Stefanie Valentic

Associate Editor,
EHS Today

Stefanie Valentic is an associate editor for EHS Today magazine, a Penton Media Inc. publication.

 A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has been in B2B publishing for eight years. Her work has spanned many industries including crop protection, landscaping, horticulture and pest control.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University. You can find her on Twitter @SVSafety.


NSC Releases Workplace Safe Driving Kit

The number one cause of workplace deaths is motor vehicle crashes. The National Safety Council (NSC) has launched a new online safety kit aimed at creating safer roadways for workers.

The Safe Driving Kit, sponsored by Wheels Inc., features multimedia resources and engaging material that address the key contributors to car crashes including distraction, alcohol, other drugs, fatigue and seatbelt use.

CDC: More than 100 Million U.S. Adults Have Diabetes 1

While the rate of new diabetes cases is steady, a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that a third of adults in the United States currently are living with diabetes or prediabetes.

The National Diabetes Statistics Report found that as of 2015 30.3 million Americans are living with diagnosed diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if left untreated leads to diabetes within five years.

Associated Builders and Contractors Names Stephen Wiltshire Safety Director

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has tapped Stephen M. Wiltshire to lead its safety initiatives.

Wiltshire, a veteran construction safety expert, will provide direction for programs that support the achievement of ABC’s strategic safety goals including the Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP).

OSHA's Web-Based Application Assists Employers with Reporting Injury Data

Employers now will be able to electronic submit their Form 300A data beginning Aug. 1 thanks to OSHA’s web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

OSHA recently extended the deadline for providing 2016 Form 300A data to Dec. 1 in an effort to allow employers to become familiar with the new web-based reporting platform as well as provide time for the Trump administration to review the requirements before enacting them.

The agency’s data submission process has four steps including:

Tips for Safe Tree Trimming and Removal [Photo Gallery]

Each year, an average of 80 tree care workers suffer a fatal work-related injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

SLC 2017 Q&A: Leveraging Technology to Build a World-Class Ergonomics Process

Gathering, managing and analyzing ergonomics data to build an effective ergonomics process can be a confusing and daunting task, especially with the number of software available to safety managers.

Ron Henderson, director of global EHS at Tower International, will tell attendees at the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference about how training along with data management software can assist safety managers with reducing and preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

CEO's Response to Mental Health Time-Off Request Draws Praise

Depression and mental health disorders rank in the top three most costly and most common issues among employees, costing employers more than $100 billion in lost productivity annually, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Despite an estimated one in five adults having a diagnosed mental health condition, at least half of employers are not doing enough to consider worker health, according to a Randstad report.

Putting Your Workers' Best Foot Forward

The average person walks about 5,000 steps a day, which equates to 73,000 miles by the age of 80. For those in the construction industry or jobs that require being on foot all day, that number could be higher.

Nearly 40 percent of injuries and illnesses, most notably fractures, occur to hands and feet and on average, they result in a median of 32 days away from work to recuperate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, workers incurred sprains, strains, tears at rate of 40 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, and required a median of 10 days away from work.

Oregon OSHA Seeks Grant Applications for Workplace Safety Innovations

Companies in high-hazard industries such as construction and agriculture have the opportunity to apply for grants through Oregon’s state-run OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program, which was established in 1990, is aimed at assisting companies monetarily with the development of innovative safety and health programs.

Roof and Rib Fall Hazards Remain Top Causes of Mining Injuries 1

A new outreach program focuses on reducing the number of mining deaths because of roof and rib falls or coal bursts.

Despite advancements in roof control technology for underground coal mines, roof and rib falls or coal bursts continue to top the lists of mining injuries, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

As a response, the annual Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program (PROP), which runs through September, will educate mine workers and operators during agency inspections.

Sincerely Stefanie: Don't Get Distracted

What are you doing right now? Are you at your desk, at home or in the car? I hope the car isn't your answer, because I would be disappointed.
The commute to and from work every day is pretty routine. I live about 30 to 45 minutes away from the office, depending on traffic. So, it's a decent drive that gives me just enough time to listen to a playlist of my favorite music or a decent talk radio conversation.

SLC 2017 Q&A: Employee Engagement Leads to Workplace Safety

Employee engagement is a crucial aspect of a company's safety culture. For JoAnn DelaO and Hunter Site Services, engaging the workforce has led to an injury-free safety record for more than five years.

DelaO, HSE manager at Hunter Site Services, will tell Safety Leadership Conference attendees about how employee engagement can reduce a company's injury rate in a session titled, "Employee Engagement Leads to Workplace Safety."

Report: Job Insecurity Could Cause Employee Illness

Job-related stress is causing the American workforce to suffer from both physical and mental ailments, according to new research from Ball State University.

The Association of Job Insecurity with Health Risk Factors and Poorer Health report, which was published in the Journal of Community Health, indicates that heart disease, loss of sleep and psychological distress are common among employees who feel their jobs are not secure.

CDC Guide Provides Information for Work-Related Travel

What shots should a worker receive before traveling to Costa Rica or Africa? What is the latest infectious disease threat?  What precautions should an employee take before leaving the country?

These questions can be answered in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest edition of the CDC Health Information for International Travel, also known as the Yellow Book.

OSHA Announces Policy Change for Monorail Hoists

OSHA has released a new enforcement policy aimed at clearifying the role of monorail hoists under Subpart CC

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as long as employers meet other OSHA requirements.


Sincerely Stefanie: Upcoming M. Night Shyamalan Movie "Split" Vilifies Mental Illness
October 27, 2016

"Because it's a universal Human behavior, pointing out differences, especially extreme differences, makes for great story material. If someone can turn that material into a...