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The Most Popular Stories of 2023

Dec. 28, 2023
A look back at the safety stories that caught readers' attention. 

It’s the end of December, a time to look forward (or dread) to going to the gym, losing the holiday pounds and those other New Year’s resolutions. It's also a time to reflect back on the year that was.

While some of the news was expected, or perhaps anticipated—OSHA is always going to have a top 10 violations list—but plenty of it caught us off guard. And it looks like you were, too.

We didn’t expect OSHA to switch from hard hats to safety helmets this month. We also didn’t expect a standard news item announcing that switch to ratchet up the charts to become one of our most popular stories of the year. However, we did expect you to be interested in the news that OSHA was investigating warehouses at one of the largest companies in America, and the metrics bear that out.

Years are a funny thing. Sometimes, it feels like the day would never end, and other times it feels like months passed by in the blink of an eye. One thing will always be the same, though. EHS Today is committed to being your trusted source of environmental, health and safety news. We will help you stay up to date on the latest rulings and regulations as well as be your destination for thought leadership to help your safety program reach new heights.

We look forward to hearing from you and reporting on our ever-changing world in 2024! Until then, stay safe and be well.

Without further ado, here are some of our most popular stories of the year.

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2023

Too many workers are getting hurt on the job, and the numbers are only getting worse.

View the violations here.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ Most Dangerous Companies of 2023

National COSH singles out 12 companies whose workplace conditions have earned them a spot on the "Dirty Dozen" list.

View the list here.

Top 10 Most Sustainable US Companies

Sustainable revenue now makes up half of the gross revenue for the companies on Corporate Knights Global 100.

View the companies here.

OSHA Switches from Hard Hats to Safety Helmets

OSHA said modern safety helmets can offer employees better protection while doing inspections.

Read more here.

The Biggest Challenges for Safety Professionals, Revealed

A look at what motivates, frustrates and challenges safety professionals.

View the challenges here.

Top 10 Worst States for Construction Safety

States with the weakest OSHA enforcement in terms of inspections, citations, and fines also generally had the highest injury and fatality rates, according to a survey from InsuranceRanked.

View the list here.

The 8 Habits of a Highly Effective Safety Culture

Developing these habits will help create a safety culture in which it is safe for employees to fail.

View the habits here.

Regulatory Update: OSHA Cites Amazon Warehouse Facilities

The multi-state investigation is OSHA's largest enforcement effort on ergonomics.

Read more here.

Safety Leadership Conference 2023: Three Days of Safety Excellence in Pictures

Visual highlights from EHS Today’s 12th annual Safety Leadership Conference, held in Orlando.

View the pictures here.

OSHA Directors Have Increased Authority to Cite Certain Types of Violations

The changes are aimed to stop “employers from repeatedly exposing workers to life-threatening hazards or failing to comply with certain workplace safety and health requirements.”

Read more here.

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