As construction continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations, EHS Today asked Dag Yemenu, executive vice president of products at ISN Software Corp, How businesses can better protect their employees
EHS: What can employers do to better understand the incidents that have occurred and design solutions to better protect their employees?
DY: The first step to understanding Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) in the workplace is to detect and identify trends from data from potential and actual incidents Industry-wide death rates remain stable, so employers should already be on high alert
Taking a step back to examine the precursors and causes of incidents can help companies identify the root causes of SIFs and then take steps to mitigate them In industries like construction or manufacturing, SIFs are often caused by workers coming into contact with machinery or other equipment
Through a more in-depth analysis, companies can then identify specific activities or equipment that put their employees at risk and mitigate the risks to employees and third-party contractors involved in business activities. Considerable help in identifying trends and creating predictive models To better protect their employees, managers in the capital-intensive workplace should start by collecting relevant data and establishing an analysis initiative to identify and stop SIFs on the market. workplace
EHS: Over 20% of fatal incident victims were contract workers, where’s the gap between full-time and contract workers when it comes to employee health and safety?
DY: Hiring contract workers has more variables for employers than for full-time employees, especially when it comes to worker health and safety Full-time employees generally follow a integration at the start of their stay in the company, continuous training and recertification and transparent communication from their management
However, entrepreneurs can be hired and engaged in high risk activities for a week or several years Using a digital entrepreneur management system allows businesses to connect with entrepreneurs in a more organized and more efficient These systems can house, among other things, training and certification records and facilitate communication in a way that is easy to track and maintain By closing the gap between contract and full-time employees, employers can improve their visibility of potential risks, promote alignment across the workforce, and reduce serious injuries and fatalities in their organization
DY: Safety is a core value that drives the decisions and actions of many leading organizations Improving employee health and safety performance is essential to maintaining a safe environment for all stakeholders who enter a company’s facilities or workplaces Failure to improve safety and health performance rates, employers also risk significant financial, legal and reputational consequences in addition to the loss of workers and reduced productivity
Conversations and engagement around safety and risk management need to be brought to these higher level stakeholders to improve overall business results.C-level executives should also collaborate with others in the same industry to establish safety performance benchmarks and work together to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, including FIS Taking this step will require a financial and time investment on the part of senior management and board members, but prioritizing safety as a core value will help improve profitability, employee attraction and retention. entrepreneurs and minimize the resources devoted to
EHS: Analytics are on the rise when it comes to assessing and mitigating risk, what options can businesses use to improve safety?
DY: Depending on the size of the business, various analytical tools are available to help assess and mitigate the risks associated with SIFs In the construction and manufacturing industry, businesses are generally well established with sophisticated employee health and safety standards in place For these companies, have a tool that analyzes performance data, incident data and field observation data, among others, will help get the best information to reduce and eliminate incident rates Tableau, interactive data visualization software, is emerging as a widely used tool for businesses of all sizes Microsoft’s Power BI is another option, generally better suited to larger, more sophisticated organizations
For outsourcing companies this can be a bit more difficult The majority of these organizations are small to medium sized companies with between 10 and 100 employees working and providing services in high risk industries This is another area where specially designed entrepreneur management platforms can be very useful for businesses Outsourcing companies can access aggregate data of a business or industry to view dashboards and benchmarking data in a more digestible and useful way
EHS: How can analytics help companies build predictive models to better understand serious injury and death (SIF) events, where they occur, the type of entrepreneur typically affected, and then use this information to better train workers and reduce SIF?
DY: It all comes down to collecting accurate and well-analyzed data, including data on the safety and health of contracted companies providing services to a client organization With clean and timely data, companies can identify specific activities or processes that harm or expose their workers to risk, rather than trial and error testing Once businesses understand the issues and factors correlated to incidents, it will be easier to generate predictive models to better prevent future injuries and deaths For example, businesses can better identify types of internal processes, activities or machines causing actual or potential incidents through advanced analytical methods and, using the data-driven insights, controls and investments can be directed to proactively mitigate risk
Initial broadcast: October 22, 2020 Duration: 70 minutes Type of event: Live webinar Cost: Free
The global pandemic has had a huge impact on our organizations and has exposed significant vulnerabilities in workplace safety, risk management, business continuity, supply chain and legal liability, etc. While many organizations are still grappling with these challenges, the upcoming flu season and ongoing natural disasters will further complicate our pandemic risk mitigation efforts. This webinar will focus on current best practices for risk management and current considerations for organizations as they go through the various stages of reopening during these difficult times, with a focus on the following:
Our guest speakers will bring their diverse experience and perspectives in pandemic risk management in relation to their professional backgrounds in industrial hygiene, health and safety compliance, emergency management, business continuity planning and resilience, and occupational medicine
Mr. Bernstein has over 10 years of experience in emergency response, emergency management, and business continuity and resilience planning He has overseen planning and response initiatives ranging from hospitals individual to multi-institution health networks Mr. Bernstein has also acted as a strategic advisor on multi-agency initiatives at local and regional level, including coalitions and consortia of varying size and scope His expertise includes the development and implementation of drills and emergency drills, training, incident command and regulatory compliance for emergency management in the healthcare sector. Mr. Bernstein has helped organizations manage pandemic risk related to health and safety compliance, emergency management, and business continuity and resiliency planning
Ms. Hsu has over 12 years of environmental, health and safety experience in the development and management of corporate and local EHS programs. She is passionate about the culture of positive safety while serving as a collaborative and strategic business partner at all levels of an organization to promote employee engagement and the management, mitigation and reduction of occupational injuries and illnesses She has expert level knowledge in the development and management of legal and best practice practices for workplace EHS programs Her expertise includes industrial hygiene, hazard communication, training and development and management of ergonomic programs in the pharmaceutical and health sector SP Hsu supports organizations in managing the risk of a pandemic in terms of industrial hygiene and health and safety compliance
Ms. Greene has thirty years of experience as an air quality regulator and environmental, health and safety consultant SP Greene provides management advice in safety, risk management and control activities losses with subject matter expertise in air quality compliance, creation and delivery of training, and implementation of technologies for emergency communications and incident reporting SP Recent activities of Greene related to COVID-19 include creating new occupational hazard analyzes and protocols, organizing respiratory protection compliance for a broader group of affected users, creating organizational guidelines on exposure and safety and carrying out industrial hygiene surveys for the reopening of facilities
Dr Letitia Heshmat has extensive training in the treatment of myofascial injuries and the management of clinics using non-invasive pain management modalities throughout the Bay AreaLetitia brought her expertise to Stanford University to manage the occupational health clinics at the Stanford Occupational Health Centers and SLAC, where she deepened her experience in the field of workers’ compensation, but has also gained considerable experience in on-site employee health, environmental health and safety programs , OSHA regulations, compliance, implementation of injury prevention programs and has really been able to understand what employers want in regards to managing their health and safety settings and managementLetitia also led a team of health and safety, risk management, privacy and security staff in the selection of an enterprise-wide software system to manage health and safety during her time at Stanford and quickly became a capabilities expert Letitia decided to return to her entrepreneurial roots in 2017 and bring her vision to life in Occupational Health, Mobile-med, On-site and Near- site
Dr Elizabeth Sanchez is originally from Southern California and has spent over 5 years working in translational and clinical research at UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, then at UC Irvine, School of Medicine , Department of AnesthesiaAs part of her work, she has co-authored a long list of publications and presented clinical findings at national and international medical conferences on her work with human and animal studies.She has worked on NIH funded projects as well as industry funded studies for medical devices Dr. Sanchez is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Medicine and, while working with many communities underserved in Chicago and in cardiovascular research, has found its niche in primary care Dr Sanchez focuses on providing high quality care to disadvantaged people and believes in a holistic approach to medicine
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