June 2015

Welcome

June 2015

Welcome to the EHS Journal. This international online magazine was designed for and by environmental, health, and safety professionals for the purpose of sharing knowledge and facilitating discussion within our profession. Since our launch in January 2010, we have published articles and images from more than 200 contributors in 30 countries.

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Featured Articles

OSHA Publishes Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers OSHA Publishes Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers

From the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers was published by U.S. OSHA on June 1, 2015. The publication provides guidance to employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers. The guide was developed at the request of the National Center for Transgender Equality,
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Fourth Wave: EHS&S in the Era of Productivity Fourth Wave: EHS&S in the Era of Productivity

The environmental, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS&S) profession is in the doldrums. Just when we thought we’d survived the recession and sustainability could be embraced, we’re back in the world of cuts and delays. It feels like a return to the 1980s or early 1990s, when a CEO would tell a corporate environmental officer: “I
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Welding Gas Truck Explosion Welding Gas Truck Explosion

Take a break and watch this short video of a truck carrying welding gases, oxygen and acetylene, that crashes on the highway.         http://www.youtube.com/embed/FG1LGKieTxY?rel=0   Photograph: Gas Bottles by Esra Su, Frankfurt, Germany.   Return to the EHS Journal Home Page

Safety Accident Prevention Videos Safety Accident Prevention Videos

Take a break and watch these powerful accident prevention videos developed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario, Canada.     The videos, which were developed as part of the WSIB’s Prevent-It.ca campaign, were designed to stimulate discussion among employers and workers, inspiring a “change in the mindset that says workplace injuries and
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Safety Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things? Safety Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things?

  Since the advent of the Safety function, safety professionals have been borrowing tools from other disciplines and building practices based on data gleaned from the earliest research in industrial psychology. For some, these most basic practices and methods are cherished and to suggest that any change to these is tantamount to heresy. For others,
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Helping Business Leaders Talk about Sustainability Helping Business Leaders Talk about Sustainability

Some sustainability professionals are lucky. They work for CEOs who, for one reason or another, “get” sustainability. Their CEOs may have been exposed to sustainability issues by their customers, by their predecessors or even by their grandchildren. Some may have made the pilgrimage to Bentonville and taken the oath (though they may not be sure
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Auditing

Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

We’ve all read self-help books that describe how to deal with difficult people and handle difficult situations in the workplace. In this article, I’d like to examine some of the more difficult people I’ve encountered during environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits and discuss options for handling these folks.   Type One: The Avoider Mantra:
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Climate Change

G7 Leaders Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuels G7 Leaders Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

ABC News reported today that the G7 group of industrial nations had pledged to phase out fossil fuel use by the end of the 21st century. According to the ABC report, the leaders stressed that “deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions” were required. The Wall Street Journal reported that The leaders of the seven
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Environmental Management

EPA Clean Water Act Infographic – Great for Training EPA Clean Water Act Infographic – Great for Training

The USEPA has published a simple infographic providing interesting facts and figures associated with clean water. The infographic could be used for annual environmental training, Earth Day events, etc. to stimulate a discussion about the importance of clean water. http://www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule/why-clean-water-rules   Photograph: Trippy by James Farmer, Soka, Saitama, Japan.   Return to the EHS Journal
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Sustainability

Sustainability by the Numbers, Trends and Analysis Sustainability by the Numbers, Trends and Analysis

  There was a time when corporations treated sustainability as nothing more than the topic du jour of environmental activists, or an issue they recognized only because the law required it. But today’s corporate sustainability practices have undergone a remarkable shift. Now, sustainability is being integrated into the bottom-line of businesses. Leading global companies have
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Popular Posts

2015 Update: The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms 2015 Update: The World’s Largest Environmental Consulting Firms

The world’s 25 largest environmental consulting (EC) companies accounted for 46% of the total EC market according to the latest data released by Environment Analyst. The data, which reflected financial performance for 2013, showed that the EC market reached an estimated value of US$ 28.7 billion. Overall market revenues in 2013 fell flat after three
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Take A Break

Emergency Survival: Start a Fire with a Gum Wrapper Emergency Survival: Start a Fire with a Gum Wrapper

Take a break and watch this 30-second video that shows you how to start a fire with a gum wrapper and a flashlight battery.   Video uploaded by the King of Random.com. Photograph: Bonfire 5 by Garret Voight, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, U.S.A.   Return to the EHS Journal Home Page

Analysis, News and Notes

Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards

Americans strike underground utilities about once per minute on average according to a report last year by the Common Ground Alliance, a group of utilities, fire marshals, and others interested parties focuses on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them. Perhaps you heard one of these stories: In February
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Health and Safety

New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA New Reporting Requirements for Serious Injuries and Fatalities Announced by U.S. OSHA

On September 11, 2014, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and fatalities. It also updated the list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements. The new reporting requirements go into effect on January 1, 2015.   Summary OSHA’s final rule* requires employers to notify
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Quick Reads

U.S. Airlines Required to Develop Safety Management Systems under New Rule U.S. Airlines Required to Develop Safety Management Systems under New Rule

Most U.S. commercial airlines will be required to have formal Safety Management Systems (SMS) in place by 2018 according to a new final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2015, requires each air carrier operating under
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Favorites

India E-Waste Market and Vendors India E-Waste Market and Vendors

Electronic waste (E-Waste) is generated from old, discarded or obsolete electronic products. E-Waste can be toxic in nature because it contains hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. In India as well as other developing countries, the majority of electronic products are not recycled, which poses a serious environmental and health risk. E-Waste in
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