When improving safety in the workplace, we should focus on processes and systems. ISO's latest standard, ISO 45001, allows the integration of the management of health and safety risk with the overall processes, goals and objectives of an organization. This framework can be used to improve safety performance in many fields, such as ergonomics.
The widely spoken OSHA recordkeeping rule has faced some of the expected setbacks. The sheer volume of data OSHA receives from the electronic log has been overwhelming; The new rule quadrupled the number of employers who were previously required to submit injury and illness data directly to OSHA.
Read more from our selection of this month's articles below:
ISO 45001: A Model for Managing Workplace Ergonomics
Walt Rostykus, Rick Barker
Ergonomics (the study of the ways in which working conditions can influence the effectiveness of a task being done) should be approached as a process so that the risks that expose workers to Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be effectively reduced. ISO's latest standard, ISO 45001, provides a model that can be used to manage ergonomics in a systematic manner. Read more »
Can employers help address America's opioid epidemic?
In 2017, around 50,000 Americans died of opioid-related overdoses. Prescription opioids have been used as painkillers; however, they can cause dependence and have many other strong side-effects. The breadth of opioid use has had an impact on workplaces too; increasing labor shortage, reduced productivity and economic losses due to lost time. There are ways employers can address the growing problem. Read more »
What Keeps a Safety Leader Up at Night?
EHS Today's National Safety Survey 2018 asked safety leaders how they're using safety data to overcome safety challenges. For example, 84.54% of the respondents state that they track leading indicators to measure safety performance. EHS Today compiled statistics and comments from this survey, which provides a good idea on where the industry is heading and what are the challenges. Read more »
Top 3 EHS Culture Killers and How to Fix Them
The Green Tie by NAEM
Safety culture is the core pillar of workplace safety. This communicates to the employees how safety is perceived in the organization. In this article, Tabitha Laser, a Health and Safety Practice Leader, identifies and discusses three characteristics that can destroy EHS culture in your organization. Read more »
Technology 'fuels our lives'
Technology is changing workplace dynamics and the way EHS professionals work. In the construction industry, for example, technology has changed the way buildings are designed and constructed. In the transport industry, Tfl fit cameras save time and allows employees to be exposed to fewer risks. Bringing in new technology requires that processes are also changed to support that technology, and that the possible (new) risks these technologies bring along are being managed. Read more »
OSHA Seeks to Roll Back Major Parts of Electronic Recordkeeping Rule
OSHA has proposed a rule that requires the submission of Form 300A data electronically, but the Forms 300 or 301 injury illness data would no longer be required. The reason for this change, according to the agency, is that they want to protect sensitive worker information. Nevertheless, there might be other reasons for this too. Read more »
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