You Can't Put a Price on Safety, but Do It Anyway

A common lament among safety professionals—if I heard it once, I heard it a few dozen times over the course of EHS Today’s 2019 Safety Leadership Conference in Dallas—is that senior management constantly has to be convinced that investing in safety is a smart decision.  It shouldn’t take much convincing for the top brass to […]

Five Strategies to Develop Your Team for Today and Beyond

In the past, employee training mostly took place during the onboarding process. New hires were showered with information and expected to retain it well enough to apply it correctly on the floor. Not surprisingly, this “spray and pray” method has proven less effective with time, as today’s learners experience the world visually and digitally, with […]

Dana Railcare Fined After Worker Fatality

Wilmington, Del.-based Dana Railcare is facing $551,226 in penalties after a worker asphyxiated in a confined space. In May 2019, a 29-year-old Justin Fields was servicing a rail car containing crude oil sludge in Pittston, Penn. Fields lost consciousness during the task and was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. “This tragedy could have been prevented […]

Modern Warehouse Safety Problems

The retail warehouse business is undergoing massive change. Amazon alone manages over 150 million sq. ft. of warehouse space around the world and sells over 4000 products per minute. Many brick and mortar brands are shifting to digital—and with that, transforming warehouses from stock rooms to e-commerce support stations. That’s not all: there is also a […]

California Changes Serious Injury Report Criteria

Lost in the welter of other high-profile employment laws recently enacted by the California State Legislature is a new requirement that changes the criteria for deciding what are serious jobsite occupational injuries, illnesses and deaths of workers that employers need to report to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). Another new state […]

Understanding Your Environmental Responsibilities

Management of environmental program elements has increasingly become a major focus for safety professionals over the past few decades. Many companies once had separate environmental departments; however, as companies streamline and re-engineer their professional support staff, there has been a marked trend towards an increase in consolidation of the safety, health and environmental functions.  The […]

What Does Generation Z Value?

If you thought you had figured all you need to know about how to attract and retain millennials, well there is another generation you must master. Generation Z, which are early 20 year-olds and teenagers, has their own ideas about what they want from employers. “If you want to be an employer of choice for Gen Z, […]

OSHA Boosts Number of Inspections in 2019

Federal OSHA administered 33,401,401 inspections in fiscal year (FY) 2019, a record number according to the agency. The number of inspections is more than what was completed in the past three years. Final statistics indicate a record number of compliance assistance requests as well. “OSHA’s efforts – rulemaking, enforcement, compliance assistance and training – are […]

Amazon Responds to Criticism for High Injury Rates

 Amazon has responded to continued scrutiny regarding the online retailer’s workplace safety practices following a report from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The report stated the company’s injury rate is double the national average for the warehousing industry at 9.6 serious injuries per 100 full-time workers in 2018. The industry average is 4. “According to Amazon’s own […]