Safety Leadership en Workplace Change Contributes to Distrust of 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety News Wed, 24 May 2017 15:03:00 +0000 55191 at <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 <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="" target="_blank">nefarious and rare cancer called mesothelioma</a>, the cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership EPA Health Industrial Hygiene News Tue, 23 May 2017 14:32:00 +0000 55181 at <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 Safety Leadership: Making a Culture of Safety the 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Leadership Perspectives Blog Mon, 15 May 2017 13:06:00 +0000 55051 at Hand on This, Mind on That <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Voices of Safety Leadership Perspectives Blog Thu, 11 May 2017 18:45:00 +0000 55021 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Health Thu, 11 May 2017 17:57:00 +0000 55011 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EHS Today Magazine Safety Leadership Safety Tue, 09 May 2017 17:47:00 +0000 54931 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Industrial Hygiene Training Tue, 09 May 2017 16:41:00 +0000 54911 at Superheroes of Safety: Who Is Your Safety Inspiration? <div class="field-deck"> The very best EHS professionals lead by example, inspiring and encouraging those around them to work safe and work smart. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Who inspired you in the past or inspires you now to work safe and work smart? Whose name pops into your mind if I ask: &ldquo;Who do you consider to be an EHS leader?&rdquo; &ldquo;Who motivated you to become a safety professional?&rdquo; or &ldquo;Who engages your brain when it comes to occupational safety and health?&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership News Mon, 08 May 2017 14:21:00 +0000 54881 at Thinkstock Between Work and Home: The 21st Century Safety Paradox <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> After following all the safety rules at work, why do we do text and drive on the way home or overreach on a ladder while cleaning gutters? In his new book, safety expert and author Steve Casner says it’s time to slow down and wise up. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As a research psychologist for NASA, Steve Casner spent decades analyzing how pilots think and helping turn those findings into safety protocols for the aviation industry. A few years ago, he found a new calling: making the world safer.</p> <p>Collecting decades of personal anecdotes and global tragedies, loads of safety data and even more common sense, Casner authored&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Careful: A User&rsquo;s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds</a> (available May 23).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Respirators Safety News Fri, 05 May 2017 17:45:00 +0000 54861 at <p>We wear our personal protective equipment at work, and would never text and operate a machine, but we text while driving home from and often don&#39;t remember to wear respirators while sanding or eye protection while mowing the lawn. Are we injury-prone or careless?</p> Steve Casner Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sudden Retirement from NASCAR and What It Tells Employers About the Value of Workplace Safety <div class="field-byline"> Travis Vance </div> <div class="field-deck"> Dale Earnhardt Jr. shocked the racing world in April when he abruptly announced his retirement from NASCAR at the end of the 2017 season. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the prime of his career and a 26-time race winner on NASCAR&rsquo;s top circuit, including two Daytona 500 victories. Many drivers have raced well into their 50s, but few have matched the overall career success of the 42-year-old Dale Jr.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health News Wed, 03 May 2017 16:26:00 +0000 54771 at <p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives a statement announcing his retirement from NASCAR after the 2017 season at the Hendrick Motorsports Team Center on April 25 in Charlotte, N.C.</p> Mike Comer/Getty Images