Distracted Driving is Dangerous Driving

Research has shown time and again that driving with a cell phone reduces concentration and can lead to crashes, but has yet to put a firm link on just how many crashes might be caused directly by electronic distractions. Whatever the studies say, it’s clear that not paying attention behind the wheel for any reason makes driving less safe. Unfortunately, the need to stay connected is so strong that far too many drivers think they can get away with it. To counter the rising amount of distracted driving-related crashes, automakers like Ford Motor Co. are striving to help lower distracted driving in any way they can. Ford believes that research is […]

MSHA Issues 285 Citations During November Impact Inspections

Wearing head-lamps to light their way through this coal mine, this historic image, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted three miners as they were strategizing their next move. Note that none of the men was wearing and protective filtered breathing devices, which is now protocol under such circumstances. Unfortunately, some mine operators still operate as if it’s 1960. MSHA’s monthly special impact inspections, which began in force in April 2010 following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or […]

P.L.A.N. for Success and You’ll Lose Those Holiday Pounds

Regain the upper hand over added holiday pounds by following a simple P.L.A.N. for weight-loss success: P: Preparation. Whether you are the CEO of your home or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, you know that the odds of success increase with preparation. One of the biggest missteps is to depend on “willpower.” If you are stressed after a long day at work, you didn’t sleep well the night before and you missed your afternoon snack, what will you choose when you get home: the chocolate chip cookies or preparing a sensible dinner? If, on the other hand, there are no cookies available and you have already prepared dinner, then […]

The Decontamination Challenge in Hospital Emergency Preparedness

The life of a hospital emergency preparedness coordinator (EPC) is an exercise in prioritization. The day starts with errant fire alarms and security actions, continues with a crushing schedule of meetings and trainings, and often ends late at night with the EPC wondering, “What just happened? What did I accomplish? Did I make my hospital safer today?” In this hectic schedule, there isn’t a lot of time to engage your facility and staff in serious disaster preparation. Fire alarms, snow emergencies and “Code Pink” or child abduction drills often are practiced through the year. While these are important, the incident that is too often overlooked is that of a contaminated […]

Ergonomics Could Prevent a ‘Boatload’ of Work-Related Accidents

The fishing industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. The combination of trenuous labor, poor weather conditions and heavy lifting increase the risk for personal injury on the job. Workers often are subjected to some of the most uncomfortable occupational environments found in any industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And because fishermen must work in generally unsafe environments, injury and death are highly prevalent, making this occupation one of the most hazardous lines of work. But despite the difficult working conditions, when it comes to preventing injury, the science of ergonomics can help. A new safety initiative at the Alaska Marine Safety Education […]

OSHA’s newest directive contains a hidden message – EHS professionals take note

OSHA’s newest compliance directive pertains to highway construction work zones. What stands out about the new directive? OSHA dedicates 10-plus pages, over one-third of the document, to compliance officer safety. Download this case study now! OSHA’s newest directive contains a hidden message – EHS professionals take notehttp://ehstoday.com/archive/osha-s-newest-directive-contains-hidden-message-ehs-professionals-take-notehttp://ehstoday.com/rss.xmlEHS Today

Konover Construction achieves significant cost savings and increased compliance rates with PureSafety Safety Management System

Konover Construction, based in Connecticut, streamlined operations, increased compliance rates to almost 100% and achieved cost savings of $2,000 a month by offering employees online training with PureSafety Safety Management System. Download this case study now! Konover Construction achieves significant cost savings and increased compliance rates with PureSafety Safety Management Systemhttp://ehstoday.com/archive/konover-construction-achieves-significant-cost-savings-and-increased-compliance-rates-puresahttp://ehstoday.com/rss.xmlEHS Today

PureSafety Safety Management System allows Caterpillar® dealer to offer courses and track training compliance year-round at multiple locations

HOLT CAT, an authorized Caterpillar® heavy equipment and engine dealer in Texas, utilized the PureSafety Safety Management Solution to provide safety training to all employees in more than 100 locations. Download the case study now! PureSafety Safety Management System allows Caterpillar® dealer to offer courses and track training compliance year-round at multiple locationshttp://ehstoday.com/archive/puresafety-safety-management-system-allows-caterpillar-dealer-offer-courses-and-track-trainihttp://ehstoday.com/rss.xmlEHS Today

No Excuses Allowed: Make Winter Workouts Work for You

It can be tempting to forgo your fitness routine when the weather outside is frightful. But Kara Smith, personal trainer and group fitness coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness, stresses that the cold winter months are no time to abandon your workout schedule. “It’s hard to stay motivated in the winter,” Smith acknowledges. “When temperatures plummet, the last thing we want to do is leave the comfort and warmth of our homes. But winter is not a good excuse to give up our fitness routines.” Smith suggests taking advantage of winter outdoor activities, such as ice skating, hockey, skiing or snowshoeing, during the cold weather. You also don’t need […]

Don’t Sweat It: New NIOSH Test Manikin May Help Combat Heat Stress

Researchers at NIOSH’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) hope to use the new “sweating thermal manikin” to create less burdensome materials and designs for protective clothing used by workers who face the risk of heat stress from prolonged duty in hot and physically stressful work environments. “We are continually investigating strategies for improving workplace safety and health,” said Dr. Maryann D’Alessandro, Director of NPPTL. “The implementation of the Sweating Thermal Manikin in the NPPTL research portfolio enables us to keep pace with technological advancements.” Protective clothing manufacturers use a standard testing process to measure the amount of heat transferred through fabric. Based on this kind of test, a number […]