May EHS News

The time is up. The new General Data Protection Rule comes into force tomorrow on the 25th of May. Organizations have had two years to prepare and adapt their processes to meet the requirements of the new rule.

The OHS department holds a lot of personal data and there are many things to consider. So, to help the OHS department stay compliant, we have gathered resources that'll help you find information about the new legislation. Our GDPR hub offers OHS professionals different resources and guidance on the ways in which GDPR is changing the way OHS professionals work.

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Although preparing for GDPR has taken a lot our time lately, other news and developments within occupational health and safety shouldn’t stay unnoticed. 

New technology keeps changing the way organizations train, track and report safety-related issues. Environmental/green initiatives are more urgent than ever, and the opioid crisis in the US has created a national addiction spiral; calling for the OHS department to take action. To find out more about these and other current EHS news, have a look at our this month's selection of articles below.

OSHA – Stop Falls Stand-down

Falls continue to be the top cause for fatal injuries amongst construction workers. In 2016, 370 out of the total 991 construction fatalities were caused by falls. With the aim to improve safety and educate employees about fall hazards and fall prevention, OSHA held its fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down between May 7 and May 11. The voluntary event is a great opportunity for employers and employees alike to talk and address safety-related issues. Read more »

How to best leverage innovative technology

Bill Murphy
What was once a new technology, is now a commodity. Mobile technology has become a norm for health and safety professionals, and it has opened up a wide range of opportunities for capturing and reporting on health and safety issues from different locations – both online and offline. However, when new solutions, such as mobile, are deployed, it is essential that companies invest in user adoption. Employees must be comfortable to use the new technology for it to improve EHS performance and worker participation. Read more »

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Environmental Enforcement Actions Are In

EHS Daily Advisor
The main aim of environmental legislation is to help reduce the environmental damage. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates household, industrial, manufacturing, and commercial solid and hazardous wastes under the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). If companies are not compliant with the requirements, they’ll face heavy fines. EHS Daily Advisor lists last week’s environmental enforcement actions in the US. Read more »

How EHS&S Professionals can Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace

The Green Tie
Mark Ames
The opioid crisis, that roots itself to the 1990s, has taken thousands of lives. The drug is used to relieve pain and causes heroin-like addiction. Lethal dose of fentanyl (one of the synthetic opioids) is estimated to be only two to three milligrams. Occupational Health & Safety department can, by reducing occupational hazards, prevent the use of opioids before it even begins. It is also the responsibility of the OHS department to protect employees from accidental occupational exposure to the substances. Read more »

4 Tips for Creating a Better Waste Management Plan

David Stead
Pollution, plastic waste and increasing industrialization, and urbanization, call for better waste management. Companies and countries alike have come up with initiatives that help them manage and contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future. But how should organizations approach waste management? David Stead, the Principal and Vice President of RSS thinks that waste management should be seen as resource management, meaning that there should be a plan in place that would state the way in which materials are dealt with after they’ve been consumed. Read more »

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