AFL-CIO: Current OSHA Budget Amounts to $4.37 to Protect each Worker

Last year, there were only 1,719 OSHA inspectors nationwide, 755 on the federal level and 965 on the state level. That’s just one inspector for every 81,427 workers. Federal OSHA’s budget amounts to $4.37 to protect each worker, with no federal standards for protections against workplace violence and COVID-19. 

Earlier this year, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler highlighted how this year’s Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report shows that worker injuries and deaths are far too common. Shuler believes OSHA, MSHA, Congress and employers everywhere need to be held accountable for stronger safety measures. 

In the 51 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. However, too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death as chemical plant explosions, major fires, construction collapses, infectious disease outbreaks, workplace assaults and other preventable workplace tragedies continue to … Read more...

What’s the ESG Value Prop for EHS Practitioners?

Environment, health and safety concerns could all too easily be ignored by business professionals in the past unless there was a significant miss in compliance and targets or a major occupational health and safety incident. But as the importance of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) become a growing concern for corporations, the mission of EHS has taken on new relevance and value.

Many of today’s investors are making bets on companies that are “good for the planet” and doing their part to protect people and the environment. Likewise, more and more consumers want to put their money and loyalty behind such brands.

Research shows nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans say they would pay more for sustainable products and 78 percent of people are more likely to purchase a product that is clearly labeled as environmentally friendly. What’s more, 77 percent of Americans say they are concerned … Read more...

More Work and More Tech Needed to Take EHS to the Next Level of Success

The COVID-19 pandemic placed EHS in the spotlight and has tasked professionals to do more than ever in managing risks within and outside of traditional workspace confines.

The future of environment, health and safety will see the need for more technology adoption by organizations as EHS professionals take on much greater workloads and a role in total worker wellness largely due to the outfall of COVID-19.  

These were among the key observations and topics of discussion during the first day of the Verdantix virtual summit on Innovating for Sustainable Operations that focused on EHS and operations.

Next Level for EHS

During a session titled, Taking EHS to the Next Level of Success, presenters considered how the responsibilities and workloads of EHS professionals have been impacted as hybrid and remote working becomes more popular. 

Verdantix CEO David Metcalfe said the COVID-19 pandemic placed EHS in the spotlight and has tasked … Read more...

How AI Helps Connect ESG With Your EHS Systems

As public awareness rises around such issues as the environment, human rights and ethical corporate governance, companies are increasingly looking to communicate their progress on these fronts to investors, prospective customers, regulators and the general public.

Collectively known as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), these non-financial factors have become a key focus of reporting for organizations, which realize that it is no longer simply about the bottom line. Investment decisions are increasingly based on how much an organization is doing to create a safe, sustainable and just world. What’s more, regulatory bodies are now requiring such reporting by law.

As such, getting their reporting right on ESG is crucial for companies that want to win new business and satisfy today’s socially conscious investors.

Enter Artificial Intelligence

A key component of a firm’s overall ESG performance is their record on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) achievements. Are they doing enough to … Read more...

Key Lessons Learned during COVID-19 and the Way Forward

Throughout the pandemic, tried and tested foundational public health measures have been effective and helped to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, tried and tested foundational public health measures have been effective and helped to curb the spread of COVID-19.

A retrospective look at two-plus years of COVID-19 offers insightful lessons on how to manage challenging human factors in a pandemic, as well as understanding the nature of virus variants and the important value of vaccines.

Anthony Panepinto – a certified safety hygienist and the senior technical director of health, safety and environmental affairs for The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Company – shared his global organization’s pandemic experience, how the company needed to adapt and respond and what was learned along the way. He presented his story during the 2021 Safety Leadership Conference in December.

The early days of COVID-19 for P&G were a sprint to keep pace with understanding the nature of the disease, how to contain outbreaks and keep people safe, he says. His organization moved quickly … Read more...

Black History Month 2022 – Jade Shortt: Having an Impact on How People Live their Lives Is Contagious

Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February.
Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February.

Intelex continues our support of Black History Month by spotlighting four of our Black employees every Monday in February. Hassan Joseph, Jade Shortt, Zee Ndlovu and Tatiana Gomes will discuss their roles at Intelex, the reasons why they entered the tech field, their mentors and what inspires them. Please join us every Monday to celebrate Black History Month and diversity at Intelex.

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States that celebrates diversity and Black achievement. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

This week, we profile Jade Shortt, who is a Team Lead in Business Development. She has been with Intelex for 3 years.


Jade, what do … Read more...

Transformational Cultures and Leadership Lead to Engaged Workforces

The closer that business and safety leaders can move towards building transformational rather than transactional cultures, the greater the benefits to be seen in business and safety performance.
The closer that business and safety leaders can move towards building transformational rather than transactional cultures, the greater the benefits to be seen in business and safety performance.

A little bit of transformational thinking goes a long way towards engaging workers and building high-performance business and safety cultures.

Employee engagement is particularly important in these COVID times, when many workers have most of their conversations on remote streams rather than live and in-person. And the closer that business and safety leaders can move towards building transformational rather than transactional cultures, the greater the benefits to be seen in business and safety performance, says Richard Fulwiler, president of Transformational Leadership Associates.

Fulwiler, a former industrial hygienist and health and safety director at Proctor & Gamble, says transformational culture building is all about empathy and communication that moves workers to becoming more engaged which means being highly involved, enthusiastic and energized … Read more...

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...