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Safety in the News


Every week, we bring you the latest headlines from the world of safety and keep you updated on the issues that matter most.

Safety Professionals Staying Put?

Many occupational safety and health professionals reported stable employment and said they do not intend to change jobs in the next year, according to survey results released by Safety+Health.

The majority of respondents—91%—said their jobs were “very” or “relatively” stable. Eighty percent admitted no plans to change jobs in the next 12 months, while 40% believe they will be working somewhere else within five years.

“Better pay” was the leading incentive for remaining at respondents’ current job, while a low opinion of the job market suggested others are hesitant to seek new employment.

Retaining organizational safety expertise is more critical now than ever before. Mass retirements and shortages in qualified personnel are making it harder to execute safety anywhere near the standards required. Learn what others are doing to retain EHS knowledge and align talent management with safety.

Safety Secondary to Production, Say Construction Workers

Fifty-eight percent of construction workers report that safety is less of an industry priority than productivity and completing job tasks, according to a recent NSC report. The National Safety Council surveyed 2,000 full-time and part-time employees in 14 industries across the US construction sector and found that most believe management “does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe,” while 47% say they are afraid to report safety issues.

Learn how one construction contractor made safety a priority and achieved dramatic reductions in injuries through critical behavior analysis.

California Passes Safety Regulation Aimed at Oil Refineries

California’s Department of Industrial Regulations (DIR) approved a “landmark” workplace safety and health regulation designed to reduce risk of major incidents at oil refineries throughout the state, reports Safety+Health magazine. The new rule provides a process for “anticipating, preventing and responding to hazards at refineries.”

The DIR’s effort to protect workers and surrounding communities comes five years after the Richmond, California, refinery incident that reportedly caused 15,000 people to seek treatment for fire and chemical exposure.

Oil and gas organizations are developing cultures that encourage workers to report subtle changes in operations that signal potential disasters like the one in Richmond. Learn more about Weak Signals and the Importance of Speaking Up.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020