EH&S Insider Blog

.Gov Safety Blogs: Online Sources for Blue-Collar Industries

As a manager in a blue-collar industry, you're perhaps a bit frustrated lately trying to find reliable information online about safety in the workplace. With literally hundreds of blogs out there about workplace safety, which ones can you rely on?
Topics: Safety Resources

Guidelines to Help Prevent Workplace Slips, Trips and Falls

Before we can address the prevention of slips, trips, and falls (STFs), we need to first understand common causes. Slips, trips and falls may occur when there is a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or inadvertent contact with a fixed or movable object.
Topics: Safety Training Slips, Trips and Falls

Are You a Joint Employer?

Protecting workers in fissured workplaces – where there is increasingly the possibility that more than one employer is benefiting from their work – has been a major focus for the Wage and Hour Division in recent years. The Wage and Hour Division has always examined employment relationships during its investigations into possible wage and other labor violations, and the agency considers joint employment in hundreds of investigations every year.
Topics: Joint Employment

Don't Ignore the Hidden Costs: Health and Safety

You already are aware that job-related injuries and illness are expensive, due to medical expenses, lost days on the job, and insurance costs. But, did you know that as much as nine-tenths of the total cost of a workplace injury or illness is a hidden cost? That is the startling fact, as reported by Joe Gillian, Director of Loss Control at IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance, in a BBB post online.
Topics: Health and Safety

Four Chemical Safety Training Tips to Help Lower Exposure Risks

When the topic of chemical safety training arises, most of us in the industry immediately think about the 2013 disaster at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people. The fact is, however, that the risk of exposure to chemicals is present across all industries, and thousands of injuries occur each year. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 50,000 illnesses caused by chemical exposure are reported each year, with 34,000 of those being skin diseases and the remaining resulting in respiratory illnesses. What about your employees? Do you have chemical safety training procedures in place to keep them protected? While policies may differ between businesses, safety training protocols apply across the board. Consider these four.
Topics: Chemical Safety