Public Employee Safety, New Construction Standard and George Clooney, War Profiteers

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Loophole in Safety Laws Contribute to Injuries and Death
  • Enforcement of New Construction Standard for Confined Spaces Postponed
  • George Clooney, War Profiteers and the Hidden Costs of Conflict Minerals

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Safety of Public Employees. Click here
  • Construction industry gets more time for confined space compliance. Click here.
  • George Clooney, War Profiteers and the Hidden Costs of Conflict Minerals. Click here.
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Managing Temporary Worker Safety in the Construction Industry

In recent months OSHA and NIOSH have begun cracking down on organizations for their historically lax treatment of temporary workers in regard to safety. The reasoning for this increased attention, along with subsequent stiff fines is twofold. According to Dave Michaels, OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, there are 23% more temporary workers in the job market than there were before the recession. This in combination with the fact that temporary workers are 3-4 times more likely to be injured or killed on the job has contributed to a rash of recent incidents.  OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI), officially announced in April 2013, affects all industries but in particular manufacturing and construction, which traditionally employ the most temporary workers and contractors.  This increased focus can have a significant impact both on brand and financial bottom lines.

Who is responsible?

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DOT’s New Rules for Crude Oil, Mysterious Factory Worker Deaths in China, Preventing Falls Through Building Design, and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Work-related depression/stress the “elephant in the boardroom”
  • Emergency shower safety in the workplace
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) proposes new oil-by-rail rules
  • PHMSA proposes reduced requirements for transporting explosives
  • Young factory workers in China dying mysteriously in their sleep
  • NIOSH recommendations on preventing falls through building design

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • New proposed rules from the Department of Transportation on crude oil, flammable materials: Read them here.
  • Emergency shower safety protocol. Read it here.
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Webinar: 5 Essential Steps for Managing Safety to Win Contracts in Construction

Demonstrating that you have comprehensive commitment to safety isn’t just a nice to have in the construction business, it’s imperative. More and more construction projects are actually requiring contractors to show that they have a safety management system in place to protect workers, ensure compliance and reduce risk. Without it, you just can’t win those contracts.

What’s important to know is that ensuring you have those systems in place isn’t as challenging as you might think! In this FREE 30-minute webinar, Intelex construction solution expert Tomas Kuras covers what it means to implement a safety management system for your business and how your company will benefit.

Watch this webinar and learn how to:

  • Identify the essential components of a safety system.
  • Assess the investment and timelines that are involved with implementing a safety system.
  • Calculate the potential savings to your business when utilizing a safety system that streamlines the management
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The National Safety Stand-down: Preventing Falls in Construction

Last week over one million workers and 25,000 businesses took part in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction. This was a voluntary event that encouraged employers across the country to speak with their employees about fall hazards and fall prevention measures.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, with fall prevention one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards. This event was designed to help educate both workplaces and employees on ways that injuries and fatalities from falls can be prevented.

OSHA also provided eight helpful suggestions for how an organization could hold their own fall prevention stand-down:

1. Start early so the stand-down is organized, coordinated and everyone involved understands their role and duties.

2. Ask everyone involved with your project to participate (ex. subcontractors, owner, architects, etc.).

3. Review your fall prevention program for a more effective stand-down.

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EPA’s New Carbon Pollution Rule, National Safety Stand-Down Week, Tips for Safer Construction Sites and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • EPA announces new carbon pollution rule for power plants
  • Canada relaxes flight safety rules related to mobile devices
  • AIHA Yant Award winner’s research on standing vs. sitting
  • National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction
  • EHS professionals invited to fill out 2014 National Safety Survey
  • Three steps to a safer construction site

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • National Safety Stand-down. Find out more here.
  • EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey. Take the survey here.
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Remembering the 2013 Texas Fertilizer Explosion and Bangladesh Factory Collapse, Construction Safety Day, Earth Day and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NTSB to hold general aviation safety seminar
  • CSB says 2013 fertilizer plant explosion was preventable
  • Steps toward safety reform in Bangladesh’s garment industry
  • Construction Safety Day and “Fatal Four” statistics
  • Earth Day 2014 and the Green Cities campaign

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Aviation Safety Seminar. Find out more here.
  • Safety and Security Guidelines for Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate. View them here.
  • The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Learn more here
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