Why You Should Own Up to Mistakes at Work

I’m a perfectionist. I don’t like to make mistakes, especially at work. You might feel the same way. But we’re all human, which means we will inevitably make the occasional slipup. As much as making errors makes me cringe, I’ve learned over the years that one of the best ways to diffuse the effects of the mistake is to own up to it. Admitting a mistake clears the air and allows me to get started on making things right as quickly as possible. According to Michael Houlihan, coauthor along with Bonnie Harvey of The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestselling Wine, admitting to mistakes at work […]

West Virginia Gov. Tomblin Orders Mine Safety Stand-Down

West Virginia Gov. Tomblin calls for statewide mine safety stand-down during a press conference at the State Capitol on Feb. 20. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 20 issued Executive Order 1-13 directing all operators, supervisors, miners and other employees of the state’s coal industry to engage in safety stand-down to honor the miners who were killed and thoroughly review applicable health and safety laws and regulations, communication protocols and any safety issues apparent in their operations. According to the Executive Order, the decision to call for a mine safety stand-down was made in response to the sixth fatal mining accident in West Virginia since last […]

NIOSH and NHCA Recognize Organizations Dedicated to Prevention of Hearing Loss

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), announced the winners of the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards at the 38th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference on Feb. 22 in St. Petersburg, Fla., This year’s winners come from the manufacturing sector and the educational field. The awards honor organizations that have shown dedication to excellence in hearing loss prevention practices in the work environment and beyond.   “This year’s recipients confirm that the benefits of noise control go far beyond the prevention of hearing loss and make good business sense, as a safe and healthy workforce benefits workers, […]

Our Best Efforts

When a young woman went into cardiac arrest, her husband stepped in and did the right thing: he started CPR. Adam O’Connor, a firefighter who responded to this emergency, explains what happened: I was teaching a HAZWOPER class at a local manufacturer when a man stopped me as I walked through the break room. “You don’t remember me, do you?” he asked. I took a second look and immediately remembered the face from a year earlier. I knew a smile was splitting my face when I said, “I know exactly who you are! How are your wife and baby?” Last fall, this man called 9-1-1 when his wife went into […]

Infographic: The History of Fire Safety

From the testing of the first fire engine in 1853 to the founding of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and beyond, this new infographic details the history of fire safety and includes important fire safety methods. Graphic Products’ new infographic, “Fire Safety History,” reveals that 1,389,500 fires were reported in the United States in 2011. These fires resulted in $11.7 billion in property damage, 17,500 civilian injuries and 3,005 civilian deaths. The infographic also highlights three NFPA fire codes, including NFPA 1, NFPA 101 and NFPA 70. View the infographic below to learn more: Infographic: The History of Fire Safetyhttp://ehstoday.com/emergency-management/infographic-history-fire-safetyhttp://ehstoday.com/rss.xmlEHS Today

How Alzheimer’s Caregiving Impacts U.S. Work Force

A new poll reveals that 15 percent of American workers are current or former caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a number that can have wide-reaching effects on work force retention and productivity. The new poll, commissioned by Workplace Options in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, showed that only 47 percent of these caregivers were able to maintain their employment while providing care for the Alzheimer’s or dementia patient. This figure, among other findings, led Workplace Options CEO Dean Debnam to call the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on the American work force “simply astounding.” “Caring for a loved one with dementia is an incredible responsibility, and that responsibility […]

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Increased in 2012

It hasn’t happened since 2005: Motor vehicle fatalities increased in 2012 compared to the previous year. In 2012, approximately 36,200 traffic deaths occurred in the United States, a roughly 5-percent increase from the 2011 fatalities, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Prior to the 2012 numbers, annual traffic deaths had followed a downward trend. For example, the 2011 fatality count was 2 percent lower than 2010, which had been 2 percent lower than 2009. The decline in U.S. traffic fatalities stretched back to 2005, the last time an increase was recorded. “NSC is greatly concerned with the upswing in traffic fatalities on our nation’s roads,” said Janet Froetscher, president […]

Survey Says: Average Salary of CSP Is $98,000

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has released information from a salary survey conducted in conjunction with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The survey was sent to nearly 33,000 recipients, and the response rate was close to 25 percent. Certified safety professionals (CSPs), associate safety professionals (ASPs), occupational health and safety technologists (OHSTs) and construction health and safety technicians (CHSTs) participated in the survey. “The results of the 2012 BCSP Salary Survey confirm once again one of the many values of holding a certification,” says BCSP CEO Dr. Treasa Turnbeaugh, CSP, CET. “It shows that certificants’ hard work, and proving their knowledge and dedication through achieving a […]

Eliminate, Ventilate and Isolate: Improving Winter IAQ

Indoor air pollution invariably becomes a much bigger problem during the cold winter months, according to Jennifer Meek, manager of customer service for Enviro-Solutions.    “This is because we close windows to keep cold air outside,” says Meek.  “Complicating matters, we stay inside so much more this time of year.” Because of this, Enviro-Solutions, which manufactures “green” cleaning chemicals and products, suggests three ways facility managers can help improve and protect indoor air quality during the cold winter months:   Eliminate: Remove or reduce the amount of chemicals, especially products that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other potential pollutants stored or used in a facility. Ventilate: Open doors and windows […]

The 3 Worker Needs Your Training Program Must Meet

On more than one occasion, I have endured training classes that failed to meet my basic needs. I had thoughts such as, “When will this be over?” and “This would have been so much better if…” and “I hope I don’t have to do this again.” No one wants to sit through – or provide – this type of training. It is critical that the students’ needs are the primary consideration during the development phase of an organization’s training program. Integrating something called ERG theory into the development phase of your training program will go a long way in accomplishing this goal. What is ERG Theory? ERG theory stands for […]