A Hawaii appellate court recently affirmed a decision upholding a citation for a “serious” violation issued by the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH), rejecting a key defense because the employer didn’t follow its own unnecessarily strict safety policy.
Category: Special Topics in Safety Management
Safety is a process, and as such, needs to be managed. This section offers resources to create a viable safety program, sell it to senior management, train supervisors and employees in using it, and then track and report your progress. Look also for ways to advance your own skills in these areas, both for your current job, and those that follow.
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It’s EHS Leadership Week, and for this special leadership-focused episode of EHS on Tap we spoke with Mary J. Stine, MS, OSH, ASP, the global director of EHS programs for a large multinational corporation based in Asia. We discussed what led her to an EHS career, her experiences starting out in EHS, the qualities of […]
On February 17, ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) announced approval of a nonregulatory standard for barrier face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The standard establishes minimum care, design, labeling, and performance requirements for reusable barrier face coverings.
In anticipation our EHS Leadership Week events next week, ask yourself: 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 your health and safety leadership aspirations? If being a good leader isn’t something that […]
The deadline for our Safety Standout Awards nominations is now two weeks away! As we continue to receive applications ahead of March 1, 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of our previous award winners. Read on to learn more about these programs and professionals and then put your organization forward for recognition.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (known as OSHA and MSHA, respectively) are two federal agencies with similar missions of regulating and enforcing workplace safety in the United States. But that doesn’t mean that the relationship between the two entities should be viewed with a “to-may-to, to-mah-to” level […]
According to a new survey conducted by Oasis, a Human Resources (HR) services provider, ensuring a safe work environment amid COVID-19 is the top priority among business leaders. Workplace safety is emphasized more than other important business considerations such as talent acquisition and professional development.
On January 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission vacated an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation in a fatal attempted robbery of a Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collection van. The cited employer disputed the agency’s citation for a serious violation of the personal protective equipment (PPE) standard (29 CFR 1910.132(a)). An armed guard […]
We are all aware of the pandemic’s impact on our lives—social distancing, protective masks, and so on—but are you as aware of the impact on the supply chain? With slower global production and increasing costs causing disruptions for companies up and down the supply chain, making sure your contractors and suppliers are safe is now […]
In August 2020, we had to update the color-coded legend of our interactive map of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States, increasing the numbers tenfold to keep up with rising counts. As of February 2021, all but 16 states had exceeded our revised upper limit of 200,000 cases. So, we’ve had to increase […]