Workplace Safety

Knowledge at Work provides a library of workplace safety articles for you and your organization to read, share, and print for reference. Workplace safety is UL Workplace Health & Safety’s focus and mission, so we ensure that Environment Health and Safety experts throughout the industry highlight workplace safety tips in each article they write, with your health and safety in mind.

Workplace Safety Catching Up with Innovative Oil Industry

Workplace Safety Catching Up with Innovative Oil Industry

One of the biggest energy production stories over the last several years has been the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) throughout the United States and Canada. The controversial process extracts hydrocarbons—shale oil in particular—by injecting high pressure fluids through narrow holes. The technology has been around since the 1940s, but the industry began its growth […]

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High-Reliability Safety Relies on Workers

High-Reliability Safety Relies on Workers

Preparing to write this article, I searched for information about critical plans going awry. I was looking for safety incidents illustrating why rigid, unquestioning follow through with initial plans and procedures isn’t always a good idea. Searching for the phrase “following through with a bad plan” provided more safety insight than expected. While search results […]

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Safety System Combats Mismanagement by EHS Assessment

Safety System Combats Mismanagement by EHS Assessment

Here’s a drill that might sound familiar. The corporate office (or some regulator) calls to announce an audit or assessment. Following “the call,” a series of short-notice meetings ensue to direct activities aimed at momentarily cleaning-up the operation to maximize assessment scores. The sprint leaves an organization tired, beleaguered, and for what? Window dressing, a […]

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