Category: Back to Basics

Highlighting the building blocks of safety culture and essential information that any EHS professional should know.

Back to Basics: Control and Prevention of Legionella in Water Systems

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to control and prevent the growth of Legionella bacteria in your water systems. Legionellosis, which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac Fever, is spread primarily through inhaling Legionella-contaminated, aerosolized water. […]

Back to Basics: Radiation Exposure Preparedness

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to prepare your workers for a radiation emergency. A radiation emergency is a non-routine situation in which radiation is released or there is other risk of exposure to radiation, according to […]

Back to Basics: Are You Prepared for Another Hot Summer?

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to prepare your workers for another hot summer. Are you ready for the above-normal heat predicted for this coming summer? Do you have heat illness prevention and heat illness response programs […]

Back to Basics: Preventing Mold Exposure

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to prevent worker exposure to mold. There are many hazards in the workplace, but one of the most insidious is mold. Exposure to mold and fungus can lead to health problems for […]

Back to Basics: DOL Safety Litigation

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how the Department of Labor handles safety litigation. When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites an employer for safety and health violations, the employer may simply document steps taken […]

Back to Basics: The Risks of Exposure to Nanotechnology

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine the risks of nanotechnology exposure to workers and the guidance the federal government has provided on the topic. Workers have been exposed to engineered nanomaterials for more than two decades. According […]

Back to Basics: OSHA’s PPE Requirements

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine OSHA’s requirements for personal protective equipment. When engineering controls, administrative controls, and work practices aren’t enough to protect your employees from exposures to a safety or health hazard, you have to provide […]

Back to Basics: The Biden Administration’s Final New Auto Emissions Standards

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine the federal government’s new final auto emissions standards. On March 20, 2024, the EPA announced final national pollution standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles for model years 2027 […]

Back to Basics: Are You Ready for a Workplace Fire?

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine workplace fire preparedness. Have you considered what might happen if a fire broke out in your facility? On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory […]

Back to Basics: Identifying and Managing Workplace Stress

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine how to identify and manage workplace stress. There are many safety hazards to avoid in any given workplace, but stress may be the most insidious because it can lead to many […]