EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en Freedom Industries Officials Indicted for W.Va. Chemical Spill http://ehstoday.com/epa/freedom-industries-officials-indicted-wva-chemical-spill <div class="field-deck"> Saying Freedom Industries executives put residents at risk, the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 17 issued federal indictments against six former company officials and the company itself for a chemical spill that contaiminated drinking water for 300,000 people. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin on Dec. 17 announced that Freedom Industries Inc. (Freedom) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill in Charleston that tainted drinking water for 300,000 people. Former company president Gary Southern faces 68 years in prison if convicted on all counts.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/freedom-industries-officials-indicted-wva-chemical-spill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/freedom-industries-officials-indicted-wva-chemical-spill#comments EPA Environment Health Safety News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:56:00 +0000 37391 at http://ehstoday.com <p>West Virginia American Water customers line up for water at the Gestamp Plant after waiting hours for a water truck, only to have it emptied in about 20 minutes on Jan. 10 in South Charleston, W. Va. The lives of 300,000 people were disrupted and schools and businesses were closed for days following the chemical leak from Freedom Industries and subsequent water contamination. (Photo by Tom Hindman/Getty Images)</p> Does Money Grow on Trees at Dollar Tree? http://ehstoday.com/osha/does-money-grow-trees-dollar-tree <div class="field-deck"> National retail chain Dollar Tree is cited once again when inspectors witness New Castle, Del., worker struck by falling boxes and issue a $103,000 fine. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DollarTreeStoreInc2220_983776.pdf" target="_blank">OSHA has cited North American discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc.</a> for the <a href="http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&amp;p_id=25956">second time</a> in Delaware since late 2013 by OSHA after inspectors saw an employee struck by falling boxes during a visit to its New Castle store in June 2014. For willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards there, OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $103,000.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/does-money-grow-trees-dollar-tree" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/does-money-grow-trees-dollar-tree#comments OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:58:00 +0000 37381 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Since 2009, OSHA has received complaints from Dollar Tree employees in 26 states and has cited the company for 234 safety violations.</p> Getty Images Is Your Company a World Class Safety Organization? http://ehstoday.com/your-company-world-class-safety-organization <div class="node-body page-body">Take the survey to see where your organization stands and where you stand compared to your peers.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/your-company-world-class-safety-organization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Safety Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:41:39 +0000 37361 at http://ehstoday.com Remembering Our Past: Photo Galleries That Look Back in Time at Work and Workers http://ehstoday.com/safety/remembering-our-past-photo-galleries-look-back-time-work-and-workers <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>They say the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and as philosopher <span class="_Tgc">George Santayana noted,</span><span class="_Tgc"> &quot;Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.</span>&quot;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/remembering-our-past-photo-galleries-look-back-time-work-and-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/remembering-our-past-photo-galleries-look-back-time-work-and-workers#comments Safety Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:04:00 +0000 37371 at http://ehstoday.com Trucking Industry Injury Rates and Costs Among the Highest http://ehstoday.com/safety/trucking-industry-injury-rates-and-costs-among-highest <div class="field-deck"> Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington state, according to a new report from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Each year, one in every 13 truck drivers in the state of Washington has a work-related injury serious enough that they have to miss work for a period of time.</p> <p>A new report from the Department of Labor &amp; Industries, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/technicalreports.html">Trucking Industry: Examining Injuries for Prevention</a>,&rdquo; includes information to help employers target the hazards their employees are most likely to encounter. The new report covers the years 2006-2012 and breaks the data down into six different trucking sectors.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/trucking-industry-injury-rates-and-costs-among-highest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/trucking-industry-injury-rates-and-costs-among-highest#comments Safety News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:40:00 +0000 37341 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Brain Drain: More Management Oversight Required for Shiftwork Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/brain-drain-more-management-oversight-required-shiftwork-safety <div class="field-byline"> Tom Schneid, J.D. </div> <div class="field-deck"> A recent study found that working irregular or longer-than-normal shift hours has a negative impact on cognitive abilities, bad news for the many workers who work long shifts or who work rotating shifts each week. The impact is equivalent to a brain aged an extra 6.5 years. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Can working longer shifts or rotating shifts age your brain? A recent study published in <em>Occupational and Environmental Medicine</em>, <a href="http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2014/10/08/oemed-2013-101993" target="_blank">&quot;Chronic Effects of Shift Work on Cognition:Findings from the VISAT Longitudinal Study,&quot;</a> examined the &ldquo;chronicity and reversibility&rdquo; of the effects of shiftwork on cognition. Researchers found that irregular shiftwork can result in cognitive impairment equal to 6.5 years of aging for a worker&rsquo;s brain.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/brain-drain-more-management-oversight-required-shiftwork-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/brain-drain-more-management-oversight-required-shiftwork-safety#comments Safety News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:36:00 +0000 37331 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Researchers have found that irregular shiftwork can result in cognitive impairment equal to 6.5 years of aging for a worker&rsquo;s brain, and can lead to higher injury rates and health problems.</p> Thinkstock EHS Today December 2014 http://ehstoday.com/ehs-today/2014-12-16 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body">Whether it’s a polar vortex or simply a blizzard, winter weather can be tough on our bodies, our cars, our travel schedules and our psyches. Here are some tips to protect yourself and employees during the winter months. </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p><strong>In this issue &mdash;</strong>&nbsp;Whether it&rsquo;s a polar vortex or simply a blizzard, winter weather can be tough on our bodies, our cars, our travel schedules and our psyches. Here are some tips to protect yourself and employees during the winter months.&nbsp;</p> <p>EHS Today informs safety, health and industrial hygiene professionals in the manufacturing, construction, and service sectors about trends, management strategies, regulatory news and new products that help them provide safe and healthy work sites.<br /> <br /> To subscribe to EHS Today Magazine,&nbsp;<a href="https://penton-sub.halldata.com/site/PEN003590OZland/init.do?&amp;PK=WOZHP" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 187);">click here.</a>&nbsp; Sample issue,&nbsp;<a href="http://ehstoday.com/september-2013#1" style="color: rgb(0, 112, 187);" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/safety/winter-smackdown">Winter Smackdown!</a> <a href="/emergency-management/communication-breakdown">Communication Breakdown</a> <a href="/environment/calculating-greenhouse-gas-emissions-your-company-ready-changes">Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Is Your Company Ready for Changes?</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ehs-today/2014-12-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Magazine Issue Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:00:00 +0000 37321 at http://ehstoday.com Winter Smackdown! http://ehstoday.com/safety/winter-smackdown <div class="field-deck"> Whether it's a polar vortex or simply a blizzard, winter weather can be tough on our bodies, our cars, our travel schedules and our psyches. Here are some tips to protect yourself and employees during the winter months. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><h3> Create a Management Plan for Driving Safety&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li> Assign a key member of the management team, such as the safety and health professional, responsibility and authority to set and enforce a comprehensive driver safety policy.</li> <li> Set and enforce mandatory seatbelt use.</li> <li> Don&#39;t require employees to drive irregular hours or far beyond their normal working hours.</li> <li> Don&#39;t require workers to conduct business on a cellphone or text while driving.</li> <li> Develop work schedules that allow employees to obey speed limits and </li></ul></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/winter-smackdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/winter-smackdown#comments Environment Safety Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:30:00 +0000 37291 at http://ehstoday.com The New Frontier: Preparing for the Surge of Wearable Technology in the Workplace http://ehstoday.com/safety/new-frontier-preparing-surge-wearable-technology-workplace <div class="field-byline"> By Tracy L. Moon Jr. </div> <div class="field-deck"> The business use of wearable-technology devices such as glasses, barcode readers and high-definition cameras is in the early stages, but it likely will expand beyond what we can imagine today. Are you ready? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Wearable technology is a new frontier that employers and safety professionals must prepare to address. &nbsp; While the business use of wearable-technology devices such as glasses, barcode readers and high-definition cameras is in the early stages, consumer devices such as fitness watches, Google glasses and Apple watches are being sold or soon will be available to the general public for purchase.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/new-frontier-preparing-surge-wearable-technology-workplace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/new-frontier-preparing-surge-wearable-technology-workplace#comments Safety Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:34:00 +0000 37281 at http://ehstoday.com Safety Problem-Solving: The Incredible Effort to Improve the Past http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-problem-solving-incredible-effort-improve-past <div class="field-deck"> Trying to solve problems is like trying to prevent accidents that already have happened. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Organizations constantly ask if I can help them solve their safety problems. Think about this: Problems are things that already have happened. They cannot be changed or improved.&nbsp;</p> <p>Yes, past problems, if not addressed, potentially can repeat, so preventing their repetition certainly is a worthwhile pursuit. But trying to solve problems is like trying to prevent accidents that already have occurred.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-problem-solving-incredible-effort-improve-past" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-problem-solving-incredible-effort-improve-past#comments Safety Leadership Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:58:00 +0000 37271 at http://ehstoday.com Avoid These 5 Fire Hazards This Holiday Season [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety/avoid-these-5-fire-hazards-holiday-season-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body">To enjoy this holiday season without worrying about a dry tree sparking a flame or a bit-too-crisp cooking adventure leading to disaster, check out the following tips Rainbow International, a professional residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services provider, offers for a safe celebration.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/avoid-these-5-fire-hazards-holiday-season-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/avoid-these-5-fire-hazards-holiday-season-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Safety Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:25:00 +0000 37301 at http://ehstoday.com The Corner Cubicle: The Truth About Flu Shots http://ehstoday.com/health/corner-cubicle-truth-about-flu-shots <div class="field-deck"> They won't give you the flu, and it's not all about you. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&#39;s that time of year. Yes, we&#39;re smack in the heart of cold and flu season &ndash; a miserable stretch from late fall to early spring when our office becomes a sick ward, and every cough, handshake and touch of a doorknob can make us sick.&nbsp;</p> <p>Every year, invariably, it seems as if there are spirited debates on the merits of flu shots. Some folks swear by them, while others are convinced that they&#39;re a waste of time and money. Still others believe that they do more harm than good.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/corner-cubicle-truth-about-flu-shots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/corner-cubicle-truth-about-flu-shots#comments Health Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:07:00 +0000 37181 at http://ehstoday.com Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Is Your Company Ready for Changes? http://ehstoday.com/environment/calculating-greenhouse-gas-emissions-your-company-ready-changes <div class="field-byline"> By Ailsa Burns </div> <div class="field-deck"> As an EHS, sustainability or corporate social responsibility professional, measuring greenhouse gas emissions will be the starting point along the reporting journey for your company. It can be a difficult journey to manage, but the benefits and the obligations are well-established. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As an EHS, sustainability or corporate social responsibility professional, measuring greenhouse gas emissions will be the starting point along the reporting journey for your company. It can be a difficult journey to manage, but the benefits and the obligations are well-established. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/calculating-greenhouse-gas-emissions-your-company-ready-changes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/calculating-greenhouse-gas-emissions-your-company-ready-changes#comments Environment Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:44:00 +0000 37171 at http://ehstoday.com Nuvo Construction Co. Cited after Worker Fatality at Concrete Plant http://ehstoday.com/construction/nuvo-construction-co-cited-after-worker-fatality-concrete-plant <div class="field-deck"> Sonag Ready Mix cited for exposing employee to same hazard the next day and called “willfully negligent” by OSHA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A 39-year-old worker and father of three was crushed to death on May 22 while repairing a bin at the Ready Mix Batch Plant owned by Nuvo Construction Co. in Milwaukee. The following day, an employee for a different company, Sonag Ready Mix LLC, completed repairs to a bin sensor at the Ready Mix Batch Plant while exposed to the same hazard.</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/construction/nuvo-construction-co-cited-after-worker-fatality-concrete-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/nuvo-construction-co-cited-after-worker-fatality-concrete-plant#comments Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:59:00 +0000 37261 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Two different companies were cited by OSHA for exposing workers to the same hazard within 24 hours of each other.</p> Thinkstock Affordable Exteriors Faces $140,000 in OSHA Fines for Fall Hazards http://ehstoday.com/construction/affordable-exteriors-faces-140000-osha-fines-fall-hazards <div class="field-deck"> The company allegedly exposed workers to dangerous fall hazards in Omaha, Neb., area. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.dol.gov/osha/pdf/Affordable_Exteriors_Inc_981026_1124_14.pdf" target="_blank">Four employees of Affordable Exteriors Inc. routinely were exposed to dangerous fall hazards</a> while completing a residential roofing job for homebuilder Hildy Homes in Elkhorn, Neb., according to OSHA.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/affordable-exteriors-faces-140000-osha-fines-fall-hazards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/affordable-exteriors-faces-140000-osha-fines-fall-hazards#comments Construction Fall Protection OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:47:00 +0000 37251 at http://ehstoday.com <p>OSHA cited Affordable Exteriors for two willful violations and has placed it in the Severe Violators Enforcement Program for exposing workers to fall hazards.</p> Thinkstock Scissor Lifts and Their Role in Safety for Employees http://ehstoday.com/safety/scissor-lifts-and-their-role-safety-employees <div class="field-byline"> By Andrew Mark </div> <div class="field-deck"> Scissor lifts can be hydraulic, mechanical or pneumatic – depending on their intended use – and easily can raise a painter or maintenance worker, plus all of his tools, to the desired height. So, why should you use a lift for your painting or maintenance project? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When painting or performing maintenance on the outside or inside of a building, we often use ladders and platforms to reach the top of the walls and ceilings. Have you ever considered, however, that a scissor lift can be extremely useful for such a task?</p> <p>These machines are hydraulic, mechanical or pneumatic &ndash; depending on their intended use &ndash; and easily can raise a painter or maintenance worker, plus all of his tools, to the desired height. So, why should you use a lift for your painting or maintenance project?</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/scissor-lifts-and-their-role-safety-employees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/scissor-lifts-and-their-role-safety-employees#comments Safety News Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:18:00 +0000 37241 at http://ehstoday.com Lifttech Handling and Access How to Deal With Annoying Coworkers http://ehstoday.com/health/how-deal-annoying-coworkers <div class="field-deck"> Career coach Ford R. Myers shares his tips on resolving differences with coworkers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I&rsquo;ll admit it; I hate to walk in to the kitchen at work and see scummy dishes sitting in the sink. I think it&rsquo;s disgusting.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/how-deal-annoying-coworkers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/how-deal-annoying-coworkers#comments Health News Tue, 09 Dec 2014 20:57:00 +0000 37231 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Annoying co-workers and their annoying habits can impact workplace morale and productivity.</p> Thinkstock JHA and JSA: The Same Thing? Different? Does it Matter? http://ehstoday.com/safety/jha-and-jsa-same-thing-different-does-it-matter <div class="field-deck"> Recently, I’ve noticed something similar in the EHS world. There’s no common understanding of what the terms “job hazard analysis” (JHA) and “job safety analysis” (JSA) mean. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Some say &ldquo;to-may-toe&rdquo; and some say &ldquo;to-mah-toe.&rdquo; That great divide has given us a catchy tune and an even-greater dance duet with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire &ndash; on roller skates, no less! But the different pronunciations haven&rsquo;t caused major negative consequences for our society. No matter how you say it, we all know what you&rsquo;re talking about.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/jha-and-jsa-same-thing-different-does-it-matter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/jha-and-jsa-same-thing-different-does-it-matter#comments Safety Training News Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:52:00 +0000 37221 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Some say &ldquo;to-may-toe&rdquo; and some say &ldquo;to-mah-toe.&rdquo; Is the difference between &ldquo;job hazard analysis&rdquo; (JHA) and &ldquo;job safety analysis&rdquo; (JSA) simply semantics, or something more?</p> Thinkstock Five Tips for Coping With Stress During the Holidays [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/health/five-tips-coping-stress-during-holidays-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The most wonderful time of year has arrived, and with it comes the not-so-wonderful added stress in nearly every aspect of our lives, from social events to end-of-year work obligations.</p> <p>Dr. Doni Wilson, author of the Stress Remedy, offers five, step-by-step approaches to diet, rest, exercise and more to help people effectively manage holiday stress.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/five-tips-coping-stress-during-holidays-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/five-tips-coping-stress-during-holidays-photo-gallery#comments Health Wellness Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:00:00 +0000 37201 at http://ehstoday.com SC Johnson Greenlisted for Gold Medal in Sustainable Development http://ehstoday.com/environment/sc-johnson-greenlisted-gold-medal-sustainable-development <div class="field-deck"> SC Johnson has received the World Environment Center's 2015 Gold Medal Award for its sustainable development achievements. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Citing SC Johnson&rsquo;s comprehensive, company-wide focus on sustainability and transparency initiatives, capped off by its rigorous &ldquo;Greenlist process&rdquo; to improve product ingredients, the World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded the household products manufacturer its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/sc-johnson-greenlisted-gold-medal-sustainable-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/sc-johnson-greenlisted-gold-medal-sustainable-development#comments Environment News Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:33:00 +0000 37191 at http://ehstoday.com Uber’s Explosive Growth Ignores Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety/uber-s-explosive-growth-ignores-safety <div class="field-deck"> Any growing company, and especially any company expanding as quickly as Uber, is likely to have some growing pains. But at what cost? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Any growing company, and especially any company expanding as quickly as Uber, is likely to have some growing pains. But at what cost?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/uber-s-explosive-growth-ignores-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/uber-s-explosive-growth-ignores-safety#comments Safety News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:25:00 +0000 37151 at http://ehstoday.com Pablo Blazquez Dominguez, Getty Images 3 Million Private-Sector Workers Suffered Workplace Injuries or Illnesses in 2013 http://ehstoday.com/osha/3-million-private-sector-workers-suffered-workplace-injuries-or-illnesses-2013 <div class="field-deck"> Employer-reported injury and illness rate declined to 3.3 cases per 100 workers in 2013, but that's cold comfort for the 3 million workers who made the list of injuries and illnesses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The good news is that the number of reported workplace injures and illnesses continues to decline, according to the latest report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bad news is that more than half of the 3 million workers who represent the human cost of those numbers suffered a serious injury or illness in 2013.</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/osha/3-million-private-sector-workers-suffered-workplace-injuries-or-illnesses-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/3-million-private-sector-workers-suffered-workplace-injuries-or-illnesses-2013#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 08 Dec 2014 16:28:00 +0000 37131 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Three million employees suffered workplace injuries or illnesses in 2013, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</p> Thinkstock The Workplace Violence Hidden in the Blankenship Indictment http://ehstoday.com/safety/workplace-violence-hidden-blankenship-indictment <div class="field-deck"> Blankenship indictment doesn’t mention negligent homicide, only failure to comply… </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The federal indictment of Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, is very clear and readable. It describes the behavior of a person who doesn't seem to care about the lives of the workers in his company, but who does care deeply about maximizing profits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/workplace-violence-hidden-blankenship-indictment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/workplace-violence-hidden-blankenship-indictment#comments Safety News Workplace Fatalities Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:49:00 +0000 37121 at http://ehstoday.com <div> Protesters Kate Rooth and Oscar Ramirez hold signs after Don Blankenship (left), former chairman and CEO of Massey Energy, testified for a hearing before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee May 20, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine issues regarding the safety of coal mining.</div> Alex Wong/Getty Images Sandy Says: Communication Breakdown http://ehstoday.com/training/sandy-says-communication-breakdown <div class="field-deck"> Where I live, there are two "customer service" departments that strike fear and loathing into anyone forced to call them: AT&T and the Cleveland Division of Water. This is the tragic story of customer service, unfulfilled promises and the breach of trust caused when communication breaks down. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Where I live, there are two "customer service" departments that strike fear and loathing into anyone forced to call them: AT&T and the Cleveland Division of Water. This is the tragic story of customer service, unfulfilled promises and the breach of trust caused when communication breaks down.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/sandy-says-communication-breakdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/sandy-says-communication-breakdown#comments Training Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:30:00 +0000 37101 at http://ehstoday.com Communication Breakdown http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/communication-breakdown <div class="field-byline"> By Karen Hamel </div> <div class="field-deck"> In the aftermath of a disaster, the success or failure of a business continuity plan often hinges on how effectively a facility communicates with its stakeholders. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the aftermath of a disaster, the success or failure of a business continuity plan often hinges on how effectively a facility communicates with its stakeholders.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/communication-breakdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/communication-breakdown#comments Emergency Management Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:30:00 +0000 37091 at http://ehstoday.com Ebola Exposed an Ethical Dilemma for Nurses: Caring for Patients While Risking Their Own Health http://ehstoday.com/health/ebola-exposed-ethical-dilemma-nurses-caring-patients-while-risking-their-own-health <div class="field-byline"> By Steven St. Angelo </div> <div class="field-deck"> The assertion that nurses had been left unprotected and unprepared to fulfill an ethical mandate to treat any patient, no matter the diagnosis, has fueled a national discussion on nursing ethics. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><style type="text/css"> /** block-quote style 2**/ .pquote2 { background: url("http://tdworld.com/site-files/tdworld.com/files/uploads/2014/07/openquote.gif") no-repeat!important; color: #71808F; font-style: italic; font-size:18px; line-height: 25px; margin: 10px; padding: 30px 50px 1px 100px; }</style> <p>On Oct.</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/health/ebola-exposed-ethical-dilemma-nurses-caring-patients-while-risking-their-own-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/ebola-exposed-ethical-dilemma-nurses-caring-patients-while-risking-their-own-health#comments Health News Workplace Fatalities Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:41:00 +0000 37111 at http://ehstoday.com California Governor Appoints Juliann Sum as Cal/OSHA Chief http://ehstoday.com/safety/california-governor-appoints-juliann-sum-calosha-chief <div class="field-deck"> Sum, who has served as Cal/OSHA’s acting chief since September 2013, brings more than 30 years of experience in occupational safety and health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. has appointed Juliann Sum as chief of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.</p> <p>Sum, who has served as Cal/OSHA&rsquo;s acting chief since September 2013, brings more than 30 years of experience in occupational safety and health. &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/california-governor-appoints-juliann-sum-calosha-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/california-governor-appoints-juliann-sum-calosha-chief#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:44:00 +0000 37081 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Juliann Sum receive the oath of office from California Labor Secretary David Lanier.</p> PRNewsFoto/California Department of Industrial Relations How Will You Die? [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/how-will-you-die-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In a sense, EHS professionals are in the business of making educated bets. They assess workplace hazards, analyze injury trends and prioritize where they should direct the most energy and resources, in hopes of eliminating the hazards that they deem to pose the most risk to worker safety and health.</p> <p>If all of their bets pay off, workers are able to complete their job tasks without incident or injury. But even a betting man can&rsquo;t deny that there&rsquo;s a 100 percent chance that all of us will die someday &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s on or off the job.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/how-will-you-die-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/how-will-you-die-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Environment Health Safety Wellness Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:20:00 +0000 37071 at http://ehstoday.com Bad Santa: Mall Santa Fired For Turning Away Autistic Child, Service Dog http://ehstoday.com/safety/bad-santa-mall-santa-fired-turning-away-autistic-child-service-dog <div class="field-deck"> A mall Santa and his elf at The Shops at Mission Viejo in California were very naughty when they turned away an autistic seven-year-old and her service dog, Pup-Cake. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fear of dog bites might be an occupational hazard for mail carriers, but a mall Santa?</p> <p class="cnn_storypgraphtxt cnn_storypgraph3">A mall Santa and his elf turned away a seven-year-old autistic girl and her service dog, Pup-Cake, claiming they were afraid of the 5-year-old dog. Abcde Santos and Pup-Cake stood in line for 30 minutes so that she could tell Santa what she wanted for Christmas, only to be told that Santa would not see her because &quot;those dogs eat people.&quot;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/bad-santa-mall-santa-fired-turning-away-autistic-child-service-dog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/bad-santa-mall-santa-fired-turning-away-autistic-child-service-dog#comments Safety Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:55:00 +0000 37061 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A bad Santa&#39;s claim that a little girl&#39;s service dog posed an occupational hazard was overruled by his employers and a viral campaign to #savePupcakesChristmas.</p> Ikea Expanding Rooftop Solar Array at its Detroit Store http://ehstoday.com/environment/ikea-expanding-rooftop-solar-array-its-detroit-store <div class="field-deck"> The expanded solar array will produce an additional 287,490 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the store annually, according to the company. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Come for the cheap furniture, stay for the clean conscience.</p> <p>Ikea, the popular Swedish retailer that specializes in moderately priced home furnishings, said it will add 40,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels to its Canton, Mich., store, as part of a store expansion that began in September.</p> <p>Ikea said it is adding a 240.9-kilowatt system that consists of 765 panels. The expanded solar array will produce an additional 287,490 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the store annually, according to the company.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/ikea-expanding-rooftop-solar-array-its-detroit-store" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/ikea-expanding-rooftop-solar-array-its-detroit-store#comments Environment News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:44:00 +0000 37051 at http://ehstoday.com Business Wire