Category archive of ORC HSE Viewpoints

PPE Hazard Assessments – Are you meeting all of the requirements?

An Amazon Fulfillment Center is contesting an Other-than-Serious (OTS) citation with a $1,000 penalty for not meeting all of the requirements in the personal protective equipment (PPE) hazard assessment regulation – specifically 29 CFR 1910.132(d)(2). Ask almost any EHS professional and they will say, of course we know PPE hazard assessments are required. What may be forgotten, however, is the level of documentation that is also required.

Webinar: Traps in Operational Decision Making: How Cognitive Biases Put Our Decision Making at Risk

This webinar will discuss the most prevalent cognitive biases affecting how we process information and make decisions in the workplace, explain how they work, and review steps that can be taken to protect ourselves and our organizations from them.

Webinar: Highlights & Key Lessons Learned at the 2018 HOP Summit.

Join us Thursday, June 28, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 am Eastern Time

Did you miss the opportunity to attend the 2018 HOP Summit, held in Houston, TX on Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2018? Do you want to learn about Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) and how this risk-based operating philosophy is a key part of achieving safety and operational excellence? Then this webinar is for you!!

2018 ORC HSE Innovation Award

In the March 8th, 2018 edition of the National Law Review, it was reported that on February 14th, 2018 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order upholding the characterization of a citation as “Repeat” even though the prior citations in a contested case were issued over four years prior.

OSHA & Repeat Violations

In the March 8th, 2018 edition of the National Law Review, it was reported that on February 14th, 2018 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order upholding the characterization of a citation as “Repeat” even though the prior citations in a contested case were issued over four years prior.

Sidney Dekker’s Presentation: a few Highlights

We were fortunate to hear Sidney Dekker speak at our Asia Pacific Forum meeting in Sydney, Australia on March 14. He focused on rules and regulations and their relationship to injury experience. I had heard references to this work in presentations by other speakers, but hearing from Sidney helped me to understand what he was really getting at.

Missile Alert Gone Awry: Disciplinary Action and Learning – does “ready, fire, aim” really get us to good corrective actions?

Recently we read about the incident where a Hawaii civil defense employee sent an Emergency Alert that a ballistic missile threat was headed for Hawaii, and that residents should seek shelter. It was a mistake, a human error, and it took 38 minutes to get it corrected. We all heard about the panic that resulted, and the predictable questions started to be asked about who should be disciplined for messing up. But we have not heard much about the questions that should have been asked.

2017 Annual Report

For more than 45 years, ORC HSE has been helping companies achieve HSE performance excellence by providing thought leadership and fostering constructive working relationships with leaders and policymakers in government, labor, industry, and key professional organizations. And this past year was no different ‒ 2017 was another banner year for the organization.

A Renaissance in Safety and Health Prevention: What you should know about Human and Organizational Performance (HOP)

Most business leaders want to operate high-performance workplaces that ensure effective worker protection. The problem often is that they don’t know how to get there. And when they ask safety and health professionals for guidance, we often don’t know what to tell them to do.

HOP is critical to creating a learning organization that has the intellect, capacity, and courage to identify and rectify systems issues within the organization. Simply put, efforts to enhance serious injury prevention will not succeed without it.

The Radium Girls — What Has Really Changed?

Every industrial hygienist (IH) knows this story. In the early 1920s, young women working at several U.S. Radium Corp. (USRC) plants across the U.S. and Canada painting glow-in-the-dark radium clock dials were becoming sick, some with grisly symptoms such as disintegrating jaws, horrible pain in their bones, and death from hemorrhages. Many developed massive sarcomas that riddled their bodies.