What Can We Learn from the FIU Bridge Collapse?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Mar 19, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Six people were killed in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on March 15.

The bridge, designed to keep students safe, did just the opposite in its final stages of construction. A National Transportation Safety Board team is launching an investigation to determine exactly what went wrong.

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3 Types of Leading Indicators for EHS Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 01, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

You hear it all the time on Car Talk, the classic radio show where mechanics Tom and Ray (aka “Click and Clack”) dispense hilarious advice to clueless car owners. The caller’s car was smoking for months before breaking down. Or the driver taped over a flashing temperature light, continuing to drive her dad’s car until it died altogether.

It’s a similar story in companies struggling with Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) problems. It sometimes seems like incidents come out of nowhere, but the signs were actually there all along. Those signs are leading indicators.

While lagging indicators like incidence rates look backward, leading indicators such as near-misses hint at potential future problems.

This post examines the 3 types of leading indicators defined by the National Safety Council, including operations-based, systems-based and behavior-based indicators.

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What to Expect from EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 21, 2017 / by Emily Ysaguirre

EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference will take place from November 28th to November 30th in Atlanta, GA and EtQ is excited.

The Safety Leadership Conference is a great place to learn from high level safety professionals, participate in hands-on workshops with lessons in safety standards, focus on becoming a safety leader and building a safety culture and meet America’s safest companies. This year, attendees can even tour some of Atlanta’s top facilities to gather insight on best safety practices.

EtQ is the sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Tour which will highlight the safety considerations and challenges involved in the complex construction of the stadium, which includes 27,000 tons of steel that make up the roof and how it has as many as 2,000 workers on site daily. Attendees will be guided through the process taken to identify both potential workplace and fan safety issues and programs for opening and operating the building. The tour will provide parties with the amenities that Mercedes-Benz Stadium has to offer. For more information, see here

EtQ is excited to be among other EHS professionals discussing and sharing best leadership and safety practices. We’ve handpicked a few things we're looking forward to!

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Ensuring Safety with Automated EHS Solutions

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 26, 2016 / by Emily Ysaguirre

Environmental Health and Safety organizations deal with a variety of materials, some of which may be hazardous. In any situation it is important to handle these materials with care. Chemicals or other complex materials could be hazardous to not only the health of the handler, but to the environment it surrounds.

Therefore, users must know beforehand about the specific material and how to handle it. Not knowing could result in disaster.  

This is why an automated EHS Management System is important.

It provides many different modules that help create a comprehensive solution for fostering a high level of safety, and ensures a highly trained workforce.

Some of these tools include:

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How to Reduce Safety Incidents in the EHS Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 27, 2016 / by Emily Ysaguirre

To maintain a high level of safety within the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) industry, organizations must have the ability to proactively address all incidents that occur. This is a necessity as reducing job-related incidents will help promote a safer workforce, while enabling you to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies. Managing these incidents with the help of automated solutions provides users with more control and visibility over safety processes.

EHS management software makes it easier to:

  • Capture and analyze data while managing risks
  • Find trends in incidents to improve safety across the organization
  • Make needed changes to increase safety in all areas to ensure continuous improvement 
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Reducing the Email Burden with an EHS Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Mar 03, 2015 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

 

How many emails do you get in an average day? 50? 100? What does that equal over the course of a year? For many people—especially those in management roles or higher—the email burden is huge, sometimes adding up to hundreds of emails daily.

EHS management software cuts down on the number of emails you have to sift through on a daily basis (or worse, after a week-long absence). Let’s look at a few categories of emails you’ll see less of with an EHS management system.

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5 Compelling Reasons Why You Need an EHS Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Feb 17, 2015 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

 

It took me awhile to come around on tablets. I didn’t want to spend the money, and I had hesitations about moving away from real books.

Then last year, Santa brought me an iPad. And you know what? I love it.

I can peruse patio ideas on Pinterest, monitor my finances on Mint and tune my guitar in 30 seconds flat, all from the couch, all without hauling out my laptop (which suddenly feels much heavier).

The same goes for EHS management systems. Even as the pace and complexity of business grows, many companies still rely on manual EHS processes. Why?

It’s inexpensive. It’s familiar. It would take time to implement EHS management software. Despite these, there are more reasons than not you need an EHS management system.

Here are 5 of the most compelling ones.

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How to Automate Behavior-Based Safety with EHS Management Software

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Feb 05, 2015 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

To reduce incidents and create a culture of safety in the workplace, many leading companies have adopted behavior-based safety (BBS) programs that encourage personal responsibility for safety.                          

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How to Explain the Value of Enterprise Software to Your Boss

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Feb 03, 2015 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

 

From HR to IT, it’s rare to find a department that doesn’t use some type of enterprise software. Despite the fact that it’s so common, the process of finding and selecting the right system can be a challenge.

To start, everyone has to be on board that there’s a need. Then you have to invest time in research, comparing features, capabilities and long-term value while evaluating how various options integrate with your existing systems. And at some point, you’re going to have to make the case to your boss.

How can you make sure that conversation goes well? The key is to focus on bottom-line business benefits.

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The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Safety Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 29, 2015 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Building a culture of safety is no simple job. Why? It’s not running the EHS management system itself, which can automate many essential functions from Incident Reporting to Risk Management to Document Control. It’s the human element. That is, trying to effect behavior change in employees.

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