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 June 2018.
Optimism remains strong and steady in the occupational safety and health field, according to the results of the 2018 Safety+Health Job Outlook survey. For the fifth consecutive year, the number of organizations projecting to add safety and health employees in the next year is around 26%. Also, for the fifth consecutive year, more than 20% of organizations had increased their staffing levels in the previous six months. Read more
The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index helps employers, risk managers, and safety practitioners make workplaces safer by identifying critical risk areas so that businesses can better allocate safety resources. Developed annually, the index ranks the top 10 causes of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries by their direct costs to U.S. businesses. Read more
This report discusses the value of Occupational Health (OH) from a global perspective. It applies a broad meaning to the word “value”, including financial aspects, legal, moral, and other less tangible effects (such as effects on the corporate image). The report also summarizes the global evidence on OH, combining indications from the scientific literature with case studies. Read report
Almost every EHS professional knows about risk assessment. But have you considered its impact on the overall health of your safety culture? This article takes a look at how culture and risk assessment overlap in a Q&A with Gary Higbee, President and CEO of Higbee & Associates, Inc. Higbee is also Principal at the North American Management Institute and a Senior Consultant for SafeStart/SafeTrack. Read more
If you’re working hard on developing a strong safety culture in your workplace but still can’t see any results, there are a few signs that the failure of your efforts is caused by other factors. Consider if the management of your company exhibits any of the behaviors highlighted in this article before you give up on your efforts. Read more
Routines breed complacency. That poses a danger when it comes to instinctive decision-making. You believe you are secure because there are safeguards or because nothing has ever happened to you in that situation before, but just because something feels safe, it does not mean there is no risk. Repeated positive experiences tend to dull people’s perception of risk. Adults make thousands of decisions every day, many of them unconsciously. Even if only 1% of them are risky decisions, you are still putting yourself in danger several times a day. Read more
Heather Ingraham, CHMM, is a Senior EHS & Content Product Manager at Enablon and manages the North American Product Team. In this post, Heather shares tips and advice for anyone who is just starting in EHS, or considering a career in it.
A common characteristic of organizations successful in improving workplace ergonomics is that ergonomics is managed as a process – one that systematically identifies and effectively reduces the level of employee exposure to risk factors known to cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). ISO 45001 provides a new model that can be used as an effective system for managing ergonomics. Read more
In the EU, MSDs are the biggest cause of absence from work, accounting for 40% of workers’ compensation costs and a reduction of around 1.6% of gross domestic product. In the US, MSDs account for 33% of all workers’ compensation costs, with a direct cost of approximately $20 billion to the US economy. MSDs account for a chunk of the estimated $3 trillion cost to the global economy from injury and illness. When working across multiple regions, safety managers should understand the key regulations related to MSDs. Read more
Comprehensive on-the-job training is fundamental to the success of every business regardless of industry. In EHS, safety professionals, risk managers and environmental specialists join organizations with a high level of training specific to their role. However, once they are on board, it’s their job to build a formal process of continuing training and ensure the skills across the company are updated. Read more
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