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July 2022 Newsletter

Leaders vs. Laggards

There’s no doubt that technology is driving change in how businesses operate.  And it seems to be happening at a pace that is difficult to keep up with at times.  Does anyone fully realize the impact that Cloud technology, 5G technology, Nanotechnology, Robotics or Artificial Intelligence will have on how we conduct business in the future?  Managing this digital transformation can seem daunting or overwhelming at times.

Advancements in digital technology are happening in all facets of business, and EHS Management is no exception.  Leaders in this field are quickly learning how to integrate these new technologies into their business operations and laggards are waiting to be convinced about the power of this new technology.

It’s hard for me to admit, but as the co-owner and founder of Safety Reports, I wasn’t exactly a leader when it comes to safety technology.  That seems like an odd thing to say being that we were one of the first to market back in 2011 with a mobile inspection app.  I just knew that using paper, pen and clipboard to document safety inspections was inefficient.  The advantage of using technology to me, at the time, was based on improving efficiency by allowing safety data to be transmitted in real-time.  What I didn’t know then, was the true power that this technology brings to industry.

How To Prepare A Heat Illness Prevention Program

Much of the U.S. is well into the summer months and the heat can be brutal. 90℉ to 100℉ is often the norm in July. Importantly, people working in outdoor professions are affected the most by this. Heat safety should be a critical aspect of every contractor and job site supervisor. Now, the most effective way to avoid heat illness is with well-crafted and executed Heat Illness Prevention Programs. For instance, regulatory agencies, such as OSHA, are cracking down on heat-related sicknesses and enforcing regulations to prevent injuries.
The bottom line is heat-related illnesses and death are preventable. Now, below are the proactive steps to prepare a heat awareness and prevention program.
OSHA Enforcement

OSHA Enforcement Activity

OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:

US Department of Labor announces $11.7M funding availability of Susan Harwood Training grants for workplace safety, health hazards training
OSHA extends National Emphasis Program
to protect high-risk workers from coronavirus

OSHA QuickTakes

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives, and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

A framing contractor willfully exposed workers to fall hazards at a salt storage stockpile.
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 Padlocked, blocked emergency exit doors endangered workers at Wisconsin, Ohio Dollar General stores
 A recycling company exposed workers to hazardous chemicals without warning them of the risks three times since 2019.
US Department of Labor proposes $315K more in fines for Ohio vehicle parts manufacturer that continues to expose workers to dangerous machine hazards.
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US Department of Labor cites Orange Park contractor after collapsed roof claims life of 43-year-old laborer
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