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.

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Why Microlearning is Worth the Effort

In a world where content is rapidly changing, one of the biggest challenges to professional learning in every industry and job role is a lack of time. A solution that is increasingly addressing the needs of today’s time-strapped employees and the modern-day learner is microlearning. Microlearning is a well-established and holistic approach that leverages evolving technology to enable professionals to learn new skills and timely information in shorter snippets. Businesses are choosing to adopt this approach to teach and reskill employees from all functions as it offers flexibility and can integrate seamlessly into learning and development programming.

January 5, 2021

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.

October 29, 2020

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.

August 4, 2020

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.

May 29, 2020

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.

April 3, 2020

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.

March 4, 2020

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.

February 3, 2020

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.

November 21, 2019

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?

November 21, 2019

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.

November 21, 2019

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.

November 21, 2019

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.

January 8, 2019

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?

February 14, 2018

How the Fashion Supply Chain Could Reduce Carbon Emissions

Published in Supply Chain Dive, featuring UL EHS Sustainability expert Christina O'Connell

December 8, 2017

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.

August 1, 2017

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.

July 31, 2017

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.

July 30, 2017

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.

July 29, 2017

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.

July 28, 2017

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.

July 27, 2017

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.

July 26, 2017

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.

July 25, 2017

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.

July 24, 2017

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.

July 23, 2017

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.

July 21, 2017

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.

July 20, 2017

Emerging Technologies in Learning

Susan Murphy and Tatum Bisley

July 20, 2017

How to Ready Your Organization for an FDA Inspection

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.

July 19, 2017

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.

July 18, 2017

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.

July 17, 2017

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.

July 16, 2017

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.

July 15, 2017

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.

July 14, 2017

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.

July 13, 2017

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.

July 12, 2017

US FDA Compliance in China and India: How to Prepare for a GMP Inspection

The FDA has recently increased inspection of foreign pharmaceutical and medical device facilities. Avoid Warning Letters and product bans by properly preparing for inspection.

July 11, 2017

mLearning: A Powerful Tool in the Hands of Your Organization

Teri Hale

April 26, 2017

How to Maximize Your Occupational Health Investment

Matt Koerlin

September 7, 2016

It’s Time for Today’s EHS and Sustainability Professionals to Embrace Big Data

Jonathan Jacobi

September 1, 2016

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

May 24, 2016

Keep Your Cool: Preventing and Treating Heat Stress

Langdon Dement

May 5, 2016

Effective or Outdated? Behavior-Based Safety Concepts

Jonathan Jacobi

April 15, 2016

Review Health and Safety Performances, Not Just the Results

Jonathan Jacobi

February 1, 2016

Weathering the Winter: Keeping Workers Safe in the Cold

Langdon Dement

January 28, 2016

Phoning It In: The Dilemma of Employee Presenteeism

Editorial Team

January 28, 2016

Driven to Distraction – Keeping Employees Safe on the Road

Eric Glass

October 12, 2015

New OSHA Construction Confined Space Standard is More Prescriptive than General Industry Standard

Matthew Crouse

September 22, 2015

Worker Safety & Health at General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

Dr. Scott Harris

May 1, 2015

A Safe Approach

Matthew Crouse

May 1, 2015

Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

Jonathan Jacobi

March 31, 2015

Ensure Safety First

Teri Hale

March 1, 2015

Making Safety Stick Can Save More than Millions for Adhesives and Sealants Manufacturers

Dr. Scott Harris

February 2, 2015

Safety Frequent Flyer Programs – Don’t Risk Losing Points With Your People

Jonathan Jacobi

February 1, 2015

A Temporary Worker’s Right to Safety

Jonathan Jacobi

December 1, 2014

True North

Eric Glass

November 13, 2014

A New Way of Thinking About Safety

Todd Hohn

November 7, 2014

Learning Through Operational Experience

Jonathan Jacobi

September 1, 2014

Healthcare-Acquired Infections: Culture Over Campaigns

HealthLeaders Media

June 16, 2014

Case for a Dedicated Occupational Health Information Management Solution

Karen O'Hara, Managing Editor and Communications Specialist, UL Workplace Health & Safety

April 7, 2014

Developing a Safety Culture in the Healthcare Workplace

Editorial Team

March 28, 2014

Gearing Up for New Commercial Driver Medical Examination Requirements

Karen O’Hara, Managing Editor and Communications Specialist, UL Workplace Health and Safety

March 28, 2014

Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Editorial Team

March 28, 2014

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

Editorial Team

March 28, 2014

Investing in Occupational Medicine Clinic Management Software

Editorial Team

October 1, 2013

Leverage All Your Safety Experts, A Blended Approach To Safety Assessments

Jonathan Jacobi, Sr. EHS Consultant, UL

March 7, 2013

The Compliance Trap: Too Much Focus On Regulations Will Shortchange Your People & Profits

Jonathan Jacobi, Sr. EHS Consultant, UL PureSafety

March 12, 2012

Pointers Of Safe Taser Dart Removal

Scott Harris, Occupational Health & Risk Management Consultant, UL PureSafety

March 12, 2012

OSHA Questions Some Incentives; So Should We

Jonathan Jacobi, Sr. EHS Consultant, UL PureSafety

March 12, 2012

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

March 12, 2012

Combining Learning & Safety Management To Create A Safer, More Productive Workplace

Brett Williams, Product Management Director, UL Workplace Health & Safety

March 12, 2012

Systematic Approach To Reducing Distracted Driving

Jonathan Jacobi, Sr. EHS Consultant, UL PureSafety

March 12, 2012

Real Virtual Safety

Eric Glass, EHS Consultant, UL PureSafety

March 12, 2012

Putting Safety Training Online – Coursework Should Go Beyond ‘Check The Box’

Dave Zielinski, HR Magazine

March 12, 2012

Shock And Burn, Electrical Safety Demands Compliance

Todd Hohn, CSP, Vice President – Strategic Resources, UL PureSafety & Joseph Weigel, Product Manager, Square D Services

March 12, 2011

The Value Of Worksite Wellness: Improving Health While Increasing A Return On Investment

Kathy Dayvault, RN, MPH, COHN-S/CM

March 12, 2011

Fall Protection: Is Your Program Evolving Or Falling Behind?

Todd Hohn, CSP, VP Strategic Resources, UL PureSafety and Jim Hutter, Training Specialist, Capital Safety

March 12, 2011

Time To Upshift On Driver Wellness Programs

Jonathan A. Jacobi, MS, CSP, CHST Senior EHS Manager, PureSafety

March 12, 2011

What Do You Mean By That? Use And Misuse Of EHS Training Terms

Jonathan A. Jacobi, MS, CSP, CHST Senior EHS Manager, PureSafety

March 12, 2011

Improve Safety, Efficiency And ROI

Todd Hohn, CSP, Vice President – Strategic Resources

March 12, 2011

Promote The Worth Of Living Well

William A. Grana, Jr., President & CEO, PureSafety

March 12, 2011

Sports Lessons For EHS Professionals

Eric Glass, EHS Manager, PureSafety

March 12, 2011

New Technology Changing Nature Of The Job Search

Chris Silva, Nashville Business Journal

March 12, 2011

Safety Is A Numbers Game For Manufacturers

Nevin Batiwalla, Nashville Business Journal

March 12, 2011

Cataclysm and Recovery

Laura Swift, Ronnie Rittenberry, Jerry Laws - OH&S

March 11, 2011

Clearing Up Confusion: Using Aerial Lifts To Transport Workers To Elevated Workstations

Jim Hutter, Senior Training Specialist – Capital Safety

March 12, 2010