July EHS News

Summer is the time when people go on holidays, and although they come back radiant and rested, it might take a while to get back to full working mode. The holiday season means an increase in the use of contract workers. Hence, it's important to make sure that everyone is aware of the safety procedures. The importance of daily toolbox talks increases. Employers must ensure proper communication and make sure everyone is up-to-date with the latest information.

This summer has been exceptionally warm. The UK has not experienced such continuous heat for decades. Although it's nice to enjoy the hot weather on your holiday, heat brings hazards to work, and heat stress can be fatal at worst. It has therefore been suggested that protecting workers from heat stress should be regulated.

Toxic substances are another area that has remained ill-regulated due to chemicals being safe if exposed to for a short-period of time. Many workers have, however, become seriously ill after working several years in an exposed environment. It is therefore essential to have the right tools to monitor toxicity levels in the air.

Toxic air, pollution and emissions are an issue that has been approached from many directions. As commercial air traffic increases, it's also time to put the industry's emissions to a halt.

These are the main topics in this month's roundup, but imagine if you couldn't understand what was written here. What if the text was in highly technical language with foreign terminology? Would that stop you from reading or understanding? Occupational health and safety consists of different departments and involves technical personnel. Often, there's a clash between different professionals and the language they use, and a "translator" is needed to clarify the contents of a meeting.

To find out more about these and other current EHS news, have a look at our this month's selection of articles below.

Translating Safety

EHS Today
Terry L. Mathis
Different professions use different terminology and some departments like IT may use language that is incomprehensible to other personnel. Sometimes this language barrier can cause misunderstandings and ambiguity, which is why it should always be made sure that everyone can understand the issue at hand. Organizations may in fact hire people whose job is to interpret technical language to managers, for example, so that they can make a decision based on the information. Terry L. Mathis goes through strategies that can help safety professionals and leaders understand each other. Read more »

Toxicity Can Kill: Monitoring gases, even oxygen, is crucial

Josie Larsen
"Gases such as carbon monoxdide can't be seen or smelled but are dangerous to your health and your life." Therefore, it's essential that employers make sure that the air employees breath is safe and free of toxic gases. The effects of inhalation are cumulative and can increase the risk of heart disease. Monitoring CO and other toxic gas levels is crucial as high exposure is life-threatening. In this article you can read more about what to monitor and how. Read more » 

UN Group Makes Major Decision on Aviation Emissions

Environmental Leader
Alyssa Danigelis
Aviation is not included in the international Paris Agreement, and currently the industry accounts for 2% of global emissions linked to climate change. Aviation's share is growing rapidly, hence a UN specialized agency, The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Its plan is to maintain the carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation at the same level from 2020 onwards. Read more »

Groups petition OSHA to issue heat stress standard; Congresswoman to sponsor bill

Safety + Health Magazine
The UK and other parts north of the equator have experienced some extremely hot temperatures this summer. Working in hot weather brings risks with it, and can be fatal. Statistics show that between 1992 and 2016 heat has caused 63,374 serious illnesses and 783 deaths. More than 130 organizations and 90 individuals are now petitioning OSHA to issue regulations to protect workers against heat stress. Read more »

Virtual Reality in Health & Safety Training

SHP Online 
Virtual Reality (VR) allows people to be taken to realities and situations that cannot be replicated in real life. This emerging technology is immensely useful in safety training. VR enables practical hands-on training that is more efficient than looking at presentations and reading notes, for example. There are many other benefits to VR training too, such as getting the worker's full attention during training. Read more »

New EU-OSHA Campaign to Tackle the Issue of Dangerous Substances in the Workplace

OHS Online
Katharina Busch
Occupational diseases caused by exposure to dangerous substances is very common. The issue with such substances is that the damage they can cause doesn't often visualize until after several years of exposure. This is one of the reasons why not much effort has been made to regulate their use. Now, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has started a two-year campaign to encourage employers to work with dangerous chemicals more responsibly. Read more »

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