In a recent court case, a railroad transportation employee claimed that his supervisors retaliated against him after he filed reports about safety concerns. Here is what the court had to say.
Category: EHS Administration
Risk assessment is a tool that many safety professionals are familiar with and use on a regular basis. But according to Gary Higbee, EMBA, CSP, the traditional methods for performing risk assessments are incomplete and fail to capture significant hazards. In a session at Safety 2017, the annual professional development conference of the American Society […]
New research suggests that managers of U.S. companies trying to meet earnings expectations may be compromising the health and safety of workers to please investors.
Leading safety organizations are appealing to members of Congress to preserve federal funding for OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Read on to find out why concern is high.
In a new report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that EPA’s discretionary grants program needs improvement in several areas.
The EPA is requesting public comments on its Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2015. The Draft Inventory contains estimates of U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has long administered the whistleblower protection programs for itself and other federal agencies. If a worker speaks up about regulatory compliance issues or safety, and suffers a change in work status, OSHA will investigate to determine whether the change resulted from illegal retaliation. But OSHA doesn’t just want […]
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is not the only agency that makes rules protecting worker safety and health. Nuclear plants, for example, are subject to the rules of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); airlines are subject to safety rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Railroads, too, have their own safety […]
One of the most confusing tasks for environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers has to do with recording and reporting workplace injuries. Sometimes, it is very clear when a workplace injury occurs—and sometimes, it is not so easy. In a recent letter of interpretation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) did not shed much […]
You’re probably on the lookout for workers who file fraudulent workers’ compensation claims—but how carefully are you watching your insurer? There has been a great deal of emphasis on claimant fraud, healthcare provider fraud, and employer fraud in the workers’ compensation system, but insurer fraud has received relatively little attention.