Speak Up For Safety: Take the 2013 National Safety Survey

Every year through our National Safety Survey, we reach out to EHS leaders to learn more about their thoughts on the occupational safety and health landscape. We want to know about your successes, your challenges, your goals, and what might help you work more effectively to save lives and prevent on-the-job injuries and illnesses. How did you address a recent occupational safety challenge at work? What types of worker wellness initiatives does your organization promote? Have you ever witnessed or been directly affected by workplace violence or bullying? If you were named OSHA administrator overnight, with the power to make any changes you saw fit, what would be your first […]

Workplace Stress Makes Healthy Choices Go Up in Smoke

A study of 423 adult American smokers suggests that stress stemming from work-family conflict can lead to an increase in smoking and other unhealthy behaviors. Based on their findings, researchers from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington encourage employers to implement workplace wellness and smoking cessation programs to help boost employee health. The study, “The Association Between Work-Family Conflict and Smoking Quantity Among Daily Smokers,” found that men and women who smoked daily reported that their smoking increased when conflict from work affected their home life. Women also reported the inverse: increased smoking when home conflict affected their work. “There’s growing evidence that work-family conflict is related to a […]

Safety in Iceland

I’ve just returned from a two-week vacation in Iceland. During that time, I climbed mountains, visited waterfalls, watched geothermal steam pour from the earth, walked on lava fields, shivered by glaciers and much more. Iceland is a beautiful, surreal-seeming country with amazing natural wonders and landscapes – landscapes that come complete with their own safety concerns. From falling into waterfalls to dropping off steep gravel roads to being burned by geothermal steam or water, the risks in Iceland were a little different from what I was used to at home. I couldn’t resist photographing a few safety-related signs throughout my trip. So enjoy this glimpse of tourist safety, Iceland-style:   […]

BIS expands across key European markets

BIS: total integrated solutions for rooms and buildings The company, which advises on, configures, installs and maintains total integrated solutions for rooms and buildings, has previously focused on the Benelux market. Part of the Mood Media Corporation, BIS has a track record in the area of AV & ICT integration and room furnishing and over a six-year period has furnished 30,000 rooms at thousands of organisations – ranging from multinationals to SME enterprises; hospitals; municipalities; educational institutions; and pharmaceutical companies. BIS’s core competencies cover: audiovisual (dynamic AV & ICT solutions for every type of room and organisation); video communication (for time- and location-independent working, conferencing and presenting via video); digital […]

Extron introduces new speaker system for suspended ceilings

Extron Electronics’ SpeedMount Ceiling Speaker System The CS 1226T SpeedMount speaker system features the newest speaker innovation from Extron, designed to simplify ceiling speaker installation. The two-piece system consists of the CS 120P plenum rated enclosure and a CS 26T two-way speaker cartridge. A low-voltage contractor places the CS 120P enclosure directly on the ceiling grid without the need for a tile bridge, C-ring, or tile rails. Signal wiring is then routed to the enclosure. An AV technician can complete installation by connecting the CS 26T speaker cartridge to the wiring and securing it into the enclosure. Available as a complete assembly of a pair of CS 120P enclosures and a pair of CS […]

Heat Lingers for Farm Workers Even After Quitting Time

While it might not come as a surprise that farm workers are exposed to hot working conditions while on the job, new research suggests that many of these employees continue to face the heat even when their shifts are over. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers conducted a study to evaluate the heat indexes in migrant farm worker housing and found that a majority of the workers don’t get a break from the heat when they’re off the clock. This research raises concerns about productivity and worker health. “We found that a majority of the workers are not getting much respite from the heat in the evening,” said lead author […]

Be Prepared, Be Safe: June 16-22 is Emergency Preparedness Week

As part of National Safety Month this June, the National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting Emergency Preparedness Week June 16-22 to help citizens plan for emergencies of all types. NSC recommends that every family should not only have a plan in case of an emergency, but should practice that plan at least twice a year. Plans should take the physical capabilities of family members in mind, including children and older adults. Start by creating an emergency preparedness kit, which should include: Water (one gallon per person, per day for at least three days) Enough nonperishable food (for at least three days) and can opener Battery-powered radio Flashlight with extra batteries […]

Explosion Rocks Louisiana Chemical Plant, One Fatality Reported, Many Injured

Initial reports indicate that one employee has died and 33 others are injured following an explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana. As many as 600 workers were at the Williams Geismar Olefins chemical facility in Geismar, La., this morning when an explosion occurred just after 8:30 a.m., rocking the area and starting a large fire. Initial reports list one fatality and 33 injured employees, some of them seriously. Employees at companies as far as 2 miles away were told to shelter in place. At the onset of the incident, Louisiana State Police and the Ascension Parish and Iberville Parish offices of emergency planning (OEP) were notified. Both […]

Homicide Rates for Taxi Drivers Drop When Security Cameras Are Installed

A new NIOSH study found a dramatic decrease in assaults on taxi cab drivers when cameras were placed in the vehicles. Taxi cab drivers face a high risk of being the victim of workplace homicide. While many cities and companies have made efforts to improve taxicab driver safety through the use of security equipment, such as in-vehicle cameras and partitions, the research into the effectiveness of these efforts has been limited. A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) examines the effectiveness of specific safety equipment in reducing murder rates among taxi drivers. Published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study […]

Environmental Lab Operator Found Guilty of Falsifying Records on Industrial Wastewater

White created three discharge monitoring reports that falsely represented that laboratory testing had been performed on samples when the testing had not been done. Tennie White, owner, operator and manager of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc., was charged in a three-count felony indictment with two false statements counts and one count of obstructing proceedings. The jury found White guilty of all counts after an eight day trial before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate at the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss. “Our environmental regulatory system depends on the self-reporting of accurate information, including what is being released into the environment,” said Gregory K. Davis, U.S. attorney for the Southern […]