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The Dirty Dozen, Ladder Safety and Injury Rates: What You’re Reading in April

April 28, 2023
A look at some of the month’s most popular stories, as determined by you.

We’ve got some late April showers outside at the moment. There are also buds beginning to bloom, including lilacs (my favorite).

And while these are welcome signs of changing tides in nature, we’re seeing other signs of change that we’re not quite ready for. The 100 deadliest days are approaching, so we’ll have to be more alert on the roadways. Several people have announced their run for president in 2024, and the political ads will start once again. The Supreme Court of the United States’ session is nearing an end, meaning a flurry of verdicts will follow.

Change is a constant, and it’s our job to stay abreast of the latest rulings, regulations and trends. At times, it can also be exhausting. I hope you find ways to take breaks, process and adapt to these changes. I hope you also find ways to brainstorm ideas to make workplaces safer.

It’s so easy to have your nose to the ground and miss what’s happening all around you. So, take your cues from nature and soak it all in before getting back to work.

And, on Workers Memorial Day, we encourage you all to pause and honor and recognize your fallen workers. I pledge to honor their sacrifices and do whatever I can to support you so that these tragedies don’t happen again.

Until next time, stay safe and be well!

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.

Marijuana and the Workplace: A Timely and Timeless Debate

This 4/20, let’s take a look at the changing legal landscape and attitudes toward cannabis.

Read more here.

Are You Working at One of America’s Safest Companies?

EHS Today is accepting applications until May 19 for the 2023 class of America's Safest Companies.

Read more here.

Ladder Safety Best Practices

Ladder deaths accounted for 161 on-the-job fatalities in 2020, with 22,710 ladder-related workplace injuries.

Read more here.

Top 10 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies

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

View the list here.

Sorry, Your Employees Just Aren’t Buying It

Here are some action steps employers can take to turn the tide.

Read more here.

Why are Injury Rates for Some Employees so Much Higher Than for Others?

Better training and engagement can help address this workplace issue.

Read more here.

OSHA to Expand the Use of Instance-by-Instance Penalties

OSHA's new policy could significantly increase the monetary penalty amounts associated with certain violations.

Read more here.

Advice on How to Deal with Workplace Shootings

Companies should have procedures for employees to report (including anonymously) concerns in the workplace, threats and acts of violence.

Read more here

A Renovation Project – It’s Time to Add Mental Health as a Safety Training Topic

Earlier this month, EHS Today hosted an editorial webinar discussing mental health awareness as part of your workplace safety training to help protect workers from the fastest growing hazard in today’s workplace. This webinar featured plenty of great ideas, lively discussion and expert advice from Holli Singleton, director of safety and health services at the Southeastern OSHA Training Institution Education Center at North Carolina State University.

Watch the free recording 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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