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QuickTakes 08/15/2018

Top Stories OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for General Industry Beryllium Standard OSHA issued a final rule to extend the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements in the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12. The extension applies to methods of compliance, beryllium work areas, regulated areas, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, hazard communication, and recordkeeping. During this time, the agency will prepare a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to clarify certain provisions that maintain worker safety and health, and address employers’ concerns with compliance. Read the news release for more information. OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program Shows Annual Benefits of More than $1 Billion OSHA recently published an analysis showing how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program, contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. The On-Site Consultation Program provides free, confidential safety and health services to small and medium-sized businesses. Employers who implement the workplace improvements suggested by OSHA consultants can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses. This in turn can lead to higher employee morale, increased productivity, and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Deputy Assistant Secretary Addresses Poultry Industry On Aug. 13, OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt addressed the National Safety and Health Conference for the Poultry Industry. The conference, designed specifically for poultry facility and corporate safety personnel, was sponsored by the Georgia Poultry Federation, Georgia Tech Research Institute/Agricultural Technology Research Program, National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. In her remarks, Sweatt stressed worker lives and livelihoods depend on our ability to jointly prevent injuries and illnesses. She also unveiled a new QuickCard addressing common hazards at poultry processing plants. The card, in English on one side and Spanish on the other, offers basic tips such as making sure machines are properly guarded before beginning work, turning off equipment during cleaning or maintenance, wearing protective clothing, and reporting early signs of repetitive motion injuries to management. It's Safe + Sound Week More than 1,700 organizations are participating in Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event Aug. 13-19 to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs. More than 2,000 participants have registered workplace events. The governors of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska issued proclamations officially recognizing this outreach effort. Visit the Safe + Sound website to find free training and events near you. Participants can also download a certificate or share their successes through social media. New Compliance Assistance Resources Available for OSHA’s Silica Standard OSHA's silica standards require employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and take steps to protect workers. OSHA has several new resources to help employers meet the requirements of the standards. return to top of page Enforcement Alabama Auto Dealership Settles with OSHA Following Fatal Fire OSHA reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon, Inc., to resolve citations and penalties issued after five employees were injured, three fatally, in a fire at the company’s automobile dealership. The company agreed to implement a chemical hazard communication program, properly store flammable liquids, discontinue use of unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment in hazardous areas, and pay $114,074 in penalties. Read the news release for more information. Companies in Florida and Texas Cited for Trenching Hazards in Separate Incidents OSHA cited Archer Western Construction, Inc., for safety violations after two employees suffered fatal injuries while performing trenching activities. Inspectors determined the company failed to inspect the work area for hazards and brace a section of a concrete highway barrier that later collapsed. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $33,259. For more information, read the news release. El Paso Underground Construction faces $190,642 in proposed penalties for exposing employees to trench collapse hazards. Inspectors found the company failed to provide training and implement trench protections. OSHA cited the company four times in 2017 for similar violations. The agency has placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Read the news release for more information. Illinois Adhesive Manufacturer Cited for Serious Health and Safety Violations Adhesive Systems, Inc., was cited for multiple safety and health violations. The company failed to provide employees with respirator fit tests and appropriate respirators; ensure electrical equipment was approved for use in hazardous atmospheres; and conduct a personal protective equipment assessment. OSHA proposed penalties of $587,564. For more information, read the news release. Ohio Manufacturer Cited For Exposing Employees to Excessive Noise and Other Hazards OSHA cited Polystar Containment for exposing employees to excessive noise that led to hearing loss. Inspectors concluded that the employer failed to: monitor employee hearing loss; install controls to reduce noise levels; use machine guards; provide adequate respiratory protection; remove damaged forklifts from use; train workers on hazardous communication; and properly store flammable materials. The company faces penalties totaling $331,490. Read the news release for more information. Kansas Grain Bin Operator Cited Following Fatal Engulfment of Two Workers OSHA cited Gavilon Grain, LLC, after two workers were fatally engulfed in a soybean storage bin. Inspectors found that the company allowed employees to enter a bin in which bridged and/or hung-up grain was present. Gavilon also failed to lock out equipment to prevent unintentional startup, or provide employees with lifelines, fall protection, and rescue equipment. The company faces proposed penalties of $507,374 and has been placed in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. For more information, read the news release. Oregon Shipbuilder Cited for Willful and Serious Safety Violations OSHA cited Vigor Marine, Inc., for 16 willful and serious violations following an inspection in response to employee complaints. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $370,358. Inspectors determined that the company allowed employees to work on energized circuit boxes; and failed to conduct fit-testing and medical evaluations before providing respirators, implement an effective hearing conservation program, and ensure employees wore seat belts when operating powered industrial trucks. The company was cited for similar violations at its facilities in Oregon and Alaska. Read the news release for more information. California Cites Contractor for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards California OSHA issued two citations and $146,004 in penalties to roofing contractor Petersen-Dean, Inc., for exposing workers to fall hazards. Inspectors determined that the company failed to correct unsafe conditions and work practices, and provide fall protection for workers on a sloped roof. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2013, 2016, and 2017. Washington Cites Company After Workers Suffer Serious Injuries The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued 26 citations and $253,320 in fines to National Products, Inc., for failing to protect workers from burns and amputation hazards. One worker had several fingers amputated by an unguarded and improperly maintained trimming press, and another worker suffered burns from carrying molten aluminum without adequate personal protective equipment. The company was previously cited for these same violations and is considered a severe violator. For more information, read the news release. return to top of page Safety and Health Outreach Free Safety and Health Training at Tennessee Conference Safety Fest TN will be held Sept. 10-14 at multiple locations in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tenn. The annual event features more than 100 free safety and health classes, a safety expo, demonstrations, a community forum, and a fire department conference. Safety Fest TN draws exhibitors and participants from across Tennessee as well as nearby states. For more information and to register, visit the Safety Fest TN website. Federal OSHA and State Labor Agencies Discuss How to Create Safer and Healthier Workplaces in the Midwest OSHA Regional Administrator Kim Stille addresses representatives from Midwestern state occupational safety agencies. OSHA Regional Administrator Kim Stille recently hosted a four-day meeting in Kansas City, Mo., with representatives of state occupational safety and health agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The participants shared best practices and resources, attended workshops on hazards related to grain handling and trenching, and discussed ways to participate in OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week. OSHA and the state agencies pledged to continue their collaborative efforts to better protect the safety and health of workers. return to top of page Cooperative Programs California Consultation Program Helps Air Conditioner Manufacturer Bring Injury Rate to Zero QC Manufacturing, Inc., an air conditioner manufacturer in Temecula, Calif., accepted California OSHA’s (Cal/OSHA) invitation for a free visit from its On-Site Consultation Program to find and fix workplace hazards. After the first consultation, the employer hired a full-time safety coordinator and continued to focus on safety. After all hazards identified during the consultation were corrected, the company reduced its annual incidents of recordable workplace injuries to zero. In recognition of its efforts, Cal/OSHA accepted QC Manufacturing into its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. For more information, read the success story. Strategic Partnership Focuses on Safety During Texas Construction Project OSHA and the Manhattan Construction Company recently signed a partnership agreement to protect approximately 1,000 workers during the construction of a Major League ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Partners will provide a mentoring and training program, and promote communication between contractors and subcontractors to improve safety and health. The Strategic Partnership Program provides opportunities for OSHA to partner with stakeholders to create safe and healthful work environments. return to top of page Safety and Health Resources Redesigned OSHA Enforcement Webpage Easier to Navigate OSHA has redesigned the agency’s enforcement webpage to make it easier for users to find information on inspections, penalties, policy, guidance, and compliance assistance. Users can also access information by industry. Free Workplace Violence Prevention Webinar Available Online A free 60-minute webinar on preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings is available from The Joint Commission, a long-standing OSHA national alliance partner. The webinar includes an overview of OSHA’s Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, as well as a discussion of a multi-hospital intervention study that reduced violent events. return to top of page Social Media Follow Us on Twitter and Visit Us on Facebook Follow @OSHA_DOL on Twitter (and thanks for retweeting!) and visit the DOL Facebook page for OSHA information and resources. OSHA also provides news and commentary on workplace safety and health from its senior leadership, staff, and guest contributors on the DOL blog. Featured Posts return to top of page See DOL's weekly electronic newsletter for more DOL news. For more frequent updates on OSHA activities, follow us on Twitter and like DOL on Facebook. 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OSHA Extends Beryllium Rule Compliance to December

OSHA once again has pushed back the compliance date for some ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard. The new extension date, Dec. 12, 2018, affects provisions for methods of compliance, beryllium work areas, regulated areas, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards and recordkeeping. However, the date for other requirements of the standard have not changed. This compliance date extension does not affect the compliance dates for other requirements of the general industry beryllium standard. The agency's goal is to maintain essential safety and health protections for workers while it prepares a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to clarify certain provisions of the beryllium standard that would maintain the standard’s worker safety and health protections as well as address employers’ compliance burdens. OSHA began enforcing the new permissible exposure limits for general industry, construction, and shipyards and the general industry provisions for exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and medical removal on May 11, 2018. Those requirements are unaffected by this rule. Any provisions for which the standard already establishes compliance dates in 2019 (change rooms and showers) or 2020 (engineering controls) also are unaffected by this rule. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Ποια σημάδια αποκαλύπτουν πότε κάποιος μπορεί αν λέει ψέματα

Σε κανέναν δεν αρέσει το ψέμα. Πολύ περισσότερο, να του λένε ψέματα. Και είναι εκείνες οι φορές, που έχουμε κάποιον απέναντί μας και δεν ξέρουμε, αν μας λέει αλήθεια ή όχι. Και σκεφτόμαστε, γιατί να μην υπάρχει το κόλπο με τη μύτη του Πινόκιο, να μεγαλώνει σε κάθε ψέμα. Αλλά δεν χρειάζεστε τη μύτη για να «ξεσκεπάσετε» τον Πινόκιο, απέναντί σας. Μπορείτε να τον καταλάβετε εύκολα και με πολλούς τρόπους. Ιδού, κάποιοι από αυτούς: Σας κοιτάει έντονα στα μάτια Μια τεράστια ένδειξη ότι κάποιος σας λέει ψέματα, είναι ότι σας κοιτάζει έντονα. Σύμφωνα με τον αναλυτή συμπεριφοράς, dr. Lillian Glass και το βιβλίο της, «The Body Language of Liars», αυτό που συμβαίνει συνήθως με τους ψεύτες είναι ότι έρχονται σε επαφή με τα μάτια. Κι αυτό διότι, αισθάνονται ότι με αυτόν τον τρόπο «ελέγχουν και χειραγωγούν» τους άλλους. Οι ερασιτέχνες, πάλι, ψεύτες αποφεύγουν να σας κοιτάνε στα μάτια, φοβούμενοι ότι θα τους καταλάβετε. Καλύπτουν το στόμα τους Για κάποιο λόγο, όταν οι άνθρωποι λένε κάποιο ψέμα, καλύπτουν το στόμα τους. Κι αυτό είναι περίεργο, διότι κατά μία έννοια, εφιστούν την προσοχή στο μέρος από βγαίνει το ψέμα. Αλλά αυτό είναι που κάνουν. Σύμφωνα με το Glass, όταν οι ενήλικες καλύπτουν το στόμα τους, σημαίνει ότι δεν αποκαλύπτουν τα πάντα και κυριολεκτικά «κλείνουν την επικοινωνία». Ή, με άλλα λόγια, προσπαθούν να κρύψουν κάτι. Έτσι, την επόμενη φορά που θα δείτε μία τέτοια κίνηση, υποψιαστείτε. Ελεύθερες κινήσεις του κεφαλιού Όταν κάποιος κουνάει το κεφάλι του ταυτόχρονα με όταν μιλάει, μπορείτε να βασιστείτε σε αυτό που λέει. Ωστόσο, αν το κούνημα έρθει μετά, ίσως απλώς βρίσκεστε μπροστά σε έναν ψεύτη. Κοιτάξτε τα πόδια τους Σύμφωνα με τους ανθρώπους της Ψυχολογίας, οι ψεύτες τείνουν να δείχνουν τα πόδια τους προς την πόρτα ή την πλησιέστερη διαθέσιμη έξοδο, όταν λένε κάποιο ψέμα. Αυτό σημαίνει μια φυσική και ψυχολογική επιθυμία για μια βιαστική διαφυγή. Βήχουν ή ξεροκαταπίνουν Σύμφωνα με τους πρώην πράκτορες της CIA, Michael Floyd και Susan Carnicero, οι ψεύτες καθαρίζουν τους λαιμούς τους πριν πουν το ψέμα. Αυτό συμβαίνει γιατί μπορεί να έχουν άγχος ή να τους βγαίνει ως μία φυσιολογική αντίδραση. Πολλές πληροφορίες Σας συμβαίνει να κάνετε σε κάποιον μία συγκεκριμένη ερώτηση και να σας δίνει περισσότερες πληροφορίες από ό, τι ζητήσατε; Είναι επειδή δεν σας δίνει την πλήρη αλήθεια. Με κάποιο τρόπο, ελπίζουν ότι «βομβαρδίζοντας» τον άλλον με πολλές και άχρηστες πληροφορίες, θα τον αποπροσανατολίσει και στο τέλος θα ξεχάσει την ερώτηση, που του έκανε. Έτσι, να ξέρετε την επόμενη φορά, που δεν θα παίρνετε ευθεία απάντηση, θα πρέπει να ετοιμαστείτε για το ψέμα, που θα έρθει. Παύσεις και καθυστερήσεις στην απάντηση Δεν είναι μόνο πόσο λένε, είναι πόσο γρήγορα το λένε. Ως επί το πλείστον, αν κάποιος λέει την αλήθεια, πρόκειται να το πει γρήγορα και χωρίς δισταγμό. Εάν, όμως, κρύβουν κάτι, θα χρειαστούν περισσότερο χρόνο για να απαντήσουν, αφού έχουν να επεξεργαστούν το ψέμα. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Αν έχεις τύχη… οδήγησε μηχανάκι

Όταν μια παρέα στην Ινδία αποφάσισε να ανοίξει την κάμερά της μήπως πετύχει κάποια μικρή κατολίσθηση σε ένα συγκεκριμένο σημείο που υπήρχε δραστηριότητα, δεν φανταζόταν ότι θα πετύχαινε ένα τέτοιο περιστατικό. Την ώρα που κατέγραφαν, ένας άνδρας περνούσε προσεκτικά με το μηχανάκι του από το δρόμο όταν μεγάλες πέτρες και βράχια ξεκόλλησαν από το βουνό. Ο οδηγός της μηχανής σώζεται κυριολεκτικά για λίγα εκατοστά. ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GR Let's block ads! (Why?)

NIST Demonstrates Laser Ranging's Use in Analyzing Fires

NIST Demonstrates Laser Ranging's Use in Analyzing Fires Laser ranging can "see" three-dimensional objects melting in fires, according to an article posted Aug. 8 by the agency. Aug 15, 2018 Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used a laser detection and ranging (LADAR) system to image three-dimensional objects melting in flames, with their results published on Aug. 8. This method could offer a precise, safe, and compact way to measure structures as they collapse in fires. Optical range measurements, already used in manufacturing and other fields, may help overcome the challenges posed by structural fires, which are too hot to measure with conventional electromechanical sensors mounted on buildings. An article posted on the NIST website said the demonstration used a commercial LADAR system to map distances to objects melting behind flames that produced varying amounts of soot. The experiment measured 3D surfaces with a precision of 30 micrometers or better from 2 meters away. The NIST demonstration focused on pieces of chocolate and a plastic toy. "We needed something that doesn't melt too fast or too slow, but you still see an effect," said project leader Esther Baumann. "And I like chocolate." LADAR can image objects even when small amounts of soot are present in the flames and it works at a distance far enough away that the equipment is safe from the intense heat of a fire. "The project came together somewhat serendipitously when we got 'fire people' talking with 'optics people,'" said NIST structural engineer Matthew Hoehler. "The collaboration has not only been fruitful, it's been fun." According to the online article about their research, the initial experiments were conducted with flames 50 millimeters wide on lab burners at the University of Colorado Boulder, and preliminary results suggest LADAR could be applied to larger objects and fires. The NIST team plans to scale up the experiment, first to make 3D images of objects through flames about 1 meter wide. If that works, they will make quantitative observations of larger structural fires. Let's block ads! (Why?)

NY State Sues OxyContin's Maker

NY State Sues OxyContin's Maker "Our investigation found a pattern of deception and reckless disregard for New Yorkers' health and well-being as Purdue lined its own pockets by deliberately exploiting our communities and fueling an opioid epidemic that's destroyed families across the state," Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood said Aug. 14. Aug 15, 2018 New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state's attorney general, Barbara D. Underwood, on Aug. 14 announced a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., and Purdue Frederick Company, Inc. The suite alleges a decades-long and continuing pattern of persistent deceptive and illegal conduct to mislead prescribers and patients about the risks of the defendants' opioids, including OxyContin, and intentionally understating the risks and overstating the benefits of those drugs. The complaint alleges Purdue persistently made misrepresentations about its products, including concealing the link between long-term use of opioids and abuse and addiction, masking the signs of addiction by referring to them as "pseudoaddiction," falsely claiming that withdrawal from its products can be easily managed, overstating the risks of alternative pain relief therapies versus opioids, and misrepresenting the extent to which opioids improve body function. "The opioid epidemic was manufactured by unscrupulous distributors who developed a $400 billion industry pumping human misery into our communities. In this year's State of the State, I pledged that we will hold these companies responsible for their reprehensible actions," Cuomo said. "This lawsuit sends a clear message all these who mislead the public to increase their profit margins that we will hold you accountable for your actions." "Our investigation found a pattern of deception and reckless disregard for New Yorkers' health and well-being as Purdue lined its own pockets by deliberately exploiting our communities and fueling an opioid epidemic that's destroyed families across the state," Underwood said. "We're now holding Purdue to account for this reprehensible and illegal conduct. Our work won't stop with this lawsuit: Our office will continue to lead the multi-state investigation of opioid manufacturers and distributors across the country." Let's block ads! (Why?)

National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association Formed

National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association Formed NDASA launched in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Jo McGuire. It has announced its first Annual Conference & Trade Show will take place March 26-29, 2019, at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk hotel. Aug 15, 2018 A new industry organization has launched with much applause from employers, safety managers, and HR directors across the United States. The National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) launched in Washington, D.C., earlier this year under the direction of Jo McGuire.   The stated mission of NDASA is to advocate for safe and drug-free workplaces and communities through legislative advocacy, education, training, and excellence in drug and alcohol testing services. "This organization was formed to be the voice of the drug and alcohol testing industry in collaboration with the safety community during a time of great change in laws pertaining to substances of abuse and an opioid epidemic that demands attention," said McGuire, NDASA's founding chairman of the Board. "We launched in our nation's capital with a national press conference and two days of advocacy where we were well received by federal agencies and policy-makers, many of whom were surprised that we have data to support the success of workplace drug testing programs for advancing safety." NDASA has assembled leaders representing a wealth of knowledge and experience, forming a highly collaborative body of experts that can thoughtfully and effectively support the mission and vision. From safe workplaces, consortium management, policy development, technology advancement, scientific research, medical oversight, business leadership, and law enforcement drug recognition all the way to drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, and recovery, the goal is to support employers in maintaining the highest level of safety standards with well-qualified employees. "Employee substance use costs U.S. employers over $164 billion annually," said McGuire. "The small-business owner can lose upwards of $7,000 per month in lost revenue due to employee turnover, absenteeism, lack of productivity, accidents, injuries, and even workplace fatalities. With all the work our safety managers put in to follow safety standards, the national drug epidemic unravels that hard work and wreaks havoc for employers in finding and keeping a solid, stable workforce. "Our advocacy and education efforts are not only meant to support the safety industry, but to partner with employers for more effective workplace drug policies. We welcome new members from all sectors of the workforce and look forward to accomplishing great things together!" The association has announced its first Annual Conference & Trade Show will take place March 26-29, 2019, at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk hotel. For more information on the organization, visit www.ndasa.com or email [email protected] Let's block ads! (Why?)

What Keeps a Safety Leader Up at Night?

Challenges in the safety industry are abundant, and EHS professionals have to adapt to remain in compliance and reduce injury risk. In EHS Today's 2018 National Safety Survey, 870 safety leaders commented on the biggest obstacles facing the industry today, and what they're doing to overcome them. While 80% of survey respondents indicated that top management supports safety efforts, many respondents believe executives don't fully understand the value of keeping workers safe. Here are the challenges they said arise when it comes to executives understanding safety culture: • "For EHS professionals, the lack of emotional intelligence (EQ) skills and the disconnect of EHS value integrating/supporting business goals." • "Adequate training [is needed]. Too many companies pile employees into a room full of computers, where they fly through safety training. The supervisor just sits and reads the paper." • "Doctors are prescribing drugs to employees after a workplace incident when not needed, which then requires documentation on the OSHA log. This makes your safety program look much worse than it really should, which in turn requires you to try to explain why there are so many OSHA recordables to management. Then management ends up making kneejerk decisions to drive down the number of minor injuries vs focusing on the risk for the more severe ones that haven't happened yet." • "Too much influence is wielded by people who only care about next quarter's numbers. Employees are an expendable supply." • "Our corporate culture assumes one-size-fits-all when it comes to worker safety and facility safety requirements. Different facilities are at different places in their safety journey so you can apply the same logic to all." • "I work for a large global corporation. The biggest frustration is the development of 'global' standards by people who do not have interaction with the plants and try to do the one-size-fits-all approach. They don't look at the sites and allow them to do what makes sense for the specific situation at the individual sites." Data could be the key to proving how effective a robust safety program could be to a company's culture and bottom line. EHS professionals increasingly are using technology to identify and reduce workplace hazards through recording and using data, according to survey results. About 58% of respondents said they are using software to track, manage, analyze and report data about their facility's safety performance.We also asked survey respondents how they plan to use safety data within their operations: " We are going through a mobile data initiative, so field inspections, PPE needs and good catch/close call cards are all being tracked and managed real time as they are entered and stored in databases. This also allows us to share with other companies in hopes of preventing similar incidents elsewhere." " Expand the data mining to begin tracking leading indicators and determine key programs on which to focus messaging and informational empowerment efforts." " To provide the information to educate our employees on how well they are doing with our company safety polices. They need to hear some praise from someone." " Identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. Also to identify areas where action items are not being closed and where we need to focus more of our efforts and time." " It's easier to track and, with a click of a button, send out to all of management and allow them to observe what I have found. Without them knowing all details and evidence to back it up, things can't get resolved." " The data collected from the software will be visible to management and give them more of an understanding of the necessity of the safety program and hopefully gain more support." Despite having to prove the value of safety to top management, survey respondents indicate overall satisfaction with their roles, with 85% saying they were either 'very satisfied' or 'satisfied' with their choice. Here is what survey takers had to say about their careers: " I love my job. It affords me the ability to use most of my skills and gifts."" After 21 years and retiring from my previous employer as a safety professional, I have seen the ups and downs with the safety profession. It has been a challenging career, yet rewarding. Now I am a safety professional for a government entity carrying the safety torch. I enjoy seeing our profession expand with new ideas and technology that help us keep our employees safe." " I am very fortunate to have senior management support for our growing safety program. We had only one recordable injury in 2017 and zero in 2018. It's been almost 27 years since we had a lost time accident, which is rare in manufacturing! That is due to the commitment from all levels of management." " I love EHS, although it isn't for the faint of heart. Energy, passion and vision are characteristics that elude many EHS professionals and are absolutely necessary for the success of industry and culture." Safety Industry Challenges • "Small companies need to understand there is more to safety than just having a safety professional on board. It takes an honest commitment from executives to be positively involved in company safety and to involve safety in everything from the bidding process to project completion. Safety shouldn't start at the signing of the contract."• "The biggest challenge is the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do attitude from the general contractors I've worked with. They say they are all about safety and then let their own workers get away with and do whatever they want to do. It's a frustrating thing to be in a 10-story building with only one stairwell that is operational, and no matter how many times I've tried to fix it, the GC says that it won't be long, yet it's been two months." • "Besides expecting to do more with less, lack of leadership accountability for production leadership. My staff and I are held accountable for accidents/injuries as to why accidents continue to occur, repetitive types of injuries continue to occur, and why work areas with high injury rates are not decreasing."• "EHS responsibilities are being fanned out to folks who have many responsibilities, and the focus on safety gets lost. This is particularly true for small sites/offices, of which there can be many in a large corporation. It is often the small sites that have the worst practices for chemical storage, labeling, electrical power loading, fire protection, facility infrastructure (even floor loading!)."• "More integration and collaboration between the environmental, safety, accessibility and industrial health fields would benefit the industry as a whole. In many companies, and especially in the federal government, these fields are still separate or are not working together effectively. Lapses of protection, lack of comprehensive workforce support and knowledge transfer occur when these fields are not functioning as an integrated partnership. Duplication of inspection and compliance reviews also occur when these fields are not collaborating. More acceptance and inclusion of environmental and accessibility professionals in our industry is one solution to this challenge." Let's block ads! (Why?)

2017 EHS National Safety Survey

Safety leadership from the top down is one of the keys to employee engagement and positive safety culture, and 2017 National Safety Survey respondents indicate that executives are taking an active role in keeping workers safe. Click the button below to download the survey (pdf), as published in the August 2017 issue of EHS Today. Let's block ads! (Why?)