EHS Roundup - November 2016

November 07, 2016

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 recap for November 2016.

Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety

Every October, OSHA releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from almost 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding were the top three most violated standards. Read more

OSHA Video Examines Fall Protection

Falls are again on top of the list of violations cited most frequently by OSHA. Therefore, this is a good time to remind that OSHA has a webpage dedicated to fall protection and a video that details the dangers of falls in construction and reroofing. Watch video

How to Comply with OSHA’s Rule on Submitting Injury and Illness Data

This article provides an overview of OSHA’s final rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” that revises its recording and reporting requirements. The rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping data. Read more

In this in-depth interview series on Enablon Insights, speakers from SPF Americas 2016 offer fresh insights on EHS management, risk and resilience. This Q&A post with Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director at NAEM, provides insights into the increasing relevance of EHS strategy for C-suite execs, the escalating consumer demand for EHS data, and the revolution in EHS management information systems for companies that want a competitive edge.

Keys to Effective Safety Observations

Behavioral observations are a tool to improve safety performance and enhance employee engagement. According to safety consultant and author Shawn M. Galloway, COO of ProAct Safety, the key to effective observations is being A.W.A.R.E. (Announce, Watch, Ask, Reinforce, and Express concern). Read more

Standards: Health and Safety at the Heart of Corporate Sustainability

ISO 45001 will provide a more robust and updated management system for the organisational development and improvement of a company’s health and safety performance. It will also help create and sustain the culture necessary to run a safe, healthy and profitable business. Finally, the standard will push companies to focus on and systematically map relevant risks and opportunities in a wider context. Read more

Women in Safety

Safety+Health magazine spoke with five female safety professionals about challenges they faced, obstacles they overcame and lessons they learned in the field. Three of the women belong to the National Safety Council Women’s Caucus, which aims to offer support and networking opportunities for women in safety. Read more

Infographic: 7 Steps of Emergency Planning

This infographic provides seven essential steps to develop a comprehensive emergency plan that keeps workers and facilities safe, and allows companies to be back in business after an emergency. View Infographic

Emergency Planning

What EHS Managers Need to Know About Digital Transformation

Digital technologies such as the IoT, Big Data, Mobility, and Cloud offer the potential to improve EHS performance. EHS managers and professionals should get involved in their organization’s Digital Transformation initiatives to help better manage risks and better operationalize EHS management systems. Read more

Interested in the Safety and Health of Older Workers? EU-OSHA Has Got it Covered

EU-OSHA published a number of reports on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing EU workforce. The reports cover a variety of topics, including: general implications of the ageing workforce for OSH; analysis of the existing policies, strategies and programs in Europe for safer and healthier work at any age; and specific rehabilitation and return-to-work systems. Read more

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