EHS Roundup – February 2018
Many organizations are moving to a management systems approach as a better way to manage overall organizational risk and achieve a measure of corporate social responsibility. In this article, Chris J. Ward, an author of OHSAS 18001 and contributor to the initial development of ISO 45001, answers questions on the new occupational safety and health standard. Read more
This article is a follow-up to the previous one, and includes more questions and answers with Chris J. Ward, an author of OHSAS 18001 and contributor to the initial development of ISO 45001. This part of the interview looks at possible problematic areas and benefits for EHS managers in U.S. companies. Read more
Powerful equipment, flammable chemicals, and high pressures cause jobs in the oil and gas industry to turn deadly a lot quicker than other industries. This is why safety managers and supervisors must identify and communicate hazards and controls that exist on each work site before work begins. View full infographic
OSHA inspections are very important and should be taken seriously. However, they don’t need to be feared. Safety managers can perform effectively and minimize the risk of a potential citation from OSHA. This article explains procedures that can be used to prepare for and manage an OSHA inspection. Read more
This U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s video examines the mixture of incompatible materials at the MGPI Processing Plant in 2016. The video emphasizes key lessons to prevent inadvertent mixing incidents. Watch video
While all OSH specialists are called on to protect people, property and the environment, they don’t all have the same responsibilities. It has become important to identify the differences that distinguish OSH professionals from OSH practitioners. This article identifies nine qualities, qualifications and responsibilities that make someone a safety professional. Read more
New rules for hazmat air and vessel shipments are already in effect. In addition, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) plans to start finalizing new hazmat rules. This article reviews the new dangerous goods (DG) requirements that are mandatory now, and five new or changing DOT hazmat rules most likely to be finalized this year. Read more
Learn more about emerging trends causing an increase in workplace safety concerns, workplace safety standards, challenges, and workplace safety job profiles. View full infographic
There are misconceptions and limited views of what behavior-based safety (BBS) is and isn’t. A discussion is needed on what BBS should and shouldn’t be. BBS should be used to fill the gap between traditional safety and safety excellence. It is not a tool to address process safety and high-probability risks, although some try to use it that way. Read more
Only about 10% of companies run effective lockout programs and up to three-out-of-ten employers have no lockout program at all. Despite federal and state regulations, incidents continue to occur at a pace that makes violations of lockout/tagout requirements one of OSHA’s most frequently cited regulations, as well as one of the costliest. Read more
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