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"How Do You Do That?" Blog Series - Question 3: Interviews & Safety Culture

Posted by Katy Lyden on May 24, 2022 at 12:55 PM

Question: I’ve been in an EHS role with the same company for over eight years and have recently decided to see what other opportunities might be available elsewhere. So far every company I’ve interviewed with has talked a great game about safety but I’m a bit skeptical. What can I do to find out what their safety cultures are really like?

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Training Management, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Human Resources, Professional Development

Manage ISO 14001 with EHS Insight

Posted by Katy Lyden on May 19, 2022 at 10:26 AM

Whether you’re just starting the ISO 14001 certification process or you’re already certified and are trying to manage your Environmental Management System or EMS, you’re probably keenly aware that implementing an EMS isn’t a “one and done” process.

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Topics: Sustainability, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance, ISO 14001

"How Do You Do That?" Blog Series - Question 2: Inclement Weather

Posted by Katy Lyden on May 17, 2022 at 2:26 PM

Question: I’m an EHS professional and I work for a manufacturing company that operates in areas of the country where we sometimes get inclement weather that affects our operation. Every time we get bad weather, I’m asked to help decide whether we should cease operations or not, and every time it feels like I’m making the wrong decision. No matter what decision is made, we’re either going to upset Sales and Customer Service (who don’t work on-site) or we’re going to upset the workforce.

Is there a way to make this decision that doesn’t cause conflict and if so, how do you do it?

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Human Resources

Introducing Stormwater Discharge Monitoring from EHS Insight

Posted by Katy Lyden on May 11, 2022 at 10:54 AM

Maintaining a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan or SWPPP is an important activity that many companies in the U.S. participate in to help protect our stormwater from being polluted. When written and managed properly, these site-specific plans will do three key things:

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Topics: Sustainability

"How Do You Do That?" Blog Series - Question 1: Safety Committees

Posted by Katy Lyden on April 26, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Question: Our company decided to put together a Safety Committee and we really want people to volunteer to be on it but it’s been a week since we posted a notice asking for volunteers and so far the only names on the list are salaried managers and supervisors—but no hourly workers. We really don’t want to start picking hourly works to join or make it mandatory but if we don’t get a few hourly names soon, we’ll have to do that.

How do we get hourly workers interested in joining our new Safety Committee?

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Human Resources

Online Safety Tips: Images and Social Media

Posted by Katy Lyden on April 8, 2022 at 2:45 PM

It’s estimated that of the 7.91 billion people in the world, 4.95 billion are active internet users and 93.4% of those internet users (or around 4.62 billion) use the internet to gain access to social media platforms. And, as with anything else, when large groups of people are participating in an activity, there will always be people interested in doing nefarious things—like doxing people to gain access to their personal information for whatever reason.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Technology, Human Resources

Misconceptions About Safety Data Sheets

Posted by Katy Lyden on March 25, 2022 at 2:11 PM

In this day and age, we have access to more information in the palms of our hands than at any other time in history. While that’s usually a great thing, it can also sometimes become a problem when the information we’re receiving and then sharing isn’t complete, is missing context, or is simply misinterpreted.

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Topics: SDS, Workplace Health and Safety, Chemicals

Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Requirements

Posted by Katy Lyden on November 8, 2021 at 7:14 AM

On November 5, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard or ETS for COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements in the workplace. To make the ETS a bit easier to understand we put together the following article which explains the ETS, who is covered (and who isn’t), what each covered employer is expected to do to become compliant with the requirements contained with the ETS, and how EHS Insight can help.

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Topics: OSHA, Regulatory Information, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance, Coronavirus

The Truth About Exemptions from OSHA Regulations

Posted by Katy Lyden on September 28, 2021 at 9:09 AM

When it comes to occupational health and safety, most companies are well aware of their legal obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. But when it comes to OSHA standards, does every company have the exact same requirements?

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Topics: OSHA, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance

COVID-19: OSHA Reporting and Recordkeeping

Posted by Katy Lyden on August 2, 2021 at 1:40 PM

When COVID-19 made its appearance last year, no other organization was looked to for guidance and direction more than the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). During the pandemic, OSHA still managed to conduct 21,674 workplace inspections[1] which resulted in levying $4,034,288[2] in penalties against companies just for COVID-related violations.

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Topics: OSHA, Regulatory Information, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance, Incident Management, Safety Management, Coronavirus

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