Tips for Surviving Daylight Saving Time

Good news, everybody: We turn the clocks forward an hour this weekend, which means it will remain lighter longer into the evenings. Bad news, everybody: This change will mess with our sleep schedules and make us lose out on a prime hour of weekend time. My sleep schedule is all out of whack. I’ve been getting less than the recommended 7-minimum hours of sleep all week, and I also didn’t do myself any favors by stumbling out of bed today at 4:00 a.m. to make it to a volunteer event. Sure, it was for a good cause, but right about now I feel like I’m running entirely on caffeine fumes. […]

EHS Today Named Official Media Partner for VPPPA National Conference

EHS Today has been named the official media sponsor of the 29th Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) Conference. With a theme of “Setting the Stage for Safety and Health,” this conference will bring together thousands of EHS professionals in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 26-29 to advance occupational safety and health. VPPPA, a member-based association supporting worksites across the nation in their efforts to receive and maintain OSHA VPP status, is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. This is the first time in VPPPA’s nearly 30-year history that the organization has selected an official media partner. VPPPA chose EHS Today based on a shared vision […]

Washington Couple Fined for Employing Workers??

In 2011, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries revoked the certificate of industrial insurance for A1 Towing Service after owners Sandra and Billie Rouse failed to pay for workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. According to court documents, the Rouses allegedly told a revenue agent they were continuing to operate the business without employees. However, an L&I investigator determined that several employees continued to work for the business. While observing the business over a period of time, the investigator saw employees using company trucks to pick up and deliver various vehicles, including vehicles at the scene of accidents. The Rouses both recently appeared in Pierce County Superior Court and entered […]

Optocore supplies networked audio for Presidential inauguration in Washington

The ceremony took place in Washington DC in January, so MSI was faced with harsh winter conditions as well as a long transmission path back to MSI’s FoH position, nearly 2,000 feet from the last speaker tower. The Optocore network drove the signal chain directly from the Yamaha PM5D FoH mixing console, using Optocore YG2 Yamaha cards connected with redundant fibre cabling to the loudspeaker processors and amplifiers. Your Comment Cancel reply

Test-Taking May Improve Learning for All Ages

No matter their age or if they work or go to college full time, people appear to learn more when tested on material, rather than simply rereading or restudying information, according to research published online in the American Psychological Association (APA) journal Psychology and Aging. “The use of testing as a way to learn new information has been thoroughly examined in young students,” said the study’s lead author, Ashley Meyer, PhD, a cognitive psychologist with the Houston Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence. “This research builds on that and supports the notion that educators, or even employers, can use tests to increase learning in adults of […]

EPA’s Gina McCarthy Praised as a Practical, Effective Environmentalist and Respected Regulator

Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head EPA, has served in federal and state government for over 25 years, including a stint as Governor Mitt Romney’s energy and climate advisor in Massachusetts. McCarthy has worked closely with environmental advocates and with industry leaders and has earned the trust of both sides. Here is what some industry leaders and environmental advocates have to say about her: Scott Segal, a lawyer with Bracewell & Giuliani, a Houston law firm that represents energy companies: “Gina McCarthy is engaging, effective and willing to listen to the regulated community – even if we don’t always agree with her final rules.” Michael Brune, executive director, […]

Obama on EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy: ‘I’m confident that she’s going to do an outstanding job leading the EPA.’

An EPA crew heads back to unload the containers for sorting and proper disposal after an afternoon searching for hazardous containers along Captree Island in New York, following Hurricane Sandy. These tanks and many smaller containers held below deck were found by EPA and contractor boat crews. President Barack Obama March 6 nominated Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy for the top post at EPA. Following the President’s mentions of climate change in his second inaugural and recent State of the Union addresses, the nomination of Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator is seen by environmental advocates as another indication that the president is […]

Sandy Says: There’s No Shame in Being Safe

A new study – Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting – revealed that five organizations listed on the Corporate Knights’ 2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World reported more than 10 work-related fatalities in a year – with one organization reporting 49 in a year while another reported 70 worker deaths in a 3-year period (2010-2012). (See a news item about the study on p. 18 of this issue.) I actually could feel my blood pressure rise as I read that these companies, which had what I thought were outrageously high fatality rates, were considered “sustainable.” How sustainable can a company be when its employees […]

Sandy Says: There’s No Shame in Being Safe

A new study – Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting – revealed that five organizations listed on the Corporate Knights’ 2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World reported more than 10 work-related fatalities in a year – with one organization reporting 49 in a year while another reported 70 worker deaths in a 3-year period (2010-2012). (See a news item about the study on p. 18 of this issue.) I actually could feel my blood pressure rise as I read that these companies, which had what I thought were outrageously high fatality rates, were considered “sustainable.” How sustainable can a company be when its employees […]

Sandy Says: There’s No Shame in Being Safe

A new study – Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting – revealed that five organizations listed on the Corporate Knights’ 2011 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World reported more than 10 work-related fatalities in a year – with one organization reporting 49 in a year while another reported 70 worker deaths in a 3-year period (2010-2012). (See a news item about the study on p. 18 of this issue.) I actually could feel my blood pressure rise as I read that these companies, which had what I thought were outrageously high fatality rates, were considered “sustainable.” How sustainable can a company be when its employees […]