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August 6, 2009
This week's management quote

“You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”
- Jerry West, (1938- ), Retired NBA Hall of Fame Player


  1. President Obama Nominates New Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
  2. Employee Wellness Programs Demonstrate Positive ROI for Businesses
  3. Texting Raises Crash Risk 23 Times, Study Finds
  4. Adam Werbach on the Burst of the Green Bubble (Part One)
  5. Lifecycle Assessment Boosts Transparency of Sustainability Performance
  6. Environmentaland: Hollywood’s Newest Quirky Theme Park
  7. Job Opportunities

The news

President Obama Nominates New Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and HealthPress Release
President Obama recently nominated Dr. David Michaels to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Michaels is an epidemiologist and is currently Research Professor at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Related article: In a February 2009, Dr. Michaels stressed that the Obama administration should work to change workplace safety culture instead of primarily focusing on enforcement.

Employee Wellness Programs Demonstrate Positive ROI for BusinessesPress Release
Many executives and business owners are realizing that employee wellness programs that help workers lose weight or quit smoking also create robust return-on-investments. The president and CEO of the American Institute of Preventive Medicine pointed out that successful employee wellness programs receive an average return on investment of $3.48 to 1 due to reduced health care costs and $5.82 to 1 due to reduced absenteeism, making them worth considering.

Texting Raises Crash Risk 23 Times, Study Finds - Article
Does your company have anyone driving a vehicle? Read this article. The first study of drivers texting inside their vehicles shows that the risk sharply exceeds previous estimates based on laboratory research — and far surpasses the dangers of other driving distractions. The new study, which entailed outfitting the cabs of long-haul trucks with video cameras over 18 months, found that when the drivers texted, their collision risk was 23 times greater than when not texting.

Adam Werbach on the Burst of the Green Bubble (Part One)Audio file
Adam Werbach, Global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, says that the green bubble has popped and it’s time to meet people where they’re at. It’s time to get real. Follow the link and then download the file to listen in.

Lifecycle Assessment Boosts Transparency of Sustainability Performance - Article
Retailers are demanding more information about their suppliers’ sustainability programs and a higher degree of transparency about their sustainability performance to align with their own organizations’ goals, according to a recent white paper. A key finding indicates that lifecycle assessment can help corporations meet the growing need for greater transparency and traceability of their sustainability performance across the supply chain.

Environmentaland: Hollywood’s Newest Quirky Theme Park - Article
Hollywood is world famous for many things — celebrities, sunshine, and shopping among them. But a new Hollywood attraction is the first of its kind: Environmentaland. The eco-themed park is expected to entertain adults and kids alike, with attractions including an energy-generating see-saw, alternative energy-fueled golf carts, planetarium, organic pet treats, and "Portal Potties" — mini entertainment history museums encased in redesigned porta potties.

Director, Environmental Health & Occupational Safety, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Manage all activities through the enforcement of safe environmental and construction procedures as ordered by OSHA, EPA, the Department of Health, Air Quality Management codes, and fire building codes. Manage the department budget while also aiding other departments in understanding the importance of designating funds in their budget for prevention and safety programs. Assist in enforcing responsibilities of the department staff in addition to arranging staff schedules. Provide solutions for the complaints and problems regarding environmental health and occupational safety at the University. Represent the department on committees and at various meetings where the assistance of the department is necessary. Qualifications: Requires a relevant Bachelor's degree and minimum four years experience of service in fields relating to emergency medicine, environmental/hazardous materials, asbestos hazards, office management, fire safety, and building/construction required.

Regional Environmental, Safety and Health Manager, Wm. Wrigley Jr Company, Chicago, IL
W.M. Wrigley is looking for an EHS Manager who can be accountable for ensuring regional compliance with national and local ESH laws and regulations, corporate ESH Standards and for developing and implementing policies and procedures which are consistent with the Wrigley’s vision, mission and values. Some basic requirements include a B.A/B.S. in Industrial Engineering, 15-20 years of experience, preferably in the CPG industry, the appropriate EHS certifications and strong leadership skills. The job of this EHS Manager will be to identify regional ESH issues that are essential for full compliance and conform to existing and planned business development and to establish and lead a regional ESH group to identify and address common issues to all regional facilities ensuring a standard approach to the implementation of corrective measures. Wrigley will be looking for successful candidates to provide their EHS expertise on driving business objectives. To see the full listing, visit the above link to Wrigley’s job site and apply for the job and learn more about W.M. Wrigley.

Safety and Occupational Health Manager, The United State Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, MD
The NRC is looking for a Safety and Occupational Health Manager to develop policies, standards, and procedures governing safety and health practices and programs covering all NRC employees, activities, and operations to provide a safe working environment. A successful candidate will serve as a technical advisor to top level NRC management and is the principal contact within NRC on both long-term and immediate environmental health and safety programs. Applicants must be United States citizens and be able to obtain the appropriate security clearance. In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience includes experience that demonstrates experience in applying safety principles, practices, laws, codes and other pertinent regulations sufficient to manage an occupational safety and health program.

Senior Project Manager, Occupational Health and Safety, Bureau Veritas, San Ramon, CA Bureau Veritas is looking for someone who can enhance its brand recognition and reputation, and achieve organic growth targets by adding new clients and expanding services with Bureau Veritas’ existing client portfolio. A successful candidate will be able to propose and execute complex technical projects in the field of OHS, with an emphasis in industrial hygiene, safety, HSE management systems, and indoor environmental quality along with understanding market trends and anticipating and identifying opportunities that will enhance the market perception and visibility of Bureau Veritas through involvement and communication at an appropriate level in industry and fostering of good relationships. A minimum of 10 years experience in the field of Occupational Health & Safety. Minimum of bachelor degree and professional certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Five years or more of consulting experience and a proven track record in establishing and significantly growing client and prospect relationships (preferred).

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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