Safety Leadership en ASSE Recognizes the Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire <div class="field-deck"> Occupational safety and health became front-page news 106 years ago on March 25 because of a workplace tragedy in New York City that claimed the lives of 146 workers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Arguably, the turning point for occupational safety and health in this country was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911, when 146 garment workers &ndash; mostly young women from immigrant families &ndash; lost their lives attempting to escape the burning building. Fire exit doors were locked and other doors only opened inward, making it impossible for the onrush of workers to open the doors. A ninth-floor fire escape led nowhere. Fire department ladders and hoses could not reach the upper floors.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership OSHA Safety News Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:09:00 +0000 53831 at <p>A man walks past the Asch building in New York City, the site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 immigrant workers, most of them young women. Workers were locked into the factory during their shifts, preventing escape. New Yorkers watched in horror from below as workers leapt to their deaths from the windows above. Public outcry over the tragedy led to nationwide debate on workers rights and safety regulations and helped pave the way for strong workers unions.</p> Mario Tama/Getty Images The Real Reasons Americans Are Unhappy at Work <div class="field-deck"> Nearly half of us want to quit our jobs by the end of the year. Workplace expert Rex Conner explains why in this exclusive Q&A. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When it comes to work, Americans aren&rsquo;t happy.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:58:00 +0000 53731 at Thinkstock OSHA Launches Campaign to Address Fatalities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska <div class="field-deck"> The agency’s Safe and Sound Campaign encourages employers to review their safety and health programs for compliance and effectiveness. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A rise in fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska has OSHA calling on employers to rethink their approaches to worker safety.</p> <p>The agency recently launched its Safe and Sound Campaign&nbsp;to make companies more aware of the services it offers as well as address some common hazards in the region that have led to fatalities including confined space and struck by incidents.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:45:00 +0000 53721 at The Five Ws of Workplace Wellness [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.&nbsp;</p> <p>If he were alive today, Ben Franklin also may have added escalating healthcare costs to the list.&nbsp;</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>Smart investments in wellness can work to bring costs down, as Franklin also said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Wellness Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:04:00 +0000 53551 at Seven Tips to Help You Outsmart Smart Machines <div class="field-deck"> Want to be considered a leader in the new world of smart machines? Consider adding humility to your skill set. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The American manufacturing workforce is shrinking. Workers are being replaced by robots and automated production systems, and managers are being replaced by software programs and Siri. Professor Ed Hess says that in order to succeed and be seen as leaders, we need to rethink human excellence and the traits required to achieve it.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:19:00 +0000 53521 at <p>Jobs that will still be &ldquo;safe&rdquo; in the future involve higher-order cognitive and emotional skills that technology can&rsquo;t replicate, like critical thinking, innovation, creativity and emotionally engaging with other humans.&nbsp;</p> Thinkstock Engagement Is Key to Improving Safety, Ergonomics and Wellness for Aging Workers <div class="field-byline"> Scott B. Lassila, CSP, CSM, APS </div> <div class="field-deck"> Adjusting focus can reduce injuries, absences and improve productivity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>How effectively is your organization engaging its aging workers? The measures you take to understand and address the emerging needs of workers as they go through the aging process will go a long way to helping your firm meet its productivity objectives and achieve or maintain operational excellence.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:24:00 +0000 53511 at Thinkstock Safety and Performance Excellence: Zeroing In on Zero <div class="field-deck"> At the highest levels of performance, ongoing improvement must be made in small steps. Once this level of performance is reached, trying to do too much at once is almost as inefficient as doing the wrong things. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As organizations advance their safety performance, opportunities for further improvement dramatically shrink. Some think otherwise because the shrinking opportunities, as they diminish, become more difficult to identify. Those who don&#39;t realize these premises tend to fall into Einstein&#39;s definition of insanity; i.e., doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.</p> <p>These constitute our largest group of clients: the ones who ask us to identify why their safety efforts are no longer producing results.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:12:00 +0000 53431 at Sincerely Stefanie: Don't Be Captain Hindsight <div class="field-deck"> When EHS professionals have to step up and play the part of safety superhero, one power they shouldn't have to use is hindsight. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One of my favorite TV shows is &quot;South Park.&quot; While it&#39;s raunchy and constantly borders on crossing the line, it&#39;s great social commentary in some cases.</p> <p>One particular episode I&#39;ve seen about a dozen times features a superhero named Captain Hindsight. This fictional character sticks in my mind because the message or symbolism of him rings true when it comes to regretting a situation and having to deal with consequences that could have been avoided with some prior analysis or foresight.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:48:00 +0000 53381 at International Women’s Day Highlights Workplace Discrimination <div class="field-deck"> News organizations around the world provide a glimpse of women and their experiences with workplace discrimination during International Women’s Day. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Despite being separated by an ocean, a literal or a physical border, women from different countries often face similar issues when it comes to workplace equality.</p> <p>On International Women&rsquo;s Day, media outlets cited lower wages, maternity leave, sexual harassment and job security, among the most common acts and practices females experience.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety News Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:15:00 +0000 53321 at <p>WASHINGTON, DC - Women members of the House Democratic caucus walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on their way to a press conference marking International Women&#39;s Day and A Day Without a Woman March 8, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. During remarks, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged continued efforts to strengthen women&#39;s rights across the country.</p> Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images Sandy Says: Climbing the Ladder to Safety Success <div class="field-deck"> A person dies nearly every day as a result of a ladder-related incident, and thousands each year experience disabling injuries while working with ladders. March has been declared National Ladder Safety Month, and this issue of EHS Today will focus on efforts to reduce and eliminate ladder incidents. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As a tool, ladders have been around longer than the wheel, so you would think we would know how to safely use them at this point. And yet, we still experience an average of 2,000 injures EVERY DAY related to ladders.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Safety Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:05:00 +0000 53311 at