EHS Roundup - July 2017

July 03, 2017
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. Enjoy the recap for July 2017.

How to Prioritize EHS Compliance Audits by Using Risk Factors

EHS compliance audits are a necessary burden. While it takes time and money to complete them, they must be done due to the costs and consequences of non-compliance. Since audits cannot be avoided, is there a way to make them less of a burden? The answer is yes, if you use an EHS software with an intelligent audit management module that can automate the prioritization of audits. Read more

The success of an EHS compliance audit is dependent on ensuring it is properly planned. It should have minimal disruption on production while ensuring the audit team can achieve the audit objectives. After defining the audit scope and facility to audit, there are some key planning points to consider to ensure audit success.

[Infographic] 7 Stupid Reasons People Get Hurt at Work

View the infographic to learn more about seven stupid reasons why new employees get injured on the job, to help you remove hazards and increase safety engagement in your workplace. View full infographic

7 Safety Mistakes

Use Near Misses to Find Root Causes

Finding out about a hazard that almost turned into an incident is always concerning. But near misses can have a valuable silver lining. While there are a variety of strategies for root-cause analysis, a few key principles will help ensure success regardless of your method. Read more

When Drones Fly

Drones can be used in place of sending workers into confined spaces or other hazardous areas. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates commercial drone use, but OSHA has no regulations regarding drones. Employers who use drones must “culturally imbue” operators with the values of safety. Read more

OSHA and Ergonomics: The Past, Present and Future

Ergonomics was a hot topic for OSHA in the 1990s, with the agency issuing a standard for ergonomics in 2000, which quickly was repealed in 2001. So why should employers continue to concern themselves with ergonomics? The ergonomics process may include modifying tasks, the work environment and equipment to meet the specific needs of an employee to alleviate physical stress and eliminate work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read more

How Businesses Are Responding to Rising Demand for Chemical Transparency

It’s been over thirty years since the U.S. Community Right to Know Act was passed in 1986. Fast forward to 2017 and disclosure is growing from chemical emissions reporting to include chemical ingredient reporting. According to the Harvard Business Review, winning in the “age of radical transparency” will bring great marketing opportunities for companies as consumers demand more information about the products they are buying. Read more

REACH 2018: Practical Help to Prepare Your Registration

If you manufacture chemical substances in the EU or import them from outside the EU above one tonne per year, you may have registration obligations under REACH. Additionally, if you manufacture or import a product (mixture, article), it may contain substances that need to be registered individually. If you have pre-registered substances that you manufacture in the EU or import from outside the EU above one tonne, but not more than 100 tonnes per year, and have not already registered them, the REACH registration deadline of 31 May 2018 concerns you. Read more

Does Your Safety Incentive Program Need More Carrot and Less Stick?

When done correctly, safety programs lead to a safer work environment, higher morale, and increased employee engagement. In addition, safety training is the best way to ensure your procedures are understood and a great way to reinforce safe behaviors. It reinforces your safety goals and reminds participants about the impacts of not achieving those goals. Read more

The Importance of Safe Behavior (Cannot Be Stressed Enough)

Regulations alone cannot improve safety. Buy-in at all levels is needed to change the culture. Make safety everyone’s responsibility, not just that of the loss control department or safety professionals on staff. Safety and productivity can work in harmony. The desired safer behavior can lead to increased production and profit. Read more

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