EHS Today en World Heart Day and AEDs: Enabling Regular People to be Heroes for 20 Years <div class="field-deck"> As we celebrate World Heart Day, Philips celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first automated external defibrillator designed for the layperson with a campaign to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="" target="_blank">September 29 is World Heart Day</a>, which is the World Heart Federation&#39;s (and the world&#39;s!) biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD).&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:16:00 +0000 50371 at <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s AEDs couldn&rsquo;t be easier to use &ndash; you open the box and the device talks you through the steps &ndash; yet, despite this, people are still hesitant to intervene when they witness someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest episode,&rdquo; said Dr. Joe Frassica.</p> SLC 2016: OSHA Citations: The Best Defense Is a Good Offense <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s super-sized change in fines makes it even more crucial for companies to avoid OSHA citations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What&rsquo;s the saying? &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t do the crime if you can&rsquo;t do the time?&rdquo;</p> <p>That seems to be OSHA&rsquo;s attitude about alleged occupational safety and health violations. To reinforce that point, the agency now has increased fines for the first time since 1990, raising them from $70,000 to $124,709 for a single willful or repeat violation and from $7,000 to $12,471 for a serious or other-than-serious violation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety Leadership Conference 2016 OSHA News SLC 2016 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:10:00 +0000 50361 at <p>What seems like a minor OSHA infraction with a small fine actually could be a trap for employers, setting up a situation where &ndash; if the infraction isn&#39;t abated, occurs again or occurs at another facility &ndash; the company is hit with a &quot;repeat&quot; violation and a huge fine.</p> SLC 2016: Subcontractor Safety Requirements [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Choosing the right subcontractor is crucial to ensuring site-specific safety plans are followed and employees go home safely each night.</p> <p>Joel Pickering, senior vice president of Lendlease (US) Construction LMB Inc., told Safety Leadership Conference attendees about the prequalification process and measures Lendlease has in place to select safety-conscious subcontractors.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t manage [safety], it sometimes is not managed well by others,&rdquo; he told attendees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galleries Safety Leadership Conference 2016 Health Safety Training SLC 2016 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:47:00 +0000 50351 at Why All Gas Detection Docking Stations are Not Created Equal <div class="field-byline"> By Brad Day </div> <div class="field-deck"> When it comes to keeping employees safe, gas detectors must be in compliance with company policies and manufacturers' recommendations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>You sit staring down at your desk in utter disbelief of the results of your last gas detection safety audit. You look up and notice it is 7 p.m. You should have been home hours ago enjoying a dinner with your family, but not tonight. You will need to have answers for why you did so poorly on this audit.</p> <p><br /> You dig deeper and notice the biggest finding was instruments out of date for bump test or calibration. It goes on and lists lack of record keeping and alarm records as a major reason for failing this audit. What do you do now?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:10:00 +0000 50341 at Crewman Dies After Heat-Related Hospitalization <div class="field-deck"> Crewman is hospitalized after core body temperature soars above 108 degrees; OSHA fines Townsend Tree Service Company after investigation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A 23-year-old ground crewman is one of 16 heat-related deaths reported to OSHA since January.</p> <p>The Townsend Tree Service Company worker collapsed after working more than nine hours in the direct sun when the heat index soared to 110 degrees near Poplar Bluff, Ind.&nbsp;on July 22. The crewman died after being hospitalized with a core body temperature above 108 degrees.</p> <p>OSHA issued the company, based in Muncie, Ind., one serious citation following its investigation. Proposed penalties total $12,471.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:55:00 +0000 50331 at Thinkstock SLC 2016: Advice from America’s Safest Companies: Scot Forge <div class="field-deck"> John P. McGillivray, manager of safety and environmental for Scot Forge Co., explained to attendees of the Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh that the company was its own worst enemy when it came to safety culture. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Forging a Culture of Safety Excellence&quot; is not an easy thing to do in a high-hazard industries like foundries and forging, John P. McGillivray, manager of safety and environmental for Scot Forge Inc., explained to attendees at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.</p> <p>In 1997, &ldquo;We sent 107 people to the clinic/hospital out of a total shop population of&nbsp; 375 people,&rdquo; he acknowledged. The company&rsquo;s TIR rate was 25. The DART rate was 7.5. The company spent $1 million in workers&rsquo; compensation expenses.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> America's Safest Companies Awards Safety Leadership Safety Leadership Conference 2016 News SLC 2016 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:39:00 +0000 50321 at <p>&quot;Compliance officers will tell you that less than 10 percent of the injuries on the OSHA 300 log are the result of a missing OSHA program. I was thinking to myself, &lsquo;What are we doing the other 90 percent of the time?&rsquo; We were our own worst enemy,&rdquo; said John P. McGillivray, manager of safety and environmental for Scot Forge Inc.</p> Scot Forge Co. SLC 2016: Safety from the Top Down <div class="field-deck"> Industry CEOs and executives provide insight to Safety Leadership Conference attendees about what characteristics, experiences and actions make up a successful safety professional. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Competency, a genuine nature and compassion all make up an exceptional safety professional, panelists at the Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh told session attendees.</p> <p>In the session titled &ldquo;CEO/Executives&#39; Take: Commitment to Safety and Hire the Right Safety Professionals,&rdquo; industry leaders provided their recommendations and insight into what attributes a safety leader should process in order to promote and maintain a positive safety culture within their organization.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Conference 2016 Safety News SLC 2016 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:32:00 +0000 50311 at <p>Left to right: Mike Bellaman, Ryan&nbsp;Odendahl and Jimmy Slaughter speak to SLC attendees</p> SLC 2016: Advice from America’s Safest Companies: Smiths Medical <div class="field-deck"> In this session, which featured three previous America’s Safest Companies winners, Tim McGraw and Stacey Simmons of Smiths Medical offered an overview of a new safety process that has changed their safety culture. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&nbsp;What does it take to become one of the best? &nbsp;</p> <p>This session at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh examined what sets three previous America&#39;s Safest Companies winners apart from the crowd in their industries, and discussed their efforts to achieve safety culture leadership.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> America's Safest Companies Awards Safety Leadership News SLC 2016 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:01:00 +0000 50301 at Smiths Medical SLC 2016: Moving the Culture from Compliance to Risk Management <div class="field-deck"> The EHS profession has been undergoing a significant transformation in the past 10 years, beginning with the realization that, despite our best efforts, fatalities and serious injuries are continuing to occur, even among organizations with “best in class” programs. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>At the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, Pamela Walaski, CSP, CHMM, director of health and safety for GAI Consultants Inc., and Paul Haney, vice president of environment, health and safety at USG Corp., took an introspective look at risk management and safety culture. Over the past few years, there has been a significant transformation away from injury-based/compliance-based programs to the development of safety management systems that provide for continuous improvement and focus on risk reduction.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News SLC 2016 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:10:00 +0000 50291 at <p>According to Pamela Walaski, director of health and safety at GAI Consultants Inc., &quot;The more employees are engaged, the more they recognize risk.&quot;</p> SLC 2016: Briefing the Boardroom on Safety <div class="field-byline"> Adrienne Selko </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Your C-suite is used to the concept of risk,” Kathy Seabrook explained at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference. “However EHS comes from a viewpoint of hazard. We need to view our domain as risk and it's risk that gets the attention of the board.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News SLC 2016 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:09:00 +0000 50281 at A Dollar Short: Dollar General Cited Again for Repeat Violations <div class="field-deck"> For the second time in Sept. 2016, OSHA has assessed fines to Dollar General for blocked emergency exits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Just weeks after being cited for three repeated safety violations, Dollar General once again has been cited for endangering workers and customers by blocking exit routes with merchandise.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:00 +0000 50271 at Thinkstock EHS Today Presents the 2016 America's Safest Companies [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>This year might offer the widest representation of industries we&rsquo;ve ever had for America&#39;s Safest Companies. </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galleries America's Safest Companies Awards Safety Leadership SLC 2016 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:24:00 +0000 50261 at What Do You Know About the Costs and Prevention of Workplace Hand Injuries? <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by DSM Dyneema </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hand injuries remain one of the most common injury types in the workplace. How much do you know about the costs and prevention of workplace hand injuries?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Quiz Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:07:00 +0000 50241 at SLC 2016: Delivering and Capturing the Value of Safety <div class="field-deck"> Opening keynote speaker Shawn Galloway spoke to Safety Leadership Conference attendees about why safety strategy needs to be part of a company’s business strategy. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you want to get more out of your workers, they need to be part of your safety strategy and culture, Shawn Galloway, president of ProAct Safety, told attendees at the Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety Leadership Conference 2016 News SLC 2016 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:18:00 +0000 50251 at SLC 2016: Recruiting and Retaining Young Safety Leaders <div class="field-deck"> Rich Baldwin of PCL Construction Services told SLC attendees about why recruiting and retaining young safety professionals is beneficial to the company. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>PCL Construction Enterprises, headquartered in Denver,&nbsp;is tapping into college interns to build its reputation&nbsp;and safety talent pool.</p> <p>Rich Baldwin, Health, Safety and Environment director for the company spoke to Safety Leadership Conference attendees about the importance of recruiting and retaining young talent.</p> <p>&ldquo;If you have some good safety people, you better darn take care of them because it&rsquo;s hard to go to the open market and find someone,&rdquo; Baldwin said.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Conference 2016 Safety News SLC 2016 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:26:00 +0000 50221 at ‘From You to Me to We' – U.S. Steel’s Safety Journey <div class="field-byline"> Adrienne Selko </div> <div class="field-deck"> According to the CEO of US Steel, safety is no accident. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Creating a culture of no incidents, is no accident,” said Mario Longhi, CEO of U.S. Steel Corp. at the 2016 SLC Conference in Pittsburgh.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News SLC 2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:58:00 +0000 50211 at U.S. Steel Corporatioin Opening of the 2016 EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference: Next Steps to Achieve Safety Culture Leadership <div class="field-deck"> Nearly 400 attendees are gathered in Pittsburgh to hear next steps to build safety culture leadership. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In her opening remarks, Penton Manufacturing and Supply Chain Vice President Jacquie Niemiec noted that true safety leaders &ldquo;lead through their employees and allow them to actively participate and take ownership at safety from every level.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News SLC 2016 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:44:00 +0000 50201 at ProAct Safety SLC 2016: PJ Dick and the Business of Safety [ Photo Gallery ] <div class="node-body gallery-body">PJ Dick, Trumbull and Lindy Paving is working to bring industry rates down by “blending its safety and project operations into a single function,” as demonstrated during the construction site tour at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Safety Leadership Conference 2016 Safety OSHA Enforcement Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:52:00 +0000 50181 at Britain, Singapore Collaborating to Save Workers’ Lives <div class="field-deck"> The Britain Safety Council is exploring ways to increase collaboration with Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Sept. 23, Mike Robinson, CEO of the British Safety Council will meet with business leaders and health and safety professionals at the Singapore Ministry of Manpower to explore how the British Safety Council can work more collaboratively with the ministry to achieve its ambitious health and safety targets&nbsp;</p> <p>Robinson plans to meet business leaders, and health and safety professionals from the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, the British Chamber of Commerce and the Workplace Safety and Health Council.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Training News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:33:00 +0000 50171 at <p>Singapore has made impressive progress in improving occupational health and safety, as demonstrated by the reduced number of fatal injuries at work.</p> Thinkstock Despite 40 Prior Violations, OSHA Finds 27 More Hazards at West Virginia Sawmill <div class="field-deck"> Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. faces a proposed $214,000 in OSHA fines. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A Wayne, W. Va., sawmill, which already had received 40 OSHA citations following an inspection in 2014, received an additional three proposed willful, nine proposed repeat, 12 proposed serious and three proposed other-than-serious violations on Sept. 2.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:12:00 +0000 50161 at <p>Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with Cline or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.</p> Thinkstock Drug Positivity in U.S. Workforce Rises to Highest Level in a Decade <div class="field-deck"> Annual Drug Testing Index reveals fifth straight year of increases in detection rate of amphetamine and heroin, and marijuana positivity has increased 47 percent. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Following years of declines, the percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs has steadily increased over the last three years to a 10-year high, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results by Quest Diagnostics.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:45:00 +0000 50141 at <p>In the general U.S. workforce, the rate of&nbsp;amphetamine, marijuana and&nbsp;<a href=";d=DQMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=-HK88oDwUqjVO6dvjpsiLp6TItKpAFhCM-Qa2fd3zEI&amp;s=c9uA66RwFMLL__Rg_ByOMz-oJ_4ASB2abriVtZiMbOg&amp;e=">heroin</a>&nbsp;detection increased annually for the past five years in urine testing.</p> Thinkstock How to Evolve Safety from Protection to Prevention to Prediction <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 340px; margin: 6px; float: left;" title="Tomorrow’s self-driving cars provide us with a glimpse of the potential impact big data can have on safety. " />I&rsquo;m in the market to buy a new car. My shopping experience thus far has led me to be absolutely amazed by how much has changed in the automobile landscape in just a few years. The vehicle I&rsquo;m replacing is only six years old, but in terms of technology and capability, it already feels like an antique.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Leadership Perspectives Blog Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:16:00 +0000 50131 at EHS Today September Product Showcase [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body">Here are the latest products and services EHS Today featured in the September 2016 issue.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Wellness Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:54:00 +0000 50121 at Download National Safety Survey 2016 (.pdf Format) <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/2016-safety-survey" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="node-body datasheet-body">Companies that are leaders in their industries often are leaders in safety and environmental performance. How does your EHS program performance, funding and position of importance in the company measure up against the hundreds of EHS professionals who took the 2016 National Safety Survey?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Gold Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:53:00 +0000 50111 at EPA Finalizes Plan to Clean Up New Jersey Pesticide Plant Site <div class="field-deck"> Kil-Tone Company site in Vineland is contaminated with arsenic and lead leading to public health concerns. The plant previously manufactured pesticides. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The EPA has put an $8.7 million plan in action to clean up contaminated soil at 57 homes near a former Kil-Tone Company site in Vineland, NJ.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:41:00 +0000 50101 at Thinkstock Politics Is Taking Its Toll on U.S. Workers <div class="field-deck"> A new study finds that one in four younger workers are experiencing diminished productivity as a result of political discussions at work. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What&rsquo;s the old saying? Avoid talking about religion and politics? This election season has been a tough one, not only for the candidates, but for American workers as well.</p> <p>Workers are feeling stressed, argumentative and less productive because of political discussions on the job, according to a survey released Sept. 14 by the American Psychological Association.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:28:00 +0000 50091 at <p>Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, the survey found few differences across political party or philosophy when it comes to how the 2016 election is affecting American workers.</p> Thinkstock HP Pelzer Automotive Systems, Staffing Agency Sizemore Inc. Face More Than $704,000 in OSHA Penalties <div class="field-deck"> According to the federal occupational safety and health agency, the auto parts manufacturer and a staffing agency it employed repeatedly exposed workers to alleged fall, amputation and electrocution hazards at Georgia facility. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Acting on a complaint and as part of the agency&rsquo;s <a href=";d=DQMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=wl8LxMf7W1a5tNpUrLyQVgyhVDNc9jvXLAGUieOHfeE&amp;m=bWJMfIqxdVViDhJMJhP5tzofgwbo1aKHLvlbQxjl1BU&amp;s=GLKaYyWycCwu7bkvieEpNmNAe88oC_6joBKVavuVCZs&amp;e=" target="_blank">Regional Emphasis Program on Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry</a>, OSHA initiated a new inspection &ndash; OSHA&rsquo;s third that identified alleged hazards &ndash; at HP Pelzer Autom</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:41:00 +0000 50081 at <p>HP <span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Pelzer">Pelzer</span> employs approximately 10,000 workers across nine facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. The Thomson, Ga., facility manufacturers car panels, dashboards and insulation products.</p> Thinkstock Sleeping on the Job: Medical Residents Forced to Work Long Shifts <div class="field-deck"> Sleep deprivation and long work shifts are putting both medical students and their patients at risk. A new public opinion poll confirms that medical professionals should not work for extremely long durations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new public opinion poll is reaffirming studies that show medical residents who work extensive shifts are putting both patients’ safety and their own safety at risk.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wellness Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:40:00 +0000 50071 at How Would Coach Nick Saban Handle an OSHA Inspection? <div class="field-byline"> Travis Vance </div> <div class="field-deck"> Lessons for employers from the Crimson Tide’s championship football coach. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>September has arrived. That can only mean one thing: it&rsquo;s time for college football!</p> <p>Labor Day weekend offered several high-profile games for our viewing pleasure. No. 1-ranked Alabama won one of those contests, with the Crimson Tide overwhelming Southern California by a score of 52-6. Alabama looked well-prepared and disciplined in its lopsided victory over a ranked opponent, showing once again why its coach, Nick Saban, likely is the best in college football.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:13:00 +0000 50061 at <p>Following Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban&rsquo;s routine of working hard, staying focused, teaching discipline and developing character could help any employer prepare for unexpected events like a workplace accident or visit by a government compliance agency such as OSHA.</p> Kevin C. Cox/Staff/Getty Images TimkenSteel Cited After Worker Death <div class="field-deck"> Employee dies due to oxygen-depletion after routine fire extinguisher check in elevator room. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Normal oxygen levels in the atmosphere are between 20 to 21 percent, but when another gas such as nitrogen is introduced, levels are depleted which could lead to oxygen-deficiency in confined or closed spaces and subsequently to death, as in the recent case of Canton, Ohio-based TimkenSteel.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:06:00 +0000 50051 at Thinkstock