EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

Here I am watching this new documentary on HBO last night about the recently changed "Tech 117" Bulletin in California about the use of unnecessary cancer causing "flame retardants" in everything from furniture to child car seats to other household products. I had been following the series that the Chicago Tribune had begun about this issue … Continue reading EHS Safety News Stars in “Toxic Hot Seat” on HBO!

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OSHA – “What’s New” – November 29, 2013

What's New - The Last 30 Days November 29 - Federal Register 78: 71666-71667 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard November 27 - Statement - Statement by Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels on sentencing in fatal gunpowder plant explosion November 27 - … Continue reading OSHA – “What’s New” – November 29, 2013

OSHA Publishes Direct Final Rule on Standards Update to Rules on Signage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBY1lI9SUOw Clarion Safety Systems, a longstanding leader in advancing best practices in visual safety communication, announced today that its efforts to promote the use of industry best practices related to safety signs, colors and tags to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resulted in the agency issuing a Direct Final Rule (DFR) on … Continue reading OSHA Publishes Direct Final Rule on Standards Update to Rules on Signage

New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Video Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune® California’s change may help end use of fire retardants nationwide For decades, U.S. manufacturers have filled upholstered furniture with pounds of toxic chemicals to comply with a flammability standard set by a single state, California. The obscure rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, brought flame retardants into homes across … Continue reading New Flame Retardent Rule Curbs Toxic Chemicals In Furniture

Contractor Killed 6 in Fatal Building Collapse In Philadelphia: DA

  The first murder charges have been handed down in a deadly building collapse that took the lives of six people, injured 13 and resulted in an overhaul of demolition practices in the city of Philadelphia. Griffin T. Campbell, 49, of Philadelphia, faces six counts of third degree murder, six counts of involuntary manslaughter and … Continue reading Contractor Killed 6 in Fatal Building Collapse In Philadelphia: DA

William Shatner & State Farm® present “Eat, Fry, Love,” a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale

Finally, a Thanksgiving safety video that takes viewers where they’ve never gone before -- William Shatner’s backyard. In an ad for the insurance company State Farm entitled “Eat, Fry, Love,” the actor and talk show host shares his love for fried turkey by teaching how to do it safely. In a dramatic reenactment, Shatner sits … Continue reading William Shatner & State Farm® present “Eat, Fry, Love,” a Turkey Fryer Fire Cautionary Tale

Please Help the “2nd Annual “No One Fights Alone” Dempsey’s Toy Drive” #ToyDrive #KidsWithCancer #Illinois

  Click on photo to enlarge for contact information! Please help the "2nd Annual Dempsey's & Friends Toy Drive!" Please read the flyer (Click on photo!) and help a child with cancer have a great Christmas! These kids fight everyday, lets show them that we are fighting with them. NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE! Join the … Continue reading Please Help the “2nd Annual “No One Fights Alone” Dempsey’s Toy Drive” #ToyDrive #KidsWithCancer #Illinois

Safety App of the Day “LiftRight℠ from EMC Insurance Companies”

This free app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices makes it easier than ever to use the NIOSH Lifting Equation to analyze the safety of lifting tasks. Just enter your lift data and let LiftRight perform the calculations for you.   Illustrated measurement guide helps you measure accurately Calculates multipliers, recommended weight limit (RWL) and … Continue reading Safety App of the Day “LiftRight℠ from EMC Insurance Companies”

Mouthing Off About Safety

Once again, another thought-provoking and interesting post by Phil La Duke.

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There’s a lot of talk about safety.  Safety talks, reflections on safety, safety reviews, safety observations, LinkedIn discussions, forums, blogs and…well the list goes on and on.  There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of talk about safety, but does talking about safety change anything?

In 2011, Harold D. Stolovitch published the book, Telling Aint Training a book that I confess to having not read—no judgment here, I read voraciously but just haven’t gotten around to reading this particular book. Why mention a book I haven’t read? Simple: the title intrigues me (apparently not enough to shell out $17.50 for the book, or even enough to drive the approximately one mile to the public library and at least ask about checking out a copy, but that’s neither here nor there.) I’ve known for years that people, at least adults, don’t learn from having things told…

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The Dangers of Working at Heights

New data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) show you don’t have to fall very far for the fall to be deadly. In 2011, CFOI began collecting information on the height of fatal falls. In construction, almost half of the fatal falls (48.8 percent) were from 20 feet or less, 14 percent were … Continue reading The Dangers of Working at Heights

“The True Cost of Workplace Injuries” [INFOGRAPHIC]

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You Can’t Test Safety Compentency With Your Crappy Tests

Truer words were never spoken! Another good and thought-provoking post by Phil La Duke!

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If you’re hoping to ensure that the people taking your safety training have learned the material , then you probably use a posttest (a test given at the end of the session), and if you wrote this test it probably sucks. I used to write tests for a living and I am continually disgusted by what passes for an evaluative instrument—even those that have been created by professional trainers. The problem stems from the fact that most of us grew up taking really poorly designed tests and when tasked with creating a test of our own we tend to emulate what we know.

Is it a problem that our tests suck? Yes (and to those of you who think my use of the word “suck” is crude, in poor taste, or unprofessional I say got straight to hell—when you start creating tests that don’t suck…

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OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2013

OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses On Nov. 7, OSHA issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2013

CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7H_ILs1qc   CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public Rockford, Illinois, November 14, 2013—An explosion which occurred December 7, 2009, at the NDK Crystal manufacturing company in Belvidere, Illinois, fatally injuring … Continue reading CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public

What Truly Motivates People & Motivating Employees for Safety Success

Fantastic Video Presentation on Motivating in the Workplace! A common concern to safety professionals across industries and countries is how to maintain a high level of motivation among employees at all levels for safety. What really motivates employees to become engaged in the safety effort? Thomas Krause, Ph.D., CEO of Behavioral Science Technology Inc., Ojai, … Continue reading What Truly Motivates People & Motivating Employees for Safety Success