EHS Roundup - May 2018

May 07, 2018

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 May 2018.

EHS Leaders Face a Digital Inflection Point

In this article, Pete Bussey from LNS Research gives his key takeaways from the NAEM EHS and Sustainability Software conference that took place in March. Topics include digital innovation trends, their impact on the EHS function and its leaders, and why EHS business leaders have reached a digital inflection point. Read more

A Fresh Look at the Risk Assessment Process

Risk likelihood and severity potentially fluctuate based on our interaction with a hazard, and human factors can easily increase and decrease a risk. A risk matrix needs to account for these fluctuations, and using a third dimension composed of human factors can accomplish this. It allows us to see three aspects of safety. Read more

The Hierarchy of Controls

Identifying and mitigating exposures to occupational hazards before work begins is the objective of all safety and health professionals. NIOSH offers a basic outline through its interpretation of the Hierarchy of Controls. NIOSH defines five levels of the Hierarchy of Controls: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment. The hierarchy is arranged beginning with the most effective controls and proceeds to the least effective. Read more

Building an Ideal Safety Culture

In the past, organizations have focused on improving safety by addressing the work environment. But many organizations have reached a plateau, finding that relying primarily on this approach without taking a more comprehensive view of safety produces only marginal gains. An ideal safety culture would develop continuous improvement activities around at least six components: Leadership, Systems, Behaviors, Employee Engagement, Internal Person Factors, and Conditions. Read more

Effective communication is key to promote a global safety culture, and adapting a communication style to take into account local cultural differences can help. If you work in an organization with locations in different countries, be aware of local cultural differences. It will not only help you promote a global safety culture, but also contribute positively to the organizational culture.

6 Top Worker Safety Concerns from the NSC

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released six of the top safety concerns on which companies should focus. According to the organization, certain populations of workers and those in certain situations are at a higher risk of injury or fatality. View slideshow

Self-Assess Your Current Safety Strategy

How complete and comprehensive is your safety strategy? Does it have the right ingredients? Do you even have a safety strategy? In this article, Shawn M. Galloway highlights 10 essential considerations that were frequently excluded, after reviewing countless corporate, division, and location-specific safety strategies. Read more

Robots in the Workplace

As new technologies bring robots side-by-side with human workers, what are the safety implications? Robots can help prevent injuries or adverse health effects such as musculoskeletal disorders and cuts to human workers. Also, risk assessments are crucial to safe and successful implementation of robots in the workplace. Read more

5 Keys to Sustainable Safety and Ergonomics

Organizations with long-term success in ergonomics view it in terms of a continuous improvement process: risk factors drive the process and a proactive approach to manage risk yields long-term benefits in employee health, safety, enhanced internal and external productivity, and human performance. This article highlights five keys to make ergonomics initiatives sustainable. Read more

Get More Out of Online Learning With These 5 Tips

With the rise of online learning, people who want to stay on top of the latest industry trends and compete for the best jobs can take classes and earn certificates in between working and running their errands. This article shares five tips to help you become a better online learner. Read more

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