Positive, Engaging Work Environments Benefit Both Workers and Employers

Ninety-three percent of senior-level corporate real estate executives rate the quality of work environments and work experiences as the most urgent issue facing their companies, according to new poll results that prompted an industry association to urge companies to adopt policies that support a “work-life” approach to productivity and employee engagement. According to CoreNet Global, a corporate real estate professional association that conducted an Industry Leaders Opinion Poll, the nature of work is “changing dramatically, transcending the traditional definitions of productivity to include the concepts of enabling work, employee engagement, employee satisfaction and employee wellness framed around an emerging ‘work-life support’ business model.” CoreNet Global’s Issues Advocacy Focus Group coordinated […]

Spokane Man Charged with Stealing $113,271 in Workers’ Comp Benefits

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) charges that Doyle Ronald Wheeler, 36, of Spokane, Wash., collected benefits from 2008 to 2011 on a workplace-injury claim for a neck and back injury. L&I stopped benefit payments after an investigation determined that Wheeler was operating his own businesses – The Pensmith, Ammo Head Design and Ammo Head Hydrographics – while receiving the workers’ compensation benefits. “The Spokane Valley Voice wrote a story on Wheeler citing his business success while he was receiving time-loss benefits,” commented Elizabeth Smith, manager of L&I’s Fraud Prevention and Compliance Program. “This kind of fraud damages the system. It steals from everyone – taxpayers, employers who pay […]

ACOEM: Include Worker Health Information in Electronic Health Records

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has some advice for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: ensure that worker health information is considered as part of electronic health records (EHRs). This can be accomplished, ACOEM said, by incentivizing physicians to add information about a patient’s work life as they build EHRs. “Approximately 140 million Americans are employed. Their health can affect their ability to work safely and productively, and in turn their jobs can affect their health,” said ACOEM President Karl Auerbach, M.D. “Although many vendors have developed specialized EHR systems for occupational medicine, EHRs for general group health have not typically included features related […]

BNSF Railway Takes Steps to Ensure Workers Can Report Injuries Without Fear of Retaliation

BNSF Railway Co. has signed an accord with OSHA to voluntarily revise the personnel policies OSHA claimed violated whistleblower provisions and discouraged workers from reporting on-the-job injuries. Section 20109 of the Federal Railroad Safety Act’s (FRSA) protects railroad workers from retaliation for, among other acts, reporting suspected violations of federal laws and regulations related to railroad safety and security, hazardous safety or security conditions and on-the-job injuries. The terms of BNSF’s accord with OSHA include: Changing BNSF’s disciplinary policy so that injuries no longer play a role in determining the length of an employee’s probation following a record suspension for a serious rule violation. As of Aug. 31, 2012, BNSF […]

Fire Protection Research Foundation to host Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium

Fire Protection Research Foundation to host Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET 2013) February 26 – March 1, 2013 Doubletree Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL January 14, 2013 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 17th annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET 2013) will be held February 26 through March 1, 2013 at SeaWorld’s Doubletree Orlando. This year’s agenda will feature more than 25 papers addressing the latest developments, advances and research on topics including: The latest in detection research, a new strategy to address the unwanted alarm issue, and detection of wildland fires The latest in sprinkler protection strategies, and […]

EPA Received 230,000 Comments on Next Round of Clean Air Standards to Reduce Harmful Soot Pollution

The new EPA Clean Air Standard, which was proposed in June and is consistent with the advice from the agency’s independent science advisors, sets the annual health standard at 12 micrograms per cubic meter and is based on an extensive body of scientific evidence that includes thousands of studies. Many of the large studies used by EPA to set the standard show negative health impacts from PM2.5 at lower levels than previously understood. EPA also utilized extensive consultation with stakeholders, including the public, health organizations and industry, and after considering more than 230,000 public comments. The new standard has no effect on the existing daily standard for fine particles or […]

Diver Drowns, Death Leads to Citations for the Department of Natural Resources

David Scheinost, age 24, was one of a four-person dive team from the DNR Aquatic Resources Division that was collecting geoduck samples to test for paralytic shellfish poisoning from the Manzanita and Restoration Point geoduck harvest tracts off Washington’s Bainbridge Island on July 24. Two SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) divers had deployed on their third dive of the day when the victim surfaced in distress and called out that he couldn’t breathe. The other divers were unable to reach him before he slipped below the surface and was gone. His body was found 3 days later.   The state’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) conducted an investigation into […]

You Do Make A Difference

A new year is upon us, and I think it’s time to do a little reflecting. Not on what we might have done wrong or left undone, but rather reflecting on what we DO out there: how we manage things, how we manage ourselves, and how we manage other people. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot said about what we do in our EHS efforts – that either it’s not enough, or it’s too much, or it’s misguided. Perhaps some of that is true, but mostly, I think what we do and why we do it is misunderstood. The misunderstanding comes from many levels within an organization. It can […]

There’s No Sport in Exposing Workers to Noise Hazards

Fans who head out to stadiums, arenas and other sports venues – as well as the workers in those venues and the officials in charge of refereeing the game – may be at risk of exposure to hazardous noise levels, according to two new studies published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). “These two papers describe a health hazard – high noise levels causing permanent hearing loss – that is prevalent but pretty much unappreciated in the world of sports,” said JOEH Editor in Chief Mark Nicas, Ph.D., CIH. “While severe traumatic injuries and degenerative brain disorders due to concussive blows are recognized as severe hazards among […]

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