The sudden shift of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) from an optional public relations reporting initiative into an increasingly mandatory, investor-driven reporting requirement has many companies reevaluating how they use data. While organizations have used “big data” in the past to be more competitive, efficient, and profitable, they’re now seeing the benefits of advanced data analytics in assessing EHS performance. Sophisticated use of data and analytics can reduce incidents and operational overhead, directly impacting the bottom line, improving employee morale, and strengthening the business’s reputation.
Traditional data metrics such as incident rate and lost-time incident rate only track issues after the fact. These lagging indicators reactively measure safety efforts by evaluating past performance rather than current or future conditions. While this data may be helpful for regulatory reporting, it doesn’t provide a complete picture of the cause of the issues th
Few people are happy to be stuck in the same position for their entire careers. This isn’t just a matter of having lofty ambitions. Progression is a route to supporting the lifestyle you want. You might feel you have ideas that could be innovative in your industry. Whatever your reason for pursuing better career opportunities, you need to present yourself as a good investment.
There are various ways you can approach this, but one of the most effective is by leaning into safety skills. It doesn't matter what area of industrial operations you want to work in. A background in safety can be instrumental in pushing you above the competition.
Let’s go through a few of the things to bear in mind when leveraging your safety skills.
Severe temperatures, poor ventilation, toxic gasses and extreme darkness – these are all common working conditions when operating in confined spaces. It’s understandable then that sound safety procedures and protocols are paramount to those hard-working professionals who count Confined Space Entry (CSE) among their everyday or even just occasional job responsibilities. By utilizing advanced monitoring technology, companies can see improved safety, increased productivity and reduced overall costs during confined space operations.
The risks of working in and around confined space areas are well-known. Conventional practices require a safety attendant to be in close proximity to observe workers entering and performing work within the space. Despite the presence of an attendant and well-documented procedures, however, injury and even death can still occur. A safer, more effective approach would be to monitor the confined space from a centralized location to avoid putting additional wor
The latest on how companies are responding to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases as the delta variant keeps its hold on the nation—and how the omicron variant may further complicate the return to the office.
The past month has presented companies with a number of challenges for return-to-office plans.
COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise. The U.S. is averaging over 120,000 cases and 1,200 deaths daily. Monday, the U.S. surpassed 50 million confirmed cases and is nearing 800,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
For many parts of the country, this current surge is the worst of the pandemic or at least the worst since December 2020, before vaccines were widely available to the public. That is alarming given that 61% of all Americans are fully vaccinated.
The delta variant is still driving this current surge. That has experts c
With accuracy rates as high as 86 percent, predictive analytics have helped organizations save lives.
The Safety field has made continual progress over many decades; however, many organizations have reached a plateau and are looking to move from great to world-class. Companies have robust training and effective safety processes, yet struggle making continuous safety improvements. Great organizations also implement processes like Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) and Human Organizational Performance (HOP) to supplement their compliance-driven programs, yet people are still getting hurt. Although, some people claim that "HOP is the archenemy of BBS" and have set up BBS as a "strawman" to HOP. This article will discuss the next safety evolution will occur through a synthesis, not division, of BBS and HOP using system analysis and predictive analytics to create a more proactive "Predictive-Based Safety" process.
Permit-required confined spaces are found in many workplaces and are very hazardous to employees that must enter them. What makes them so dangerous is that permit spaces have one or more of the following characteristics:
● Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;
● Contains material that has the potential to engulf an entrant;
● Has walls that converge inward or floors that slope downward and taper into a smaller area which could trap or asphyxiate an entrant; or
● Contains any other recognized safety or health hazard, such as unguarded machinery, exposed live wires, or heat stress.
OSHA requires employers to protect workers from the hazards of entry into permit spaces. One important way to do this is to ensure the entry team understands their duties.
The entry team is made up of three distinct roles — authorized entrant, attendant, and entry supervisor.
With President Biden making a push to double the number of federal OSHA inspectors by 2024, employers must make concerted efforts to keep their job site OSHA compliant.
Fortunately, job sites have been getting safer over the years, down to 15 worker deaths per day in 2019 from 38 a day in 1970. This trend, however, can only continue with consistent efforts to train workers on, and protect them from, OSHA violations on construction sites.
Here are five common violations and preventative measures you can take to keep your workers safe and keep your construction site OSHA compliant.
This type of culture can give team members space to grow, helpful feedback, and help them pursue professional goals.
Too often, leaders think that they are responsible for making most, if not every, decision in their organizations. Perhaps their ability to make good decisions has played a large part in advancing to a position of leadership, so they continue on that track. Perhaps they enjoy the power or control that they feel in making every decision. Or maybe they just don’t trust the people around them to make good decisions.
Often, making decisions at the top seems the most expedient thing to do. Whatever the reason, “the buck stops here (and only here)” is the way that many leaders operate.
When describing a leader’s role in his 1974 book Management, Peter Drucker listed five specific leadership roles, as follows:
1. Setting objectives