While the respirable silica rule isn’t in effect until June 23, 2017 for the construction industry, safety professionals are questioning whether they will be able to stay compliant.
Tressi Cordaro, principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., gave Safety Leadership Conference attendees a road map to its respirable crystalline silica rule and answered some of those questions.
“It’s just about everywhere, and trying to regulate it is problematic,” Cordaro said. “The question is can employers feasibly do what OSHA is asking them to do?”...More
What’s the saying? “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time?”
That seems to be OSHA’s attitude about alleged occupational safety and health violations. To reinforce that point, the agency now has increased fines for the first time since 1990, raising them from $70,000 to $124,709 for a single willful or repeat violation and from $7,000 to $12,471 for a serious or other-than-serious violation....More
Choosing the right subcontractor is crucial to ensuring site-specific safety plans are followed and employees go home safely each night.
Joel Pickering, senior vice president of Lendlease (US) Construction LMB Inc., told Safety Leadership Conference attendees about the prequalification process and measures Lendlease has in place to select safety-conscious subcontractors.
“If you don’t manage [safety], it sometimes is not managed well by others,” he told attendees.
“Forging a Culture of Safety Excellence" is not an easy thing to do in a high-hazard industries like foundries and forging, John P. McGillivray, manager of safety and environmental for Scot Forge Inc., explained to attendees at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh.
In 1997, “We sent 107 people to the clinic/hospital out of a total shop population of 375 people,” he acknowledged. The company’s TIR rate was 25. The DART rate was 7.5. The company spent $1 million in workers’ compensation expenses....More
Competency, a genuine nature and compassion all make up an exceptional safety professional, panelists at the Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh told session attendees.
In the session titled “CEO/Executives' Take: Commitment to Safety and Hire the Right Safety Professionals,” industry leaders provided their recommendations and insight into what attributes a safety leader should process in order to promote and maintain a positive safety culture within their organization....More
What does it take to become one of the best?
This session at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh examined what sets three previous America's Safest Companies winners apart from the crowd in their industries, and discussed their efforts to achieve safety culture leadership....More
At the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, Pamela Walaski, CSP, CHMM, director of health and safety for GAI Consultants Inc., and Paul Haney, vice president of environment, health and safety at USG Corp., took an introspective look at risk management and safety culture. Over the past few years, there has been 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....More
“Your C-suite is used to the concept of risk,” Kathy Seabrook explained at the 2016 Safety Leadership Conference. “However EHS comes from a viewpoint of hazard. We need to view our domain as risk and it's risk that gets the attention of the board.”...More
Certain places are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of bad health. To identify them, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems. WalletHub’s data set ranges from share of physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access.
Outdoor and indoor workers alike are gearing up for the first day of spring, also known as the beginning of allergy season to many.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and cat dog and rodent dander are among the most common allergies Americans face.
Although facing them may seem just like another daily task to some, the AAFA estimates that allergies contribute about $17.5 billion in healthcare costs along with 6 million lost work and school days.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
If he were alive today, Ben Franklin also may have added escalating healthcare costs to the list.
Not only are employees asked to contribute more to the cost of their healthcare policy, but employers are providing wellness programs and incentives to change behavior and ultimately improve employee health and reduce costs.
Smart investments in wellness can work to bring costs down, as Franklin also said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
With 120,000 work-related foot injuries per year and ever-expanding product options, selecting the right footwear for your employees can be a daunting task.
EHS Today's March 2017 issue highlighted six tips to choosing the right work boots, beginning with comfort and ending with maintenance.
Here are four brands with recent innovations that were featured in the print edition. Click through the slideshow to view their products.
Each month, EHS Today features the latest product innovations that are geared to enhance your workplace safety initiatives. See the latest products from companies including 3M, Bayco Products Inc., MCR Safety, UL, Honeywell, ClickSafety, AutomationDirect, FallTech, CEA Instruments and Emergent Safety Supply.
To view the product descriptions and photos, use the arrows to move back and forth through the slideshow.
The Ladder Association, the UK organization behind the annual “”Idiots on Ladders” competition, has returned, this time with the Ladder Leaders/Ladder Losers competition.
From Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, followers of their Facebook page had the opportunity to post photos of ladder losers and leaders.