EHS Roundup – May 2017
The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard underwent a major revision in 2015, and employers that wish to remain certified in ISO 14001 have until September 2018 to bring their environmental management systems into compliance with the revised standard and complete a re-certification or surveillance audit. This article describes some of the changes you’ll need to address in order to successfully maintain your ISO 14001 certification. Read more
Key information on around 15,000 chemicals can now be downloaded and used. The information on the chemical substances registered under REACH is published by ECHA, and covers the intrinsic properties of each substance and their impact on human health and the environment. The data comes directly from companies that make or import the substances and have registered them with ECHA. Read more
Many procedures have been developed in the field of workplace safety. Obviously some work environments are more dangerous than others. With that in mind, this article lists the top safety guidelines for employees working in hazardous environments. Read more
If you hire or employ a trainer to complete your safety training program, make sure that your trainer is OSHA-authorized. OSHA recently revised the guidelines for its Outreach Training Program and provided separate industry procedures for construction, general industry, maritime, and disaster site workers. This article explores what it takes to be an OSHA-authorized trainer for general industry. Read more
In the U.S., the key standard for working with hazardous chemicals is 29 CFR 1910.1200, the revised Hazard Communication Standard, which has been aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. 29 CFR 1910.1200, and other standards and regulations, include training requirements on hazardous materials, which are explained in this article. Read more
Risk factors for occupational fatigue include long work hours, a heavy workload, lack of sleep, environmental factors and medical conditions. Experts say employers can help fight fatigue by offering breaks, scheduling work when employees are most alert and promoting the importance of sleep. Read more
An EHS software system is only as good as the data it manages. Good quality EHS data is needed for successful EHS management programs. While there are many features of EHS software that help improve EHS data quality, four stand out in particular and are highlighted in this post on Enablon Insights. Read more
More than 900 construction workers were killed in 2015 in the U.S., the most recent year for which data is available. Almost two-thirds of construction fatalities were a result of the “Focus Four” hazards: caught-in or caught-between incidents, electrocution, falls, or struck-by incidents. In addition, construction firms are hiring new, inexperienced workers because of supply and demand, which could increase safety risks. Read more
In this article, a senior vice president at an insurance company who is an expert in workers’ compensation insurance shares the ways in which clients have reduced injuries, improved morale, saved money and increased production. Read more
Safety leaders should not try to enact a cultural change and focus instead on developing a workplace climate that takes safety seriously. There are differences between culture and climate. The climate of an organization can be changed quickly through new safety systems, procedures and leadership changes. Culture on the other hand evolves over time. Those who wish to change an organization’s culture should first change the climate and then over time the culture will develop. Read more
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