While workplace harassment and workplace violence continue to garner public attention, other types of abusive workplace behavior have remained largely in the shadows. Research by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) indicates that nearly 20% of U.S. workers have experienced workplace bullying, almost the same percentage of Americans who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. Organizations (not to mention legislators and regulators) have been trying for years to address workplace misconduct that targets vulnerable employees, and yet the problem persists. Clearly, previous methods haven’t been very effective. It’s time organizations take a more comprehensive approach by fostering a positive workplace culture and taking appropriate action when needed.
Smart technology, Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, AR, VR, and more are now targeted at safety professionals in the name of worker engagement and improved safety. While this technology offers many potential benefits, it’s important to not incorporate technology for the sake of appearing cutting edge. All technology must be evaluated to ensure it’s a proper fit for your organization.
Substance abuse, legal or otherwise, has a direct affect on the mental health of employees. Without proper supports, employees challenged with dependency become disengaged, less productive, and in some cases, a workplace hazard.
In late 2018, OSHA released guidance which provided regulatory clarification on the antiretaliation provisions in its electronic recordkeeping rule. In that guidance, OSHA states that it does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs, and emphasizes that such programs can promote workplace safety and health and only violate OSHA regulations when they are used to penalize employees for reporting a work-related injury or illness.
Everyone expected OSHA enforcement to be down in the first few years of the Trump administration, that regulatory activity would screech to a halt, and that the budget would be realigned. However, what really happened is that OSHA enforcement is, if anything, up; regulatory actions have continued; and the Agency budget increased $5 million in 2019 over FY2018.
Safety Summit 2019 brought safety professionals from across the nation to Austin, Texas, where they experienced inspiring keynotes, critical updates on OSHA enforcement priorities and regulatory developments, and preconference workshops and educational sessions covering subjects from safety training to joint employer obligations to new approaches to behavior-based safety.
In the survey, we examined how companies are managing the safety risks that naturally occur in supply chains consisting of multiple contractors and vendors. From the number of contractors typically employed to fines or citations resulting from supply chain safety incidents to the processes employed to vet and audit contractors, the research provides a snapshot of how organizations are seeking to minimize their risk in an increasingly complex business environment.
Every year we speak with thousands of EHS professionals on their current health and safety challenges. Through these conversations, we’ve found that on average EHS professionals will spend 20% of their week on administrative tasks including manual reporting and duplicating content across multiple systems. Manual processes all but guarantee to provide inaccurate data and reports.
Compliance is critical to every organization and as an EHS professional, you play an important part. But EHS excellence now encompasses much more than just compliance alone. Today’s EHS leaders are expected to deliver business value across the organization, all while trying to keep up with the latest regulatory changes.
Impairment or Under the Influence: Legal Drug Use in the Workplace Sponsored by Add this event to your calendar As more states legalize traditionally illegal substances, some people may question why employees’ use of a “legal” substance should be monitored. Being “under the influence” may seem the same as being “impaired,” but understanding the difference between these two key terms can greatly impact […]