 +0000 35181 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Cummins currently employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories.</p>