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Safety News Roundup: September in Review

Sept. 24, 2021
A look at the month’s most popular safety news.

It’s not a surprise that COVID-19 news continues to dominate the headlines: vaccines, vaccine mandates, delta variant. Looking at our web metrics, it seems that while COVID-19 poses many challenges to your organization, you’re focusing on the other challenges, too.

It could be fatigue for a virus that has upended the globe for nearly two years. It could also be recognition that other persistent safety issues deserve more attention.

Either way, the ability to focus on other safety issues is largely possible because of your quick actions to implement new safety protocols at the outset. Those protocols continue to be refined as new research and best practices emerge. At this point, though, and whether we like it or not, we all know the drill: mask up, wash hands and maintain your distance.  

Also trending this month are some archival stories honoring those who perished and those who responded on 9/11—and what has transpired in the 20 years since that fateful day.

On a lighter note, columnist Terry Mathis reflects on a career spent in safety. And on a personal note, I’m pleased to hear that my latest column about productivity and self-worth is resonating with you.

We’re all in this together, and we’ll all help each other get through it, too. Until next time, stay safe and take care!

Never Forget: Images from 9/11 and The Recovery and Clean Up Efforts

A look at how September 11, 2001, changed everything and defined a generation.

See the powerful images here.

The Biggest Challenge COVID-19 Poses to Your Organization

It’s clear that there is no shortage of challenges that have been brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19.

Read more here.

Controversy Erupts Over Biden’s Vaccination Mandate

Opponents to the OSHA vaccination ETS approach pledge to oppose it in court.

Read more here.

US Requires Vaccine-or-Test Mandate for Private Employers

The government mandate will come in the form of an emergency temporary standard by OSHA.

Read more here.

Cleaning Up After 9/11: Respirators, Power and Politics

Under the extraordinary pressures of the World Trade Center rescue and cleanup operations, was worker health added to the list of victims?

Read more here.

The Top Challenges Facing the Industry Today

Besides COVID-19, safety professionals reveal the many other problems that plague them.

Read more here.

Safety by the Numbers

Results from the National Safety & Salary Survey 2021.

Read more here.

Workplace Safety and Productivity Go Hand in Hand

Though safety is sometimes perceived to be an impediment to operations, research shows that a safer workplace results in a more productive workforce.

Read more here.

Life Lessons in Safety

Terry Mathis reflects on a career spent helping companies improve workplace safety.

Read more here.

Delta Variant Has Workers Worrying About Returning to Office

Four in 10 workers fear COVID-19 exposure.

Read more here.

Compliance Failures Due to Employee Burdens

32% of employees surveyed said they couldn’t find relevant information when they missed a compliance obligation.

Read more here.

What Not to Do

Sometimes, putting everything down on paper can help you get organized. Other times, it’s best to toss the to-do list.

Read more here.

About the Author

Nicole Stempak

Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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