Issues like GDPR, Modern Slavery, Cyber Security and Bullying and Harassment increasingly carry substantial financial, criminal and reputational penalties when employees fail to follow procedures. Proving training on Risk and Governance issues has been carried out, understood and the latest policy or method statements have been signed is a huge challenge for the training team.Traditionally HR and L&D teams are great at providing training, but when the auditors come knocking a paper chase can ensue.

The Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL) released the annual nonfatal workplace injury and illness report for 2016. Indiana’s nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate is the lowest in state history with an estimated 3.5 injuries or illnesses per 100 full-time workers. The 2016 rate represents an eight percent decrease from 2015’s previous historically low rate of 3.8, and the fifth consecutive year the injury and illness rate has been at or below 4.0.

In a bipartisan effort to promote workplace safety, U.S. Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) re-introduced legislation, S. 1878, to make the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) a permanent part of workplace safety in American industry. VPP recognizes workers, managers and companies who use best practices that go above and beyond the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) minimum safety requirements to enhance workplace safety and health.  

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Tennessee Safety & Health Conference (TSHC) for the 2018 Safety+ Symposium. Both organizations will combine their efforts to hold a joint event, which will bring all attendees the same great educational workshops, networking and professional development they have come to expect from VPPPA.

Think your pet is cute enough to be in a magazine? The Autumn issue of The Leader is all about animals and safety. To celebrate, we are having a contest. Submit a photo of your dog, cat, bunny, pet rock, etc. and use #VPPPAnimals in the post. The post with the most "likes" will win a spot in The Leader AND a $100 gift card. Contest runs until September 21 at 4pm EST. We will announce the winner on Sept. 22. Good luck and say cheese!