ISO 45001 has been called a game-changer for the OSH profession. It’s expected that when the standard is published—likely sometime in early 2017—it will have a big effect on occupational safety and health practices.
New to the conference this year were flash sessions, which offered attendees a condensed version of some of the longer sessions. These 15-minute sessions were held throughout the day on small stages set up on the expo floor. Speakers who had longer talks later in the conference were able to go through quick tips or focal points from their speech for those who may not have had the time to attend the full-length session.
After ASSE Safety 2016 came to a close, ASSE's 2016-17 President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, shared his first message with ASSE members. He said he wants to focus on making meaningful connections through ASSE, which is timely as many professionals likely did just that in Atlanta.
In today’s workplace, fatigue is four times more likely to contribute to workplace impairment than drugs or alcohol, Susan Sawatzky of In-Scope Solutions said Monday. Yet this prevalent health and safety risk is still largely under-recognized by the majority of organizations and industries, she said.
When it comes to ladder safety, avoiding fines and fatalities is a big concern. Three of OSHA’s top ten “serious” violations in 2015 were related to falls. Every day, one person dies in a ladder-related accident. Fall prevention is a focal point for safety leaders.
Frontline supervisors are the lynchpin of safety, Judy Agnew said during a session Monday morning on safety leadership. She offers five tips for frontline supervisors to better engage the workforce, which not only improves individual performance but leads to a safe work environment for all.
Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP wants you to know that safety doesn’t have to be boring. When conducting safety training, the best way to engage your audience is with humor, he said. Stories are the best way to get started, Page-Bottorff said on Monday during a flash session on the expo floor.