EHS Roundup – March 2017
In an age where every incident is public information, it is more important than ever for companies to go beyond compliance to a true understanding and prioritization of the applicable requirements and their importance in maintaining a safe and environmentally-friendly site. This is the future of auditing. Read more
To best prevent incidents, OSHA and the U.S. EPA both recommend that employers use root cause analysis. This type of investigation follows a systems approach, working from the principle that the root causes of an incident can be traced back to failures of the programs that manage safety and health in the workplace. This article describes a four-step approach to root cause investigations. Read more
From zero caffeine, to zero tolerance to zero liability – zero is everywhere. But what does zero mean? Andrew Sharman looks at the absolute that is zero – how it works in practice as a KPI and whether it is the right way to measure safety. Is a target of zero too hard to achieve and does it set us up to fail? Watch video
Many safety professionals accept the value of leading indicators in safety. But many don’t apply this to ergonomic-related injuries. By developing and agreeing to the best ergonomic leading indicators for your company, you can significantly help drive towards much greater overall ergonomic safety. Read more
This article by Kevin Burns, published on EHS Safety News America, reveals four of the most critical personality traits to have to be able to make you more effective and respected in your supervisory and management duties in safety. Read more
Industrial fires and explosions cost companies and governments billions of dollars every year, not to mention the loss of life. These disasters happen for many reasons, often because managers and employees aren’t aware of the risks that surround them at work every day. When dealing with the risk of fires and explosions, it’s important to understand the most common causes. Read more
During a webinar we hosted with Arcadis on product stewardship and supply chain compliance, a question was asked about disclosures of ingredients by suppliers. Getting suppliers to disclose the chemical ingredients in their materials has been a challenge for years. Read more
Having multiple employers at a worksite no longer means that each can point to the other when something goes wrong. Instead, OSHA’s policy is that every employer at a site bears a responsibility for safety. This article shows how OSHA’s multi-employer worksite policy could affect your workplace. Read more
Compliance bias is the belief that U.S. government mandates such as OSHA regulations are sufficient for most organizations to achieve injury and illness prevention objectives. This bias is outdated and wrong. It’s time to overcome the U.S. compliance bias and move to risk-based decisions with strategy outlined in ISO 45001. Read more
A safer fleet means a safer workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation incidents are the top cause of death in today’s U.S. workplaces. To help organizations protect workers, the National Safety Council (NSC) recommends nine essential elements of a fleet safety program. Learn more about the guidelines and take the fleet safety quiz. Read more
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