We begin with a look at a recent survey of safety and health professionals conducted by Safety + Health Magazine.  Respondents were asked to provide information on their industry, the number of employees in the organization, training expenditures broken down by organization size, safety and health budget changes, types of worker safety training used, methods to deliver the training, who gets trained, and the challenges often encountered in providing effective training.

We then introduce an article series providing guidance on responsible corporate waste management, exploring steps businesses can take in the pursuit of moving to zero waste targets.  Available tools are considered, from source reduction and recycling to clean tech solutions like wastewater treatment.  One specific tool referenced is EPA's Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool , containing 100 waste reduction measures as part of a detailed interactive online table.

Finally, we updated the look and feel of our monthly updates. We hope you like it and please let us know if there are any specific topics you would like to see covered in the monthly Phylmar newsletter.

Mark Katchen
Managing Principal
The Phylmar Group
Safety + Health Magazine's 2017 Training Survey

Jennifer Yario, Safety + Health Magazine, June 25, 2017

Perhaps it goes without saying that training is critical to protecting the workforce.  With that in mind, Safety + Health Magazine surveyed safety professionals to find out about their organizations' training budgets, increases and decreases, how much money is spent per learner, and more.  Nearly 300 safety professionals across a variety of industries participated in the Magazine's 2nd annual training survey.
As part of the survey, respondents were asked to identify the challenges they have encountered when it comes to training.  The most often cited challenges included:
  • Training a multi-generational workforce and a workforce with varying work and safety experience.
  • Keeping safety at the front of mind among workers.
  • Budget constraints including having to create content in-house and delivered as part of salaried worker cost.
  • Time constraints including being able to gather sufficient employees at one time and in one place.
  • Keeping training fresh and dynamic so that it remains effective.

Corporate Guide to Responsible Waste Management

Gina-Marie Cheeseman et al., Triple Pundit in partnership with Covanta Environmental Solutions, published March 27 through June 2, 2017

As sustainability becomes more and more important for investors and customers, more companies are taking steps to remove waste in their supply chains.  There are plenty of actions to take that can make significant impacts across an organization's waste diversion spectrum.  Waste management must also integrate with other essential business processes, sustainability goals, and the reality of linear market economics.  This 7 part series explores steps businesses can take to move closer to zero waste targets.  Articles titles include:
  • First Steps for Corporate Zero Waste
  • Tactics of Diversion: Measuring and Reporting Zero Waste Targets
  • The Journey to Corporate Zero-Waste-To-Landfill
  • Thinking About a Corporate Wastewater Program?  What You Need to Know
  • Fetzer Vineyards and Full Sail Brewing: Pioneers in Wastewater Recycling
  • P&G and Microsoft Demonstrate How to Move Beyond Recycling
  • Mutually Secured Destruction and the Circular Economy
Click here to view the series of articles . For additional resources, visit EPA's Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool  .

Save the Date- Sep. 12, 2017
Ethics for EHS Professionals 

Through lecture and interactive discussion of case studies, The Phylmar Group's Mark Katchen will examine the fundamental causes of our actions and the Code of Ethics for health and safety professionals.

At the end of this 2-hour online course, students will be able to: identify a conflict of interest; understand the difference between what is ethical, moral, and legal; set out the facts in a case/investigation; identify and select among alternative actions; and reflect back.

This course fulfills the American Board of Industrial Hygiene ethics requirement. A certificate of attendance will be provided to each paid registrant following completion of an online questionnaire. Registration coming soon! 
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