In the past 3 years, we’ve seen a 42% increase in the number of workplace illnesses. In fact, 2010 data shows that 21% of all U.S. workers are hit by workplace illnesses.
I have the honor of frequently interacting with talented safety and health professionals. They have a comprehensive understanding of the exposures unique to their work environments and this knowledge is instrumental in protecting the lives of their employees. However, most get flustered about not being heard.
In 2010, I spent my summer in the Florida Keys working with the Coast Guard to develop tactical plans for response should Deepwater Horizon oil hit the islands, which the models gave a 60-80% chance of happening. It didn’t, but the intensive planning plugged a lot of gaps and raised a lot of issues.
With Super Bowl Sunday behind us, what better time to tackle my favorite topics. Sports? Occupational Health and Safety? Game on.
This week, I attended Safety 2011 —The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) national conference. As an occupational safety and health graduate student, I was blown away by the learning opportunities available at Safety 2011. My favorite part was attending the informative seminars – especially Wild Wacky Effective Training and Culture vs. Climate.
An affinity for acronyms may not be a prerequisite for a career as a safety and health professional — but it helps. Our day-to-day responsibilities require us to know dozens of abbreviations. And though we share the same fundamental mission — keeping employees safe, healthy and on the job — we use a surprising range […]