Category: EHS Management

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Three Sources for Fresh Safety Incentive Program Ideas

Congratulations! You have well-established safety incentive program, one with well-defined goals that recognizes workers’ participation and efforts to improve safety in the workplace! It promotes positive communication between management and workers, and it doesn’t fall foul of current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement guidance. It’s a well-oiled machine that has been in place […]

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Four Strategies to Kick Your Safety Incentive Program Up a Notch

By now, you’ve put the basics in place. Your safety incentive program is structured to reward safety without suppressing reporting and to ensure that it doesn’t look like an entitlement or used to reward only supervisors’ “favorites.” But, could you take your safety incentive program to the next level?

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The Cost of Catastrophe: The Business Case for Better Equipment

What could you do with $32 billion dollars? A lot, certainly—but not if you’re forced to sink the entire amount into settling federal, state, and local claims for environmental damage from a preventable chemical catastrophe and paying the medical costs of workers or civilians killed or injured by the incident. That’s what Transocean, Ltd., the […]

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Are Your Feet Always Wet if You’re Standing in a Wetland?

Does the project you are considering need a wetlands permit? There was a company in New England whose owner wanted to move to a defunct airport site located on Long Island Sound and build a state-of-the-art-facility. One of his employees was a state representative. Another was a member of the local wetlands commission. Did he […]

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‘Zero Accident Vision’: Safety Culture Insights from Abroad

Companies that have dedicated themselves to “getting to zero” acknowledge that perhaps not all accidents can be prevented—but committing to the attempt can still reduce accident and illness rates. Yesterday we looked at two essential elements of a company’s commitment to what is called, in Europe, “Zero Accident Vision” (ZAV). The four elements—commitment, communication, safety […]

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‘Zero Accident Vision’: Implementation Lessons from Abroad

Have you set a zero incident goal for your company? It’s an attractive idea—the notion that all accidents are preventable—and some studies have shown that companies that make such a commitment do reduce their lost-time incidents. A new study of 27 European companies in 7 different countries that have made a commitment to “zero accident […]

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Create a Contractor Safety Management Program

Are contractors the weak link in your safety chain? If you don’t have an effective contractor safety management program, you may not even know. Your contractors could be bringing personnel onto your site who don’t have the training and certifications you would normally require. The contractor—or the contractor’s personnel—may have only a cursory understanding of […]

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Are Contractors Compromising Your Safety Program?

Are your contractor safety management practices putting you at risk? It’s possible. Contractor and temporary workers who are injured sometimes sue their host employer, seeking damages beyond workers’ compensation—and in some cases they have been successful. In addition, a contractor incident on your site can cause injury to your employees, or even if it doesn’t […]

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