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One of the easiest ways to monitor safety metrics is by using a safety management software. As you improve your safety performance analysis, you’ll need a system that can handle the influx of data, give you access to real-time metrics, and help you glean valuable insights hidden within the flood of information.

Dollars and Sense: The Business Case for Safety Management Systems

ISO 45001 and the revised ANSI/ASSP Z10 SMS Standard will help safety professionals make the case to executive leadership that integrating safety and health into existing business management systems is both financially prudent and increasingly feasible to achieve.

Balancing Safety: Overcoming Surprising Contributors to Slips, Trips, and Falls

Even with aging workforces, injuries can be greatly reduced with a blend of best engineering controls and practical training.

NFPA 2112 is the industry standard for FR garments designed to protect wearers against exposure to flash fire and provides a starting ground from which safety managers in oil, gas, chemical, and petrochemical industries can build effective FR PPE programs to address the specific risks they face daily. (Westex by Milliken photo)

Six Important Changes Reflected in NFPA 2112-2018 Updates

From cold weather insulation guidance to labeling, these are the changes you need to know to be well informed when specifying an FR PPE program designed for flash fire hazards.

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Ready for the Cold?

Both your employees and your facilities should be well prepared for cold weather hazards.

Proactivity toward prevention lowers safety risks. Any and all preventive measures will drastically lower the probability of a hazardous scenario from happening. (Lewellyn Technology photo)

Workplace Safety Saves Lives and Money. Is Your Facility Prepared?

Workplace safety and operational performance are critical factors to protect all of your assets: your employees, facilities, and financial interests.

Gas Detection for Safe Confined Space Entry

It's more than a best practice—it is essential to test the air prior to and during entry, as OSHA requires.


Safety Beyond the Basics: What Can We Do to Be Prepared?

If we can allow employees adequate time to plan, review technical information, practice, and check available resources, together we can reduce the workplace fatalities each year.

Getting Eye and Face Protection Right

Having an eye and face protection program in place will boost the chances employees will use their PPE correctly.

Staying Safe During Equipment Maintenance

Lockout/tagout ranked fifth on OSHA's list of the Top Ten most-violated standards during fiscal year 2017 and again in FY2018. There were 2,877 violations of 1910.147 during FY2017 and 2,944 during FY2018.

ASSP Launches Standards and Tech Pubs Podcast Series

Future podcasts will cover topics such as fall protection and the management of hazardous energy. The episodes are free to listen to or download from the ASSP website every two weeks.

Australian Police, Emergency Services Workers Report High Rates of Psychological Distress

During the Answering the call survey, more than 21,000 police, fire, ambulance, and SES employees, volunteers, and retired and former employees answered questions about their wellbeing, anxiety conditions, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and thoughts of suicide.

NYC Mayor Announces Bronx Opioids Action Plan

The Bronx surpassed Staten Island in 2017 as the borough with the highest rate of overdose deaths, according to Health Department data. "The Bronx needs more support to reduce drug overdoses, and the city is ready to provide that support," said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio.

DOL Secretary Acosta Gave 'Sweetheart Deal' to Accused Millionaire: Miami Herald

Acosta agreed in 2007 to allow a multimillionaire defendant accused of coercing underage girls into sex acts at his Florida mansion to plead guilty only to two prostitution charges in state court, and Acosta, then Miami's top federal prosecutor, also agreed to keep the deal from the defendant's victims, the Miami Herald's Julie K. Brown reported Nov. 28.

Honeywell Moving Global HQ to Charlotte

The headquarters of Honeywell's Safety and Productivity Solutions business group also will relocate from Fort Mill, S.C., to Charlotte.

Settlement Bans Washington Company from Public Projects Statewide

The company's settlement with the state Department of Labor & Industries concerned wage violations and false reporting of payroll records, according to L&I’s release.

Albuquerque FD Aims to Reduce Firefighters' Exposure to Carcinogens

Cancer is “an epidemic in the fire service,” Albuquerque Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dow said. According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, cancer is now the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths among firefighters in the U.S.

NCCCO Publishes Employer Guides to New Crane Rule

The Employer Guides cover the training, certification, and evaluation requirements for crane operators under OSHA's final rule.

HHS Issues Draft Strategy to Reduce Burden of Health IT

“Usable, interoperable health IT was one of the first elements of the vision I laid out earlier this year for transforming our health system into one that pays for value,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said. “With the significant growth in EHRs comes frustration caused, in many cases, by regulatory and administrative requirements stacked on top of one another."

South Dakota Reports First 2018-19 Flu Death

"Our sympathy is with the family. Their loss serves as a reminder to us all that influenza can be a very serious illness," said Dr. Joshua Clayton, state epidemiologist for the department. "It is not too late to get vaccinated for this flu season, and if you haven't yet received your annual flu vaccination, the time to do so is now."

German Entry Wins 2018 Healthy Workplaces Film Award

The annual award honors an outstanding documentary or animated film that focuses on the experiences of workers, examining such topics as the effects of economic and political change on work, workplace risks, and mental health and well-being at work.

FEMA Agrees to Make Vendors Change Emergency Alert Software

FEMA concurred with both recommendations in the DHS inspector general's report but said it expects to complete its work on both on Oct. 31, 2019.

Health Groups Release Recommendations on Drug Shortages

They include conducting a GAO study to identify factors that contribute to shortages and developing a list of critical drugs essential for emergency response and preserving life.

HHS Program Aids California Fire Victims

Uninsured residents of Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties in California are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications that were lost or damaged by the wildfires in those three counties, thanks to the HHS Emergency Prescription Assistance Program.

All Sixteen Cintas Sites in Indiana Achieve Star Status

"Cintas Corporation's achievement is extraordinary, unmatched by any other Hoosier company, and has taken many years to accomplish," said Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble. "We applaud Cintas for its exceptional commitment to protecting workers, not just in the Hoosier state, but across the country."

Utility's CEO Promises 'Safer Than Ever' Gas System at Field Hearing

Daniel Rivera, the mayor of Lawrence, faulted Columbia Gas for its actions during and after the disaster. "It was clear that the Columbia Gas engineers and Columbia Gas Massachusetts top leadership were afraid and lacked a clear path to deal with the disaster," he said in his prepared statement. "They owned the pipe, owned the gas in the pipe, they owned the customer relationships, yet they failed to own this disaster."

CSB Extends Deadline for Combustible Dust Comments

Comments in response to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's "Call to Action: Combustible Dust" are now due by Dec. 31.

NSC's Deborah Hersman Joining Waymo as Chief Safety Officer

"On behalf of the NSC Board of Directors, congratulations to Debbie on her exciting new role with Waymo," said Board Chairman Mark Vergnano. "Debbie has always been a strong champion for safety, and she is perfectly positioned to lead Waymo through the next phase of their self-driving vehicle program."

Canada Testing Emergency Alert System This Week

The CRTC, which regulates the broadcasting and telecommunications service providers that distribute emergency alerts to the public, set a target that 50 percent of new devices sold in Canada be wireless public alert compatible as of April 2018 and 100 percent as of April 2019.

Second National Summit on Rural Road Safety Set for Dec. 4-6

The event will take place Dec. 4-6 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, Ga.

CSB Sets Dec. 12 Town Hall on Husky Refinery Explosion

The agency has previously reported that the initial explosion occurred in the refinery's Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit at about 10 a.m. while the refinery was shutting down that unit for periodic maintenance and inspection.