Thoughts on what might be headed our way in 2014 from the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Beyond the election-driven rhetoric, demands of the discrete issues that routinely come before program management will drive the EPA. An added and complicating concern may be the impact on these and all issues of continued budget cuts that challenge the EPA's ability to operate as it has in the past; even the simple ability to process approvals or conduct public meetings about non-controversial matters have become more difficult.
The Future of Safety at EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference
Here at Intelex we rely on EHS Today as an important source of industry news, as do many of our customers. It was no surprise that their conference covered some of the most cutting-edge trends in the Environmental, Health and Safety space. Intelex Health and Safety Practice Manager Eric Morris was among those discussing where safety is heading through his workshop entitled, “The Future of Safety: Moving Your Organization Through the EHSQ Maturity Curve.” Here are three key takeaways from Eric’s...
Adopting a Technology Approach for Health and Safety
Health and safety regulations and departments have long been a part of working life. Their presence isn’t always felt, but they lie beneath the surface of almost every procedure, equipment installation and working practice. Many businesses still rely on a large collection of spreadsheets and even paper records, all of which document every applicable EH&S procedure and any reported incidents. Unfortunately, this is cumbersome in a modern world whereefficiency is driven by technological advancements....
Using Devices and Analytics in Safety
Technology touches virtually everything we do in modern society and in EH&S, it is becoming more prevalent by the day. Businesses can now use analytics and devices to vastly improve their safety strategy and, thanks to data that is obtainable from both humans and connected machines, make much smarter, strategic EH&S decisions. The rise of the robots The Internet of Things (IoT) may have given rise to kitchen appliances that connect to the web and wristwatches capable of tracking our fitness regimes,...
The challenge of safety and health in micro and small enterprises: what can be done?
A high-level policy seminar, ‘Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Europe: How can we make sure they are safe, healthy and productive places to work?’, was organised by EU-OSHA in Brussels in June, with representatives from the European Parliament and the European Commission, social partners and other key actors and academic experts. Discussions focused on how to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the millions of European citizens who work in MSEs, as well as the role of MSEs in the...
The 10 Pillars of a Health and Safety Program
The challenges inherent in managing health and safety within an organization are numerous, but an effective EH&S program will reduce injuries, incidents and can improve the quality of products that are shipped. For a health and safety program to be effective, it needs to address the challenges that threaten failure. It should be planned, include goals and be based on the on-going measurement of metrics that define success. We believe there are 10 pillars every health and safety program should adhere to, and...