Top Chicago Business of the Day – “United Scrap” – Cicero, Illinois

  Marsha Serlin - Founder and CEO Marsha Serlin founded United Scrap Metal in 1978 and began building her company with $200 and a rental truck. At that time, Marsha was a divorced single parent, solely responsible for two young children. She saw an opportunity to support her family by gathering scrap from alleys, manufacturers and … Continue reading Top Chicago Business of the Day – “United Scrap” – Cicero, Illinois

OSHA QuickTakes – September 16, 2013

#Silica #StopFalls #OilAndGas In this issue Notice of proposed rulemaking for respirable silica published in Federal Register OSHA awards $10.1 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants to 70 organizations Adams Thermal Systems to pay $1.34 million in wake of OSHA citations, criminal penalties in 2011 death of worker OSHA orders MGM Resorts … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – September 16, 2013

90 Minutes About OSHA Most People Have Never Seen

We’ve always known OSHA as the official authority of safety and health in the U.S. But very few are aware of the fact that it produced and distributed three films in 1980. While these films are nothing like the Hollywood blockbusters you queue for in movie houses, they were real pro productions. In fact, two … Continue reading 90 Minutes About OSHA Most People Have Never Seen

OSHA QuickTakes – August 6, 2013

In this issue White House releases executive order on improving chemical facility safety and security New Labor Secretary committed to workplace safety and health Hazard alert warns of dangers of 1-bromopropane exposure OSHA, NWS remind employers to protect outdoor workers during heat wave Three companies ordered to reinstate workers for whistleblower violations of clean air, … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – August 6, 2013

Safety Comic of the Day! – “Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking Silica Dust Exposure”.

An old hazard alert is resurfacing in the oil and gas industry, one that warns the massive amounts of sand used during hydraulic fracturing may pose a health risk for workers. The alert, issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, warns of prolonged exposure to … Continue reading Safety Comic of the Day! – “Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking Silica Dust Exposure”.

CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

CLICK HERE to view the written statement CLICK HERE to view the CSB’s preliminary findings BEGIN TESTIMONY Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – thank you for inviting me today.  I am CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. The two explosions we are discussing today – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins – are tragedies of … Continue reading CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

OSHA QuickTakes – June 3, 2013 Edition

In this issue OSHA provides on-site compliance assistance to protect recovery workers, public during tornado recovery efforts in Texas, Oklahoma Louisiana woman sentenced to 57 months in prison for providing fraudulent hazard waste training and impersonating OSHA official in wake of Gulf Oil Spill OSHA safety stand-down at Southeast construction work sites kicks off OSHA's … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – June 3, 2013 Edition

CSB Draft Interim Report on 2012 Chevron Fire Notes Company Failed to Apply Inherently Safer Design That Could Have Prevented the Accident

Richmond, California, April 15, 2013—Missed opportunities to apply inherently safer design, failure to identify and evaluate damage mechanism hazards, and the lack of effective safeguards culminated in the vapor cloud release and massive fire that occurred at the Chevron refinery on August 6, 2012, a draft report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has … Continue reading CSB Draft Interim Report on 2012 Chevron Fire Notes Company Failed to Apply Inherently Safer Design That Could Have Prevented the Accident

OSHA QuickTakes – April 10, 2013

  In this issue Campaign to prevent fatal falls featured by state municipalities OSHA and NIOSH to co-host free April 10 webinar on preventing deadly falls in construction: registration open Hazard Communication: Workers must be trained by Dec. 1, 2013 OSHA cites Wynnewood Refining Co. in Oklahoma following the death of 2 OSHA cites Kyklos … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – April 10, 2013

Faceoff: Is OSHA A Wasteful Regulatory Nightmare OR Common Sense That Saves Lives?

Please Check Out This Workplace Safety Infographic Courtesy of "Compliance & Safety". It Focuses On OSHA and Protecting Workers  

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Louisville, KY to Release Final Report into the Fatal 2011 Fire and Explosion at Carbide Industries

Washington, DC, February 5, 2013 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced that it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2013, to present the findings from its investigation into the March 21, 2011, fire and explosion that occurred at the Carbide Industries facility located in Louisville, KY.  The … Continue reading CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Louisville, KY to Release Final Report into the Fatal 2011 Fire and Explosion at Carbide Industries

OSHA QuickTakes – January 16, 2013

APP Challenge winners announced: Technology promotes worker safety and health BNSF Railway Co. signs accord with OSHA regarding employee practices under Federal Railroad Safety Act New Whistleblower Protection Programs Advisory Committee to meet Jan. 29 Semiannual regulatory agenda published New Clinicians webpage provides resource for healthcare professionals Protecting recovery workers in the aftermath of Sandy … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – January 16, 2013

Interesting take on employee interaction with the safety professional. It kind of lends credence to my philosophy of working with employees, rather than against them or “The Cop on the Beat” approach. You can’t enact behavioral change in that manner. 🙂

Jack Benton

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By Phil La Duke

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We’ve all experienced this at one time or another: you point out an unsafe act or safety violation in good faith, only to have the worker shoot back some sarcastic, rude, or juvenile comment.  It wears on you, but you’ve come to expect, accept (and probably) resent it.  Why can’t people just grow up and let you do your job?  The answer might not lie with the people with whom you interact, but rather HOW you interact with them.

In 1964 Dr. Eric Berne wrote The Games People Play, to identify and address what he describes as functional and dysfunctional social interactions. The book is a fantastic guide for interacting with workers. In the book, which has sold more than 5 million copies, Berne introduces the concept of transactional analysis that he believed was the key to interpreting social interactions.  Transactional analysis is a method…

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What Is On OSHA’s 2013 Agenda?

The biggest rulemaking action OSHA plans to accomplish in the coming year is issuing a final rule on construction confined space safety. The general industry standard, 29 CFR 1910.146, has never been extended to construction because construction sites are unique and their hazards change, but the agency has been working on a construction rule for … Continue reading What Is On OSHA’s 2013 Agenda?

OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2012

In this issue OSHA staff works to assure that recovery workers are protected as Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction continues throughout eastern U.S. Black Friday is November 23: OSHA urges retail employers to protect workers from injuries during holiday sales with safe crowd management planning Tennessee Valley Authority contractor convicted of falsifying safety and health … Continue reading OSHA QuickTakes – November 15, 2012

Job Opening! – HSE Manager, Bradley, Illinois

Please Contact Recruiter Directly! I am posting this job as a favor to them! HSE Manager Responsibilities: · Implement programs for safety and compliance to be used on a daily basis and promote awareness among plant employees of the benefits of safety and compliance. · Manage the overall environmental compliance effort including air permits, waste … Continue reading Job Opening! – HSE Manager, Bradley, Illinois