“Behavior-Based Safety: Myth or Magic?”

Behavior-Based Safety: Myth or Magic? Behavior-based safety is a broad term used to describe everything from basic employee behavior audits and feedback to a comprehensive safety management system designed to change a company’s safety culture.   By: Sandy Smith EHS Today When it was introduced, behavior-based safety (BBS) was seen as a magic panacea for … Continue reading “Behavior-Based Safety: Myth or Magic?”

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Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

In Washington State they have a subsidized RTW program. Light-duty jobs for injured workers help keep valued employees and control employer costs. Hear how from the Eagle Group in Spokane, WA. According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2011 amounted to $55.4 billion in direct … Continue reading Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

In Washington State they have a subsidized RTW program. Light-duty jobs for injured workers help keep valued employees and control employer costs. Hear how from the Eagle Group in Spokane, WA. According to the 2013 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2011 amounted to $55.4 billion in direct … Continue reading Employee Injuries Cost US Companies In Excess Of A Billion Dollars A Week

Many Oil & Gas Workers Not Aware Of New Hydrogen Sulfide “STEL”

More than half of the oil and gas industry safety professionals who took a recent survey conducted by Dräger and the American Society of Safety Engineers indicated they were not aware of new hydrogen sulfide (H2S) exposure limits recommended by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. The gas detection manufacturer released the results of … Continue reading Many Oil & Gas Workers Not Aware Of New Hydrogen Sulfide “STEL”

OSHA – “Get the Download on Ladder Safety”

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is learning how international collaboration and mobile technology can make for a fresh approach to educating employers and vulnerable workers about workplace safety. Last year, OSHA Director of Construction Jim Maddux delivered a presentation on OSHA’s new campaign to prevent fatal falls at the annual conference of … Continue reading OSHA – “Get the Download on Ladder Safety”

Behavior-Based Safety: Myth or Magic?

Behavior-Based Safety: Myth or Magic? Behavior-based safety is a broad term used to describe everything from basic employee behavior audits and feedback to a comprehensive safety management system designed to change a company’s safety culture.   By: Sandy Smith EHS Today When it was introduced, behavior-based safety (BBS) was seen as a magic panacea for … Continue reading Behavior-Based Safety: Myth or Magic?

ASSE & OSHA Concentrate Collective Efforts on Risk-Based Approach in Oil, Gas Industry

The American Society of Safety Engineers applauded a group of five federal agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for their recent collaboration on a risk-based approach to safety in the oil and gas industry. “If a risk-based approach to safety works for the best U.S. employers, every employer should be given the opportunity … Continue reading ASSE & OSHA Concentrate Collective Efforts on Risk-Based Approach in Oil, Gas Industry

ASSE’s Pollock Reinforces Support for I2P2, VPP, in Letter to Congressional Committee Chair

  AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS SAY ALL OF OSHA SHOULD BE VPP DES PLAINES, IL (July 17, 2012) – American Society of Safety Engineers’ President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said, “All of OSHA should be VPP,” in commending Rep. Timothy L. Walberg, chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on Workforce Protections’ Committee on Education and … Continue reading ASSE’s Pollock Reinforces Support for I2P2, VPP, in Letter to Congressional Committee Chair

Job Opening! – EH&S Manager in Milwaukee, WI

  Please Contact Recruiter Directly! I am posting this as a favor to them!! Relocation assistance IS available for this position, Job 1530 at consentiumsearch.com Please follow response instructions listed below Job Purpose: The EH&S Manager is responsible for EHaSP for the assigned facility. Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and safety, Environmental Science … Continue reading Job Opening! – EH&S Manager in Milwaukee, WI

Confined Space Rule for Construction Is Near Completion

OSHA is readying its confined space in construction final rule, but no publication date is yet known. Potential Impact: OSHA has said the standard, which has been in development since 2003, would reduce confined space fatalities by 90 percent. By Stephen Lee DENVER--The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final rule on confined spaces in construction … Continue reading Confined Space Rule for Construction Is Near Completion

The only thing I would add to this, is that the Safety person “MUST” be a hands on, on the floor type of person who is willing work with, and get to know his employees as well as earn their trust. They also need to know that you are approachable so that they don’t look at us as “the enemy, or cop on the beat.” When you include employees “as a part” of your safety program, and have them give safety talks, be a part of safety committees, etc.., you will indeed get excellent results. Once they begin to take ownership of their own safety, results will occur! I’ve done it this way, and it works! ~ Jack Benton

Phil La Duke's Blog

Dear Victims of Workplace Fatalities:

I received your letter last week, and while nothing I say or do will ever erase your tragedy I do hope I can help you to understand the state of workplace safety today. I hope you can receive this in the spirit in which it is intended. First, you are right I am a safety guy, but I am not THE safety guy. The workplace is a complex system, and as such, there aren’t any easy solutions to problems.
Most workplaces are intrinsically unsafe, and it is only through all of us working together actively trying to make it less dangerous that we can ever see any real improvements in safety.
You seem to think that I am indifferent to your death; I can assure you that is absolutely not the case. Every safety person that I know who have lost someone on his or…

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OSHA QuickTakes – April 2, 2012

In this issue OSHA revises Hazard Communication Standard OSHA seeks comments on how to prevent worker injuries and deaths from reinforcing concrete activities and vehicle backovers OSHA issues memo on safety incentive and disincentive policies and practices Grain employer sentenced for asphyxiation death of worker OSHA reminds employers to post injury/illness summaries OSHA finds two … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – April 2, 2012

ASSE Announces Approval of Two Key Safety Standards for the Construction and Demolition Industry

DES PLAINES, IL (January 5, 2012) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced today that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved two new ASSE A10 construction and demolition standards aimed at enhancing safety. The two new standards approved are the ANSI/ASSE A10.1-2011 Pre-Project and Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Construction … Continue reading ASSE Announces Approval of Two Key Safety Standards for the Construction and Demolition Industry

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – August 19, 2011

Selected Fire Prevention related articles appearing in the past week from scores of e-sources in the news media. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Other Fire Safety News Saves International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 08/15/2011 Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – August 19, 2011

US Labor Department’s OSHA to Co-Sponsor Downstate Illinois Workplace Health & Safety Conference on March 2, 2011

Region 5 News Release: 11-195-CHI Feb. 16, 2011 Contact: Scott Allen Rhonda Burke Phone: 312-353-6976 312-353-4807 E-mail: allen.scott burke.rhonda US Labor Department's OSHA to co-sponsor downstate Illinois workplace safety and health conference in Peoria on March 2 Annual 'DIOSH Day' will offer new approaches to protecting workers PEORIA, Ill. – Construction safety, personal protective equipment, … Continue reading US Labor Department’s OSHA to Co-Sponsor Downstate Illinois Workplace Health & Safety Conference on March 2, 2011