Audit, Compliance and Risk Blog

Safety: It's Not All About You

Posted by Tanya Conole on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

What if I told you that safety wasn’t about you? That the ‘safety starts with you’ mantra no longer applies? What would you think? How would you act? Could this even be true?

Read More

Tags: Health & Safety, Training, Transportation

Hazardous Materials Commentary as Textbook for Professionals

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

For more than 25 years, I’ve taught one of the core required courses in the Hazardous Materials Management Certificate program offered by University of California Santa Cruz Extension (UCSC-Ex). The program is intended to provide professionals with a solid foundation in the principles, regulations, and technologies required to manage hazardous materials and hazardous waste. In my course–the Regulatory Framework for Toxic and Hazardous Materials–I provide overviews of:

Read More

Tags: Audit Standards, Health & Safety, California Legislation, Training, Environmental risks, Environmental, EHS, Greenhouse Gas, ghg, Hazcom, mact

Drive Green! Save Green!

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Did you know that “what you drive, how you drive, and what fuel you use can impact both the environment and your pocketbook?” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put together a Green Vehicle Guide website that provides useful information and answers to all your questions about how you can go green on the road and save money too.

Read More

Tags: Health & Safety, California Legislation, Training, Environmental risks, Environmental, EPA, Hazcom, Transportation

Join the Napping Revolution…at Work!

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

You’ve likely heard it said that “everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten.” Well, that includes the benefits of taking a nap in the middle of the day, which has been shown to improve attitudes and enhance the ability to learn and manage tasks. Young children and elderly persons tend to nap, and napping is an important aspect of many cultures. However, as a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep deprived. General reluctance to take naps may be attributed to a busy lifestyle and the demands of the North American workplace, or to the idea that napping will interfere with our nighttime sleep, or the stigma that napping equals laziness and results in poor productivity.

Read More

Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, Health & Safety, Employee Rights, Training

Injury And Death Due To Railway Trespassing is Preventable

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Mon, Mar 09, 2015

Trespassing along railroad and transit rights-of-way (ROW) is a leading cause of rail-related deaths in America. Almost every two hours someone in the U.S. is hit by a train. Highway-rail crossing and trespasser deaths account for 90 percent of all rail-related deaths; more than 550 trespass fatalities and nearly as many injuries occur each year.

Read More

Tags: Corporate Governance, Employer Best Practices, Health & Safety, Training, Transportation

Effective Traffic Control Management Assures Worker Safety

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

We drive by the “Be Work Zone Alert” billboards all the time, reminding us to slow down and drive safe through road construction zones, with compassion-provoking reminders like, “Be alert, our mom’s at work.” And indeed, rather than feel annoyed at the roadwork construction that delays our driving progress, let’s continue to be mindful of the real risks that the workers face every day on the job.

Read More

Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, Health & Safety, Training, EHS, Transportation

Vehicle Maintenance: Your Owner’s Manual…Read It Or Weep

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Wed, Oct 01, 2014

The Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) wants you to know that taking the time to review your owner’s manual can ultimately save you time and money...and maybe even a few tears! These manuals contain maintenance and service guidelines that will help ensure the longevity of your vehicle. BAR explains the following reasons why you should read your owner’s manual:

Read More

Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Health & Safety, Training, EHS, Transportation

Tornadoes Happen…Are you Prepared?

Posted by STP Editorial Team on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Tornadoes can occur with little or no warning. Taking precautions in advance of the storms, such as developing an emergency plan, learning the warning signs, and monitoring tornado watches and warnings, can help you stay safe if a tornado occurs in your area.

Read More

Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Health & Safety, OSHA, Training, EHS

Managing Confined Space—Ensuring Worker Safety in Unusual Circumstances

Posted by Melanie Powers on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

Specialty Technical Consultants
Free Webinar

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Free! All are welcome

Read More

Tags: Employer Best Practices, Health & Safety, OSHA, Employee Rights, Training, Environmental risks, EHS, Webinar

New Executive Order Pursues Labor Law Compliance By Federal Contractors

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

On July 31, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) Number 13673, establishing a series of reporting and procedural requirements for federal contractors, inducing them to provide “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” to their employees. Beginning in 2016, these new requirements will apply to contracts and subcontracts to provide more than $500,000 in services and/or non-standard goods to federal agencies. Some requirements are specific in the EO, while others will become clearer after revisions to the contracting standards codified as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Read More

Tags: Corporate Governance, Business & Legal, Employer Best Practices, Health & Safety, Employee Rights, Training, Environmental risks, EHS, EEOC, Disability benefits