OSHA has replaced its Enforcement Weighting System (EWS) with a new OSHA Weighting System (OWS) to encourage its field staff to conduct compliance assistance activities, in addition to performing enforcement inspections to reduce the deadliest workplace hazards.
Category: EHS Management
What did you see when you walked into your facility this morning? Were there cords snaking across the floor, remnants of a spill from a couple of days ago, or overflowing trash cans? Or did you observe a strong sense of order, with clear walkways, properly stored tools, well-lit and clearly marked stairways, and hazardous […]
Eugene Scalia’s confirmation as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to kick-start more rollbacks of Obama-era policies and usher in a more solidly pro-business era, according to attorneys who represent employers.
At the 2019 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in San Diego, California, Emily Whitcomb, Senior Program Manager of NSC, and Lori Guasta, Vice President, Consulting Services and Research for Predictive Safety SRP, Inc., spoke about fatigue in the workplace and how to manage this significant but largely unrecognized hazard.
Oregon employers should see an average decrease in their workers’ compensation costs for the seventh straight year, according to Oregon OSHA. Employers next year will pay an average of $1.02 per $100 of payroll for workers’ compensation insurance, down from $1.11 in 2019, under a proposal by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services […]
It’s no secret that ergonomics programs often struggle to make an impact. All too often, they start off with a flurry of training and assessments and then fizzle out when people realize that there’s more talking about ergonomics than implementing ergonomics improvements. The ergonomics program starts to feel like more cost than benefit to management, […]
You worry about your workers’ compensation insurance premiums and the claims activity on your policy. You have concerns about the recordable injuries you must add to your injury and illness logs. Will your premiums go up? Will you be targeted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or state agency for an on-site inspection? […]
Supervisors who bully the employees under their supervision pose a safety risk, a new study concluded. There was a clear relationship between abusive behavior among managers and supervisors and worsened safety behavior and poor safety outcomes among workers, a Portland State University (PSU) researcher found.
In the 20+ years I have been engaged in helping organizations develop and maintain their risk management framework, I have come to understand that risk assessment is the backbone.
Managing workplace safety can be frustrating if you have to play catch-up with accidents, injuries, and illnesses that have already happened. The number and rate of injuries and illnesses in your facility are lagging indicators.