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Danica Miller

Recent Posts by Danica Miller:

OSHA Requires Incident Investigation for Work-Related COVID-19 Cases

According to OSHA, employers must "...record and report work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses." Standard 29 CFR Part 1904.5 gives details about how to determine whether an illness/injury was work-related. This has always been somewhat complicated, as there are a variety of circumstances that can create gray areas about how or when an employee was injured or taken ill.  Given the fast-spreading nature of COVID-19, OSHA recognized the difficulty in determining whether an employee contracted the disease at work. In April, the organization issued a memorandum about when companies should report COVID-19 cases among their employees. At the end of May, OSHA made an important update.
Topics: COVID-19 Corona Virus

8 Reasons Near Misses Do Not Get Reported

Near miss reporting provides a company with invaluable insight about potential hazards as well as important data for risk calculations. However, when workers don't report near misses for whatever the reason, the total value of the information collected becomes less credible and can leave gaping holes in the data collection process. Here are 8 reasons why near misses are not getting reported:
Topics: Near Misses

E-Learning 101 for Safety Professionals

Introduction E-Learning programs have experienced a significant rise in popularity in recent years as people from all over the world and from all walks of life begin to appreciate the advantages offered by learning online. Although the approach has become extremely popular among students of all types due to its convenience, E-Learning is also very effective. A meta-analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Education found that students in online conditions performed better than students who learned the identical material through traditional classroom instruction.
Topics: E-Learning Safety Resources

Successful Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Software Selection - Map Your Workflows

The question is, what actually happens in your organization? In what order do the practical steps in your operations occur? What depends on what? There is probably a formal or theoretical understanding of the way the operations are supposed to function or were planned to function. These steps may be documented via procedures or the business plan. However, many times the original theoretical workflow gets eroded with actual practice and the real steps and dependencies go on working with little or no supporting documentation. A map of your workflows can be an invaluable tool to help prevent and solve business process issues and time consuming inefficiencies.
Topics: EHS Software

The Benefits of Safety Meetings

  Safety meetings are essential to the workplace, no matter what business is involved. They are the key to keeping your employees and customers safe and risk-free, especially if you’re working around dangerous equipment or chemicals. When in the workplace, people need to be informed about any risks and the steps to take to avoid any pitfalls, illness, injury or death. Planned safety meetings, ones that happen regularly, are the chance to distribute this information and answer any questions that people may have.
Topics: Safety Meetings