Industrial chemical crisis, New MSHA ladder safety guide, Eye health in the digital workplace, 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:

  • The state of the U.S. industrial chemical industry
  • New MSHA ladder safety guide
  • Bus driver hid medical info that led to near-miss
  • P.E.I. food safety regulations
  • Eye health in the digital workplace
  • Are two computer screens better than one?

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.

  • MSHA’s Ladder Safety Guide. Read it here.
  • DigitEYEzed: The Daily Impact of Digital Screens on the Eye Health of Americans. Read it here.
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Near-miss reporting: How to get employees to report near misses

A man in a construction hat works on a laptop in a facility.

Estimates have shown that for every lost time injury that results in three or more days, there have been more than dozens of prior non-injury incidents. So, why don’t workers report more near misses so there are fewer serious injuries?

A recent article in the May issue of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ journal, Professional Safety, “Near-Miss Reporting — a Missing Link in Safety Culture”, explains and explores reasons why workers don’t report near-misses and how to overcome those obstacles.

The article written by Caterpillar Safety Services senior safety consultant Mike Williamsen, lists eight unique barriers to near-miss reporting:

  • The status quo factor: People grow comfortable with how things are and don’t bother to change.
  • Fear of punishment and retaliation: Even if there is no prior history of retaliation at your workplace, it must be reinforced verbally and through examples that there will be no punishment

Benefits of mobile on the rise for energy and utilities companies

More and more, here in the Intelex Energy and Utilities team, we’re seeing a strong need for mobile access in all areas of the Energy-Utilities community. Energy is generated and delivered in a variety of ways throughout the world and reaches out far from centralized stations and hubs. Therefore, the need to have mobile access on a residential, commercial and/or corporate level is becoming much more of a ‘must-have’.  

Whether it’s through downloaded apps or web-based access, residential and commercial customers can quickly report an outage and check on restoration status or have at-a-glance visibility into outages within their communities.  They can easily access their account summary and history, make payments or submit a meter reading.  Utility companies themselves are able to relay information throughout the organization very quickly, 24 hours a day.

Outside of the direct impact on customers, these companies can leverage the right web-based mobile solutions … Read more...

Are you leading…or lagging? Revolutionizing safety performance in Oil and Gas

Editor’s note: This webinar is now available On Demand. Watch it anytime.

So, you’re tracking safety performance. Great. What metrics are you tracking? Are you measuring the right elements of your safety program? What are your metrics telling you? In short: are you leading, or lagging?

If you can’t answer these questions, join us for Leading and Lagging Indicators: Revolutionizing Safety Performance in Oil & Gas. Geared towards leaders in the oil and gas sector but applicable to any business that has to deal with recording, managing and tracking workplace incidents, accidents, near-misses, environmental impacts and more on a regular basis, this free 30-minute webinar explores how reimagining your approach to environment, health and safety (EHS) metrics can revolutionize organizational performance, minimize costs and curtail risk. It is slated to begin at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 15.

In the presentation, Intelex oil and gas solution specialists Stephen … Read more...