Did you know that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was founded to help keep people safe from fires? It’s true: in 1894, founder William Henry Merrill opened the Underwriters’ Electrical Bureau, the Electrical Bureau of the National Board of Fire Underwriters after seeing the potential–and dangers–of the proliferation of electricity. UL’s first standard–Tin Clad Fire Doors–was published […]
Has your employee been struck by an orca? Burned by flaming water skis? Has he or she suffered a knitting-related injury? ICD-10 has you covered. As this more complex coding goes into effect, NPR takes a look at some of the more unusual entries here.
Changes to OSHA’s Confined Space Standard for Construction will go into effect on October 2. The more prescriptive standard will affect every workplace that performs confined space entries. Is your team ready? Specifically, the new standard amends the definition of an enclosed space and requires that even general industry complies with this prescription. A confined […]
OSHA has released a new interactive map that highlights enforcement cases on a state-by-state basis. The map lists companies that have received penalties larger than $40,000 since January 1, 2015. OSHA intends to update weekly. Find the map here. To learn more about UL’S OSHA Solutions please, click here.
The Center for Public Integrity, an independent, non-profit news organization, has launched an important investigation into work-related disease in the United States. Their multi-part series looks at the fight to implement exposure limits and the continuing struggle to undertake reform in the face of inaction by the government and active resistance by industry groups. The series also looks at […]
It is the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and observant Muslims around the world are celebrating. Those who are able are obliged to abstain from food and drink throughout the daylight hours, from dawn until sunset. Ramadan is based on the Islamic calendar so its timing varies. When it falls during the summer months, as […]
At the center of a preventive employee health and safety (EHS) culture is the belief at the executive level that accidents and harm should be preventable. More than 313 million global work-related accidents occur each year, according to the International Labour Organization, with a high percentage of those accidents resulting in significant time away from […]
A new report finds that workers at New York University’s new campus construction in the United Arab Emirates were routinely exempted from fair working condition agreements. Construction projects in the Gulf region usually rely on South Asian migrant workers, and have a history of questionable safety and labor records. NYU had sought and received agreement with the […]
It’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, a campaign to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. Held annually at the start of the spring construction season, this year’s message is “Expect the Unexpected.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports more than 100 worker deaths each year at road construction sites. Most deaths occur when a […]
Employer engagement exists when the values and practices of a company support the needs of society as well as the profitability of the business.