Safety News Roundup: August in Review

Safety News Roundup: August in Review

This month, we saw a few trends in our website metrics.

Stories about how to deal with COVID-19 continue to capture clicks. It’s not hard to understand why: Keeping up with the latest developments in a persisting pandemic is no easy feat.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to revise its face mask recommendations at the end of July. That prompted confusion and concern for employers about how best to protect workers from the highly contagious delta variant. Fortunately for you, OSHA and NIOSH have revised their handbook on workplace health and safety for small businesses.

Many employers reinstated COVID-19 protocols and others, including big tech companies and firms on Wall Street, have pumped the breaks on return to the official plans. Contributing Editor David Sparkman spoke with some employment attorneys to offer guidance on ways employers can protect workers and reduce their risk.

One way is through vaccine mandates, which have been controversial. But they got a big boost this week following the FDA’s announcement that it has granted Pfizer-BioNTech full approval for its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 15 and up.

In August, we released the results of our 2021 National Safety & Salary Survey, which offers some insight into the daily lives, attitudes, and demographics of about 900 safety professionals. This year, we expanded the survey to ask more about salary, budget, and benefits.

Not surprisingly, many of you wanted to know how much your peers are making—and how your own salary compares. We also posed some open-ended questions about the biggest challenges to your organization (both COVID and non-COVID) and what you wish you could change about your job. You may be able to guess some answers, but many of them will surprise you. We invite you to take a look at these insights and get some new ideas and feel the camaraderie.