EHS Today en Huntington Ingalls Takes Home Mississippi's Healthiest Workplace Award <div class="field-deck"> An American military shipbuilding company took top honors in Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An American military shipbuilding company took top honors in Mississippi Business Journal’s Healthiest Workplace Awards, placing first in the mega large business category.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:44:00 +0000 49191 at <p>Ed Hagar (center) accepted the<em> Mississippi Business Journal</em>&#39;s Healthiest Workplace Award on behalf of Ingalls Shipbuilding on Wednesday. Hagar, Ingalls&rsquo; manager of compensation, benefits and HRIS, is pictured with Tami Jones, associate publisher of the <em>Mississippi Business Journal</em>, and Murray Harber, executive director of the Mississippi Business Group on Health. Photo by Bill Glenn/HII</p> Huntington Ingalls Industries SLC 2016: The Big Switch: Why You Need to Shift Your Organization from Compliance to Risk <div class="field-deck"> The OHS 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>Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM, in her Safety and Risk Management Track Session &ldquo;The Big Switch: Why You Need to Shift Your Organization from Compliance to Risk,&rdquo; claims an introspective look at the EHS profession has led to 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 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:58:00 +0000 49181 at Thinkstock Powering Continuous Improvement: Driving Safety Excellence in the Electric Power Sector <div class="field-byline"> H. Ricardo Moreno, Richard Eagles and Martin Kris </div> <div class="field-deck"> A year-over-year improvement in the frequency and severity of injuries and fatalities is an achievement worth celebrating, but the electric power sector needs to step up safety efforts to achieve continuous improvement. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The power industry is, by nature, fraught with high-hazard potential and recognized occupational risks. Thanks to the collective efforts of industry players and associations alike, the sector has gone through a steady year-over-year improvement in the frequency and severity of employee and contractor injuries and fatalities. This is certainly an achievement worth celebrating.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety Arc Flash News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:00 +0000 49171 at Thinkstock No Puffs About It: E-cigarettes Might Not be the Answer in Smoking Cessation Programs <div class="field-deck"> New study finds electronic cigarettes release harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and other carcinogens. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While some companies work to improve worker health with smoke-free workplaces and cessation initiatives, a new study finds that using e-cigarettes as a method to quit might not be as healthy as previously thought.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:33:00 +0000 49161 at Women Who Exercise Show Lower Risk of Heart Disease <div class="field-deck"> Recent study from the American Heart Association shows active women ages 27-44 have a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The American Heart Association recently published a study that provides further support for well-rounded employee wellness programs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:48:00 +0000 49151 at Thinkstock KEEN Utility: Taking a Fearless Approach to Workplace Safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 446px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon to tour the KEEN manufacturing facility with other media types and I was impressed with KEEN and its operations in Portland.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foot Protection Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:40:00 +0000 49141 at Environment, Health & Safety Solutions <div class="field-byline"> Antea Group </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With more than 3,500 employees in over 75 offices worldwide, we provide EHS solutions for clients ranging from global energy companies and manufacturers to national governments and local municipalities. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Buyer's Guide Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:07:00 +0000 49131 at Better Late Than Never: OSHA, U.S. Steel Reach Settlement in Injury Reporting Case <div class="field-deck"> The federal government sued U.S. Steel for retaliating against workers who reported workplace injuries several days after they occurred, in violation of the company’s immediate reporting policy. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In what sounds like a case of good intentions gone bad, U.S. Steel in 2014 disciplined two employees for violating the company&rsquo;s immediate reporting policy for injuries. The purpose of the policy is to ensure injuries are reported in a timely manner. OSHA, however, claimed the policy punished the workers for reporting injuries, a violation of whistleblower statutes.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:36:00 +0000 49121 at U.S. Steel Pyongsan America, Staffing Agency Drive Up $106,000 in OSHA Fines <div class="field-deck"> Workers at the auto parts manufacturer’s Auburn, Ala. plant were exposed to multiple safety hazards. OSHA considers placing the company in its Severe Violators Enforcement Program. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pyongsan America, Inc. and its staffing agency are facing a combined $106,020 in fines after workers were found to be at risk of amputation.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:37:00 +0000 49111 at Certain Professions at Higher Risk for Airway Obstructions, NIOSH Finds <div class="field-deck"> NIOSH used data from a nationwide survey to determine which workers were at a greater risk for lung diseases such as asthma and COPD. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Investigators at NIOSH recently pinpointed which professions puts workers at risk for airways obstructions and lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:34:00 +0000 49101 at Thinkstock SLC 2016: Cornerstones to Building a Successful Safety Culture <div class="field-deck"> Key factors such as effective communication and training, building relationships and trust, and having an accessible hazard reporting system are cornerstones that differentiate a company that inherently is safe from one that is unsafe. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Bob Shinholt is the senior safety and environmental compliance manager at ALOFT AeroArchitects which, as PATS Aircraft Systems, was named one of America&rsquo;s Safest Companies in 2015. He has been a safety/environmental compliance professional since 1993.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:19:00 +0000 49091 at ALOFT AeroArchitects The Best Packed Lunch for Work [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Workplace wellness programs are now available at about half of U.S. employers with 50 or more employees, according to a 2013 RAND Health study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.</p> <p>Wellness programs not only extend to keeping employees active such as lunchtime walking programs but encourage healthy eating habits as well.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:25:00 +0000 49081 at What Do You Know About EHS Management Systems <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by EtQ Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Take the EHS Management Systems&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">pop quiz and enter to win a $50</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;Amazon gift card.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Sponsored by Schmersal Inc</span><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">.&nbsp;</span></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Safety Leadership Safety Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:34:00 +0000 48921 at Six Signs of Employee Opioid Abuse [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body">With sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. nearly quadrupling from 1999 to 2014, there's no question that a company should have an employee assistance program in place.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:59:00 +0000 49061 at Is It Home Sweet Home or Home Stressed Home? <div class="field-deck"> WalletHub compared the stress levels at 150 major cities across the country. Is your city chill or stressed? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With stress affecting more than 100 million Americans and costing more than $300 billion in annual health spending, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to determine <a href="" target="_blank">2016&#39;s Most &amp; Least Stressed Cities in America</a>.</p> <p>WalletHub&rsquo;s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 27 key metrics. The data set ranges from average work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:46:00 +0000 49051 at Thinkstock Dealing With Annoying Co-Workers (Yelling 'Shut Up' Isn't an Option!) <div class="field-deck"> We've all had to work with someone who annoyed us. But did you know it actually can contribute to stress levels and reduce productivity when coworkers don't get along. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>We&rsquo;ve all experienced it: an annoying co-worker whose habits, voice, behavior or work ethic is like nails on a chalk board to us. Sometimes just the sight of that person causes our blood pressure to rise.</p> <p>When employees are working eight hours or more a day in close quarters, it&#39;s only a matter of time before they will start to get on each other&rsquo;s nerves. According to career coach, speaker and author Ford Myers, this problem is much more common than you might think.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:13:00 +0000 49041 at Thinkstock Top Three Ways to Avoid Increased OSHA Fines <div class="field-byline"> James Robins </div> <div class="field-deck"> With OSHA's impending penalty increase, companies must empower employees, embrace technology and be prepared to ensure compliance success. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">All it takes is one workplace safety or employee health violation to severely hinder a business’s financial standing. With Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) near-80 percent fine increase going into effect August 1, and its more rigorous inspections process, it could be even more crippling to try to stay up to code.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:43:00 +0000 49031 at ThinkStock NYC: New Recycling Rules Could Mean Higher Costs for Businesses <div class="field-deck"> New commercial recycling rules that took effect July 19 in New York City require all businesses to separate paper, metal, glass and plastic containers from refuse. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new report, &ldquo;Reforming for a Better Deal: How to Align Cost Savings, Sustainability and Stability in NYC&#39;s Commercial Waste System&rdquo; &nbsp;from the Transform Don&rsquo;t Trash NYC coalition, finds that small businesses will be overcharged to comply with the latest recycling regulations unless the city takes action.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment News Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:00 +0000 49021 at Thinkstock How Happy Employees Can Lead to a Happy Company [Infographic] <div class="field-deck"> Workplace morale, either positive or negative, can have an enormous impact on companies in a number of ways. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Employee satisfaction and engagement certainly make it more enjoyable to go to work, but high marks for engagement and satisfaction can lead to a more successful business.</p> <p>Employees who engage with their work and like their job are 27 percent more likely to report that the management of their company is &ldquo;excellent.&rdquo; They are 45 percent more likely to positively adapt to change in the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infographics Safety Leadership Health News Silver Wellness Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:25:00 +0000 49011 at Colin Cuthbert/Ayers Strategies for a Successful EHS&S Software Selection <div class="field-byline"> Dakota Software </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The landscape has changed: Where companies were once engaging suppliers to reduce sustainability risks, they are now starting to establish business requirements associated with environmental, social and governance ESG performance. The following report is a synthesis of the key issues that are on the minds of corporate environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability leaders today. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored White Papers and Case Studies Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:43:00 +0000 49001 at Five Dirty Surfaces at the Workplace [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body">Although illnesses such as flu and cold not as common in warmer months, bacteria and viruses that cause them still exist in the environment. The common cold, the flu or a bacterial inflection could spread quickly at any time of the year without proper sanitation and workplace hygiene.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:26:00 +0000 48991 at Corporate Culture Chasm: Employees and Management Don’t Agree <div class="field-deck"> A new study from VitalSmarts finds a large chasm between how employers and employees view corporate culture. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new study, released July 19, uncovered a significant gap between what management wants corporate culture to be (and thinks it is) and how employees view corporate culture. Employees claim that what their bosses claim to want and what their employers value are two different things.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:22:00 +0000 48981 at VitalSmarts Macy’s and the Finish Line Aren't Coming in First with OSHA <div class="field-deck"> OSHA has fined retailers Macy's and the Finish Line for repeated and serious violations related to blocked exits and electric shock hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">OSHA issued Macy’s Inc. and The Finish Line $103,220 in penalties after the retailers failed to clear clutter resulting in blocked exit routes and no access to electrical disconnect switches. A federal workplace safety inspection of the Macy's department store in Aventura, Florida found employees at risk due to repeated and serious violations related to blocked exits, improper housekeeping and electric shock hazards. Since 2007, OSHA has inspected Macy's Inc. locations 42 times and issued citations for blocked exits, obstructed access to electrical disconnect panels and using flexible cords instead of permanent wiring.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:16:00 +0000 48971 at ThinkStock Are You Competent When It Comes to Safety? <div class="field-byline"> Carl Potter, CSP, CMC </div> <div class="field-deck"> Imagine a worksite where everyone takes responsibility for hazard recognition and control. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Competency &ndash; it&rsquo;s a word we hear bantered about when we discuss workers&rsquo; knowledge, skills and aptitude with regard to safety. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a fully competent workforce, where every person was fully capable of performing work safely?</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:43:00 +0000 48961 at <p>Competency is based on knowledge and experience of the person assigned to do specific work, which gives them the ability to recognize hazards and the authority to mitigate the hazard.</p> Thinkstock Are You Priming your Employees to Work Safely or Take Risks? <div class="field-byline"> David A. Galloway </div> <div class="field-deck"> Listen closely: Are the words and actions of supervisors and managers at odds with your company’s safety message? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Imagine you&nbsp;are part of a team that&nbsp;has been assigned a particularly difficult maintenance job. It will take three craftsmen at least eight hours to complete this task. Your supervisor (Jeff) is coordinating a long&nbsp;list of planned jobs as part of a large shutdown. Before you go to the&nbsp;work site, Jeff provides&nbsp;a pre-job brief:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:40:00 +0000 48951 at Thinkstock Protect Yourself Against Heat and Sun Exposure [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body">The contiguous U.S. experienced the hottest June on record with an average temperature of 71.8 degrees F. Year to date, this season is the third hottest on record, according to scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Here are five common items workers or anyone spending time outdoors should have on hand to protect themselves against heat and sun exposure.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:13:00 +0000 48941 at Fatality Investigation: Oversized Scaffolding Platform Destabilizes and Telescopic Forklift Overturns <div class="field-byline"> De Anna McIntosh </div> <div class="field-deck"> On a June afternoon in central Kentucky, a siding installer died in a horrific accident involving a forklift truck and a platform upon which he and a co-worker were standing. It is hoped that the investigation of the events surrounding this fatality will prevent similar incidents. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>(The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program is tasked with investigating fatalities and making recommendations to ensure they do not occur again. This is one of their recent cases...)</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Forklift Safety Safety News Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:36:00 +0000 48901 at FACE But That Couldn't Happen to Me: A Safety Narrative <div class="node-body blog-body"><p align="center">An accident or so they say</p> <p align="center">Claimed the life of someone at work today</p> <p align="center">The cause they said, &ldquo;Complacency&rdquo;</p> <p align="center">He failed to follow rules you see</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">But that couldn&rsquo;t happen to me</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">He could always be counted on</p> <p align="center">He was the one to &ldquo;get it done&rdquo;</p> <p align="center">The rules he stretched, ignored and bent</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Wellness Leadership Perspectives Blog Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:10:00 +0000 48871 at Mold Hazards, Wrongful Termination Lead to Settlement against IFCO Services <div class="field-deck"> Employee blows whistle on pallet services company after health concerns arise from mold hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A whistleblower at an IFCO Services plant in Pennsylvania alerted OSHA about mold and electric hazards, leading the regulatory body to issue a $105,000 settlement after the company retaliated against the worker. From April 8 to June 13, 2014, the employee repeatedly informed IFCO, a pallet services company, about suspected mold growing behind filing cabinets in an office at the plant. For more than two months, the company took no action to correct the unhealthy working condition, despite admitting there was mold present. Instead, IFCO fired the woman less than three weeks after she complained again about her health concerns.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News OSHA Enforcement Wellness Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:18:00 +0000 48861 at ThinkStock MCR Safety Presents FR Gear Flame Test <div class="node-body video-body">MCR Safety FR Gear Flame Test</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sponsored Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:48:00 +0000 48851 at