EHS Today http://ehstoday.com/rss.xml en Hearing Protection: From Apps to Earplugs http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hearing-protection-apps-earplugs <div class="field-byline"> Kirsten Rein </div> <div class="field-deck"> Prevention of noise exposure and the use of personal protective equipment are vital to protecting workers from this workplace hazard, particularly in Europe, where noise is considered a Category III risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even a low level of noise can be hazardous to the human ear and noise exposure can have serious health consequences, ranging from hearing loss and tinnitus to hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance and sleep disturbance. Earplugs and other devices can reduce and even eliminate noise exposure, and there are now apps to measure the noise level and obtain recommendations on appropriate hearing protection.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hearing-protection-apps-earplugs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/hearing-protection/hearing-protection-apps-earplugs#comments Hearing Protection News Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:47:00 +0000 56301 at http://ehstoday.com 3M CDC: More than 100 Million U.S. Adults Have Diabetes http://ehstoday.com/health/cdc-more-100-million-us-adults-have-diabetes <div class="field-deck"> The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes greatly varies by region, race and age, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While the rate of new diabetes cases is steady, a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a third of adults in the United States currently are living with diabetes or prediabetes.</p> <p>The National Diabetes Statistics Report found that as of 2015 30.3 million Americans are living with diagnosed diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if left untreated leads to diabetes within five years.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/cdc-more-100-million-us-adults-have-diabetes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/cdc-more-100-million-us-adults-have-diabetes#comments Health News Wellness Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:44:00 +0000 56291 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Associated Builders and Contractors Names Stephen Wiltshire Safety Director http://ehstoday.com/construction/associated-builders-and-contractors-names-stephen-wiltshire-safety-director <div class="field-deck"> Stephen M. Wiltshire, newly-appointed safety director of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), brings 37 years of experience to the organization. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has tapped Stephen M. Wiltshire to lead its safety initiatives.</p> <p>Wiltshire, a veteran construction safety expert, will provide direction for programs that support the achievement of ABC&rsquo;s strategic safety goals including the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP).</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/associated-builders-and-contractors-names-stephen-wiltshire-safety-director" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/associated-builders-and-contractors-names-stephen-wiltshire-safety-director#comments Construction Safety Leadership News Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:49:00 +0000 56281 at http://ehstoday.com OSHA: Safety Failures Led to Deaths of Three Workers Who Entered a Manhole http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-safety-failures-led-deaths-three-workers-who-entered-manhole <div class="field-deck"> A utility contractor has been cited in the deaths of three workers who entered a confined space containing lethal levels of hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Jan. 16, Elway Gray, a 34-year-old pipe layer, entered a manhole in South Florida &ndash; a confined space &ndash; and quickly became unresponsive. Louis O&rsquo;Keefe, a 49-year-old laborer, entered the manhole and attempted to rescue Gray. After O&rsquo;Keefe also became unresponsive, Robert Wilson, a 24-year-old equipment operator, followed to help his fallen coworkers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-safety-failures-led-deaths-three-workers-who-entered-manhole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/construction/osha-safety-failures-led-deaths-three-workers-who-entered-manhole#comments Construction OSHA News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:49:00 +0000 56271 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A worker and two would-be rescuers died when they were overcome by toxic fumes in a Florida manhole in January.</p> Thinkstock SLC 2017 Q&A: Creating a Zero Harm Mindset http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-creating-zero-harm-mindset <div class="field-deck"> Brigette Philpot, vice president for health, safety and environment of service operations for Sodexo, will share that company’s efforts to create a zero harm mindset for employees at the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EHS Today&rsquo;s 2017 Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13, will feature 24 presentations in four tracks, in addition to exceptional keynote addresses, site tours, workshops and networking events. But possibly no presentation will be as personal as the one offered by Brigette Philpot, vice president for health, safety and environment of service operations for &ldquo;quality of life&rdquo; services giant Sodexo. The company has nearly 425,000 employees at 13,000 client sites in 80 countries across the globe.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-creating-zero-harm-mindset" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-creating-zero-harm-mindset#comments Safety Leadership News Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:33:00 +0000 56261 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock OSHA's Web-Based Application Assists Employers with Reporting Injury Data http://ehstoday.com/osha/oshas-web-based-application-assists-employers-reporting-injury-data <div class="field-deck"> OSHA’s web-based application allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Employers now will be able to electronic submit their Form 300A data beginning Aug. 1 thanks to OSHA&rsquo;s web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA).</p> <p>OSHA recently extended the deadline for providing 2016 Form 300A data to Dec. 1 in an effort to allow employers to become familiar with the new web-based reporting platform as well as provide time for the Trump administration to review the requirements before enacting them.</p> <p>The agency&rsquo;s data submission process has four steps including:</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/osha/oshas-web-based-application-assists-employers-reporting-injury-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/osha/oshas-web-based-application-assists-employers-reporting-injury-data#comments OSHA News Wellness Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:16:00 +0000 56251 at http://ehstoday.com Four Business Justifications for Environmental Compliance http://ehstoday.com/environment/four-business-justifications-environmental-compliance <div class="field-byline"> Andy Bajorat </div> <div class="field-deck"> Plant managers or facility operations supervisors often must justify expenses for environmental compliance programs and struggle to come up with a convincing cost-benefit analysis. Here are four business justifications to support environmental compliance. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Operational budgets do not have capacity for unnecessary expenditures. Every dollar spent must improve production speed and product quality, either directly or indirectly. Compliance with environmental regulations can seem like a frivolous, unnecessary expense, particularly when operations have been proceeding without incident for some time, or environmental impacts of the operation seem out of line with the regulatory requirement.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/environment/four-business-justifications-environmental-compliance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/environment/four-business-justifications-environmental-compliance#comments Environment News Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:13:00 +0000 56241 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Compliance audits can help companies regroup and figure out where they stand in terms of environmental regulations.</p> BBJ Group SLC 2017 Q&A: Taking an Integrated Approach to Risk Assessment and Control http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-taking-integrated-approach-risk-assessment-and-control <div class="field-deck"> Paul Zybert, the senior director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at Raytheon Co. will talk risk assessment, risk heat maps and degree of control charts at the Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta in September. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Raytheon Co. was named one of America&rsquo;s Safest Companies in 2013. The company employs employs approximately 68,000 people at some 150 sites worldwide. Paul Zybert, senior director of environmental, health, safety and sustainability at Raytheon recently talked about his presentation, &ldquo;An Integrated Enterprise Approach to Risk Assessment and Control,&rdquo; scheduled for the <a href="http://safetyleadershipconference.com/slc17/public/Sessions.aspx?TrackID=1000414" target="_blank">Safety Technology Track at the upcoming EHS Today Safety Leadership Conference</a>, Sept.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-taking-integrated-approach-risk-assessment-and-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-taking-integrated-approach-risk-assessment-and-control#comments Safety Leadership Safety IoT News Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:43:00 +0000 56231 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Tips for Safe Tree Trimming and Removal [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety/tips-safe-tree-trimming-and-removal-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Each year, an average of 80 tree care workers suffer a fatal work-related injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/tips-safe-tree-trimming-and-removal-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/tips-safe-tree-trimming-and-removal-photo-gallery#comments Safety Galleries Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:47:00 +0000 56221 at http://ehstoday.com SLC 2017 Q&As: Protecting Employees from an Active Shooter http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qas-protecting-employees-active-shooter <div class="field-deck"> Attorney Travis Vance and experienced law enforcement personnel will walk Safety Leadership Conference attendees through the scenario of an active shooter in the workplace. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A 2014 report from the FBI found active shooter incidents in the United States now occur on an average of once a month. Of these incidents, almost (45.6 percent) occurred at a business while nearly one quarter (24.4 percent) occurred at Pre-K-to-12 schools and institutions of higher learning.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qas-protecting-employees-active-shooter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qas-protecting-employees-active-shooter#comments Safety Leadership Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:58:00 +0000 56211 at http://ehstoday.com Want To Be a Good Boss? Then Don't Do This [Infographic] http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/want-be-good-boss-then-dont-do-infographic <div class="field-deck"> If you want to be considered a “good” boss by employees, don’t take credit for their work. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new, nationwide survey highlights the characteristics of bosses that push U.S. employees over the edge.&nbsp;Having the boss take credit for their work is at the top of the list. Older employees find that behavior significantly less acceptable than younger employees do.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/want-be-good-boss-then-dont-do-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/want-be-good-boss-then-dont-do-infographic#comments Safety Leadership News Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:41:00 +0000 56201 at http://ehstoday.com BambooHR 10 Traits of Bad Bosses [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/10-traits-bad-bosses-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p><a href="https://www.bamboohr.com/blog/bad-boss-index-the-worst-boss-behaviors-according-to-employees-infographic" target="_blank">A new survey from BambooHR</a> offers a ranking of the top 10 behaviors to avoid if you want to be considered a good boss by employees. The results highlight an opportunity for bosses and employers to hone in on the leadership aspects that annoy employees the most so that they can take steps to retain talent.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/10-traits-bad-bosses-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/10-traits-bad-bosses-photo-gallery#comments Galleries Safety Leadership Galleries Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:10:00 +0000 56191 at http://ehstoday.com SLC 2017 Q&A: Leveraging Technology to Build a World-Class Ergonomics Process http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-leveraging-technology-build-world-class-ergonomics-process <div class="field-deck"> Safety managers can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace with a combination of the right training as well as cloud-based data management software. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Gathering,&nbsp;managing and analyzing ergonomics data to build an effective ergonomics process can be a confusing and daunting task, especially with the number of software available to safety managers.</p> <p>Ron Henderson, director of global EHS at Tower International, will tell attendees&nbsp;at the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference about how training along with data management software can assist safety managers with reducing and preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-leveraging-technology-build-world-class-ergonomics-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-leveraging-technology-build-world-class-ergonomics-process#comments Safety Leadership News Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:14:00 +0000 56181 at http://ehstoday.com EHS Today July 2017 http://ehstoday.com/2017-07-13 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body">Tips to keep feet injury-free and comfortable in the harshest of conditions.</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> Heavy-Duty Foot Protection</p> <p>Tips to keep feet injury-free and comfortable in the harshest of conditions.</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> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/foot-protection/putting-your-workers-best-foot-forward">Putting Your Workers&#039; Best Foot Forward</a> <a href="/hand-protection/taking-pain-out-selection-cut-resistant-gloves">Taking the Pain Out of the Selection of Cut-Resistant Gloves </a> <a href="/safety-leadership/safety-collateral-duty-managing-your-part-time-job">Safety as a Collateral Duty: Managing your Part-Time Job</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/2017-07-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Magazine Issue Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000 56171 at http://ehstoday.com CEO's Response to Mental Health Time-Off Request Draws Praise http://ehstoday.com/health/ceos-response-mental-health-time-request-draws-praise <div class="field-deck"> Madalyn Parker, Olark Live Chat web developer, requested two days off to work on her mental health. Company CEO Ben Congleton's response to her message has been shared thousands of times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Depression and mental health disorders rank in the top three most costly and most common issues among employees, costing employers more than $100 billion in lost productivity annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).</p> <p>Despite an estimated one in five adults having a diagnosed mental health condition, at least half of employers are not doing enough to consider worker health, according to a Randstad report.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/health/ceos-response-mental-health-time-request-draws-praise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/health/ceos-response-mental-health-time-request-draws-praise#comments Health News Wellness Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:22:00 +0000 56161 at http://ehstoday.com The Effects of Depression on Workers’ Compensation http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/effects-depression-workers-compensation <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System HEALTHWORKS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The phrase “workplace injury” typically conjures a physical ailment—a back injury, a laceration, a respiratory illness—but there’s another, often overlooked consequence of on-the-job injuries that can affect both employees and a company’s bottom line: depression</div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/effects-depression-workers-compensation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/sponsored/effects-depression-workers-compensation#comments Sponsored OSHA Health Industrial Hygiene Standards Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:01:00 +0000 56151 at http://ehstoday.com Integrated PPE: Thinking about Eye Protection as Part of a PPE System http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/integrated-ppe-thinking-about-eye-protection-part-ppe-system <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Gordon and Lee Ptasnik </div> <div class="field-deck"> When safety managers are selecting protective eyewear, do they only focus on the eyes? Or do they think about protecting the entire head if necessary and how integrating eyewear with other protective equipment can provide better protection for employees. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When thinking about personal protective equipment, we should view &quot;the head&quot; as the total head &ndash; including brain, eyes, ears, mouth, etc. &ndash; and focus exclusively and relentlessly on safeguarding it. Work injuries that occur above-the-neck are, after all, the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. We believe that by protecting the head, the creativity and judgement that shape our world is safeguarded.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/integrated-ppe-thinking-about-eye-protection-part-ppe-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/eye-face-head/integrated-ppe-thinking-about-eye-protection-part-ppe-system#comments EHS Today Magazine Eye, Face & Head Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:04:00 +0000 56131 at http://ehstoday.com Putting Your Workers' Best Foot Forward http://ehstoday.com/foot-protection/putting-your-workers-best-foot-forward <div class="field-deck"> Selecting the best footwear isn't just about price or comfort. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The average person walks about 5,000 steps a day, which equates to 73,000 miles by the age of 80. For those in the construction industry or jobs that require being on foot all day, that number could be higher.</p> <p>Nearly 40 percent of injuries and illnesses, most notably fractures, occur to hands and feet and on average, they result in a median of 32 days away from work to recuperate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, workers incurred sprains, strains, tears at rate of 40 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, and required a median of 10 days away from work.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/foot-protection/putting-your-workers-best-foot-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/foot-protection/putting-your-workers-best-foot-forward#comments Construction EHS Today Magazine Foot Protection Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:58:00 +0000 56111 at http://ehstoday.com Oregon OSHA Seeks Grant Applications for Workplace Safety Innovations http://ehstoday.com/training/oregon-osha-seeks-grant-applications-workplace-safety-innovations <div class="field-deck"> Oregon’s state-run occupational health and safety agency is accepting submissions for high-hazard industries such as construction or agriculture. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Companies in high-hazard industries such as construction and agriculture have the opportunity to apply for grants through Oregon&rsquo;s state-run OSHA.</p> <p>The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program, which was established in 1990, is aimed at assisting companies monetarily with the development of innovative safety and health programs.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/oregon-osha-seeks-grant-applications-workplace-safety-innovations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/oregon-osha-seeks-grant-applications-workplace-safety-innovations#comments Training News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:59:00 +0000 56101 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Sandy Says: Who Owns Safety at Your Company? http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sandy-says-who-owns-safety-your-company <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today Contributing Editor Terry Mathis posed an intriguing question to readers a few months ago: Who owns safety? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>We take care of what we own. When every employee and every department owns a piece of safety, the culture changes for the better.</p> <p>As a case in point, Terry Mathis, in his Safety and Performance Excellence column in the December 2016 issue, pointed out that most of us will spend hours washing and detailing our own cars, but refuse to run a rental car through a free car wash. &quot;Ownership,&quot; says Mathis, &quot;is the reason why some safety efforts are stellar and others are lackluster. It is human nature to take better care of that which we own.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sandy-says-who-owns-safety-your-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/sandy-says-who-owns-safety-your-company#comments EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Safety Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:10:00 +0000 56091 at http://ehstoday.com Microlearning's Big Impact on Safety Training http://ehstoday.com/training/microlearnings-big-impact-safety-training <div class="field-byline"> Dr. George Haber </div> <div class="field-deck"> Providing safety training in short bursts may help workers retain critical safety knowledge and procedures. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>&quot;Conjunction Junction, what&#39;s your function?&quot; is a phrase recognized by many American adults whose childhood spanned any part of the 1970s. This phrase was part of an initiative to weave the educational program &quot;Schoolhouse Rock&quot; into children&#39;s Saturday morning television entertainment. Because of these efforts, almost 40 years later many adults who heard that phrase in their childhood can today not only recall what conjunctions are, but also how to use them in the English language and even cite some examples.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/microlearnings-big-impact-safety-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/microlearnings-big-impact-safety-training#comments EHS Today Magazine Training Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:24:00 +0000 56071 at http://ehstoday.com Protecting the Modern Mobile Workforce From Outside Threats [Photo Gallery] http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/protecting-modern-mobile-workforce-outside-threats-photo-gallery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Everbridge Inc., a global software company that provides critical event management and enterprise safety applications to help keep people safe and businesses running, recently&nbsp;announced&nbsp;the findings of its research into the safety of mobile, remote and traveling workers. The research focuses on how companies approach informing and protecting employees in the case when threats such as an active shooter, terrorist attack, workplace violence or severe weather put the personal security of mobile employees at risk.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/protecting-modern-mobile-workforce-outside-threats-photo-gallery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/protecting-modern-mobile-workforce-outside-threats-photo-gallery#comments Safety Leadership Galleries Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:23:00 +0000 56081 at http://ehstoday.com <p>New research focuses on how companies approach informing and protecting employees in the case when threats such as an active shooter, terrorist attack, workplace violence or severe weather put the personal security of mobile employees at risk.</p> Roof and Rib Fall Hazards Remain Top Causes of Mining Injuries http://ehstoday.com/training/roof-and-rib-fall-hazards-remain-top-causes-mining-injuries <div class="field-deck"> The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a program to generate awareness of roof and rib fall hazards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new outreach program focuses on reducing the number of mining deaths because of roof and rib falls or coal bursts.</p> <p>Despite advancements in roof control technology for underground coal mines, roof and rib falls or coal bursts continue to top the lists of mining injuries, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).</p> <p>As a response, the annual Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program (PROP), which runs through September, will educate mine workers and operators during agency inspections.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/training/roof-and-rib-fall-hazards-remain-top-causes-mining-injuries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/training/roof-and-rib-fall-hazards-remain-top-causes-mining-injuries#comments MSHA Training News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:47:00 +0000 56061 at http://ehstoday.com Thinkstock Snohomish County Insurance Agent Charged in $233K Workers’ Comp Scam http://ehstoday.com/safety/snohomish-county-insurance-agent-charged-233k-workers-comp-scam <div class="node-body article-body"><p>James C. Kooy, 53,&nbsp;pleaded not guilty&nbsp;to&nbsp;first-degree theft July 5 in Snohomish County (Washington) Superior Court. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 28.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Washington Attorney General filed the charge based on an investigation by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lni.wa.gov" target="_blank">Washington State Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I)</a>, which administers the workers&rsquo; compensation system that provides medical, vocational and other services to help injured workers heal and return to work.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/snohomish-county-insurance-agent-charged-233k-workers-comp-scam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/snohomish-county-insurance-agent-charged-233k-workers-comp-scam#comments Safety News Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:44:00 +0000 56051 at http://ehstoday.com Mid-Market Companies Can Benefit from EHS Software http://ehstoday.com/blog/mid-market-companies-can-benefit-ehs-software <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There are close to 200,000 mid-market-sized organizations in the United States and Canada, defined as having an annual revenue of more than $10 million and under $1 billion, according to the GE Capital 2011 National Middle Market Summit.</p> <p>Each of these organizations has a plethora of responsibilities and issues from revenue growth and consumer satisfaction to regulatory compliance. Perhaps one of the biggest concerns for the mid-market is employee health and safety.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/blog/mid-market-companies-can-benefit-ehs-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/blog/mid-market-companies-can-benefit-ehs-software#comments Safety EHS OutLoud Blog Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:27:00 +0000 56041 at http://ehstoday.com How Wearables Could Disrupt Workplace Safety http://ehstoday.com/ppe/how-wearables-could-disrupt-workplace-safety <div class="field-byline"> By Andy Hosman </div> <div class="field-deck"> Many companies already offer wellness plans with some sort of incentive tied to using wearables to reach health goals, so could the next iteration include carrots and sticks regarding workplace safety? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Outside of being hooked up to a slew of intimidating monitors, there&rsquo;s probably no better way to get a good pulse of your physiological performance and health than wearable technology.</p> <p>But just as wearables are changing the way we track our daily health performance, could the same hold true one day for how companies keep workers safe? The answer is yes.</p> <p>In fact, we&rsquo;re already starting to see that evolution in athletics.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/ppe/how-wearables-could-disrupt-workplace-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/ppe/how-wearables-could-disrupt-workplace-safety#comments PPE IoT News Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:34:00 +0000 56021 at http://ehstoday.com <p>Just as wearables are changing the way we track our daily health performance, could the same hold true one day for how companies keep workers safe?</p> Thinkstock Sincerely Stefanie: Don't Get Distracted http://ehstoday.com/safety/sincerely-stefanie-dont-get-distracted <div class="field-deck"> Distracted driving is an epidemic. What are you doing to educate others to practice safe driving? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What are you doing right now? Are you at your desk, at home or in the car? I hope the car isn&#39;t your answer, because I would be disappointed.<br /> The commute to and from work every day is pretty routine. I live about 30 to 45 minutes away from the office, depending on traffic. So, it&#39;s a decent drive that gives me just enough time to listen to a playlist of my favorite music or a decent talk radio conversation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety/sincerely-stefanie-dont-get-distracted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety/sincerely-stefanie-dont-get-distracted#comments EHS Today Magazine Safety Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:18:00 +0000 56011 at http://ehstoday.com New Research Reveals Ways to Overcome Safety Challenges for Remote Workers http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/new-research-reveals-ways-overcome-safety-challenges-remote-workers <div class="field-deck"> The safety and health of millions of people who work remotely – away from their offices or workplaces – relies largely on how well line managers communicate with them. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new study recommends that line managers who supervise remote or distributed workers should work closely with occupational safety and health professionals to control the risks they face.</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/new-research-reveals-ways-overcome-safety-challenges-remote-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/new-research-reveals-ways-overcome-safety-challenges-remote-workers#comments Safety Leadership News Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:42:00 +0000 56001 at http://ehstoday.com <p>A new study recommends that line managers who supervise remote or distributed workers should work closely with occupational safety and health professionals to control the risks they face.</p> Thinkstock Safety as a Collateral Duty: Managing your Part-Time Job http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-collateral-duty-managing-your-part-time-job <div class="field-byline"> Rick Taft </div> <div class="field-deck"> Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary defines COLLATERAL as "accompanying 
as secondary or subordinate; indirect." </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There are countless numbers of companies, both small and large, that are assigning EHS responsibilities as a collateral duty. We most frequently find this in general industry, particularly the warehousing, production and manufacturing environments. At first glance, this appears to be based on a sound business concept of more productivity with less overhead, or getting &quot;more bang for the buck.&quot;&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-collateral-duty-managing-your-part-time-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/safety-collateral-duty-managing-your-part-time-job#comments EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:23:00 +0000 55991 at http://ehstoday.com SLC 2017 Q&A: Employee Engagement Leads to Workplace Safety http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-employee-engagement-leads-workplace-safety <div class="field-deck"> JoAnn DelaO, HSE manager of Hunter Site Services, will tell Safety Leadership Conference attendees about how engaging the company's employees led to an injury-free record and designation as an America's Safest Company. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Employee engagement is a crucial aspect of a company&#39;s safety culture. For JoAnn&nbsp;DelaO&nbsp;and Hunter Site Services, engaging the workforce has led to an injury-free safety record for more than five years.</p> <p>DelaO,&nbsp;HSE manager at Hunter Site Services, will tell <a href="http://safetyleadershipconference.com/slc17/public/enter.aspx" target="_blank">Safety Leadership Conference</a> attendees about how&nbsp;employee engagement can reduce a company&#39;s&nbsp;injury rate&nbsp;in a session titled, &quot;Employee Engagement Leads to Workplace Safety.&quot;</p></div> <p><a href="http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-employee-engagement-leads-workplace-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://ehstoday.com/safety-leadership/slc-2017-qa-employee-engagement-leads-workplace-safety#comments Safety Leadership News Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:40:00 +0000 55981 at http://ehstoday.com