EHS News

Welcome to Pro-Sapien's March EHS News Roundup. 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 and receive the newsletter to your inbox once a month.

The articles in our March EHS News Roundup discuss robots' limitations in safety, digitalization, driverless car safety, and the two major milestones of this spring: GDPR and ISO 45001. We'll also look at visual literacy, a topic that was widely discussed during our Incident Management Month in November, 2017. You can find links to all articles below.

GDPR: expert panel answers readers' questions

Health and Safety At Work
Elaine Knutt
The new General Data Protection Rule comes into force on May 25, 2018. An expert panel of five answers readers' questions in this Q&A session organized by Health and Safety At Work magazine. Pro-Sapien’s Murray Ferguson is amongst the panel sharing their expertise on the topic. Find out what readers have asked and how the panel answers. Read more »

Owens Corning uses visual literacy for hazard recognition

Dave Johnson
"Many if not most people are visually illiterate." Visual literacy is important to safety when looking at hazard recognition and incident investigation. In this article, Johnson talks about how visual literacy could help health and safety professionals improve their ability to properly see their environment. Seeing is different from passive looking, as it requires interpreting and making judgements. Read more »

(John Dony from National Safety Council wrote a guest post on visual literacy. You can read it here.)

Here's why chopper pilot lived and passengers died

On March 11, 2018, a helicopter crashed into the East River in New York, US. The pilot was able to escape the drowning vehicle but the five passengers of the popular "off-doors" flight were not able to remove their emergency harness system. This additional harness allowed the passengers to move securely within the plane and take photographs of the city. However, despite having received briefing on how to remove the additional harness, none of the passengers were able to release themselves after hitting the water. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned "doors-off" flights where safety restraints couldn't be easily released. Read more »

Can a robot feel remorse?

EHS Today
Dave Blanchard
We let machines gradually take over our decision-making. For example, we give social media apps, powered by algorithms, the right to tell us what’s trending and what news should we read. Although automation is time-saving and convenient, according to a study by Ball State University and Villanova University suggests that people don’t like robots in the workplace. Robots are not humans and they’ll never be able to understand what it is like to be one. What does this mean for safety? Read more »

Health and safety fines vs. the cost of compliance

Pro-Sapien EHS Blog
Luke Rees 
Do you know the difference between your average spending on safety compliance and how much you could potentially be fined for negligence? In 2016, businesses in the UK paid an average of £115,440 in fines whereas the cost of health and safety compliacne for SMEs was around £5K and £40K. In addition to cost of compliance,  Rees looks at the reasons companies should invest in health and safety compliance and how they can achieve compliance. Read more »

ISO 45001 - what does it mean for your company?

SHP Online
Jamie Hailstone
The new global OHS standard ISO 45001 looks at safety from a holistic perspective, allowing the overall incorporation of health and safety in the organization’s management processes. For a company, adopting the standard means that health and safety has to be integrated across the business. SHP Online proves guidance to companies on the adoption of the standard and the meaning of its requirements for businesses in different sectors. Read more »

Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian in Arizona, where robots roam

NY Times
Daisuke Wakabayashi
Autonomous cars have received a lot of attention from the public and particularly from the safety professionals; however, this new technology requires still a lot of testing and improvement. The State of Arizona officials had invited Uber and other companies to test their driverless cars on their state’s roads. Last Sunday, March 18, one of these autonomous cars operated by Uber killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Arizona. The incident took place despite the emergency backup driver behind the wheel. Read more »

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