After temporarily suspending its flagship DriveReady Advantage™ open enrollment program to avoid health exposure related to the COVID-19 crisis, the company has introduced additional social distancing components to continue providing fleets with essential driver safety training.
As the construction industry adapts to new ways of working in the face of COVID-19, it’s essential for employees and managers to maintain standards of professional behavior— whether they are working in the field, in the office or from home.
Machinery and OEM designers know that building safety into their equipment is a fundamental requirement. To ensure a consistent approach, the ISO 13849 standard provides guidance for machinery control systems that are applied to provide safety functions for machinery.
Over my career I’ve had the learning experiences of being told I will not succeed and that I am not good enough to lead. While I see those comments as motivation, my real motivation is to have an impact/legacy on my profession for my family and leave a vision for the next generation.
Following the regulations and staying in compliance are important, but we know you want to go beyond minimum requirements to keep your employees safe. Are you covering everything? And what does it take to go above what’s required?
In construction and industry, some potential hazards visibly manifest, such as the risk of falls from heights. Others are more hidden. A confined space may not look dangerous, but workers perish each year because someone assumed the air inside was safe to breathe when testing would have revealed that is wasn’t.
Any organization utilizing electrical assets in their production environments or facilities will be aware of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. This standard is what OSHA uses when assessing companies’ adherence to certain safety standards. However, NFPA 70E is further informed by the standard 1584-2018, which is developed by the IEEE.
Invited to do a workshop for a very large international corporation, I went out to a dinner where I sat next to the “grand poohbah” vice president in charge of all things quality and safety. He leaned over to me and said:
The larger your workforce, the harder it is to keep everyone on the same page and ensure the health and safety of your employees. That’s why so many companies today turn to EHS software to centralize and standardize the management of their people and critical EHS tasks.
Among the articles in the June 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we offer a detailed analysis of different types of face masks, discuss long-term solutions for businesses figuring out their COVID-19 response plans, focus on hand protection, and much more.