Category archive of ORC HSE Viewpoints

OSHA Electronic Injury & Illness Data Submission Deadline Extended

OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. It is important to note that the deadline to edit submitted data remains unchanged at December 31, 2017.

Getting Serious About Preventing Fatalities Injuries: Part VI: Best Practices & Conclusions

Forward-looking companies ORCHSE has worked with have implemented some of these practices. International Paper’s “It’s About LIFE,” or Life-changing Injury and Fatality Elimination, program has helped the company identify and focus on critical tasks.

Getting Serious About Preventing Fatalities & Injuries: Part V: Severity/Control Risk Matrix

ORCHSE integrates the degree of control and human and organizational performance factors into its risk assessment approach by developing a Severity/ Control Risk Matrix.

Getting Serious About Preventing Fatalities & Injuries: Part IV: ORC HSE‘s New Risk-Based Approach

ORCHSE proposes a six-step solution to achieve a fatality and serious incident-free workplace. It is a new risk model that creates a separate track for addressing serious hazards.

Getting Serious About Preventing Fatalities Injuries: Part III: Human Error Causes & Consequences

Research conducted on human error, its causes, and consequences helps to elucidate this risk relationship. Human error is a symptom of trouble deeper inside a system, according to author Sydney Dekker. To explain failure, we must understand how workers’ assessments and actions made sense at the time given the circumstances that surrounded them. Workers themselves do not usually cause serious incidents.

Getting Serious About Preventing Fatalities & Injuries: Part II: Causes of FSIs

It is important to realize that the causes of FSIs often differ from those causing less serious injuries. As author Dan Petersen observed in 1989, “Different sets of circumstances surround their severity.” Dan found that, unlike less serious incidents, FSIs tend to occur…

Getting Serious About Preventing Fatalities & Injuries: Part I: A Renaissance in Safety & Health Thinking

A renaissance in safety and health thinking is taking place as rates for fatal and serious injuries and illnesses continue unabated. This movement is re-examining of some of the concepts that underpin the safety and health profession. How senior leaders set the tone and expectations for their organizations is seen as critical.

ORC HSE Viewpoint: Here We Are Again

A June 5 New York Times article illustrated the Trump Administration’s attitude toward occupational health and safety regulation.