With a new administration taking a new approach to federal agencies, ISHN thought it a good time to survey our readers to find out what they feel should be the shape and direction OSHA takes going forward. For instance, the majority of respondents felt that increased educational tools and programs should be the top priority for the next OSHA Chief. Half or more respondents expect a thorough review of standards or increased support for the voluntary protection program.
On Tuesday morning, a motivational keynote will address “The Human Side of Injury Prevention.” Two powerful and dynamic speakers are teaming up to teach the interpersonal dimension of occupational safety. E. Scott Geller, PhD, Senior Partner, Safety Performance Solutions and an ISHN contributor, along with Charlie Morecraft, President & CEO, Phoenix Safety Management, will present from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.
If a client came to us saying, “We know we have some leadership and culture issues: upward communication is poor, skill level of supervisors and managers in inconsistent, our people don’t un-derstand system thinking, and behavioral reliability is sketchy. We want to develop a high performance culture. How should we approach it?”
A serious movement is afoot to systematize the concept of “safety culture.” The International Labour Organization has put forward a definition of a “preventative safety and health culture,” and ISO is apparently discussing prospective prescriptive requirements for a “positive culture.”
The 4th-Biennial 2014 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference was held on December 2–3 at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas attracting over 2,200 participants. In parallel with the mission of both OSHA and the Oil and Gas industry, the purpose of this conference is to make worksites a safe and healthy place.