Article Guidelines

Best Practices Articles

Best Practices articles provide readers with practical information, ideas and suggestions that they can immediately apply in their workplaces and readily share with coworkers. Articles that appear in this section discuss a specific topic or subject matter. Generally, these articles present information that the reader can easily digest in one sitting. Consider one of these ways of organizing the article:

  • Provide a step-by-step, “how to” instructional discussion of the topic.
  • Discuss the subject from a particular point of view or angle.
  • Offer a timeline of the subject.
  • Discuss the topic by way of presenting a case study of how it was applied in a work setting. Focus on lessons learned and successes experienced.

Tone and style: Most Best Practices articles are written in the third person. In other words, the article speaks directly to OSH professionals; it should not contain “you” statements (“You can . . .” should read “OSH managers can . . .”). The article should not be a commercial promotion for a specific product, association or company. It should be informational–that is, it should be idea- and concept- focused rather than product- or company-focused.

Word count: 1,200 to 1,800


Additional information:

  • Provide background information on the author(s) along with a brief description and contact information for the organization, if applicable.
  • Provide sidebar material and relevant photos; these items may be used if space is available.
  • If your company has a product/service related to the editorial topic, please submit a press release and photo of the product.


Other types of articles The EHS Center will consider

Provide event date and location, sponsoring company and contact phone, e-mail and URL. Please send information at least three months in advance of the event.

News Items/Story Ideas
These are included in the Safety Matters section of the journal. Please include contact information for follow-up questions.

Product Reviews or Releases
Provide product releases; hi-res digital images and contact information for follow-up questions.