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  • Employers Use Health Benefits to Recruit Workers

    Employers are using every tool at their disposal to attract and retain employees and among them are what used to be called “fringe” benefits, especially those relating to health and wellness, according to the annual benefits survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). “With unemployment at an …Read more…

  • 5 Ways to Comply with New OSHA Digitized Reporting Regulations

    This summer heralds in a new and challenging phase of environmental health and safety (EHS) regulation reporting. Starting in July 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require businesses across the U.S. to submit workplace illness and injury reports digitally. Unfortunately, many businesses have yet to make the …Read more…

  • Implementing a True North Safety Culture

      A True North Safety Culture is the point at which an organization aligns to a value and goal of eliminating risk(s)/injuries within an organization, but also aligns the mission/vision statements to this goal. In implementing a True North Safety Culture, it is vital that the culture be focused around …Read more…

  • Shades of Grey of the Safety Professional

    Why shades of grey? No, it has nothing to do with the book and movie “50 Shades of Grey,” even though a part of me wishes it would. It’s more than that. Being a safety professional, everything is not black and white like what you might have learned in college …Read more…

  • Ways to Improve Construction Site Safety

    The term “time is money” is quite literal in the construction industry. The constant pressure project managers and crews face to meet deadlines and stay within budget often causes safety to fall to the wayside. In 2016, out of 4,693 worker fatalities in private industry, one in five were in …Read more…

  • A Radical Idea for Encouraging Worker Feedback

    Ray Dalio’s book Principles was a #1 New York Times bestseller and the #1 Amazon business book of the year in 2017. In it he espouses “radical transparency,” which is the idea that everyone should be able to see and criticize everything in the business, including the boss and his …Read more…

  • OSHA Cites Shipbuilding Company After Drowning

    On Jan. 21, 2018, Padmore Atkorah fell into St.Johns River in Jacksonville Fla. after a pressures air manifold struck him. Despite efforts to save Atkorah he never resurfaced. Now, OSHA has cited North Florida Shipyards Inc., his employer to the tune of $271,061 in proposed penalties.“As this case demonstrates, it is important …Read more…

  • Translating Safety

    I recently consulted with a group of safety professionals who wanted help explaining to their corporate leaders how their function added value to the organization. I helped them explain the financial, legal exposure and PR benefits of good safety in terms C-suite executives would understand. Almost all the terminology I …Read more…

  • OSHA Extends Beryillum Enforcement

    In May 2018, OSHA began enforcing the beryillum permissible exposure limits for the construction and maritime industries, as well as other requirements of the general industry standard. However, the agency has pushed back certain requirements of the rule to Aug. 9, 2018. The requirements include beryllium work areas, regulated work …Read more…

  • Cal/OSHA Says Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke

    Cal/OSHA is reminding employers about the need for the proper protection and personal protective equipment as wildfires rage across the state. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases, and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and …Read more…

  • Pop Quiz: High Inertia Machine Safety

    High inertia machines, which take prolonged time to come to a safe state after receiving a stop command, may present special safeguarding requirements. Take the following quiz to gauge your understanding on safeguarding techniques for high inertia machines. Please enable javascript! Source: EHS Today

  • Five Steps to Facilitate Innovation in Your Organization

    Leaders should encourage workers to think outside of the box. As leaders, we all want it. We all say it. We all wait for it to happen… Innovation. All too often the wait appears to be too long and true innovation seems to linger somewhere beyond our reach. Leaders whose …Read more…

  • Five Summer-Related Accidental Deaths [Photo Gallery]

    More preventable fatalities occur during July and August than during any other two-month period of the year. Summer is a deadly time, especially the months of July and August, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The organization indicates that more accidental deaths occur in the two-month period than during …Read more…

  • How to Ensure a Successful Wellness Program with Wearable Technology

    Over the last few years, employee workplace wearable technology programs have gained tremendous popularity. The addition of wearable tech is teaching employers that their greatest asset and investment is their team. Workplaces with employees who are healthy and happy typically result in more production, engagement and employees taking fewer sick …Read more…

  • OSHA Proposes Rule on Crane Operator Certification

    Eight years after it began the process of finalizing a rule to govern the certification of crane and derrick operators in the construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that could just possibly be adopted as a final-final—they really mean …Read more…

  • Safe at Any Speed: Getting Workers to Use Their Protective Gear

    Buying safety equipment and getting workers to use it are two entirely different things. Anecdotally, almost every safety professional I’ve spoken to finds it much easier to go shopping for the latest hard hat and safety glasses than getting workers to comply with PPE requirements. The usual advice to improve …Read more…

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  • Cygma SHEQ North(Pty)Ltd, a Polokwane based Safety Consultancy and part of the Cygma Group of franchises, have been given the green light to sell 51% of its ownership to a suitable business partner in an effort to support Black economic empowerment and transformation in the SHEQ industry. Speaking to Sheqafrica.com, Cygma’s Managing director, Pieter Lotz, …read more…

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