Health and Safety

Process Safety: Three Critical Topics to Engage Employees

Nov 3rd, 2013 | By
Process Safety: Three Critical Topics to Engage Employees

Take a stroll through any refinery, gas plant, or maybe an offshore oil platform. Ask operators how they define process safety. The answers might be a mix of “Don’t blow the place up,” and “Keep the product in the pipe.” Those answers indicate an awareness of process safety. However, they aren’t particularly helpful in keeping
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Open for Business: EHS Priorities Following the U.S. Government Shutdown

Oct 27th, 2013 | By
Open for Business: EHS Priorities Following the U.S. Government Shutdown

A lot of attention has been spent explaining the impacts of the 16-day U.S. federal government shutdown, which ended on October 17th.  Although the shutdown did slow rulemaking efforts at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as federal employees were furloughed, the shutdown has now ended and these activities are proceeding as scheduled. This article
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Arc Flash Videos

Aug 12th, 2013 | By
Arc Flash Videos

Take a break and watch these short arc flash explosion videos.



Smoking Cessation for Asbestos Workers Dramatically Reduces Lung Cancer Risk

Jul 28th, 2013 | By
Smoking Cessation for Asbestos Workers Dramatically Reduces Lung Cancer Risk

This article provides information on the interaction of asbestos exposure and smoking and the dramatic health benefits that can be achieved through smoking cessation. It would make an excellent training handout or communication piece for employers who have asbestos in their work place.



Using Games to Improve Safety Culture

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
Using Games to Improve Safety Culture

Most organizations that deal with hazardous operations have rules, procedures, and training in place as part of their efforts to minimize workplace risk. However, experience shows that rules and procedures are not enough to achieve changes in behavior among the employees and subcontractors whose lives and health are most at risk when things go wrong.
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Is Your Strategy on Pause?

May 5th, 2013 | By
Is Your Strategy on Pause?

Does it feel like your corporate world is on “pause,” waiting for something beyond your control to be resolved? Many companies seem to be waiting for something, unwilling to expand or contract, go forward or backward.  Which raises the question — how do you lead your EHS/Sustainability (EHS/S) program if you don’t really know what
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Safety Observation Programs: How to Drive Insight from Observations

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
Safety Observation Programs: How to Drive Insight from Observations

Yellow Cards. HazObs, HazIDs, STOPTM  cards. These are names for programs that are meant to engage employees to improve safety performance.  The ‘cards’ typically have written guidance for employees to use to target safety observations.  The intent of these cards is to have employees focus on potential hazards in their workplace and identify those hazards.
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Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By
Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

This is the second in a multi-part series of EHS Journal articles providing background and guidance on the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals rule (DFCM). This article explains key provisions of the final rule and analyzes differences between the proposed and final rules.



Nanomaterial Risk Assessment

Nov 11th, 2012 | By
Nanomaterial Risk Assessment

The process for conducting a nanomaterial risk assessment was published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) on September 12, 2012. The draft Practical Guidance, Working Safely with Engineered Nanomaterials and Nanoproducts, applies to companies that use or manufacture nanomaterials and companies that handle products containing nanomaterials. As stated in
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New CPR Method Video – Continuous Chest Compression

Oct 24th, 2012 | By
New CPR Method Video – Continuous Chest Compression

Here’s a great video from the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center demonstrating a new method for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Continuous Chest Compression CPR advocates the following immediate actions for victims who suffer sudden cardiac arrest: Order someone to call for emergency assistance. Immediately start chest compressions at a rate of 100 beats per
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