Category: EHS Management

Stop Violence

Understanding—and Preventing—Workplace Violence

In 2018, it’s becoming imperative that every employer develop a comprehensive and effective workplace violence action plan, especially because the average workplace is now 18 times more likely to experience an incident of workplace violence than a fire, and active shooters are becoming more likely.

Safety Leadership

Leadership Principles for Safety Professionals

What’s your image of a good leader? Someone charming whom people want to follow? Someone who has a cool head in a crisis? Someone with a great idea? What about you? If being a good leader isn’t something that comes naturally to you, is there anything you can do about that?

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Hospital Superbugs Are Getting More Alcohol-Tolerant

Why the fuss about bacteria and booze? Well, there’s a potentially serious EHS concern blossoming for healthcare facilities as certain forms of bacteria are becoming more tolerant of the alcohol used in popular hand sanitizers.

Respirator mask

Let the Respiratory Protection Standard Work for You!

Nationwide, approximately 1.4 million workplaces provide at least some of their employees with respiratory protection. Studies indicate that at these workplaces, gaps exist in either their written respiratory protection program, their understanding of OSHA requirements, or the administration of the program. These gaps lead to issues in mandatory compliance or recommended practices, and the improper […]

Breaking Down the EPA’s Dental Effluent Limitations Guidelines

In issuing its final Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Dental Category ((ELGs), June 14, 2017, Federal Register (FR)), the EPA faced a unique regulatory challenge because of the large number of dental offices subject to the ELGs and very small size of most of these offices. Accordingly, in the ELGs, the Agency took […]

Hazard analysis

6 Action Items from OSHA Guidance on Workplace Hazards

OSHA reports that Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs is one of its most popular guidance publications. The agency originally published this document in 1988 and issued the first update in October 2016. In that revision, OSHA stated that much had changed over the preceding 28 years in the nature of work, conditions in […]

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How to Buy EHS Software Right the First Time: Create a Killer RFP

Today, companies across the globe are focusing in on Sustainability and Operational Excellence, which has led to a renewed interest in the work that Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) professionals are responsible for. For years, EHS has been seen as the cost of doing business, but now companies are seeing the value their EHS teams […]

Supervisors handshaking in warehouse

Safety Culture 2018: Are You Onboarding for Safety Culture Success?

From an employee’s acceptance of a job through the prehire process and into day 1 at the organization, your company’s onboarding practices set the tone for the success—or failure—to come. Is your onboarding program boosting your safety culture, or is it hindering it? Read on for some safety culture onboarding best practices in a Q&A […]

Lead Exposure

OSHA’s 40-Year-Old Lead Standard Is Far Short of Protective

Worker safety advocates, scientists, and some state OSHA authorities have been contending for years that OSHA’s permissible exposure levels (PELs) for lead in the workplace are inadequate to protect workers from the multiple adverse health effects associated with the metal.