EHS Roundup - December 2015

December 08, 2015
By Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

Once a month, our EHS Roundup provides a recap of 10 interesting EHS articles and online resources that caught our attention. We hope you enjoy the one for December 2015.

Verdantix Global Survey Of EH&S Leaders Finds 31% Of Firms Will Increase 2016 Spending By More Than 5% And Identifies Priorities For 2016 Investment

Verdantix conducted a global survey of 312 environment, health and safety executives. The survey reveals that 10% of firms will increase spending in 2016 by double digits and 21% will spend between 5% and 9% more next year. It also provides key insights for EHS decision-makers.

[Infographic] The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs: Are They Worth It?

EHS Today shared an infographic from Mission Safety Services that highlights the most dangerous jobs in the world, and provides for each job: 1) the average annual salary, 2) the fatality rate, and 3) tips for reducing the number of fatalities.

Most Dangerous Jobs

OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations

In September, OSHA released preliminary figures regarding the top 10 violations of 2015. This article provides the official figures for OSHA’s most-frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2015 and includes very detailed facts and data.

Contractor Safety: Are You Responsible When They Are on Site?

If you are in the construction industry and you deal with contractors in the U.S., U.K., Canada or Australia, you will find this article very pertinent. The article explains contractor safety regulations for the construction industry in the four countries.

Filling Blind

This video is about the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s investigation of a massive explosion in 2009 in Puerto Rico that occurred when gasoline overflowed and sprayed out from a large aboveground storage tank, forming a 107-acre vapor cloud that ignited. The CSB found that current EPA and OSHA regulations are inadequate to control the hazards from facilities that store large quantities of gasoline and other flammables.

Adapting to EHS Pressures Facing Oil & Gas Manufacturers

This article by Paul Leavoy from LNS Research explains how oil and gas firms must face increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and customer demands, as well as greater public scrutiny of health and safety standards. It also highlights the most important trends impacting oil and gas companies today.

ECHA Helpdesk’s top tips: What do importers of chemicals need to know?

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) provides helpful information for companies that import chemicals from outside the EU and that need to comply with the EU REACH regulation. This article can also be useful for non-EU companies that sell chemicals into the EU.

[Infographic] PPE: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

EHS Today shared an infographic from Magid that shows injury prevention options in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The infographic explains common work-related injuries, costs and prevention options.

PPE Infographic

Leveraging IoT to Improve EHS Management

In this Environmental Leader article, we learn that the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices are coming to EHS. For example, smart sensors, EHS mobile apps, wearables and other equipment are being used to collect or monitor EHS data. IoT helps EHS both with data input and data output.

Mobility in EHS: The Power of Offline

There is a growing use of EHS mobile apps for remote incident reporting, audits, inspections, access to health and safety information on chemicals, approval workflows, etc. This post on Enablon Insights highlights the importance of offline functionality for EHS mobile apps to improve productivity.

Visit Enablon Insights again a month from now to learn more about what caught our attention in EHS.