NSC: A Temporary OSHA Standard Is Needed to Protect Workers from COVID-19

The National Safety Council is calling on OSHA to issue a temporary standard to protect workers from COVID-19 as they return to the workplace.

The National Safety Council (NSC) is using all means at its disposal – legislative, administrative, judicial, and public support – to pursue implementation of a temporary OSHA standard to protect workers from COVID-19.

As employers send more workers back into facilities, they are doing so without a standard to protect workers from COVID-19. This becomes even more problematic given 20 states are reporting surges in cases. In response, the NSC is calling on OSHA to immediately exercise its emergency authority and issue a temporary emergency standard. The standard would protect workers during the pandemic and reopening process. The NSC made its position clear regarding a temporary OSHA standard in a new policy position statement released June 12.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health: Are Employers Prepared for Increased Employee Substance Misuse?

Employers should prepare for a surge in substance misuse issues and employee mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Safety Council (NSC) is warning employers to prepare for a surge in addiction issues and is offering guidance to handle employee mental health issues related to the pandemic.

At least 30 states are reporting spikes in fatal opioid overdoses and ongoing concern about mental illness or substance use disorders, all in connection with COVID-19, according to the American Medical Association. To help employers address these interconnected issues, the NSC is calling on employers to prioritize employee stress, including emotional and mental health, both now and as they return employees to traditional work environments.

Prepare for an Increase in Substance Misuse

Additionally, NSC warns employers that they must prepare for an increase in substance misuse – one that could be a serious threat to worker safety. Substance misuse … Read more...

Dangerous Drivers: Roads Are Less Crowded but Riskier

Distracted drivers, the presence of greater numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians, and speeding have contributed to an increase in roadway fatalities.

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed an uptick in risky driving in the past couple of months. Although there are fewer cars on the roads, I’ve noticed drivers weaving in and out of traffic in alarming ways. My area has experienced multiple fatality crashes attributed to speeds of up to 100 mph. I’ve witnessed drivers ignoring traffic signals and traffic signs, cutting off other drivers, and generally behaving badly.

Apparently, it’s a thing: Preliminary estimates and data from the National Safety Council are showing emptier but riskier roads during COVID-19 pandemic. Despite fewer vehicles on the road, roadway deaths have increased.

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council show that as Americans began driving less and covering fewer miles, the emptier roads became more lethal. Early data indicate a … Read more...

Safety Smart Companies: Three Workplace Hazard Observation Tips

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This week we continue to explore the themes being highlighted in 2016’s National Safety Month. Every June the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages us to raise health and safety awareness throughout our lives. Last week we talked about how “Safety Smart” employers can promote workplace wellness. In honor of this week’s theme, “Watch Out For Danger,” we’ve gathered some top tips for ensuring the success of workplace hazard observation programs.

 Make Proactive Hazard Identification a Priority

The safety industry typically identifies hazards by looking at history. We can understand what hazards are high risk by looking at injury statistics, for example. Similarly, standards, legislation and regulation are based on lessons that have been learned historically.

Proactive HazardsBut identifying a hazard after it has led to an incident is easy – after all, hindsight is 20/20. Anticipating a hazard with the potential to lead to an incident that has never … Read more...

Safety Smart Employers Promote Workplace Wellness

June is National Safety Month and an opportunity for all of us to raise health and safety awareness. This can be at work, at home, and in our lives in general. Last week we talked about employers encouraging their workplaces to “Stand Ready to Respond” in case of a workplace incident. This week, the National Safety Council (NSC) encourages us to “Be Healthy.” In our workplaces, this can be interpreted in many different ways, and employers have many different options for how they can choose to support the health of their workforce. Here are a couple ideas we’ve rounded up.

Help Your Employees Avoid Fatigue

Being tired doesn’t feel good. But in the workplace, being tired can also be very dangerous. The symptoms of fatigue include memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, errors in judgment, and slower reaction times. All of these symptoms can increase the risk of injuries and other … Read more...

Recap and Key Takeaways from NSC 2015

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

  • Updates from NSC 2015
  • Themes Covered at NSC 2015

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.

  • Getting the best ROI for EHS. Click here
  • Do you know the 4 V’s of Big Data?. Click here
  • NSC Program Guide .Click here

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Heading Down South for Some Southern Hospitality

The Intelex team has just touched down in “Hotlanta” (aka. Atlanta) for the annual NSC Expo & Congress at the Georgia World Congress Center. The National Safety Council Congress & Expo is one of the world’s premier safety event, bringing together more than 14,000 safety, health and environmental professionals – qualified decision makers actively searching for the latest products and services to help them on their journey to safety excellence.

The NSC Congress & Expo is widely regarded as the premier place to launch new
products as well as an important business forum offering countless opportunities to learn, to share information and to network with peers, thought leaders and industry experts.

This is the 2nd   in a slew conferences that the team will be attending in the next few months. To see a complete list of conferences we are attending, be sure to visit the events page on our … Read more...

EPA’s Upcoming Climate Rule, Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls, National Safety Month 2014 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’s upcoming climate rule for power plants
  • MIOSHA’s Residential Safety Day
  • FSMA’s transportation rule comment period
  • Tips for preventing slips, trips and falls
  • Re-thinking “low risk” facilities and compliance
  • What to expect from National Safety Month 2014

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.

  • MIOSHA Building up Residential Safety Day Registration Form. Access it here.
  • FSMA Proposed Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. Review and submit a comment here.
  • 10 Facts You Should
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Olympics health and safety record, Oil spill tracking tool, Traffic deaths 3% lower in 2013, 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:

  • Olympics health and safety record
  • Oil spill tracking tool
  • Traffic deaths 3% lower in 2013, and more

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!

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National Safety Council: Leading Safety into the Future

Intelex is in Chicago this week for the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo. The annual NSC event has an impressive history that began more than 100 years ago, and features plenty of educational and networking opportunities for the attendees. This year it’s being held at McCormick Place, the convention center with the largest amount of exhibit space in the country! With more than 12,000 safety, health and environmental professionals participating, you can bet this will be another year to remember.

This conference also marks a first for Intelex, as we take our popular podcast EHS This Week on the road! Be sure to stop by Booth #4141 and say “Hi” to Kristy, Intelex’s VP of Marketing, who will be recording live from the expo floor. The conference theme this year is “Leading Safety into the Future” and Kristy is hoping to chat with industry experts about their … Read more...