The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents new challenges in the workplace. Businesses can get ready to respond to the crisis by creating a multi-faceted plan and by being able to adapt to an ever-changing situation in a way that supports the entire organization.
According to OSHA, businesses spend almost $1 billion per week on costs related to occupational injuries and illnesses. “In today's business environment,” according to OSHA, “these costs can be the difference between operating in the black and running in the red.”
Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO, and Joseph A. Reuter, Stericycle executive vice president and chief people officer, spoke to the media Monday morning to discuss the NSC’s new Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit. The toolkit, which will officially be released on September 18, includes more than two dozen resources for four specific groups found in a typical workplace setting: supervisors, HR professionals, safety professionals and employees.
The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council released two new research papers in its ongoing series on leading indicators – “An Implementation Guide to Leading Indicators and Beyond Safety: Leading Indicators for Health & Wellbeing.” These are the fourth and fifth Institute white papers on this topic to help organizations effectively put leading indicators into practice to protect workers.
The NSC announced that Dr. Megan Tranter, global director of environment, health and safety at Amazon, is the recipient of its 2019 Marion Martin Award, presented annually to an outstanding female safety professional. Tranter was honored during the opening session of the annual NSC Congress and Expo in San Diego on Monday.
It was standing room only Monday afternoon as Lev Pobirsky, senior director of safety and security of Pepsi-Cola National Brand Beverages, spoke about active shooter training and workplace violence.
He tries to answer the question: What really happens during an act of workplace violence?
While arc flash is an increasingly well-known phenomena, workers are still suffering injuries on a regular basis. In June 2019, OSHA cited a metal smelting company for electrical hazards after an arc flash caused three workers to suffer severe burns at the ASARCO facility in Hayden, Arizona.
In a quick and energetic discussion Tuesday morning, Albert Roth of BSI EHS Services & Solutions offered tips on ergonomics programs. He discussed how to simplify ergonomic safety concepts, fun training techniques and problem solving.
He stressed the idea of “keeping it simple.”
Today’s changing workforce and regulations involving temporary workers was the topic Melanie Nykamp, a senior risk management consultant, and Greg Clone, a supervisor of regional risk management.
There are new and changing risks associated with the aging workforce, unskilled workers and issues such as opioid abuse and distracted driving, Nykamp said.
Speakers Carmen Julia Castellon of US Cellular and Jorge Otalora of Hoar Construction, LLC discussed Tuesday how storytelling can benefit safety training.
Storytelling is a great way to get the attention of trainees while getting important safety information across, they said. This session discussed what makes good stories and how to use them to convey lessons learned.
Among the articles in the April 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we get some expert advice on how to strengthen safety by emphasizing equipment reliability, discuss the methods that really work to identify hazards, consider ergonomic options in the materials handling industry, and much more.