UL’s senior leaders and diverse team of safety, health, environmental and risk management subject matter experts regularly write insightful articles and white papers that help define and promote best practices and explore emerging trends in workplace health and safety.
Safety Training – Do What’s Right, Not Just What’s Required
Identifying training needs is easy in the aftermath of a workplace incident. At that point, however, the discovery is too late for the injured. A better approach is to understand training needs (and provide training), so workers are able to identify workplace hazards and take precautions that prevent incidents. Where do you begin?
EHS expert Jonathan Jacobi covers identifying training needs, what training should be conducted, how training should be conducted and addressing the elephant in the room.
Safely Reopening During a Pandemic: A Q&A with Eric Glass, Senior Risk and Safety Advisor for Building Life and Safety Technologies at UL
For many years, the role of environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers was mainly behind the scenes. For EHS managers, simply developing and overseeing their organization’s safety programs reduced risk, but COVID-19 has changed the stakes, with risks played out center stage. Eric Glass, senior risk and safety advisor at UL, recently sat down with EHS Daily Advisor to discuss this heightened emphasis and offer guidance on how EHS managers can keep not only their employees but also the public safe.
Five steps to improving your workplace safety culture
No matter what industry you’re in, today’s workplace safety issues are a minefield of daily challenges. Modern workplaces have a continually fluctuating workforce, including temporary or gig employees, new or evolving technology and a heightened understanding of the indirect costs of an unsafe workplace, like lost productivity. Industrial health and safety initiatives have never been more critical.
Over 25 years of experience as a safety advisor, I have seen shocking examples of unsafe facilities and practices. These examples have led me to one key point. Ultimately, at the core of a strong safety program is a strong safety culture.
The importance of a unique learning experience
Have you ever received workplace training that was irrelevant to your role? UL’s LearnShare ELMS has recently released a new, advanced audience feature to help deliver a better experience based on learning audience data. This feature gives admins much greater flexibility in determining appropriate learning opportunities for individuals, including required training and optional courses that learners can access in catalogs.
Ten Essential Features Every Life Sciences Learning Management System (LMS) Needs Today
When it comes to regulatory compliance, biologic, medical device and healthcare organizations have ultra-specific feature requirements. Designed from its inception as a tool to serve the life sciences, UL’s ComplianceWire® uniquely addresses these requirements at its foundation. Based upon client feedback, we’ve outlined how UL’s ComplianceWire LMS helps clients to meet these exacting regulatory requirements.
Reviving a community of learning
The way humans learn has changed very little over the past 5,000 years. We still process information through stories and examples and learn best through a continuum of relatable experiences. What has dramatically changed, however, is our ability to understand various learning techniques and to implement them in meaningful ways. One of the most powerful learning levers we can activate is a sense of community.
Takeaways from UL’s Knowledge Summit
As a relatively new UL employee, I didn’t know what to expect from UL’s recent Knowledge Summit in Philadelphia. As such, I was blown away by the passion that my UL colleagues and our customers showed. In EHS, we are part of an energetic, committed, intelligent and innovative community! Below are some of the things that stood out to me the most.
EHS software: The accurate safety data leadership demands
Corporate safety professionals understand the intrinsic value of developing an influential and engaged safety culture. A safety-conscious workplace minimizes employee workplace accidents, incidents and near misses, stabilizes productivity, encourages organizational-wide participation and improves morale. One of the significant challenges our clients battle is winning management buy-in to EHS initiatives when their eyes are laser-focused on the bottom line. In today’s environment, being a safety subject matter expert is simply not enough. How do you get their attention? How do you present your case to achieve the results you need? How do you get a piece of the budget?
Are your L&D programs reaping the outcomes you need?
We’ve all been there — days spent away from our jobs completing required training programs that ultimately left us disappointed,
confused, marginalized and with no new learning assets. Certainly, employee development plays a pivotal role in every successful enterprise today. But the most successful learning and development teams also understand how to measure the success of each training course and react accordingly. Here are three simple tools to access training course ROI and how to make improvements when necessary.
How to empower your employees to report safety incidents
In a strong corporate safety culture, every employee is involved in safety activities and motivated to identify and reinforce habits
and practices that protect staff, products and facilities. Successful cultures of safety are not ashamed of near misses. Instead, they consider incidents and negative observations as opportunities to improve work systems and communicate observations for the greater good of the organization. Ultimately, strong reporting is the hallmark of a robust culture, but not all organizations report successfully.
GDPR White Paper: UL’s path to compliance
UL is committed to GDPR adherence and providing our customers with products that enable their own compliance with their regulatory or legal obligations. This paper summarizes the European Union General Data Protection Regulation and UL’s alignment with the new regulation.
Please contact us to request our GDPR Whitepaper.
How Innovative Technologies Can Improve Your Health and Safety Culture
Technology is shifting rapidly, and the digital revolution offers a huge opportunity to improve operational excellence. How can innovation help your organization's health and safety program?
How the Fashion Supply Chain Could Reduce Carbon Emissions
Published in Supply Chain Dive, featuring UL EHS Sustainability expert Christina O'Connell
2017 ComplianceWire Benchmarking Study
In this report, UL Compliance to Performance presents the results of our annual Compliance to Performance Learning Trends’ benchmarking survey, as well as critical knowledge projects with more than 400 Life Sciences companies in 2016.
Qualifying Clinical Site Personnel Using Embedded Automation
The prospect of an FDA inspection doesn't need to be scary with proper awareness and practical compliance. This white paper explores the rising number of inspections as well as the facilities most likely to face an inspection in the future.
Quality Risk Management Workshop Summary
This paper summarizes critical presentations from UL’s Risk Management workshops, held in Hyderabad and Mumbai in March 2017. Through these presentations, attendees learned how silos threaten quality culture, and how both a formal risk-based approach and the Total Quality Management method can improve culture.
Five Learning Management Elements for Emerging Companies
Many of UL's clients have made the difficult transition from the commercialization stage to large-scale production by investing in a sustainable learning & development infrastructure. This eBook describes five elements that are typically part of a successful learning and management strategy.
A Model for Training/Qualification Record Validation within the Talent Management System
This paper presents a model for FDA-regulated companies to validate the LMS component of a talent management system, including performance management, goal setting and competency management tools.
A New Approach to Quality and Compliance eLearning
New technology can add a significant boost to companies' training programs by allowing an affordable and always on option to learners. This white paper discusses how to take back the learning process with customizable solutions.
Seven Data Integrity Validation Documents and Records Every Life Sciences Executive Needs to Know
Data integrity is one of the most relevant topics in quality management today. This white paper discusses practical considerations and solutions to managing regulatory risk and achieving a sustainable data advantage.
A Tale of Two Cs – From Compliance to Competency
Compliance-centric organizations tend to focus on meeting minimum requirements. Learn how taking a competency-first approach can build a flexible, highly skilled and technically adept workforce.
Beyond Compliance: Competency and Performance
See how top Life Sciences companies use roadmaps to achieve compliance as a by-product of competency while reducing waste and increasing employee performance and retention in the process.
Blended Learning for Organizational Competitiveness
Instructor-led training, on-the-job training and eLearning each has their pros and cons. See how a blended learning approach formulated for the needs of your organization is the best solution.
Blueprint for Optimizing Supply Chain Control Within the Life Science Industry
This paper discusses three elements that Medical Device manufacturers include in their supply chain operations to optimize control: supplier oversight, analysis and collaboration.
Compliance Training Cost Efficiencies of Off-the-Shelf eLearning White Paper
While the convenience of purchasing compliance-centered eLearning courses is obvious, many companies are questioning their financial value. This white paper explores the cost effectiveness of "ready-made" programs relative to those developed in-house.
Emerging Technologies in Learning
Susan Murphy and Tatum Bisley
How to Ready Your Organization for an FDA Inspection
IEC 60601 Amendment 1 and Risk Management
Risks to the performance of a medical device can exist at any point in the product lifecycle. This paper discusses the role of risk management within 60601 Amendment 1.
Life Science Best Practices: Moving Beyond Compliance
Learn best practices in compliance training rollout from B.Braun as they go beyond FDA and ISO compliance in a way that benefits their employees, their company and ultimately their patients.
Technology’s Role in Improving SOP Management Processes
Companies need to demonstrate full control over GxP document and training management programs. This paper discusses how cloud-based DMS to LMS integrations can simplify the governance model.
The Current State of Compliance Learning Within Plan Sponsors
Read the results and observations from UL’s survey on compliance learning trends within integrated care organizations.
The Emerging HR Imperative: Five Insights for Bridging the Training Effectiveness and Talent Management Gap
Human resources is helping lead the transition from compliance to competency. See how companies can improve technical skills and competency training, drive business performance and retain top talent.
Top Seven Risks to Consider When Selecting a Life Science LMS
This paper provides seven critical risk areas that QA and IT Validation teams should examine when evaluating an enterprise learning management system for the Life Sciences.
Preparing for an Audit
The FDA has recently increased inspection of foreign pharmaceutical and medical device facilities. Avoid Warning Letters and product bans by properly preparing for inspection.
US FDA Compliance in China and India: How to Prepare for a GMP Inspection
mLearning: A Powerful Tool in the Hands of Your Organization
How to Maximize Your Occupational Health Investment
It’s Time for Today’s EHS and Sustainability Professionals to Embrace Big Data
Transforming Workplace Health and Safety through Accountable Care Organizations and the Patient Centered Medical Home: New Pathways for Employers
2015 ACOEM/UL Invitation Summit Participants
Keep Your Cool: Preventing and Treating Heat Stress
Effective or Outdated? Behavior-Based Safety Concepts
Review Health and Safety Performances, Not Just the Results
Weathering the Winter: Keeping Workers Safe in the Cold
Phoning It In: The Dilemma of Employee Presenteeism
Driven to Distraction – Keeping Employees Safe on the Road
New OSHA Construction Confined Space Standard is More Prescriptive than General Industry Standard
Worker Safety & Health at General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Dr. Scott Harris
A Safe Approach
Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade
Ensure Safety First
Making Safety Stick Can Save More than Millions for Adhesives and Sealants Manufacturers
Safety Frequent Flyer Programs – Don’t Risk Losing Points With Your People
A Temporary Worker’s Right to Safety
A New Way of Thinking About Safety
Learning Through Operational Experience
Healthcare-Acquired Infections: Culture Over Campaigns
Case for a Dedicated Occupational Health Information Management Solution
Karen O'Hara, Managing Editor and Communications Specialist, UL Workplace Health & Safety
Developing a Safety Culture in the Healthcare Workplace
Gearing Up for New Commercial Driver Medical Examination Requirements
Karen O’Hara, Managing Editor and Communications Specialist, UL Workplace Health and Safety
Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases in the Workplace
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
Investing in Occupational Medicine Clinic Management Software
Leverage All Your Safety Experts, A Blended Approach To Safety Assessments
Jonathan Jacobi, Sr. EHS Consultant, UL
The Compliance Trap: Too Much Focus On Regulations Will Shortchange Your People & Profits
Jonathan Jacobi, Sr. EHS Consultant, UL PureSafety
Pointers Of Safe Taser Dart Removal
Scott Harris, Occupational Health & Risk Management Consultant, UL PureSafety
OSHA Questions Some Incentives; So Should We
You Be The Judge: Predicting The Supreme Court Ruling On The Affordable Care Act
William L. Newkirk, M.D., F.A.C.P.M., Medical Director, UL PureSafety
Combining Learning & Safety Management To Create A Safer, More Productive Workplace
Brett Williams, Product Management Director, UL Workplace Health & Safety
Systematic Approach To Reducing Distracted Driving
Real Virtual Safety
Eric Glass, EHS Consultant, UL PureSafety
Putting Safety Training Online – Coursework Should Go Beyond ‘Check The Box’
Dave Zielinski, HR Magazine
Shock And Burn, Electrical Safety Demands Compliance
Todd Hohn, CSP, Vice President – Strategic Resources, UL PureSafety & Joseph Weigel, Product Manager, Square D Services
The Value Of Worksite Wellness: Improving Health While Increasing A Return On Investment
Kathy Dayvault, RN, MPH, COHN-S/CM
Fall Protection: Is Your Program Evolving Or Falling Behind?
Todd Hohn, CSP, VP Strategic Resources, UL PureSafety and Jim Hutter, Training Specialist, Capital Safety
Time To Upshift On Driver Wellness Programs
Jonathan A. Jacobi, MS, CSP, CHST Senior EHS Manager, PureSafety
What Do You Mean By That? Use And Misuse Of EHS Training Terms
Improve Safety, Efficiency And ROI
Todd Hohn, CSP, Vice President – Strategic Resources
Promote The Worth Of Living Well
William A. Grana, Jr., President & CEO, PureSafety
Sports Lessons For EHS Professionals
Eric Glass, EHS Manager, PureSafety
New Technology Changing Nature Of The Job Search
Chris Silva, Nashville Business Journal
Safety Is A Numbers Game For Manufacturers
Nevin Batiwalla, Nashville Business Journal
Cataclysm and Recovery
Laura Swift, Ronnie Rittenberry, Jerry Laws - OH&S
Clearing Up Confusion: Using Aerial Lifts To Transport Workers To Elevated Workstations
Jim Hutter, Senior Training Specialist – Capital Safety
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