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Cell Phones? Passengers? Which Is More Distracting?

OSHA says that distracted driving is a factor in 25 percent to 30 percent of all traffic crashes. Researchers say that cell phone use while driving is among the biggest distractions—even with hands-free phones. Here’s yet another study about the hazards of using a cell phone and driving. This one, conducted by University of Utah […]

Investigating Arson

This content was originally published in January 2000. For the latest in safety management, visit our archives or try our online compliance portal, Safety.BLR.com. It’s very rare that a firebug is caught in the act. Most arsonists are caught through circumstantial evidence. Many courts have ruled that circumstantial evidence can be used by a jury […]

EPA on Flight Path to Limit Aircraft GHGs

The EPA has issued a final rule that finds that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health and the welfare of future generations. Having made that determination, the EPA is now obligated by the Clean Air Act (CAA) to propose and issue final […]

Find Out Why ‘Body Breaks’ Improve Learning

Getting trainees moving during sessions increases brain function and improves learning, says one training expert. Brain research conducted in the past decade has found that moving from a sitting position to a standing position increases oxygen to the brain by 15 to 20 percent and that more oxygen in the brain means better learning. “It’s […]

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

If you work outside for a living, you know that wintertime is no picnic. It’s just as cold if you enjoy skiing or skating or sledding or ice fishing. The cold temperatures can cause your body to develop “hypothermia” or cold stress, which can be quite dangerous. Even if your body temperature drops just a […]

Supreme Court: CWA JD Is Final Agency Action

In a ruling with no dissent—although several brief, separate, concurring opinions were filed—the U.S. Supreme Court found that an approved jurisdictional determination (JD) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) about the Clean Water Act (CWA) status of a property is a final agency action subject to judicial review.

Are Your Policies Creating a Safer Workplace or Collecting Dust?

Safety and health policies that reflect commitment, define expectations, and articulate consequences can make a difference in protecting workers. How and what it takes to make that happen are subjects of today’s Advisor. A safety policy is a plan that details how to manage safety and health issues. A good policy establishes commitment to managing […]

Assessing and Planning Safety Training

Although some OSHA regulations are specific about training requirements, others are not. Both the law and sound business practice compel you to look beyond specific safety and health regulations to identify employee training needs. The need for training is often implied in OSHA regulations rather than specified. For example, the general housekeeping standard (29 CFR […]

Northeastern States Sue EPA Over Transport Inaction

Six downwind northeastern states in the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) have filed suit in federal court asking that the EPA be ordered to take action on a December 2013 request that nine upwind states be added to the OTR. The designation would require that the added states develop plans to reduce the transport of pollutants […]