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.


Mukilteo Roofing Company Fined More than $645,000 for Exposing Roofers to Fall Hazards

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited America 1st Roofing & Builders Inc. for 21 safety violations found during four separate inspections. In total, the company faces $645,540 in penalties.

Complaint Investigation Results in OSHA Citations for New York Contractor

Acting on a complaint in June 2016, OSHA inspectors found employees of one of the area’s largest general contractors working in an unprotected 10-foot deep excavation at a suburban New Jersey high school, in violation of federal safety and health laws. OSHA has issued citations for nine violations  – one willful and eight serious – to the Landtek Group Inc., a New York-based general contractor that specializes in sports facility design and construction.

AIHA: Overturned OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Missed Opportunity to Protect Workers 1

On March 22, the U.S. Senate passed H.J.Res.83, which used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to permanently overturn an OSHA final rule that stated the agency could cite employers for recordkeeping violations that occurred during the five years before the date of the OSHA inspection.

Overweight and Unhealthy Americans: The Impact on Business [Photo Gallery]

Certain places are more responsible than others for tipping the scale in favor of bad health. To identify them, WalletHub’s analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. metro areas across 17 key indicators of weight-related problems. WalletHub’s data set ranges from share of physically inactive adults to projected obesity rates by 2030 to healthy-food access.

ASSE Recognizes the Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Arguably, the turning point for occupational safety and health in this country was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911, when 146 garment workers – mostly young women from immigrant families – lost their lives attempting to escape the burning building. Fire exit doors were locked and other doors only opened inward, making it impossible for the onrush of workers to open the doors. A ninth-floor fire escape led nowhere. Fire department ladders and hoses could not reach the upper floors.

Senate Votes to Eliminate Recordkeeping Update, President Supports Measure

On March 22, the U.S. Senate voted along party lines (50-48) to approve House Joint Resolution 83: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to ‘Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.’” The U.S. House of Representatives already had passed the measure, so it now goes to the president for his signature.

Engineering Company Fined After Falls From Elevated Platforms Injure Two Workers

Two employees suffered serious injuries when they were knocked off of the elevated platforms they were using to conduct service checks on the tail of an airplane.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard the case of the employees – an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and a worker from a temporary agency – who suffered broken bones after the fall at Stansted Airport on June 10, 2015.

The Real Reasons Americans Are Unhappy at Work

When it comes to work, Americans aren’t happy.

Ladder Safety e-Book Available for Download

More than 2,000 people per day are injured in ladder-related incidents, and the industry is taking major steps to reduce that number.

The American Ladder Institute has declared March as National Ladder Safety Month.

This collection includes articles about National Ladder Safety Month, ladder safety and the OSHA regulations related to the appropriate and safe use of ladders in general industry and construction.

Download it here.

The Federal Budget: What It Could Mean for Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment 1

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls “FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” – President Donald Trump’s first budget – “fairly compassionate.” But with a number of federal programs aimed at the elderly, children, workers and the environment facing deep cuts or complete elimination, environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals and others are concerned, particularly when combined with several Executive Orders signed since Trump took office.

Seven Tips to Help You Outsmart Smart Machines

The American manufacturing workforce is shrinking. Workers are being replaced by robots and automated production systems, and managers are being replaced by software programs and Siri. Professor Ed Hess says that in order to succeed and be seen as leaders, we need to rethink human excellence and the traits required to achieve it.

61 Workers Died on the Job in Oregon in 2016

A preliminary report issued March 7 by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) indicates that Oregon worker deaths in 2016 increased by more than 30 percent from 2015. The state experienced 61 deaths in 2016, up from 2015’s figure of 41 deaths.

Will Cities Take Lead Role on Climate Change?

As the representatives of the National League of Cities (NLC) prepared to meet in Washington for their annual Congressional City Conference, NLC President Matt Zone, a city council member from Cleveland, Ohio, sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group's dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.

Sandy Says: Climbing the Ladder to Safety Success 1

As a tool, ladders have been around longer than the wheel, so you would think we would know how to safely use them at this point. And yet, we still experience an average of 2,000 injures EVERY DAY related to ladders.

Talking Ladder Safety with American Ladder Institute President Ryan Moss

"Every year there are 300 ladder-related deaths and thousands of disabling injuries related to ladders," says Ryan Moss, president of the American Ladder Institute (ALI), and CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems.

"Without better training and continuous innovation in safety, planning and product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities."