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 […]
Category: EHS Management
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?
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 […]
At Medgate, we’re always obsessively thinking about where the market is heading and how we can stay ahead of the curve, especially as it relates to customer requirements.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]