Posts Tagged ‘ safety ’

Dealing with Difficult, Distracting, and Disruptive Auditees

May 25th, 2015 | By
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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Fourth Wave: EHS&S in the Era of Productivity

May 17th, 2015 | By
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

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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 Professionals: Focused on the Wrong Things?

Jul 28th, 2014 | By
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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Protecting Workers from Underground Hazards

Jul 12th, 2014 | By
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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Heat Stress and Cooling Fans

Jun 30th, 2013 | By
Heat Stress and Cooling Fans

People, like machinery, tend to break down in extreme conditions. As temperatures rise, productivity falls, safety becomes questionable and comfort is no longer. Heat stress is defined as a group of conditions that result from being overly exposed to heat or overexertion in excessive ambient temperatures, a common occurrence in industrial spaces during the summer
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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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Forklift Accident Video

May 9th, 2013 | By
Forklift Accident Video

Take a break and watch this short video of forklift mishaps. The music makes it sounds as if these accidents are supposed to be funny, but we all know how tragic they could have been.



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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Workplace Safety: The Hazards of Your Filthy Desk

Oct 9th, 2012 | By
Workplace Safety: The Hazards of Your Filthy Desk

The Hazards of Your Filthy Desk is a great information graphic from LearnStuff.com that describes the health hazards associated with offices. The graphic includes a couple dozen high-impact images and informative text (excerpt below). It would make a good poster or safety meeting handout.