When most people walk into a retail store, they don’t realize that they’ve entered one of the most dangerous work environments in existence. It’s hard to fathom, especially given that these stores are frequented by the public on a daily basis. There’s no protective gear required to enter, and stores may contain very few warning signs regarding potential dangers.
Technology companies and telecom providers embody the definition of efficiency. In today’s digital business world, efficiency is exactly what you’re selling. If you’re developing, say, new software, you know your customers won’t buy it unless it’s an improvement over what they already have. If you’re in the business of providing phone services, your clients likely aren’t interested in changing unless it cuts their phone bill, reduces overhead, or simplifies their call flow.
Despite its fun-and-games persona, the media and entertainment industries are serious business. On the outside, their goal is obvious: to provide a welcoming escape from the typical day to their audience. On the inside, however, twists a complex network of behind-the-spotlight tasks and a full suite of helpers. In short, it’s a scene that simply can’t be executed without the strong backing of an optimized EHS program.
If you’ve been in the construction industry for more than a day, you already know that it’s one of the most demanding industries when it comes to safety.
Government agencies wrote the book on EHS compliance and regulations, but that’s not to say their own EHS execution is perfect. Government departments at the local, state, and federal levels alike can struggle when it comes to maintaining their own high EHS standards.
A lot of companies are starting to embrace the push for sustainability. Organizations often list “environmental stewardship” or something similar as a core value. This doesn’t appear to be a phase that we as a society are going through. Respect for the environment is quickly becoming a standard trait that is expected of all successful businesses - big and small.
Back in December, EHS Insight issued a report on OSHA’s new health and safety rule pertaining to the electronic data reporting system. The rule outlined requirements for employers to submit their injury and illness data into the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) system over the internet.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations are the most comprehensive overhaul of the FDA food safety regulations in over 70 years. They were approved in 2011, and the effective dates began in 2015, as the rules were finalized and published.
A new year is here, and there’s no better time to start something new in your EHS program. Use this time to take a closer look at what’s working well in your safety efforts, as well as incidents from the past year that might warrant improvements to your program.
OSHA released its top 10 workplace safety violations of 2017 at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo in September. As predicted, the list remained consistent with previous years, though perhaps with a change as to the order of the violations on the list.