Sandy Smith

EHS Today

Sandy Smith is editor-in-chief of EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication. She has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for documentaries and television programs, has served as a panelist on roundtables, has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences and has won national and international awards for her articles.


No Easy A’s for States When It Comes to Safety

With accidental deaths at an all-time high, states must adopt stronger safety practices to combat the public health crisis, according to the National Safety Council (NSC) in its new report, The State of Safety.

A Proposed Rule for Beryllium… Again

On Jan. 9, OSHA issued a final rule that established new protections for workers who are exposed to beryllium in general industry, construction and shipyards. Beryllium is a lightweight metal used primarily in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics. It also is present as a trace material in metal slags.

Michigan Attorney General Charges Five Officials with Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Drinking Water Chief Liane Shekter-Smith and Water Supervisor Stephen Busch with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. A criminal charge merely is an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

SLC 2017 Speaker Q&A: Navigating the Changing Currents of OSHA

EHS Today is conducting Q&As with speakers scheduled to present at the Safety Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Sept. 11-13. Todd Logsdon is a partner with Fisher Phillips and he will be co-presenting with Barry Spurlock, assistant professor, Eastern Kentucky University. Their session is scheduled for the Compliance Track.

EHS Today: What is the title of your presentation for EHS Today’s Safety Leadership Conference 2017?

Tesla: Is Safety Sacrificed to Production? 1

In April, workers at Tesla’s facility in Fremont, Calif. requested copies of the company’s OSHA Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. An analysis of that data conducted by Worksafe, a California-based organization, appears to have shocked even Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who reportedly vowed to speak to injured workers and to perform their jobs tasks to experience first-hand their work process and safety challenges.

Four Minutes: Life and Death in Confined Spaces 1

Four minutes is all it takes for a confined space "rescue" to turn into a "body retrieval" exercise. After only four minutes without oxygen, it highly is likely that a worker who is not wearing a respirator will experience brain damage or death.

A+A 2017: Focusing on the Intersection Between Workers and Technology

The work environment is changing, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the use of robots, smart phones and tablets and new software programs.

Updated: Six People Dead in Orlando Workplace Shooting

Shots rang out at Fiamma, an awning company located in an industrial park in Orlando, at approximately 8 a.m. on June 5. Early reports indicate that five people, including the shooter, were killed.

As many as a dozen law enforcement vehicles responded to reports of gunfire at the building and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department acknowledged there were “multiple fatalities.”

Time to Take the 2017 National Safety Survey

It’s that time of year again!

EHS Today’s National Safety Survey is taken annually by thousands of safety professionals across many industries who want to share their goals, experience and challenges.

This year’s survey focuses on the impact a new administration will have on the agencies that regulate occupational safety, health and the environment and the impact the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things are having on the practice of EHS and your workplace.

Rewriting the Conversation about Safety Culture 1

A new whitepaper from Grainger examines safety culture as a critical concept for explaining, understanding and preventing workplace incidents. The whitepaper, titled “How We Should Talk about Safety Culture: Rewriting the Conversation,” was released conjunction with National Safety Month.