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The Top EHS Stories from October 2018

Did you miss October's top EHS stories?

We've assembled a list of 10 articles for you from EHS and global new outlets, industry leaders, and technology experts.

The stories that made our list include hurricane flood water recommendations, insights on sustainability management, and an update on how OSHA is using your electronically filed 300A data. 

1. After Hurricane Michael, Here Are Flood Water Recommendations from the CDC [EHS Daily Advisor]

Hurricane Michael impacted thousands of business along the Florida Panhandle. For companies affected, this article offers practical tips for addressing cleanup and other concerns at your facility. Other EHS leaders will find this article useful when developing a hurricane preparedness plan. 

2. OSHA Has Begun Using Electronically Filed 300A Data to Target Specific Industries and Facilities [Seyfarth Shaw]

In its news release about the Site-Specific Targeting 2016 Program, OSHA indicated that it “will target high injury rate establishments in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors for inspection.” Once again, employers are advised to take a proactive approach to monitor and address patterns in their injury and illness rates and ensure they are submitting accurate records to OSHA.

3. Analytic Insights Remain Trapped in Complexity and Bottlenecks, Teradata Survey Says [IoT Evolution World]

Companies are investing billions of dollars in analytics, yet they're still not getting the insights they need, according to a recent survey of senior leaders at enterprise-sized organizations around the world. One of the biggest roadblocks they cited (and we agree): most analytics technology is too complex for their employees to use and understand. 

4. Leading Responsibly in the Time of #MeToo [EHS Today]

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, leaders at many companies are asking how they can start to change their workplace culture in a meaningful way. This thought-provoking piece offers several approaches to tackle issues like sexual harassment and institutional pay inequity. 

5. The Ripple Effects of Larry Fink's Letter on Sustainability Leaders [GreenBiz]

Back in January, BlackRock asset management CEO Larry Fink called on the private sector to think hard not just about how it could deliver financial performance but also how it could serve a social purpose. Fink's letter underscores a sustainability trend we've discussed before: investors are heavily influencing sustainability strategy. In this article, Ellen Weinreb engaged sustainability leaders at several companies to see how this trend is affecting them and how they're preparing. 

6. Don't Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door [EHS Today]

An aging workforce presents a huge risk for organizations. Norbert Najerus, author of the book "Lean-Driven Innovation: Powering Product Development at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company", suggests steps you can take to gather and share your employees' expertise well before they retire.

7. Trump Suggests the Climate May Actually be 'Fabulous' After an Ominous UN Report on Looming Disaster [Business Insider]

President Donald Trump cast doubt on the United Nations' report on how the world has just over a decade to limit catastrophic global warming. EHS leaders will be interested in how the President's reaction may shape U.S. business and environmental policy.

8. More Corporate Reports Draw on SDGs, Tie Goals to Business Outcomes, Report Finds [Environmental Leader]

A new study from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) shows that more than half of companies are aligning their sustainability strategies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What's more, many are tying their sustainability goals to actual business outcomes.

9. 5 Essential Steps on the Path to Smart Asset Management [IndustryWeek]

On our blog, we wrote about how companies are leveraging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and advanced analytics to monitor and manage performance at the asset level. This article from IndustryWeek, written with the manufacturing industry in mind, reveals five steps companies must take before they dive in to smart asset management. 

10. HSE: Scary Statistics [RoSPA]

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has updated its latest statistics on workplace safety in the UK. Check out this short article and infographic to see the challenges facing our neighbors across the pond. 

Is there another great article we didn't include? Let us know in the comments below! 

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