Tag Archives: workplace safety

The Rise of Workplace Opioid Abuse

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Employers are increasingly finding themselves confronting the realities of workplace opioid abuse.   Opioid Abuse an Enduring Concern in the Nation The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose rose in 2018 to one in 96, according to an analysis published by Injury Facts, an extension of the National […]

NIOSH’s Hierarchy of Controls

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. NIOSH has a variety of programs that help keep workers safe, including the hierarchy of controls.   NIOSH and the Hierarchy of Controls Poor housekeeping, working at heights, improper extension cord use, and unknown chemicals are all examples of common worksite hazards. Hazards such as these can cause serious injuries […]

OSHA’s “Naughty List”: The Severe Violator Enforcement Program

Written by: Virginia McCormick, NES, Inc. Federal OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program was developed to focus on the worst safety violators.   OSHA’s Controversial Severe Violator Enforcement Program On June 18, 2010, federal OSHA implemented the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). According to the agency, the SVEP was enacted to, “more effectively focus enforcement efforts on […]

Safe + Sound Week: Committing to an Effective Safety and Health Program

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc.  Safe + Sound Week emphasizes the importance of employers and employees working together to maintain an effective safety and health program   The Inaugural Safe + Sound Week Virtually every business can benefit from maintaining a properly designed safety and health program. To this end, several established safety and health agencies […]

Occupational Exposure Banding: An OEL Placeholder

Written by: Joe Mangiardi, NES, Inc. Occupational exposure banding is a process spanning various levels of scientific knowledge   Occupational Exposure Banding and NIOSH The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently made available for comments a draft document entitled The NIOSH Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical […]