EHS Regulations Watch: A Look at 2021 to Leverage in 2022

If you felt like 2020-2021 was a blur of never-ending (and ever-changing) EHS regulations, you’re not alone.
A glance back to guide you forward. Which of today’s top EHS regulations and trends will shape your success in compliance tomorrow?

(This article is reprinted with permission from Enhesa. Read about more regulatory actions on the Enhesa blog Insights.)

Where EHS Regulations Stand Today and How to Step Forward Tomorrow

If you felt like 2020-2021 was a blur of never-ending (and ever-changing) EHS regulations, you’re not alone. From constantly changing COVID-19 requirements to aggressive air emissions cut-offs, the past two years sent a whirlwind of compliance issues around the world. In this time period alone, our experts tracked more than 96,000 new or changed requirements globally. And we don’t expect these winds of regulatory change to die down anytime soon.

So how can EHS professionals get ahead of this global storm? Weather-proofing your compliance program for what’s coming next – with what you know today. Below, … Read more...

Lucky #7: Tips to Develop a Laser-Focused Safety Vision for 2022

A great safety process begins with a great safety vision.

When an organization believes in a vision, or in this case – a safety vision – it will elevate individual values to that of the shared vision. What it means to me as a safety professional is that I have a chance to capture an employee all day/every day, at work and at home. It fosters a partnership that extends past the employee-manager relationship and opens the door to new ideas and increases engagement while adding shareholder value.

It also allows me to challenge the organization when decisions are contemplated that threaten the success of the endorsed safety vision. Simply put, a great safety process begins with a great safety vision that is so real you can latch on to it and leverage it for success. It creates energy and a passion for making change happen. It inspires individuals and … Read more...

Investment Money Moving Away from Poor OSH Performers

Evidence is mounting that investors are flat out unwilling to do business with organizations that don’t demonstrably place an importance on the human side of sustainability.

It’s no secret that having an effective workplace health and safety program in place invariably leads to big benefits, such as lower worker injury and mortality rates, a more engaged workforce and a sense of pride and loyalty amongst employees.

As startling statistics prove every year, however, not every business is completely committed to ensuring the health and safety of their workforce.1 Lax standards enforcement, hazard-laden workspaces and cut corners on machine maintenance are just a few of the ways employers routinely place their employees in the face of danger.

If the negative impacts on workers that result from such a philosophy – injury, mental illness, death, to name just a few – are not reason enough to get these organizations to place … Read more...

Process Improvement and Safety Culture: Building a Better Workplace

There has always been debate about safety culture and the premise that "aren't we just in the business of building good organizational culture?"
Effective processes can not only reduce workplace incidents, but can ultimately lead to saving lives.

A conversation with Scott Gaddis, Vice President & Global Practice Leader, Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies, on how a safety culture can be strengthened through health and safety-related process improvements.

In November 2021, Scott Gadds virtually presented to a large H&S International audience on the value of process improvement within organisations, explaining how effective processes can not only reduce workplace incidents but can ultimately lead to saving lives. To learn more around the importance of building safety culture, the tools needed to do so, and what the future may look like for cultural safety processes, please take a read below and watch the webinar “Leveraging Safety Culture through H&S Process Improvement” here.  

Q1. Can you tell us a bit about your background and what attracted you to Intelex? 

Scott Gaddis: I began my career in 1989 after finishing up with degrees in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University. I’ve been leading EHS for more than 30 … Read more...

Frontline Workers Say They Are ‘Seen but not Heard’

A new research report finds that operations, safety & health and wellbeing are what are most important to employees, though they don’t feel comfortable weighing in.
Operations, safety and health and wellbeing are deemed the most important topics within an organization for most frontline workers.

A new research report finds that operations, safety & health and wellbeing are what are most important to employees, though they don’t feel comfortable weighing in.  

The majority of American, Australian and British frontline workers (67%) say that they are never, rarely or only sometimes listened to on topics that matter to them the most—operations (54%), safety (46%) and health/wellbeing (49%)—according to new research by SafetyCulture. In fact, 66% of American frontline workers said they are rarely, never or only sometimes listened to by management on these important topics. 

SafetyCulture’s new Feedback from the Field research report features the views of American, British and Australian frontline workers, defined as individuals who must “physically show up to their job.” These workers include those in the hospitality, retail, manufacturing … Read more...

Post-Brexit, Britain Faces an Altered Health & Safety Landscape

The big change resulting from Brexit is that the British government is no longer accountable to any external authority or body when formulating and implementing health protection policy.

On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union in a move that has popularly come to be known as “Brexit” (‘Britain’ + ‘Exit’). The nation’s departure ended 47 years of formal association with its European neighbors since joining what was called the European Communities in 1973. It brought with it significant uncertainty about what would change from both political and economic perspectives and the impacts it would have on all sectors of the economy.

On the health and safety front, though, many observers felt that the impacts of the pullout would be minimal, said Kevin Bampton, CEO of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. Bampton made his remarks during the recent Health & Safety Matters virtual conference … Read more...

Majority of Private Sector Workforce in U.S. Impacted by OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Standard

Occupational Safety and Health Administrationannounces an emergency temporary standard to protect more than 84 million workers from the spread of coronavirus.
84 million workers covered under an emergency temporary standard aimed at protecting workers from coronavirus.

The waiting and speculation is over: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a new emergency temporary standard to protect more than 84 million workers from the spread of the coronavirus on the job. It is estimated two-thirds of workers in the private sector are included in this mandate.

Under this standard, covered employers—which includes any employer with 100 or more employees total—must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work.

Since 2020, the coronavirus has led to the deaths of 750,000 people in the United States, and the infection of millions more, making it the deadliest pandemic in the nation’s history. Many of … Read more...

Falls Top the OSHA Top 10 List of Safety Violations for More than a Decade

OSHA revealed the Top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2021 at the NSC Safety Congress & Expo and once again, falls top the list.
OSHA revealed the Top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2021 at the NSC Safety
Congress & Expo and once again, falls top the list.

One of the most highly anticipated events at every NSC Safety Congress & Expo is the announcement of the list of top safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On Oct. 12, OSHA announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021 and for the 11th year, falls topped the list.

Kevin Druley, the associate editor of Safety+Health magazine, introduced Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, who presented the list virtually during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

Scott Gaddis, Vice President, Global Practice Leader – Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies Inc., joins David Wagner from Industrial Scientific to discuss “Why Read more...

The ‘Great Resignation’ Part One: What Steps Is Your Organization Taking to Retain and Entice Employees?

Recognizing the strain resignations are placing on their workers and ability to produce goods, many organizations are addressing employee turnover proactively.
What if your organization experienced as much as 50 percent employee turnover this year? What if that number was 70 percent or higher? As an EHS or quality professional, that would be a nightmare and these days, not an impossible scenario.

If you’ve read our new e-Book, “The ROI of Safety: Making the Business Case for Safety and Health,” you’ll know—if you didn’t already—that the actual hard costs of injuries are but a drop in the bucket when it comes to the combined total of hard and soft costs related to serious workplace injuries and fatalities. Recruiting, onboarding, training, retraining, production slowdowns, disrupted supply chain schedules and more can double or even triple the actual medical cost of an injury.

The same is true of the “Great Resignation.” We’ve all heard that many employees did not return to their jobs when pandemic-related layoffs ended. These workers decided … Read more...

Here’s How ESG Will Further the Cause of EHS

ESG will further the cause of EHSQ
No doubt most EHS professionals would rightly declare the work they’ve been doing has aligned with many ESG principles all along.

Ever-growing interest by financial investors and consumers in companies that do the right things for people and the planet by adhering to the guiding principles of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria is great news for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns.

What does one have to do with the other?

EHS has long been positioned as a cost avoidance function to protect company profits through protection programming. But with growing interest by businesses and their efforts to align with ESG, the one will most definitely help the other. 

“With ESG, there’s a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet that will be demanded not only by the internal stakeholder, but the consumer and those looking to invest as shareholders,” says Intelex Vice-President of Health and Safety, Scott Read more...