EHS Roundup - March 2016

March 07, 2016
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 March 2016.

Safety Pros Are Obsessed About the Wrong Things

In this thought-provoking article published on ISHN, Phil La Duke argues that the focus of safety for 100 years has been centered around obsessions: obsession with eliminating injuries, changing worker behaviors, and identifying root causes of injuries. This focus is wrong, La Duke says. Read more

Defining ‘World-Class’ Safety

What does “Word-Class” mean, and how can organizations achieve world-class status? These are the questions that this Safety+Health magazine article addresses. As thoroughly demonstrated in the article, the answers are complex and there are no simple explanations. Read more

Why do Organizations Repeat Safety Mistakes? Researchers Weigh In

According to a study from the University of Texas-Austin covered in this Safety+Health magazine article, organizations exhibit cycles of learning and forgetting of safety lessons following previous incidents, and periods of weakened focus on safety may lead to increased risks. Read more

[Infographic] The Most Unhealthy Jobs in the World

EHS Today published an infographic from Easy Life Cover, a life insurance company based in Ireland, on the 10 unhealthiest jobs in the world. The rankings are based on contaminants, diseases and infections, hazardous conditions, radiation, risks of minor burns, cuts, bites and stings, and time spent sitting. See infographic

Infographic Unhealthiest Jobs

NAEM 2016 Trends Report: Planning For A Sustainable Future

The National Association of Environmental Management (NAEM) bi-annual report provides an in-depth analysis of the issues and trends shaping EHS and sustainability management, in 2016 and beyond. The research is based on in-depth interviews of EHS and sustainability business leaders. Download report

How to Put Leading Indicators into Practice

The NIOSH Science Blog provides a summary of a new white paper released by the Campbell Institute: Elevating EHS Leading Indicators: From Defining to Designing. The paper describes how eight Campbell Institute members and partners used leading indicators and outlines important lessons learned. Read more

Update on Proposed ISO 45001

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced the creation of a dedicated ISO 45001 website that includes papers, videos and background information. The proposed ISO standard on health and safety management is expected to be published in October 2016. Read more

Hazard Classification Guidance for Manufacturers, Importers, and Employers

In March 2012, OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with GHS. This guidance document is designed to help manufacturers and importers classify chemicals in accordance with HazCom 2012. The document is also aimed at employers who use hazardous chemical products in OSHA-regulated workplaces. Read document

[Infographic] Guide to Understanding Arc Flash

At least 30,000 arc flash accidents occur each year in the U.S., resulting in 400 fatalities. This infographic by Superior Glove provides helpful information about arc flash incidents and how to protect workers from the dangerous aftermath of arc flashes. See infographic

Infographic Arc Flashes

Product Stewardship helps to achieve regulatory compliance, improve EHS performance and protect brand reputation. This post on Enablon Insights gives four examples that show how product stewardship can be improved through a fully integrated enterprise platform used for EHS, Risk and Sustainability.

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