EHSQ Community | Safe + Sound Week!

Join us for Safe + Sound Week! In this members monthly open discussion we join forces to drive social awareness around safety in the workplace, and worker’s rights. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Join us for the Safe + Sound Week! with Tamara Parris
  • Don’t Blame the Silos by member Terry L Mathis

  • Speaking Truth to Power by member Ron Gantt
  • System Safety Program – Rule


EHSQ Community | Organizational Success or Failure

Take a moment to join our members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick  by listening to their discussion about why organizations fail to manage H&S. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Reasons Why Organizations Fail to Manage H&S by members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick

  • Why Employers Should Be Screening ‘At Risk’ Laborers for Cancer by Cassandra Kennicot
  • EMIS Implementation from Your IT Director’s Perspective by member Kay Eileraas

  • Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions From Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units – Rule


Safety Leadership Spotlight | How to Use Leading Indicators to Benchmark Your Safety Program

On March 31, 2017, I sat down with EHSQ Community member Faustino Martinez, a V.P of EHS, to hear his thoughts on how using leading indicators in EHSQ is transforming workplace safety in business.

In several of our recent community open discussions we have been learning from our members the Leading Indicators they are using to benchmark their safety data, such as near misses, and unsafe conditions.

During our interview conversation, Faustino shared his view that part of the key to success is identifying the right leading indicators that will strengthen your own organization’s management system. He stated to look at it like an “iceberg”. Often we only see 10% of what is happening when we look at lagging indicators. It is really the last minute view which means you have no opportunity to gain actionable proactive insights.

In his experiences, the secret to preventing incidents and accidents is to … Read more...

EHSQ Professional’s Voice: Workplace Violence Prevention

This month Community Expert, Mark Mann, lead our member’s discussion on Workplace Violence Prevention. He discussed workplace violence prevention and the challenges an EHS professional faces when identifying risks of violence within their workplace. Here is a recap of what Mark, and our EHSQ Community members discussed during the open discussion.

We invite you to view the Recording of the Live Member Open Discussion which inspired this month’s Learning’s from Safety Professionals post; “link to recording here”.

What does “workplace violence” include for you?

To begin the discussion, Mark asked our members to share their opinions on what they believe workplace violence can look like.

Workplace violence can include:

  • Everything from bullying to terrorism,
  • Past patterns or predictable violence,
  • Threats to person or property,
  • Intentional damage to operations,
  • Words and pre-attack indicators, and
  • Failure to share known warning signs (due to innocent ignorance or social stigma

EHSQ Community | Managing Health and Safety

This month our member Kamran Akhavan Attari shares a post about Safety within Critical Discourse Perspectives, a while members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick discusses why organizations fail to manage H&S. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.


Measuring Safety Part 2 – Serious Injury Fatality – Rethinking Measurement and Prevention


In Measuring Safety Part 1, we reviewed the drawbacks of focusing solely on the measurement of safety outcomes absent understanding and tracking operational processes and events that are predictive of a safe workplace. In Part 2 of the series, we are going to dive deeper into the implications of this thinking by reviewing “Serious Injury Fatality” (SIF).

Serious Injury Fatality (SIF) – Breaking it down

The concept is not new. Workplace fatalities have been the object of preventive corporate policies and regulatory scrutiny for decades. Before my interview with Todd Conklin during Pre-accident podcast, however, I had only seen the abbreviation of “SIF” online.

Being an avid reader and learner, I began my Google search on the SIF-phenomenon which revealed many sources on the topic: White papers, several documents by Fred Manuele, and a YouTube video for learning on the subject. Though my search was not an … Read more...

Learnings from Safety Professionals: Old and New Views

Learnings from Safety Professionals

March, 2017, our EHSQ Community had a Mastermind session with Carsten Busch and Rosa Antonia Carrillo, hosted by Tamara Parris, to discuss the Modern and Traditional Safety Management styles, and the challenges EHS Professionals face with each.

During our sessions we had just over 142 community members share their views in our Members voice survey. During the session, we had several members voiced their challenges and insights learned through their own work experiences.

From our “Member’s Voice” discussion we learned 78% of our members use an Empowering Leadership style in their workplace for safety management, and 43% use the Taylorism /Traditional approach. Rosa shared she was not surprised because when working with Safety Professionals they understand empowerment is the only way to motivate people and get buy-in. Carsten shared that because he works in the Police Organization, the institution is hierarchical. Whereas, his department leader uses a Servant style with Read more...

EHSQ Community | Risk Management

This month our member Varun Anand shares a post about Risk Management Program (RMP) rule revisions, a while member Mark Mann discusses creating plans for Workplace Violence Prevention. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • To the Inventor of Zero Accidents: Thanks for Nothing! by Terry L Mathis

  • Workplace Violence Prevention by member Mark Mann
  • Risk Management Program (RMP) rule revisions by member Varun Anand

  • Webinar: Your Path to a Safer Jobsite: How Mobility Can Transform Your EHS Program by member Jamie Young


Safety Talk: 6 Safety Best Practices to Build Sustainable Performance in Your Organization

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A company’s reputation, image, and brand are its most valuable assets. According to a Forbes article, a recent study suggests that 80% of employees aged 18 to 30 will leave a company if they believe it has poor ethics or a weak brand. These are profitable assets, as a company with a reputation for quality and safety can charge more than their competitors for similar products because customers perceive this extra cost as a reflection of superior product and service.

It becomes clear that having a strong and proactive occupational health and safety reputation matters when it comes to protecting and enhancing a business’ brand image and value. In recognition of this, many companies are allocating a significant portion of their budgets to maintaining and enhancing corporate social responsibility.

Safety Management Programs: Traditional vs. Modern

Safety management programs measure a company’s health and safety performance. How safety professionals aim … Read more...

Safety Talk: What can EHS leaders do to support sustainability in their organizations?

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Q: What can EHS leaders do to support sustainability in their organizations?

A: Occupational health and safety and sustainability are considered essential elements to the success of an organization’s business operations. Both are interrelated and without pursuing one strategy, the other would not be adequately developed. Here are 5 things EHS leaders can do to support sustainability in their organizations.

1. Define sustainability

The first step is to define precisely what is meant by sustainability. To come up with an adequate definition, examine your organization’s mission and ask yourself questions like:

  • What is the business trying to accomplish?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • What is mutually important to the stakeholders and the business?
  • How can the business operate in a way that is consistent with these values?

2. Drive the discussion

EHS leaders have become experts at change—they have helped transform safety from one priority among others into a core value.