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Safety News Roundup: October in Review

Oct. 29, 2021
A look at the month's most popular stories.

October is a time of year when you can both reflect on what has been and anticipate the next few months, especially all the hecticness that follows.

Q4 is make-or-break for many businesses. There are important meetings to assess how 2021 will close and finalize 2022 budgets. Award contests either open or announce their winners, such as our America’s Safest Companies of 2021.  

It’s also the start of spooky szn. There’s the seasonal décor, thrill of dressing up in costume and all things pumpkin flavored. And, if you live somewhere that has four seasons, it’s when temperatures start to drop and leaves begin to turn colors.

That sense of change and anticipation is reflected in this month’s most popular safety stories.

While we hope we’re seeing a tidal turn in the COVID-19 pandemic, we can see that you want the latest guidance and developments. Since safety professionals are responsible for so much more beyond COVID-19, it’s no surprise that you also want to know the top OSHA violations and most dangerous jobs of 2021.

It also seems that you’re planning for a post-pandemic future and for the long-term effects of COVID-19, as evidence by the popularity of some of our leadership and wellness stories.

We’re also glad to see that so many of you are reading our America’s Safest Companies profiles. It’s a lengthy process for everyone involved, but in the end, this competition always leaves us inspired. Winners will be honored at a reception during next month’s Safety Leadership Conference. We do hope that you are able to attend in person; we are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in person. More information, including registration, is available at www.safetyleadershipconference.com.

Without further ado, here are some of the most popular stories from October.

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2021

OSHA reveals the biggest danger areas in workplaces as reflected in the number of citations.

View the gallery here.

Federal Contractor Vaccine Guidance Issued

Guidance does not apply to all contractors or right away to those it does.

Read the story here

California Drafts Permanent COVID Rules

Will replace ETS but doesn’t include an employee vaccine mandate.

Read the story here

America’s Safest Companies 2021: Fastenal

Fastenal Company developed a program that doesn’t just encourage near miss reporting, it rewards it.

Read the story here

Top Most Dangerous Jobs of 2021

A look at the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. (pre-COVID), as measured by fatal work injury rate.

Read the story here

America’s Safest Companies: Honeywell

Honeywell has found a way to protect its nearly 40,000 U.S.-based employees: through an overall structured safety management program that's deployed and overseen by each strategic business group within the company.

Read the story here

Mindful Approaches to Workplace Wellness

Employers are ramping up mental health awareness programs as they cope with pandemic-related stress.

Read the story here

How to Maintain Trust in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Here are three qualities leaders should focus on as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve and as they prepare for the next normal.

Read the story here

The Forgotten Pandemic

Addressing mental health is paramount to preventing workplace shootings.

Read the column here

Tips for the Safe Handling of Cleaning Chemicals

There's a reason why the U.S. Department of Labor continues to list custodial work as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country: cleaning chemicals.

Read the tips 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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