Companies are spending more on training each year, more than $1200 per employee according to training industry surveys. But what do we spend it on? For many companies the biggest chunk goes to new hire orientation training and annual refresher compliance training. But smart companies know that is not where they get their biggest return on investment. It is in supervisor and manager training.
What’s the difference between management and leadership? MBA classes can debate that to death (believe me, I know first hand). If you run a safety department, it is something you should be asking yourself. Two of the biggest trends of the last few years have been the growth of safety management, as in safety management systems and Safety Leadership, as in, “Safety leadership starts at the top.” A lot of the time, we use the words interchangeably.
Nine months into the new administration and there is still no one named to head OSHA. To no one’s surprise the sub-agency is not rushing to put out new regulations. That is certainly what industry safety professionals suspected, but career managers at OSHA came right out and said it last week. Continue reading “With No Permanent Boss, OSHA Slooooows Down”
We have lived under the same OSHA regulations on silica exposure for 45 years, but all that changes this weekend when the agency begins enforcing its new silica rules. The first phase will apply to the construction industry, with general industry, maritime and fracking operations falling into place next June.
I had not seen a good plain English guide for volunteers who come into a hurricane area to do recovery work, so I combined a lot of OSHA and industry tips into one document: Hurricane crew safety.I hope it is helpful.
Here in Houston, people are starting to put their lives back together. With more than 185,000 homes damaged on the Gulf Coast, recovery will take a while. Now Irma threatens to impact thousands of people in Florida.
The last decade has been a wild ride for offshore oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. Macondo oil spill disaster. Crash of oil prices. New regulations like the Safety and Environmental Management (SEMS) rule. Then there is decommissioning, a trend that which hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.
It has been traumatic for industry, but it has also had a big impact on government regulators, who have gone through three name changes (MMS-to-BOEM-to-BSEE), four directors and a sea change in the way they do business. So it is worth asking, how has BSEE – the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement – adapted. Continue reading “Offshore Oil & Gas Enforcement: Smarter, More Focused”