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"How Do You Do That?" Blog Series - Question 6: Management Responses

Posted by Katy Lyden on June 15, 2022 at 8:59 AM

Question: I just took an EHS role with a company that is working on cleaning up its safety programs and improving its safety culture. So far everyone talks a good game about safety and having a “safety first” mindset but I’m noticing that sometimes when I bring problems to management, the responses I get are frequently things like; “We’ll work on the safety stuff when all the other fires are out” and “We’ll put money in the budget to handle that issue next year.” It seems like these responses are sending mixed messages and I’m never sure how to respond. What’s a good way to handle these responses?

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Risk Management, EHS Management, Incident Management, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Professional Development

"How Do You Do That?" Blog Series - Question 5: The 5 Whys

Posted by Katy Lyden on June 7, 2022 at 1:05 PM

Question: After every significant incident we complete the “5 Why” process. This is supposed to help us identify more accurate root causes that will help us find better solutions to prevent recurrence except, it rarely does either thing. Most of the participants haven’t gotten a lot of training in this process and are afraid to discuss the hard truths about why incidents often occur and even worse, their solution to almost everything is to “perform retraining”. How can we move past this and start to get some value out of this process?

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Risk Management, EHS Management, Incident Management, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Professional Development

"How Do You Do That?" Blog Series - Question 4: PPE Policies

Posted by Katy Lyden on May 31, 2022 at 3:01 PM

Question: We recently moved to a “wall to wall” PPE policy at our location. For us, this means safety glasses, earplugs, and steel-toed shoes must be worn at all times while inside our facility. This new policy has started to cause issues with the office staff who have to don PPE just to use the restrooms and break rooms which are located inside the actual facility. We really don’t want to have multiple policies or include a bunch of confusing exceptions. Is there anything we can do to make this work?

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

"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

The Basics of HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on August 13, 2021 at 9:49 AM

We talk a lot about American-based safety around here. But the truth is, for multinational companies, your safety concerns aren’t just stateside. You have to think about safety requirements everywhere you have offices, whether it’s an entire country or even a province within a country.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance, Safety Management, Professional Development

Business Principles for the EHS Professional

Posted by Katy Lyden on July 28, 2021 at 9:48 AM

Being able to translate safety information into terms that business leaders will more easily understand and relate to is an important skill for EHS professionals. Understanding key business principles and when to apply them provides some synergy between the safety function and the business itself but it also solidifies the EHS professional as someone who understands the business side of things and how to incorporate safety into the overall business strategy.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, EHS Management, Safety Tips, Incident Management, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Safety Metrics, Professional Development

Job Responsibilities of an HSE Site Specialist

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on March 22, 2021 at 4:35 PM

For companies in some industries, health, safety, and the environment (HSE) are such prominent concerns that they require specialized workers to oversee these areas. After all, it’s not always about making a profit. Companies also have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of employees, which is why an HSE site specialist is sometimes needed.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Training Management, Incident Management, Audit Management, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Professional Development

Health and Safety Websites Your Company Needs to Know About

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on November 4, 2020 at 12:09 PM

We all take health and safety in the workplace seriously, which is why we should be willing to use every resource possible. You never want to experience a workplace accident and think that there was something more you could have done to prevent it.

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

2 Simple Ways to Improve Health & Safety at Work

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on October 5, 2020 at 4:42 PM

When we talk about health & safety at work, we devote a lot of attention to the big hitters like machine safety or safety regulations. But the truth is, safety often comes down to the smallest details.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Safety Tips, Safety Management, Safety Culture, Professional Development

How to Give Great Health & Safety Advice to Your Workers

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on October 2, 2020 at 4:43 PM

As an EHS professional, you’re the resident safety expert at your organization. This also makes you the foremost resource for your workers to turn to when a safety issue arises, which is why you’ve worked hard to establish yourself as a trusted listener for their concerns.

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

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