EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en EPA Issues Proposed Rules on Chemical Risk Evaluation http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/epa-issues-proposed-rules-chemical-risk-evaluation <div class="field-deck"> New rules target chemical manufacturing, establish a process for identifying high-risk chemicals and prioritize which chemicals should be evaluated. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>After 40 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have established rules to prioritize and evaluate chemicals in the marketplace and the manufacturing process.</p> <p>The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed on June 22, 2016, gives the EPA the authority to look at and regulate unevaluated chemicals in the marketplace originally grandfathered in with the Toxic Substances Control Act.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/epa-issues-proposed-rules-chemical-risk-evaluation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/epa-issues-proposed-rules-chemical-risk-evaluation#comments Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:32:00 +0000 52401 at http://ehstoday.com Will The Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Agenda Include Rollback of EHS Regulations? http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/ehstoday.com/files/uploads/uploads/2017/01/trumppressconference.gif" style="width: 595px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)" />Welcome to part 2 of my 3-part blog series, which discusses how the Trump administration might impact environmental, health and safety regulation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/will-trump-administrations-regulatory-reform-agenda-include-rollback-ehs-regulations#comments EPA Environment OSHA EHS OutLoud Blog Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:02:00 +0000 52391 at http://ehstoday.com <p>President-elect Donald Trump takes questions at a news conference at Trump Tower on Jan. 11 in New York City. This was Trump&#39;s first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p> Making Value-Based Medical Care Work in an Occupational Setting http://ehstoday.com/health/making-value-based-medical-care-work-occupational-setting <div class="field-byline"> By Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Occupational physicians can and should use evidence-based care to improve outcomes for employees while reducing risk and costs for employers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The U.S. healthcare system has undergone significant changes over the years. One transformation that likely will stand the test of time is the industry&#39;s transition from fee-for-service to value-based care payment models, which helps reduce cost while improving quality.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/making-value-based-medical-care-work-occupational-setting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/making-value-based-medical-care-work-occupational-setting#comments Health Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:02:00 +0000 52381 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-fines-cm-truck-beds-535411-two-dozen-violations <div class="field-deck"> Agency discovers trucking company failed to provide respirator fit tests, machine guards, welding protection and did not properly label chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.</p> <p>Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-fines-cm-truck-beds-535411-two-dozen-violations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-fines-cm-truck-beds-535411-two-dozen-violations#comments Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000 52371 at http://ehstoday.com The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach? http://ehstoday.com/safety/future-lockouttagout-zero-risk-outdated-approach <div class="field-deck"> The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard is considered the defining document for addressing the complex issues of lockout/tagout and methods for the control of hazardous energy, and the Z244 Committee is moving in a new direction. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/future-lockouttagout-zero-risk-outdated-approach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/future-lockouttagout-zero-risk-outdated-approach#comments Consensus Safety Training News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 52361 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Sincerely Stefanie: Employees Should Stay Home When Sick http://ehstoday.com/health/sincerely-stefanie-employees-should-stay-home-when-sick <div class="field-deck"> Even when you think you aren't contagious, you might still be. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I had an eventful holiday season. I went to three different houses, visited my family and watched as many of them came down with the stomach flu.</p> <p>The issue began with my niece two days before Christmas Eve. Usually bubbly and charismatic, she was confined to her bed. Sparing the details, my mother took care of her, cleaning up the mess and making sure she had plenty of fluids.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/sincerely-stefanie-employees-should-stay-home-when-sick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/sincerely-stefanie-employees-should-stay-home-when-sick#comments Health Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:35:00 +0000 52341 at http://ehstoday.com Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/walking-working-surfaces-and-personal-protective-equipment-infographic <div class="field-deck"> While the majority of OSHA's changes to the Walking-Work Surfaces Standard take effect in January 2017, employers have an extended compliance timeline for some parts. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fake text for placeholder</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/walking-working-surfaces-and-personal-protective-equipment-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/walking-working-surfaces-and-personal-protective-equipment-infographic#comments Fall Protection Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +0000 52311 at http://ehstoday.com January 2017 EHS Today Product Showcase [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/january-2017-ehs-today-product-showcase-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each month, EHS Today&#39;s print edition features a variety of personal protective equipment, literature, software and services geared to improve your workplace. January 2017&#39;s product spotlight was hand safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>To view product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/january-2017-ehs-today-product-showcase-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/january-2017-ehs-today-product-showcase-photo-gallery#comments Eye, Face & Head Galleries Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:45:00 +0000 52331 at http://ehstoday.com Seven Million Ways to Prevent Injuries http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/seven-million-ways-prevent-injuries <div class="field-deck"> OSHA's new take on the Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection standard is causing companies in general industry to re-evaluate safety plans for slip, trip and fall prevention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Decades after OSHA first held a public meeting regarding revisions to its Walking-Working Surfaces standard for general industry, the final rule will become effective on Jan. 17.</p> <p>The revision to 29 CFR Part 1910 general industry addresses subpart D &ndash; for slip, trip and fall hazards and subpart I &ndash; adding requirements for personal fall protection systems. In addition, it eliminates the existing mandate to use guardrails as a primary fall protection method and allows employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems, according to OSHA.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/seven-million-ways-prevent-injuries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/fall-protection/seven-million-ways-prevent-injuries#comments Fall Protection Safety Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:17:00 +0000 52301 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Today January 2017 http://ehstoday.com/ehs-today/2017-01-13 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"><p>The influence of leaders, building a climate for change and ensuring continuous improvement even at mature organizations.</p> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">In this issue &mdash;</strong> Special Section: Building Culture</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">The influence of leaders, building a climate for change and ensuring continuous improvement even at mature organizations.</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">To subscribe to EHS Today Magazine,&nbsp;<a href="https://penton-sub.halldata.com/site/PEN003590OZland/init.do?&amp;PK=WOZHP" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 112, 187); text-decoration: none; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; ">click here.</a>&nbsp; Sample issue,&nbsp;<a href="http://ehstoday.com/september-2013#1" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 112, 187); text-decoration: none; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; " target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/safety-leadership/building-climate-culture-change-3-key-concepts-your-safety-evolution">Building a Climate for Culture Change: 3 Key Concepts for Your Safety Evolution</a> <a href="/safety-leadership/are-your-top-leaders-engaged-driving-safety-performance">Are Your Top Leaders Engaged in Driving Safety Performance?</a> <a href="/safety-leadership/impact-subconscious-risk-based-decision-making">The Impact of the Subconscious on Risk-Based Decision Making</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ehs-today/2017-01-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Magazine Issue Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000 52351 at http://ehstoday.com Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="https://www.epa.gov/fca" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/fiat-chrysler-accused-clean-air-act-violations-epa#comments EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at http://ehstoday.com <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock Sandy Says: The Eyes Have It http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/sandy-says-eyes-have-it <div class="field-deck"> A survey commissioned by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that the majority of U.S. adults have eye problems, but most don't seek help. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A recent survey found that nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems, but most of them fail to have regular eye exams that could predict or prevent serious problems. Add me to the list.</p> <p>Four years ago, I got Lasik surgery on my eyes. Having worn glasses (and later, contact lenses) since I was in second grade, the surgery was like a miracle. I wake up in the morning and I can see!</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/sandy-says-eyes-have-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/sandy-says-eyes-have-it#comments Eye, Face & Head Health Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:46:00 +0000 52271 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Today Takes Workplace Wellness to a Whole New Level http://ehstoday.com/health/ehs-today-takes-workplace-wellness-whole-new-level <div class="field-byline"> By John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> It's a treadmill. It's a desk. But can it put our writer on path towards healthier living? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It doesn&#39;t seem that long ago I could run a six-minute mile. I could still feel the pain in my chest &ndash; like a gorilla is giving me CPR &ndash; after a run. And the wanting to drink a gallon of water and die part. I remember that, too.</p> <p>But that was half a life ago, back in the Navy, when I was forced to run. Then I got out and ran less and less, blaming achy knees and an overall hatred of running. Sometime during my wife&#39;s first pregnancy, I lost the will to work out all together, though my ability to kill a pint of Ben and Jerry&#39;s went up exponentially.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/ehs-today-takes-workplace-wellness-whole-new-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/ehs-today-takes-workplace-wellness-whole-new-level#comments Health Wellness Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:21:00 +0000 52261 at http://ehstoday.com EHSFIT: Finding Time for Fitness http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-time-fitness <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Get up. Let the dogs out. Make coffee. Figure out breakfast. Shower. Commute. Work. Run. Home. Clean the house. Find time for friends and family.</p> <p>From the time I wake up in the morning to the time I get to the office, two-and-a-half to three hours of the day already is gone.</p> <p>Deadlines. Commute home. Dinner. &nbsp;Friends? Cleaning. Sleep.</p> <p>Finding time for fitness can be hard. Juggling obligations and prioritizing things that need to get done can be difficult. So, where do I find 8 to 10 hours per week to run? The simple answer is I don&rsquo;t.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-time-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-finding-time-fitness#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000 52251 at http://ehstoday.com BBS: Silver Bullet or Out-Dated Thinking? http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/bbs-silver-bullet-or-out-dated-thinking <div class="field-deck"> Is behavior-based safety a silver bullet, or one of several tools in your toolbox? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Behavior-based safety (BBS) has its disciples and its critics. It has been called the silver bullet of safety and it also has been labeled as yesterday&#39;s thinking. Based on the evidence, it is neither.</p> <p>If it really was a silver bullet, the organizations using it would be accident-free. If it truly was old and dead, it would have been abandoned by previous users and would not be attracting new ones. So, if BBS is neither magic nor dead, what is it? The answer to this question depends heavily on how you use it.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/bbs-silver-bullet-or-out-dated-thinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/bbs-silver-bullet-or-out-dated-thinking#comments Safety Leadership Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:51:00 +0000 52241 at http://ehstoday.com Businesses Spend More Than $1 Billion a Week on Serious, Nonfatal Workplace Injuries http://ehstoday.com/safety/businesses-spend-more-1-billion-week-serious-nonfatal-workplace-injuries <div class="field-deck"> New research from Liberty Mutual places a dollar amount on the cost of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries to American businesses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to the 2017 <a href="https://www.libertymutualgroup.com/about-lm/research-institute/communications/workplace-safety-index" target="_blank"><em>Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index</em></a>, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers&rsquo; compensation costs per year. This translates into more than $1 billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/businesses-spend-more-1-billion-week-serious-nonfatal-workplace-injuries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/businesses-spend-more-1-billion-week-serious-nonfatal-workplace-injuries#comments Health Safety News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:19:00 +0000 52231 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury.</p> Thinkstock Building a Climate for Culture Change: 3 Key Concepts for Your Safety Evolution http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/building-climate-culture-change-3-key-concepts-your-safety-evolution <div class="field-byline"> By Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Do you have a plan to sustain your safety initiatives? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An organization is a complex set of dynamically intertwined and interconnected elements (inputs, processes, outputs, feedback loops and environment) in which it operates.&nbsp; These elements are continuously changing, interacting, ebbing and flowing (Katz &amp; Kahn, 1978).</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/building-climate-culture-change-3-key-concepts-your-safety-evolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/building-climate-culture-change-3-key-concepts-your-safety-evolution#comments Safety Leadership Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:30:00 +0000 52221 at http://ehstoday.com Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/final-beryllium-rule-lowers-exposure-limit-workers <div class="field-deck"> In a final rule issued the first week of 2017, OSHA has lowered the beryllium exposure limit and established new key provisions to protect workers in a broad range of industries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA&rsquo;s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn&rsquo;t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.</p> <p>About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/final-beryllium-rule-lowers-exposure-limit-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/final-beryllium-rule-lowers-exposure-limit-workers#comments Industrial Hygiene Safety Standards News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:17:00 +0000 52211 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Are Your Top Leaders Engaged in Driving Safety Performance? http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/are-your-top-leaders-engaged-driving-safety-performance <div class="field-byline"> By Len Jannaman </div> <div class="field-deck"> Savvy corporations recognize the importance of having top leadership teams engaged in driving safety performance. So how can you engage your corporate leaders? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In a perfect world, everybody does the right thing, the right way, all the time, for the right reasons, on the road to zero injuries and incidents. But unfortunately, we don&#39;t live in a perfect world and injuries often do happen. And when they do, while the financial impact can be crippling, the human costs are much greater.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/are-your-top-leaders-engaged-driving-safety-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/are-your-top-leaders-engaged-driving-safety-performance#comments Safety Leadership Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:06:00 +0000 52201 at http://ehstoday.com Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee http://ehstoday.com/safety/department-labor-files-suit-against-jasper-roofing-contractors-inc-terminating-employee-0 <div class="field-deck"> Safety manager at Jasper Roofing terminated for cooperating with OSHA inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.</p> <p>The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA&#39;s Whistleblower Protection Program.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/department-labor-files-suit-against-jasper-roofing-contractors-inc-terminating-employee-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/department-labor-files-suit-against-jasper-roofing-contractors-inc-terminating-employee-0#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 52181 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Nurses Testify for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings http://ehstoday.com/osha/nurses-testify-national-standard-prevent-workplace-violence-healthcare-settings <div class="field-deck"> RNs are demanding OSHA take action on a national standard to address violence in the healthcare setting. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Registered nurses who are members of National Nurses United (NNU) are testifying Jan. 10 at a public stakeholder meeting convened by OSHA to allow interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. The meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence.</p> <p>Members of NNU &ndash; from states around the country &ndash; will ask that OSHA promptly pass regulations to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/nurses-testify-national-standard-prevent-workplace-violence-healthcare-settings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/nurses-testify-national-standard-prevent-workplace-violence-healthcare-settings#comments OSHA Safety OSHA Enforcement Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:03:00 +0000 52161 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry face extremely high rates of workplace violence. In 2014, 52 percent of all the incidents of workplace violence reported to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occurred against workers in the healthcare and social assistance industry.</p> Thinkstock Proposed PHIT Act Legislation Aims to Allow Pre-Tax Dollars for Fitness http://ehstoday.com/health/proposed-phit-act-legislation-aims-allow-pre-tax-dollars-fitness <div class="field-deck"> The PHIT Act calls for pre-tax medical accounts to be used for health and wellness activities, not just hospital visits. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A tax bill making its way through Congress is aiming to shape the way the American public utilizes health savings accounts to focus on prevention, not just treatment.</p> <p>The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, first introduced to the house in March 2015 and more recently to the Senate in November 2015, is a bi-partisan supported proposal that would allow medical account tax deductions to be applied to some specified costs associated with staying active.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/proposed-phit-act-legislation-aims-allow-pre-tax-dollars-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/proposed-phit-act-legislation-aims-allow-pre-tax-dollars-fitness#comments Health News Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:23:00 +0000 52151 at http://ehstoday.com Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents <div class="field-deck"> A strong safety culture extends to all seasons, even in winter when cold stress is common among outdoor workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This time of year, cold stress that can result in hypothermia or frostbite is a hazard of which employers must be aware, particularly if they have outdoor workers. With the right preparation and presence of mind, both employers and employees can prevent these injuries.</p> <p>One of the most effective prevention techniques is adopting the attitude that safety is an area of responsibility for everyone in the organization &ndash;&nbsp;both the employer and workers. Companies must initiate and reinforce safety protocols and clearly spell out safety responsibilities and expectations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/safety-tips-prevent-winter-related-workplace-accidents#comments Environment Health Safety News Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:25:00 +0000 52141 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Top 10 Workplace Trends: Data Is Still Big, Greater Emphasis on Employees’ Needs [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-workplace-trends-data-still-big-greater-emphasis-employees-needs-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists study workplace issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work&ndash;life balance. What workplace needs are I-O psychologists predicting businesses will want to address in 2017?</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-workplace-trends-data-still-big-greater-emphasis-employees-needs-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/top-10-workplace-trends-data-still-big-greater-emphasis-employees-needs-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Health Galleries Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:22:00 +0000 52121 at http://ehstoday.com Leadership: No Leaks, A Complete Sockeroo http://ehstoday.com/blog/leadership-no-leaks-complete-sockeroo <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent trip to my local home improvement store reminded me of the value attained when organizations utilize professionals skilled in their trade to assist clients and customers solve their toughest challenges.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/leadership-no-leaks-complete-sockeroo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/leadership-no-leaks-complete-sockeroo#comments Voices of Safety Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:07:00 +0000 52111 at http://ehstoday.com Heavy-Duty Vacuum Disintegrates Safety Concerns http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/heavy-duty-vacuum-disintegrates-safety-concerns <div class="field-byline"> David Kennedy </div> <div class="field-deck"> The Cianbro facility in Georgetown, Mass., found a way to reduce the potential for employee injuries, unscheduled downtime and wasted manpower in its abrasive blasting operation. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Nearly every manager or supervisor in heavy industry has heard that safety is good for business. According to the OSHA document, &ldquo;Safety and Health Add Value,&rdquo; effective safety and health programs can mean the difference between organizations operating &ldquo;in the black and running in the red.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eliminating manual material handling has some of the biggest potential to improve a company&rsquo;s productivity, product quality and overall business competitiveness.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/heavy-duty-vacuum-disintegrates-safety-concerns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/heavy-duty-vacuum-disintegrates-safety-concerns#comments Industrial Hygiene Safety News Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +0000 52091 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The VAC-U-MAX portable 1020 industrial vacuum is capable of recovering up to 5 tons of material per hour, and can reduce labor costs by more than 50 percent.</p> VAC-U-MAX OSHA Investigation of Fatal Fall Leads to Citations for Electrical Hazards http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-investigation-fatal-fall-leads-citations-electrical-hazards <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s investigation of Jersey City Medical Center worker's fatal fall finds the facility allegedly exposed employees to dangerous electrical hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA began an inspection of Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas Health in Jersey City, N.J. on June 28, 2016, after the employer notified the agency that a worker needed to be hospitalized after falling from a ladder as he changed an overhead ballast in a light fixture. The worker later died from his injuries on July 17, 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-investigation-fatal-fall-leads-citations-electrical-hazards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/osha-investigation-fatal-fall-leads-citations-electrical-hazards#comments OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:54:00 +0000 52081 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock EHSFIT: New Year, New You http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-new-year-new-you <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>New Year&rsquo;s resolutions. Diet. Exercise. Quit smoking. Eat right. As EHS professionals, health and safety go hand-in-hand.</p> <p>There are a mass of articles right now touting how 2017 finally will be your year to get fit or be healthy. They&rsquo;re published to get you excited and make you sign the dotted line for that year-long gym membership.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-new-year-new-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/ehsfit-new-year-new-you#comments Health Wellness EHS OutLoud Blog Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:32:00 +0000 52071 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA: Robert Barringer Continues to Willfully Violate Fall Protection Standards http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-robert-barringer-continues-willfully-violate-fall-protection-standards <div class="field-deck"> Barringer Brothers Roofing, an Illinois roofing contractor, still lacks accident prevention program and fall protection for its employees. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Participating in OSHA&rsquo;s Severe Violator Enforcement Program hasn&rsquo;t raised Robert Barringer&rsquo;s awareness about fall protection and employee safety.</p> <p>The Illinois roofing contractor has&nbsp;again been cited by OSHA to the tune of $214,782 after a recent inspection at a home construction site in Troy found workers exposed to fall hazards.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-robert-barringer-continues-willfully-violate-fall-protection-standards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/osha-robert-barringer-continues-willfully-violate-fall-protection-standards#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:42:00 +0000 52061 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock A Full Year of Sandy Says http://ehstoday.com/safety/full-year-sandy-says <div class="field-deck"> Agree, disagree or agree to disagree, these 12 columns from EHS Today Editor in Chief Sandy Smith run the gamut from personal safety to OSHA Compliance. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS Today Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith is a national award-winning writer, and her monthly column, Sandy Says, is a must-read for many EHS Today subscribers.</p> <p>Smith brings occupational safety, health and environment topics such as PPE, emergency response, training, hazard awareness and OSHA enforcement down to a personal level for herself and her readers.</p> <p>Using her own experiences as a springboard, she addresses topics that touch her readers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/full-year-sandy-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/full-year-sandy-says#comments Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:13:00 +0000 52051 at http://ehstoday.com Greg Murray