Notes from NSC: Is Heinrich’s Safety Triangle Wrong?

A new report from the Campbell Institute recommends a redesign of Heinrich’s safety triangle, which states that for every major injury (the point of the triangle), there are 29 minor injuries and 300 non-injury incidents. The triangle treats minor incidents and near misses as if they had potential to be fatalities or serious injuries.

The report, Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention: Perspectives and Practices, notes that despite gains in safety in the past 20 years – the total recordable incident rate dropped from 8.5 incidents per 200,000 hours worked in 1993 to 3.0 incidents per 200,000 working hours in 2016 – fatal incidents and serious, life-altering injuries have not decreased. The National Safety Council reports that worker fatalities are at an eight-year high, with 5,190 workers dying of fatal injuries in 2016.

“Companies in our report know that safety is a work-in-progress with the goal of continuous improvement,” said … Read more...

Intelex at NSC’s 2016 Congress & Expo

NSC’s 2016 Congress & Expo
October 17th-19th, 2016
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California

NSC’s 2016 Congress & Expo is only a week away and Intelex is thrilled to attend. The Congress & Expo event is one of the world’s largest safety events, attracting more than 14,000 EHS professionals annually.

To encourage attendees to get the most out of the “Expo” portion of the event, Intelex is supporting the Attendee Passport Challenge. Come by Intelex Booth #1370 to get your stamp. Additionally, make sure to fill out our onsite survey for the chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!

Onsite will be EHSQ Advisor Tobin Howes, Product Manager Bryan Smith, Health and Safety Practice Lead Eric Morris, Director of Product Marketing Jason Dea, and SVP of Product Management Robin Hopper. If you are interested in booking a product demonstration at the event, please email your preferred time slot to Tobin … 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...

NIOSH Teams up with OSHA, Addressing Climate Change and More!

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

  • Companies Addressing Climate Change
  • NIOSH, OSHA offer toolkit on respiratory protection for health care workers
  • NIOSH Collaborating with Wikipedia
  • Healthier Hospital Initiative Seeing Results
  • NSC Cellphone related Car Crashes has increased

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.

  • NSC Report on Distracted Driving. Click here
  • NIOSH Collaboration with Wikipedia Press Release. Click here.
  • Healthier Hospitals Initiative Milestone Report. Click here
  • Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit. Click here
  • “Mind the Science” May 2015 Report: Click here
  • We Mean
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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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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...

Distracted Driving Kills: Find Out What You Can Do As An Employer

The National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting awareness of the consequences of distracted driving this month with slogans such as “Hands-Free Is Not Risk-Free” and “On the Road, Off the Phone.”

April was formally introduced to the United States as Distracted Driving Awareness Month back in 2010. There have been initiatives across Canada as well, including an RCMP campaign launched in British Columbia this past February. Yet wherever you are and whatever month you choose to review the statistics, they aren’t good. So what can we do, as individuals and employers, to reduce distracted driving?

Understand the Risk

At the time of writing the National Safety Council estimates that in this year alone 325,389 crashes in the United States have involved drivers using cell phones and texting. To put it another way, one crash approximately every 24 seconds.

Texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by 23 times, … Read more...

Sandy cleanup, Bangladesh garment factory fire, Institute for Policy Integrity’s harsh words for EPA and more on one-year anniversary edition of EHS This Week

Welcome to the one-year anniversary of EHS This Week! For 52 full weeks we’ve been bringing you essential news on all aspects of workplace health and safety, EHS legislation and regulation, and environmental and climate issues from around the world, not to mention developments in renewable energy. We’ve been blown away by all the feedback we’ve received over the course of the past year and want to thank all our loyal listeners for providing us with tons of questions and feedback.

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

  • The devastating Bangladesh garment factory fire that killed over 100.
  • The Department of Labour works to improve worker safety awareness and prevent exploitation of immigrant workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The EPA faces the possibility of another lawsuit on emissions controls, and more.

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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2012

It was mentioned previously in our podcast that at the NSC (National Safety Council) Congress and Expo in Orlando this past October, Deputy Director of the OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, presented the top 10 violations of the administration’s safety rules for fiscal year 2012.  

While it’s easy at first glance to look at the list and get discouraged thinking workplace safety has a long way to go, Kapust commented in an interview with Safety+Health that “data found in the Top 10 list is not meant to gauge how well OSHA is performing or how safe businesses in the country are. This list is at its best when used by employers as a tool to improve safety at their worksites. An employer who may be interested in what are the possible hazards in their workplace could look at the [Top 10] list and see if they’re covering all … Read more...