13 EHS Trends in 2023 

Safety is an essential aspect of any organization, and it is crucial to ensure that employees are always protected from harm. In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on safety in the workplace, and several new trends have emerged. These trends include the use of technology, such as AI and IoT (Internet of … Read more

Are You Keeping Your Employees Safe From Asbestos?

Are your employees aware of the risks of asbestos to recognize the signs and symptoms of this silent, but harmful, toxin? Let’s explore asbestos to help you better understand how to mitigate this risk for your organization.  Asbestos is defined as a mineral fiber that is so tiny it can only be seen under a … Read more

9 Tips on Self-Care for EHS Professionals

Self-Care. What is it and why is everyone talking about it? To put it simply, it’s learning to meet your needs first before helping others, whether that’s mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Some people struggle to make themselves a priority, especially those in professions that focus on the care of everyone around them. And for … Read more

How Safety Drives Logistics Industry Trends

Because the logistics industry involves storing, transporting, and delivering goods of all sizes, safety concerns linger at every step. Warehouse personnel have to work with heavy machinery and equipment, moving pallets all over the facility. Delivery drivers need to pack goods to help ensure their safe delivery, and they have to maintain road safety. In … Read more

Common Mistakes Seen in Safety Audits

Safety audits play a critical role in helping companies maintain safe work environments. They ensure employee safety, help boost productivity and efficiency, and keep you compliant with your industry’s health and safety standards. Despite your best efforts, there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. Understanding the potential pitfalls can help you … Read more

How General Industry Can Improve Fall Protection Overnight

Falls continue to present a constant danger to general industry workers. According to the National Safety Council, more than 800 workers were killed in 2020 from falls in the workplace, and another 211,640 suffered injuries that were substantial enough to require time off from work. To help reduce these numbers, it’s incumbent upon every employer … Read more

Why Employees Should Have CPR and AED Certification

Cardiac arrest happens when the heart suddenly fails to function properly, potentially causing individuals to collapse and lose consciousness. According to OSHA estimates, some 10,000 people experience cardiac arrest in their workplace every year. The first few minutes following cardiac arrest are critical. When it occurs, blood flow and breathing are severely inhibited or can … Read more

Baby Birds: Risky Living Until They Take Flight

It’s YellowBird’s THIRD birthday. And that’s hard to believe, for so many reasons. I filed incorporation papers in July 2019 with the idea of changing the way EHS consultants and safety experts market themselves and how companies source those knowledge holders. The ‘Uber of’ concept seemed so clear at the beginning, and in many ways … Read more

How HazCom Training Will Keep Your Business and Vendors Safe

HazCom, also known as the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, or HazCom), is a type of training protocol that will keep your business and vendors safe. It ensures and promotes chemical safety in your workplace by making it mandatory to develop and disseminate important information about the identities and hazards related to chemicals. What Is HazCom? … Read more

Do You Understand Lockout Tagout?

Unfortunately, preventable injuries in workplaces across the U.S. remain a very real reality. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, over 5,000 fatalities occurred in 2019 due to accidents on the job. To prevent injuries or death in the workplace, companies large and small must take active measures to educate their workers on … Read more

How Energy Prices Are Creating Industrial Manufacturing Safety Concerns

In their recent report, “Driving Toward Disaster,” the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) projected that the rising cost of electricity, natural gas, and diesel fuel to industrial manufacturing companies in 2022 would be 41.4 billion USD higher than in 2021. Their findings were based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook. These … Read more

What Should & Shouldn’t Be Included on Your EHS Professional Resume

For many companies, the process of hiring an environmental health and safety (EHS) professional can be expensive. Therefore, these companies need to make sure that the person they hire for the job will positively impact their business. Applicants for an EHS professional job must polish their resumes well enough to be shortlisted for an interview. … Read more

How OSHA10 Makes Your Company and Employees Safer

To improve safety measures at your company, you may want to invest in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour training for your workers. Primarily intended for entry-level employees, the OSHA10 training addresses workplace safety and prepares workers for routine hazards they may encounter. Workers will learn how to effectively identify, control, and prevent … Read more

Black History Month Spotlight: Bradford Holman

In honor of Black History Month, an annual observance of Black and African Americans’ accomplishments through adversity, YellowBird is celebrating Black EHS Professionals from across the country. We chatted with Bradford Holman, CSP, ASP, OHST, CHST, CSHO, SSH, LSP, CSM, COSS, CSD, ASC. How can we encourage more diversity within the EHS community? Begin to … Read more

Black History Month Spotlight: Crystal D. Turner-Moffatt, The Safety Diva™

In honor of Black History Month, an annual observance of Black and African Americans’ accomplishments through adversity, YellowBird is celebrating Black EHS Professionals from across the country. We chatted with Crystal D. Turner-Moffatt Ph.D. (can) MS CSP SMS ASP CHST, read on to learn more about “The Safety Diva.” Mrs. Turner-Moffatt is a Professional Consultant … Read more

The Important Role of HR Compliance in Safety

Today, behind the scenes of every successful company there is an experienced and dedicated HR compliance team. In short, HR compliance ensures all individuals within a company adhere to the most current laws and regulations by establishing guidelines that align with external agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). At the same time, … Read more

How Safety Consultant Services Can Help Prevent Event Tragedies

When attending sporting events, concerts, and festivals, we often take safety for granted. We assume that no accidents or emergencies will arise and that everything will go smoothly. That’s usually the case because people behind the scenes — including event organizers and safety consultants — meticulously prepare and plan the event ahead of time. Unfortunately, … Read more

Your HR Compliance Checklist In 2022

Hiring Process A good place to lead off your HR compliance checklist is with hiring. Does your organization have in place detailed and transparent information about sourcing, interviewing, and hiring new employees, including an overview of your current application forms and job descriptions? Make sure your forms and practices comply with the Fair Employment and … Read more

Stop Overlooking Fire Safety Training

Among the many disruptions that can impact your business, a fire is by far one of the most dangerous and potentially devastating. It’s essential to educate your employees on proper fire safety training so that you can ensure a safe and secure work environment for everyone. Aside from installing fire alarms and extinguishers throughout your … Read more

Which OSHA Courses Do Your Employees Need

In an effort to improve workplace safety, Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and the American workplace has been safer ever since. Its purpose was: “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging … Read more

What is the Environmental, Social, and Governance Criteria? (And How Would Your Business Score?)

A company’s environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) score describes its perceived performance on environmental, social, and governance topics to consumers. The issues can be materially important to a company’s stakeholders and compelling for other non-financial reasons. An ESG score is how the public perceives an organization’s performance in relation to certain factors. If a … Read more

The 6 Keys to Finding the Best EHS Jobs as a Consultant

The demand for environmental health and safety (EHS) jobs has been rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the EHS profession will grow by 7 percent per year between now and 2030. Additionally, the rise of the gig economy has opened the door for one-off, freelance, and contract work, giving EHS professionals numerous … Read more

Why Your Business is Struggling to Find the Right EHS Consultant

Why Hire an EHS Consultant? EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) rules and regulations are designed to protect your workers and the public. Compliance is a commitment to your employees that you’ll keep them as safe as possible, and promise to treat the environment responsibly. It’s also a legal obligation. Businesses that fail to meet EHS … Read more

What is Environmental Compliance and Why Your Company Needs to Take it Seriously

Communities across the globe continue to struggle with the challenges of climate change. Adverse events like hurricanes, wildfires, and floods are increasing in intensity and frequency, often causing severe disruptions to businesses across a broad spectrum of sectors. Since ongoing environmental changes share a causal link to human activity, businesses are working harder than ever … Read more

Safety Consultant Services That Make the Manufacturing Industry More Efficient and Mistake Free

Maintaining a safe work environment is critical to the success of any business. For companies in the manufacturing industry, it’s especially important to observe all relevant safety regulations to prevent injuries, incidents, or other preventable disruptions. The CDC estimates that over 13 million manufacturing workers are at an increased risk of being injured on the … Read more

How to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency

September is National Preparedness Month in the United States, an annual awareness campaign tasked with bringing attention and helping the public prepare for unexpected disasters and emergencies. Unfortunately, some emergency situations are just unavoidable. Millions of businesses are at risk of being affected by emergencies like hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and pandemics, or human-made events like … Read more

How an EHS Professional Improves Oil and Gas Safety

The oil and gas industry employs millions of workers who take on both desk and field positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. oil and gas extraction sector employed about 150,000 laborers in 2019. These jobs drive some of the most commonly consumed products around the world. Oil and natural gas resources … Read more

Understanding Lockout Tagout

Unfortunately, preventable injuries in workplaces across the U.S. remain a very real reality. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, over 5,000 fatalities occurred in 2019 due to accidents on the job. To prevent injuries or death in the workplace, companies large and small must take active measures to educate their workers on … Read more

YellowBird: 2 Years in on our Amazing Journey

It’s hard to believe YellowBird is now over two years old . I love to take a pause and reflect on the learnings we have had thus far and what big wins we have had. This gives the entire team the “fuel” to be ready for the challenges ahead. Michael Zalle had the great idea … Read more

Your 2021 Guide to OSHA Compliance

The standards and regulations that govern workplace safety are constantly changing. OSHA updates its literature every month to remain current with the many risks associated with industrial equipment, chemicals, machinery, and potentially hazardous energy. Every month, OSHA publishes amendments to existing safety measures or introduces rule changes that constantly modify their compliance standards. There is … Read more

Top 10 EHS Needs in Logistics and Trucking

June 28 is the 3rd annual National Logistics Day, a day to recognize the services and professionals within the logistics transportation field. In the past year, the logistics and trucking industry has been more essential than ever, delivering medicine, groceries and other goods where they were needed. E-commerce has also continued to rise in popularity. … Read more

How Does Better Safety Culture Reduce Insurance & Workers’ Comp Risk?

Safe workplaces are good for employees and good for business. For insurance carriers and risk management professionals, better environmental health and safety (EHS) programs result in lower risk. In the U.S., injury costs are on the rise. As we detailed in our whitepaper, “The ROI of Safety,” work injury costs were $170.8 billion in 2018, … Read more

What Will You Gain From an OSHA 30 Training?

An OSHA 30-hour training verifies that an individual has received education on workplace health and safety standards. In 1970, OSHA — or the Occupational Health and Safety Administration — was established to protect individuals from unsafe work conditions. To achieve this, OSHA created a set of compliance standards that address a variety of safety hazards … Read more

What Should Your SPCC Plan Include?

Thousands of oil spills occur within the U.S. every year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Response and Restoration. Most of these are minor spills amounting to less than a barrel in size, but some over the past 50 years have had a catastrophic impact on the environment and local communities. … Read more

3 Types of Safety Audits & How They Differ from Safety Inspections

Recently, we had a vendor ask for a YellowBird contractor to come out to complete a workplace health and safety compliance audit, one of the many services our vetted and certified environmental, health, and safety (EHS) contractors provide. The contractor was surprised to discover the vendor actually didn’t want an audit. What they were looking … Read more

Compliance Corner: OSHA’s Proposed Changes to the Hazard Communication Standard

In April, 2021, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration extended the comment period for new proposed updates to the 29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication standard. Stakeholders, employers, employees, and the general public now have until May 19, 2021 to review the proposal and make necessary comments concerning the proposed changes. It is anticipated that the … Read more