EHS Roundup – December 2017
Every organization has a safety culture, but if you find yourself reminding everyone why personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper lockout/tagout procedures are important, you’re probably working within a weak safety culture. This article explains how you can bring safety to the forefront of everyone’s mind, from management to the factory floor. Read more
Today’s environmental compliance software market is full of vendors that offer unique solutions. Before the software selection process begins, your company should create a list of criteria that can be used to differentiate software vendors from one another. This post identifies five evaluation criteria that will help you select the right environmental compliance software solution. Read more
Petroleum refineries and other organizations must comply with stringent and complicated regulations regarding air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental responsibility. Keeping track of air quality and EHS requirements requires constant analysis of millions of pieces of data, to which complex rules must be applied. This post explains how best judgments can be incorporated into software, and identifies the key attributes to look for in an EHS data validation system. Read more
Robots are beginning to make their way into new work environments, such as light manufacturing, logistics and fulfillment centers, and agriculture. This video, based on an article on robots and safety, shows how robots are used in the workplace. Watch video
Organizations must educate, train and coach their leaders in communication tactics, and help them continuously identify opportunities for improvement, but it is up to individual leaders to improve themselves. This article includes a communication self-evaluation questionnaire used for leadership development and communication improvement. Read more
Private industry employers reported nearly 48,500 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases in 2016 in the U.S. compared to a year earlier, according to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2016, which occurred at a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers. Read more
This year’s natural disasters (hurricanes in the U.S., earthquake in Mexico) have highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness. All companies must have an emergency response plan, and employers with 10 or more employees must have a written plan. Plans should be updated frequently, and always re-evaluated after a disaster. However, while most companies have an emergency response plan, they don’t always have it up-to-date or it is not relevant to all possible crises. Read more
Using safety slogans may be an effective way to emphasize the same message in a way that’s easy to remember, but there must also be concrete actions as part of a comprehensive safety program. Nevertheless, go through this list of safety slogans to find some that you can use in your organization or simply to have something fun to read for 10 minutes. Read more
Shift workers typically sleep less than others, and the resulting drowsiness on the job can pose major safety risks. Reduced concentration, decreased motivation and slower reaction times can increase the risk of accidents and injuries, and decrease productivity. If you have shift workers in your organization, you need to make sure to keep them healthy and safe. Read more
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