December EHS Roundup

Welcome to Pro-Sapien's final EHS News Roundup for 2017. At the end of each month, we put together relevant news articles and topics that we think could interest our network. The roundups are posted here on the blog section of our website. Alternatively, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter.

Most of us are ready to clear our desk for the holidays. December is usually a busy month with the calendar filled up with social events and holiday preparations: Christmas parties, dinners, gatherings and Christmas shopping with billions of other people. It's easy to lose focus; however, before the holidays commence, let's have a look at some of the EHS news of this month. Our December roundup post looks into health and safety performance in the past year, and reminds us of the challenges EHS professionals will be facing in the future. 

Fatal Work Injuries Rose to Eight-Year High in 2016

OHS Canada
On 19th December, 2017, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data, which reveals that the year 2016 records the highest fatal work injury rate since 2008. The Bureau of Labor reported a total of 5,190 fatal injuries which implies an increase of 5% since 2015. Whilst transportation-related fatalities were the most common type of incident (40%), violence and other injuries by people or animals increased by 23% since the previous year, making it the second most fatal event of 2016. Furthermore, work homicide figures were at their highest since 2010: there were 83 more homicides in 2016, bringing the number up to 500. Read more »

The Future of Construction Work and Workers

Future of Business and Tech
The world population is growing by the day, and by 2050 we’re expecting to share the planet with 2.5 billion more people. For the construction industry this means 1,000 new buildings to be built every day. The higher demand then requires more use of technology and other new tools. “Digital construction” has changed the industry, and due to this new emphasis on digitization, the profile of the required personnel has also changed. More people with advanced skills are needed, making millennial workers particularly suitable for filling this skill gap. Read more »

In collisions with airplanes, drones worse than birds

New technology implies new challenges for safety. A report by the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) concludes that drones can cause more damage than birds of the same size when colliding with large manned aircrafts. Drones are made of more rigid materials, which causes the impact to be stronger. On the basis of the research, it is suggested that manufacturers of unmanned aircraft system manufacturers should adopt “detect and avoid” or “geo-fencing” capabilities. Read more »

Protect Leased and Temporary Workers from BBP Exposure

EHS Daily Advisor
In the current labor market, it’s common to work as a contractor. This is cost effective for the employers, but how is the safety of the workers influenced by this so called “gig economy”? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created new policies to ensure temporary workers are as safe as the permanent staff. This article addresses a case at Tomra NY Recycling, where the temporary workers were not covered by the employer’s BBP (bloodborne pathogens) program. Read more »

Getting to the Heart of Workplace Safety

Future of Business and Tech
Safety culture is a topic that cannot be emphasized enough. Deborah A.P. Hersman, the President and CEO, National Safety Council (NSC), addresses workers' safety, drawing attention to the fact that we are still not in a situation where all workers can be a hundred percent sure that they will return home safe after work. The article cites a survey conducted by the NSC, highlighting some of the most pertinent numbers on safety perceptions of the US workforce, such as 30% are too afraid to report safety related issues. Read more »

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