EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en Study: American Workers Using More Vacation Time http://ehstoday.com/health/study-american-workers-using-more-vacation-time <div class="field-deck"> A new report examines the economic impact of Americans workers forfeiting unused vacation days. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>An increase in vacation day usage is showing a positive impact for American work culture, yet workers still have unused days, according to research from Project: Time Off.</p> <p>In 2016, workers utilized an average of 16.8 days of vacation, an increase from 16.2 days in 2015.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/study-american-workers-using-more-vacation-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/study-american-workers-using-more-vacation-time#comments Health News Wellness Fri, 26 May 2017 15:05:00 +0000 55241 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Summer Activities Could Cause Exposure to Hazardous Noise Levels http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss is preventable, and Ball State University audiologists are warning the public to take precautions against excessive noise exposure during summer events such as concerts or fireworks shows. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. Your lawn is green and lush, which means it&rsquo;s time for a cut. The roar of the lawnmower brings about the first sign of summer fun, but it also is one of the many instances during the season that a person is exposed to hazardous noise.</p> <p>Citing new research, Ball State University audiologists are warning people to use hearing protection during activities that may exposure them to hazardous noise this summer such as mowing the lawn, concerts and fireworks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/summer-activities-could-cause-exposure-hazardous-noise-levels#comments Health Hearing Protection News Wellness Fri, 26 May 2017 14:01:00 +0000 55231 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Is 3D Printing Safe? http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/3d-printing-safe <div class="field-deck"> A new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene explores the potentially harmful VOCs found in the 3D printing process. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A decrease in price and an increase in interest in three-dimensional (3D) printers have resulted in more of them in the workplace and in homes. However, questions surfacing about potential health effects of using this technology.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/3d-printing-safe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/3d-printing-safe#comments Industrial Hygiene Safety IoT News Thu, 25 May 2017 16:47:00 +0000 55221 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Can the VOCs emitted by 3D printers be harmful to the people using them?</p> Worker Sucked Into Long Island Cesspool http://ehstoday.com/construction/worker-sucked-long-island-cesspool <div class="field-deck"> A cesspool collapsed at a home on Long Island, consuming the front yard and part of the driveway of the home and killing a worker who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Edward Sinnott, a 59-year-old worker, was sucked into a collapsing cesspool on May 24, resulting in an hours-long, unsuccessful rescue effort. Another worker nearly was sucked in when the sinkhole developed around 1 p.m., but managed to grab onto construction equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/worker-sucked-long-island-cesspool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/worker-sucked-long-island-cesspool#comments Construction News Thu, 25 May 2017 14:18:00 +0000 55211 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A construction worker was killed when he was sucked into a sinkhole in front of a Long Island, N.Y., home.</p> YouTube OSHA: Republic Steel Exposed Employees to Excessive Lead Levels http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/osha-republic-steel-exposed-employees-excessive-lead-levels <div class="field-deck"> Canton, Ohio automotive steel manufacturer Republic Steel is cited for repeated and serious violations after failing to guard machines, lack of lockout/tagout devices and exposing employees to lead. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A maintenance worker at Republic Steel, an automotive steel manufacturer, suffered severe injuries because the company failed to guard machines and provide lock-out devices, an OSHA investigation found.</p> <p>The Canton, Ohio-based manufacturer faces $279,578 in proposed penalties after the agency&rsquo;s investigators found workers at its&nbsp;plant were exposed to machine hazards and lead.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/osha-republic-steel-exposed-employees-excessive-lead-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/osha-republic-steel-exposed-employees-excessive-lead-levels#comments Industrial Hygiene Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 17:44:00 +0000 55201 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Workplace Change Contributes to Distrust of Employers and Chronic Stress http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/workplace-change-contributes-distrust-employers-and-chronic-stress <div class="field-deck"> U.S. workers who have been impacted by workplace or business changes are more likely to report chronic stress and are less likely to trust their employers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The good news is, 78 percent of U.S. workers report average or better levels of work engagement, as characterized by high levels of energy, being strongly involved in their work and feeling happily engrossed in what they do, with the largest group (47 percent) having an average level of work engagement. Employees experienced higher engagement when they had more positive perceptions of their employer&rsquo;s involvement, growth and development and health and safety practices.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/workplace-change-contributes-distrust-employers-and-chronic-stress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/workplace-change-contributes-distrust-employers-and-chronic-stress#comments Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:00 +0000 55191 at http://ehstoday.com <p>American adults who have been impacted by change at work are more likely to report chronic work stress, less likely to trust their employer and more likely to say they plan to leave the organization within the next year compared with those who haven&rsquo;t been affected by organizational change.</p> Heather Von St. James: Why I Fight http://ehstoday.com/epa/heather-von-st-james-why-i-fight <div class="field-byline"> Heather Von St. James </div> <div class="field-deck"> Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma three months after her daughter was born and was given 15 months to live. She fought back and over the last 11 years, has dedicated her life to fighting for a ban on asbestos. This is her story, in her words. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&ldquo;Was your dad a miner or did he work in construction of any kind?&rdquo;</p> <p>These are not the typical questions that you get from your doctor when you&rsquo;ve just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was being asked those questions for a reason. I was 36 years old and found out I had a <a href="https://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/epa/heather-von-st-james-why-i-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/epa/heather-von-st-james-why-i-fight#comments Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at http://ehstoday.com <p>When Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with mesothelioma &ndash; a rare cancer most closely association with exposure to asbestos &ndash; her doctor asked her if her dad had been a miner or a construction worker. She was exposed to asbestos through the dust that permeated his clothing and his car. Her father died of cancer in February. Here he is with his granddaughter, Lilly, who was three-and-a-half months&#39; old when her mother was diagnosed.</p> Heather Von St. James May 2017 Product Innovations [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/galleries/may-2017-product-innovations-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each month,&nbsp;<em>EHS Today</em>&nbsp;features the latest product innovations geared to enhance your workplace safety initiatives.</p> <p>The May 2017 issue highlights products from Seeq, Loftware, Sphera, PIRTEK, Honeywell, Justrite&nbsp;Manufacturing Co., Brady SPC and FallTech.</p> <p>To view the&nbsp;product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.</p> </div> http://ehstoday.com/galleries/may-2017-product-innovations-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Galleries Tue, 23 May 2017 13:56:00 +0000 55171 at http://ehstoday.com Brooklyn Construction Company Owner Indicted for Manslaughter http://ehstoday.com/construction/brooklyn-construction-company-owner-indicted-manslaughter <div class="field-deck"> Workers’ safety concerns and industry protocols allegedly were ignored prior to a wall collapse that killed a young, inexperienced worker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The owner of a Bedford-Stuyvesant construction company and his businesses have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges after a wall collapsed at an excavation site, killing construction worker Fernando Vanegaz and injuring two others.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/brooklyn-construction-company-owner-indicted-manslaughter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/brooklyn-construction-company-owner-indicted-manslaughter#comments Construction OSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 22 May 2017 16:31:00 +0000 55161 at http://ehstoday.com <p>The owner of a construction company has been indicted on charges of manslaughter after a wall collapse killed one worker and severely injured two others. He allegedly ignored building codes, worker safety concerns and workplace safety laws.</p> Thinkstock NSC: 7 Driving Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-7-driving-safety-tips-memorial-day-weekend-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>An estimated 409 people may be killed and 47,000 seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents during Memorial Day weekend this year, according to the <a href="http://www.nsc.org/NewsDocuments/2017/MEMOnew_fixed_length.pdf" target="_blank">National Safety Council.</a></p> <p>The number of fatalities is expected to be 12 percent higher than the average number of deaths, 364, that occurred in the past six years. The three-day holiday period begins at 6 p.m. ET Friday, May 26 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, May 29.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-7-driving-safety-tips-memorial-day-weekend-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/nsc-7-driving-safety-tips-memorial-day-weekend-photo-gallery#comments Safety Mon, 22 May 2017 14:28:00 +0000 55151 at http://ehstoday.com Regulation to Expand Safety at California Oil Refineries http://ehstoday.com/osha/regulation-expand-safety-california-oil-refineries <div class="field-deck"> California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board passes regulation outlining new safety order. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new regulation in California aims to improve workplace safety and health at oil refineries across the state.</p> <p>The state&rsquo;s Department of Industrial Relations&rsquo; (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board <a href="https://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2017/2017-37.pdf" target="_blank">approved the rule</a>, which provides a standardized framework for anticipating, preventing and responding to hazards within the refinery sector.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/regulation-expand-safety-california-oil-refineries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/regulation-expand-safety-california-oil-refineries#comments OSHA Safety News Fri, 19 May 2017 17:53:00 +0000 55141 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock 58 Percent of Construction Workers Say Safety Takes a Backseat to Productivity http://ehstoday.com/construction/58-percent-construction-workers-say-safety-takes-backseat-productivity <div class="field-deck"> By comparison, 36 percent of workers in 14 industries surveyed by the National Safety Council feel their employers prioritize production. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A&nbsp;National Safety Council&nbsp;survey&nbsp;found 58 percent of Americans working in construction &ndash; the industry that sees the most workplace fatalities each year &ndash; feel that safety takes a backseat to productivity and completing job tasks. What&rsquo;s more, 51 percent say management does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe, and 47 percent say employees are afraid to report safety issues.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/58-percent-construction-workers-say-safety-takes-backseat-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/58-percent-construction-workers-say-safety-takes-backseat-productivity#comments Construction News Thu, 18 May 2017 17:52:00 +0000 55121 at http://ehstoday.com Federal Appeals Court Awards Damages to Pan Am Railways Employee http://ehstoday.com/safety/federal-appeals-court-awards-damages-pan-am-railways-employee <div class="field-deck"> Commercial railroad company Pan Am Railways has been ordered to pay punitive and compensatory damages after retaliating against a worker who filed an FRSA complaint. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Pan Am Railways Inc. violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act after retaliating against a worker who tried to report an injury and later filed a complaint.</p> <p>Because of this, a federal appeals court ruled that the <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">North&nbsp;</span>Billerica, Mass.-based company must pay $260,000&nbsp;in punitive and compensatory damages to the employee.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/federal-appeals-court-awards-damages-pan-am-railways-employee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/federal-appeals-court-awards-damages-pan-am-railways-employee#comments Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 17 May 2017 17:27:00 +0000 55111 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Mechanical Miracles [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracles-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>When UC Berkley Professor Homayoon Kazerooni arrived from Iran to America in the late 1970s, he had just a few hundred bucks in his pocket. He also had big dreams.</p> <p>Those dreams have translated into an invention that allowed people to walk again after paralyzing accidents and illnesses. Called the <a href="http://bleex.me.berkeley.edu/research/exoskeleton/elegs%E2%84%A2/" target="_blank">eLEGS</a>, the device was a medical exoskeleton that restores the ability of paraplegics, MS patients and stroke victims to walk.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracles-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracles-photo-gallery#comments Galleries PPE Safety IoT Wed, 17 May 2017 16:23:00 +0000 55101 at http://ehstoday.com The Mechanical Miracle Worker http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracle-worker <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> You may not have heard of Homayoon Kazerooni, the roboticist responsible for the burgeoning exoskeleton renaissance. But he knows who you are, and he wants to change your life. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When Homayoon Kazerooni arrived from Iran to America in the late 1970s, he had just a few hundred bucks in his pocket. He also had big dreams.</p> <p>They weren&rsquo;t the usual American dreams of being rich and famous. He dreamed of becoming a scientist or an engineer, like the people he read about in outdated <em>Time</em> magazines back home who helped Neil Armstrong take his first small steps in the Sea of Tranquility.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracle-worker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/ppe/mechanical-miracle-worker#comments PPE Safety IoT News Wed, 17 May 2017 16:01:00 +0000 55091 at http://ehstoday.com suitX Are Injuries Still the ‘Cost of Doing Business’ at Some Companies? http://ehstoday.com/safety/are-injuries-still-cost-doing-business-some-companies <div class="field-deck"> The struggle between safety and production continues: A new study finds that managers, struggling to meet earnings projections, are willing to sacrifice worker safety and health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>New research conducted by Professors Judson Caskey of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Naim Bugra Ozel from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas and published in the <em>Journal of Accounting and Economics</em> finds that managers of U.S. companies facing market pressures to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to please investors.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/are-injuries-still-cost-doing-business-some-companies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/are-injuries-still-cost-doing-business-some-companies#comments OSHA Safety Training News Tue, 16 May 2017 15:32:00 +0000 55081 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock 4 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/environment/4-ways-create-positive-work-environment-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Workers in the United States spend more time in the office or on the job site than any other country, according to a 2015 Gallup poll.</p> <p>An average of 47 hours per week per employees leads to an increase in productivity, but the Economic Policy Institute says that incomes have failed to rise as productivity grows, leading to wage inequality and potential burnout if the work environment becomes too stressful.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/4-ways-create-positive-work-environment-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/4-ways-create-positive-work-environment-photo-gallery#comments Environment Galleries Tue, 16 May 2017 14:16:00 +0000 55071 at http://ehstoday.com Safety Leadership: Making a Culture of Safety the Foundation http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-leadership-making-culture-safety-foundation <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Safety is a familiar concept to us all. We read safety reports before we buy a car, instruct our children to wear bicycle helmets&nbsp;and buckle our seat belts in the car. We are surrounded by safety labels on everything from plastic bags to hair dryers. But how often do we talk about safety in our workplace, where we spend one-third of our adult lives?</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-leadership-making-culture-safety-foundation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/safety-leadership-making-culture-safety-foundation#comments Safety Leadership Leadership Perspectives Blog Mon, 15 May 2017 13:06:00 +0000 55051 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Today May 2017 http://ehstoday.com/2017-05-12 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"><p>Steven Lacey, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, is the outgoing president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and in a lively interview with EHS Today, he celebrates the successes of the organization, discusses the challenges of both protecting workers and drawing students into the profession and muses about the future of industrial hygiene.</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> President Steven E. Lacey: New Challenges and Opportunities for AIHA</p> <p>Steven Lacey, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, is the outgoing president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and in a lively interview with EHS Today, he celebrates the successes of the organization, discusses the challenges of both protecting workers and drawing students into the profession and muses about the future of industrial hygiene.</p> <p>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> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/industrial-hygiene/president-steven-e-lacey-new-challenges-and-opportunities-aiha">President Steven E. Lacey: New Challenges and Opportunities for AIHA</a> <a href="/safety/need-critical-eye-osh-review-commission-and-lockout-standards-minor-servicing-exception">The Need for a Critical Eye: The OSH Review Commission and the Lockout Standard&#039;s Minor Servicing Exception</a> <a href="/industrial-hygiene/getting-why-your-gas-detection-program">Getting to &quot;Why&quot; in Your Gas Detection Program </a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/2017-05-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Magazine Issue Fri, 12 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000 55031 at http://ehstoday.com Hand on This, Mind on That http://ehstoday.com/blog/hand-mind <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Work is progressing as usual. There is a very busy work day ahead with at least one hundred things to do before it ends. The time is 0600, then 1600. Time flies by and the work activity correspondingly increases to meet commitments. Hands are on the current task, but the mind is elsewhere, perhaps on the long list of things to get accomplished&nbsp;or perhaps on the family plans that evening. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens. There it is:&nbsp;an almost. A near miss. Your heart is racing.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/hand-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/hand-mind#comments Voices of Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Thu, 11 May 2017 18:45:00 +0000 55021 at http://ehstoday.com Sincerely Stefanie: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sincerely-stefanie-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches <div class="field-deck"> When it comes to resolving worker conflicts, poor decisions or productivity issues, proper nutrition could play a role. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>During a brunch in April, I discussed safety with a close friend who happens to own his own business.</p> <p>He built his company from the ground up, and in an effort to provide opportunities to those in need, he employs some workers who would not be able to gain employment elsewhere. With this comes a set of challenges. For the most part, his workers&#39; experiences vastly are different from those who had a grounded upbringing and who didn&#39;t have to worry about their next meal.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sincerely-stefanie-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sincerely-stefanie-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwiches#comments EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Health Thu, 11 May 2017 17:57:00 +0000 55011 at http://ehstoday.com The Importance of Hearing Health at Work http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work <div class="field-byline"> Barry Downes </div> <div class="field-deck"> Hearing loss not only impacts the quality of life of your workers, it impacts profits and productivity for your company as well. It's time to make a sound investment in hearing health. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hearing health in the workplace is an important health and safety issue, and it is easy to overlook the impact that everyday sounds can have. A ringing phone, the chatter of colleagues or more obvious noise such as factory machinery or loud music can all have an effect on your employees.</p> <p>Spending a little time and effort considering your workplace and its current practices will be a &quot;sound investment&quot; in your business and employees.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/importance-hearing-health-work#comments EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Thu, 11 May 2017 17:47:00 +0000 55001 at http://ehstoday.com Sandy Says: What Should Be the Cost To Employers Who Ignore Their Responsibilities? http://ehstoday.com/construction/sandy-says-what-should-be-cost-employers-who-ignore-their-responsibilities <div class="field-deck"> It's hard to find justice in a system that charges more for parking violations than it does for manslaughter. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Robert Higgins and Kelvin Mattocks went to work on a fall day in Boston, just like any other day. On that day &ndash; Oct. 21, 2016 &ndash; the approximately 12-foot deep, unshored trench in which they were working collapsed, trapping them in soil up to their waists.</p> <p>As their coworkers scrambled to dig them out, an adjacent fire hydrant supply line snapped, filling the trench with water. Despite the desperate efforts of their coworkers, the men died at the scene.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/sandy-says-what-should-be-cost-employers-who-ignore-their-responsibilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/sandy-says-what-should-be-cost-employers-who-ignore-their-responsibilities#comments Construction EHS Today Magazine Safety OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 18:20:00 +0000 54991 at http://ehstoday.com Connecting the Worker to Hearing Protection http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection <div class="field-byline"> Brad Witt, MA, CCC-A </div> <div class="field-deck"> In a connected workplace, employees and supervisors accurately would know how much protection each worker achieves with a particular earplug or earmuff. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since the inception of hearing conservation regulations hatched in the 1970&#39;s, efforts to stop noise-induced hearing loss always have been tied to a lagging indicator &ndash; namely, audiometric testing. If repeated audiometric testing indicates a progression of hearing loss among noise-exposed workers, then we know something is amiss in the hearing conservation program.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/connecting-worker-hearing-protection#comments EHS Today Magazine Health Hearing Protection Wed, 10 May 2017 17:01:00 +0000 54971 at http://ehstoday.com Distracted Driving, Falls, Opioids Cause Spike in Unintentional Death Rate http://ehstoday.com/health/distracted-driving-falls-opioids-cause-spike-unintentional-death-rate <div class="field-deck"> Unintentional deaths are at an all-time high, according to the National Safety Council’s annual Injury Facts publication. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The preventable death rate in the United States is increasing despite an overall improving fatality rate, according to the National Safety Council&rsquo;s 2017 Injury Facts publication.</p> <p>NSC&rsquo;s latest Injury Fact report, which has been published annually for a century, &nbsp;examines unintentional injury data from 2015 and analyzes the causes and factors that play a role in the 7.7&nbsp;percent increase in deaths from 2014.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/distracted-driving-falls-opioids-cause-spike-unintentional-death-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/distracted-driving-falls-opioids-cause-spike-unintentional-death-rate#comments Health Safety News Wed, 10 May 2017 16:40:00 +0000 54981 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Cal/OSHA Cites Two Companies After Confined Space Death http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-two-companies-after-confined-space-death <div class="field-deck"> D&D Construction Specialties Inc. and Tyler Development Inc. are cited for ten serious and three willful violations following a worker's death. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Oct. 21, 2016, a D&amp;D Construction employee entered a drainage shaft to clean out mud and debris.</p> <p>No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft, which was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete.</p> <p>At some point, the worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space and fell 40 ft., then drowned in a foot&nbsp;of water.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-two-companies-after-confined-space-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/calosha-cites-two-companies-after-confined-space-death#comments Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 10 May 2017 15:37:00 +0000 54961 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock President Steven E. Lacey: New Challenges and Opportunities for AIHA http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/president-steven-e-lacey-new-challenges-and-opportunities-aiha <div class="field-deck"> Steven Lacey, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, is the outgoing president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and in a lively interview with EHS Today, he celebrates the successes of the organization, discusses the challenges of both protecting workers and drawing students into the profession and muses about the future of industrial hygiene. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dr. Steven Lacey is a busy man. His day job is associate professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Indiana University (IU) Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/president-steven-e-lacey-new-challenges-and-opportunities-aiha" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/president-steven-e-lacey-new-challenges-and-opportunities-aiha#comments EHS Today Magazine Industrial Hygiene Wed, 10 May 2017 15:33:00 +0000 54951 at http://ehstoday.com Photo Credit: Ellen Bugler Safety and Performance Excellence: Safety vs. Productivity: If Either Wins, Both Lose http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-and-performance-excellence-safety-vs-productivity-if-either-wins-both-lose <div class="field-byline"> Terry L. Mathis </div> <div class="field-deck"> Thinking safety can be ignored in production is akin to saying that efficiency and the cost of production don't matter. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The word &quot;balance&quot; does not find its way into many corporate strategy statements, but maybe it should. Some issues that tend to compete for priority are not mutually exclusive. Productivity and safety are examples of such issues. Balancing these two priorities tends to enhance both, while letting either one triumph over the other will not only damage these efforts but also create collateral damage in other areas of the organization.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-and-performance-excellence-safety-vs-productivity-if-either-wins-both-lose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-and-performance-excellence-safety-vs-productivity-if-either-wins-both-lose#comments EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Safety Tue, 09 May 2017 17:47:00 +0000 54931 at http://ehstoday.com AR/FR Apparel: Protecting Electrical Workers and Providing Peace of Mind http://ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/arfr-apparel-protecting-electrical-workers-and-providing-peace-mind <div class="field-byline"> Scott Francis </div> <div class="field-deck"> Electrical workers face the risk of unexpected arc flash incidents throughout their daily operations by the very nature of their job. The right apparel can offer protection and peace of mind. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When arc flashes occur, the most severe injuries often are the result of non-flame-resistant clothing igniting and continuing to burn, causing far more severe burn injuries than the arc flash itself. The use of appropriate arc-rated (AR), flame-resistant (FR) clothing has a proven track record of protecting workers and saving lives.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Let&#39;s examine the three situations that are common causes of hazardous arc flash:</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/arfr-apparel-protecting-electrical-workers-and-providing-peace-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/protective-clothing/arfr-apparel-protecting-electrical-workers-and-providing-peace-mind#comments EHS Today Magazine Protective Clothing Arc Flash Tue, 09 May 2017 17:34:00 +0000 54921 at http://ehstoday.com Westex by Milliken Manufacturing Future STEM Leaders http://ehstoday.com/training/manufacturing-future-stem-leaders <div class="field-deck"> As the market for STEM careers grows, government agencies, non-profits and school districts team up to educate and train students about opportunities in the manufacturing field. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Manufacturing is undergoing another revolution. The first was powered by steam water and coal. The second: powered by electricity.</p> <p>Today, we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is changing the proficiencies required for both skilled and unskilled labor to be successful.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/manufacturing-future-stem-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/manufacturing-future-stem-leaders#comments Safety Leadership Industrial Hygiene Training Tue, 09 May 2017 16:41:00 +0000 54911 at http://ehstoday.com