Suicide in the Construction Industry: Breaking the Stigma and Silence

A suicide occurs every 12 minutes in the U.S. While these incidents touch every industry, one industry in particular has felt the impact of suicide in recent years – construction and extraction. A CDC study found that in 2012 and 2015, suicide rates were highest among males in the construction and extraction occupational group. Continue reading»

IBOEHS – Quarterly Newsletter

For   Their   Safety

Apr – May – Jun  2019    Volume 17, Issue 2

International Board of Environmental Health & Safety “Instilling Professionalism

  • Carelessness
  • Protecting Your Sight
  • Using Portable Generators Safely
  • Disease Dangers of Flood Waters
  • Afterthoughts and Regrets

Carelessness

 PATHS (PA Training for Health & Safety)

Have you ever done anything that wasn’t really smart? Something that you know put you at increased risk of injury? When you realized what you did, whether you were hurt or not, did you ask yourself, “Why did I ever do that?” For your own self-preservation, this should be a very important question for you to answer yourself.

Consider the fact that approximately 20 percent of injuries are due to unsafe conditions and 80 percent are caused by unsafe acts. If you realize that most unsafe conditions are brought about by human failure, then virtually all accidents/mishaps are brought about by unsafe acts. Why did you do something in an unsafe manner? To answer this question, you will need to put personal defenses aside and know that blame may lie within yourself. Also realize that there may be more than one reason for your actions and others may be involved. Continue reading»

 

Free Toolkit for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is distracted driving awareness month. This year, to help tackle this pervasive problem, we’ve added a focus on cyclist safety by creating two new toolbox talks to go along with several other free driving resources, available here: https://safestart.com/driving-awareness-toolkit/ Please use these to help your workers stay safe on the road.

Guide for Creating a Safe Workplace Free of Abuse & Bullying

Studies are showing that about 19% of adults have experienced abuse in the workplace and 75% of employees have been affected by bullying at work.

Because of this Northeastern University has just published this detailed guide for human resource communities and those looking to share information on workplace violence prevention.

You will find that the guide provides tips on:

  • How to identify physical and mental abuse in the workplace
  • What can be done to avoid microaggressions that foster a negative work environment
  • A checklist that can be used to identify current problems, and avoid future ones.

Please check out all the online resources in the guide here:
https://onlinebusiness.northeastern.edu/neu-mba/guide-to-a-safe-workplace-free-of-abuse-and-bullying/