Category: EHS Management

workplace violence

The Costs of Ignoring Workplace Violence

According to OSHA, nearly 2 million American workers report that they are victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, even more instances of violence go unreported at organizations each year. Why? Because of a lack of preventive measures, policies, or mandated workplace violence training programs. And the costs are potentially huge.

Chemical facility or oil refinery security

What Is the CFATS Personnel Surety Requirement?

On January 18, 2019, one day after the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program (CFATS) was scheduled to expire, President Trump signed a bill that provided the program 15 months of new funding. News of the extension provides an opportunity to review one of the more unusual aspects of the CFATS […]

Safety professionals

AIHA Reveals Its First (Ever) Policy Agenda

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) released its first ever public policy agenda this week. The agenda items address both workplace safety and health concerns and the needs of its members.

Safety culture

Reporting Safety Performance to Your Customer: A Modern Approach

Say the words, “reporting to your customer” around most VPs or directors of EHS and get ready for the frowns, the grins, and perhaps the expletives. It’s not that they don’t value transparency. It’s that the whole process of reporting safety performance data to customers is often highly administrative, time-intensive, and even contentious.

Safety documents

Overdoses and Other Causes: More from the CFOI

In yesterday’s EHS Daily Advisor, we took a look at some of the findings from the latest national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), released on December 18, 2018. Today we’re reviewing some other key findings of the report, including the effect of overdoses and which […]

safety statistics and data

A Deluge of Injury Data from the Department of Labor

The federal government has long tracked both fatal and nonfatal workplace injuries. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled and released a national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 1992. Today and tomorrow, we’ll review key findings in the latest report.

Safety data sheet (SDS)

Hybrid SDSs: OSHA Explains

In 2012, OSHA completed a comprehensive revision of its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the general objective of achieving alignment with the United Nations’ (U.N.) 2009 Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The revision provided much needed improvements in how information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace is communicated to employees, […]

heart attack

Job-Related Stress: Management-Level Strategies

It’s less obvious than a fire hazard. It’s less dramatic than a 40-foot fall. But make no mistake: Job-related stress can pose a hazard to your workers. It can contribute to the development of heart disease, high blood pressure, and back pain; it can distract workers so completely that they commit deadly errors. So, how […]

Lockout Tagout

Temporary Workers and Lockout/Tagout—Guidance for Employers

As part of its Temporary Worker Initiative, OSHA has provided guidance on the responsibilities of temporary-worker staffing agencies and host employers to protect temporary workers under the federal Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) standard (29 CFR 1910.147).