However, fine amounts have risen significantly over the same period. Now, those who receive serious violations incur penalties of $12,675 per safety infraction, while willful or repeat offenders - more than 6 percent of all violators recorded in 2016 - must pay fines of $126,749 per violation. In short, while many organizations are improving their health and safety protocols and allocating more resources toward compliance, they are likely to pay hefty penalties for the smallest of miscues.
Wednesday marks the start of NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum, the largest annual gathering for EHS and sustainability decision-makers. Celebrating its 25th year, NAEM's annual conference promises best-practice sharing around strategic environmental, health and safety programs. With more than 650 attendees from 275 companies spanning various industries, and 20 peer-led sessions, we’re excited to collaborate on ideas and network with industry professionals!
We’re excited to share that this month, Verdantix, an independent research and consulting firm with expertise in environment, health, safety and quality, released a new report on ProcessMAP’s product strategy. The report, titled “ProcessMAP’s Product Strategy Strengthens the Financial Return of EHS Software,” highlights a few key areas of our strategy and how we’re meeting customer requirements in the areas of ROI, analytics and demonstrating value proposition of EHS software.
The IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) improves connectivity, efficiency and scalability for industrial organisations. Combined with the power of big data and analytics, the IIoT is an incredibly powerful concept that drives in-depth insights for organisations. Many companies are already leveraging IIoT and data analytics with remarkable success in core operations and achieving significant results in time and cost savings.
A comprehensive EHS platform can also restructure once-manual safety procedures and contribute to the company’s digital transformation efforts.
The numbers are staggering: In 2016, nearly 3 million people suffered an employer-reported illness or injury in the private sector and more than half required days away from work, job transfers, or restrictions on ability to work, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the bureau, based on rates of injuries, the most injury-prone sectors are animal production, nursing and residential care facilities, couriers and messengers, wood product manufacturing, and air transportation.
Leading and lagging safety performance metrics can be used together to drive and monitor safety improvement. Examples of leading metrics can include safety activity completion, employee engagement, and culture surveys. Typical lagging safety metrics include injury totals and rates. Part I of this blog series, “Using Leading Safety Performance Activities to Improve Safety” provided recommendations on establishing a leading safety activity program. Part II, this blog, focuses on creating a scoring metric for the completion of leading safety activities. A leading safety activity score (or completion percentage) can be calculated to track completion of the activities throughout the year. This score can be incorporated in a scoring system (safety scorecard) to set goals and track progress.
Safety performance can be improved through the use of leading safety performance activities and safety scorecards to track and measure progress. This blog series is presented in two sections with the first covering the use of leading safety performance activities and the second covering options to score and track completion of activities through the use of a scorecard.
During the National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, from May 8-12, OSHA encourages employers and workers to hold discussions, demonstrations, and training sessions related to safety, hazard recognition, and fall prevention.
However, sometimes even the best ideas are met with objections. Below are two common objections/challenges you will likely encounter when planning a Safety Stand-Down – and what you can do to overcome them and plan effective Stand-Downs at your organization.
Change is in the air. Regardless of your position on the political spectrum, it’s important to acknowledge that the changes in the regulatory landscape may impact how companies decide to manage employee health and safety. One school of thought purports that fewer regulations will further challenge EHS professionals to gain buy-in from the C-suite when it comes to prioritizing EHS performance as a strategic objective, resulting in budget and manpower reduction.
As we close out Day 2 of our annual User Conference, we’re sharing more of the insights, discussion topics and key trends our customers, industry analysts and executives are talking about at the show. Check out our Day 1 recap if you haven’t read it yet.