Systems Thinking

“Can’t we all just be friends?”

Dealing with safety pros & bosses who want to be liked
Last month I wrote about safety and health professionals who are motivated by the need for Achievement.

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Are you driven to achieve?

Exploring the motivational forces at work in your workplace
Have you ever wondered what motivates you and the people you work with and for?

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It’s really not so complicated

Focus on the system, not the “sinner”
During the past 40+ years, safety panaceas have produced degrees of temporary success and expensive failures. One of the most hotly debated is behavior-based safety (BBS).

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What kind of audit are you after?

Compliance checks or deeper decision-making evaluations
Recently a client inquired about utilizing a consultant to conduct a “third-party” audit of his operations using the client’s second-party auditing protocols.

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Kick the safety habit

Examine your job-related rewards, routines & cues
In a corporate culture, there are subcultures such as engineering, operations, safety, health, environmental, management, executive, business units, human resources, etc.

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Decisions wear us down

Make your presentation early in the morning
Three safety professionals were asked to evaluate their company’s previous year’s 129 incident investigation reports to determine what could possibly be done to reduce both the number and severity of injuries.

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Saddled with social responsibility?

Beware of superficial spin
More than likely, if you find yourself in front of a board, it probably is not for a good reason. Stay focused, present the facts and only the facts, and concentrate on the business implications of the circumstances.

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Ethics are easily muddled

But you can prevent killer collapses
Well, it’s that time of the year again to take the company’s ethics course.

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“What the hell!”

How to deal with devilish attitudes
Safety pros deal with human weaknesses probably more than anyone in the organization, save for perhaps HR.

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Winning hearts and minds

Using 6 “weapons of influence”
How often have you come up with a safety idea and found yourself beating your head against the wall trying to get buy-in?

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Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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2015 January

Check out ISHN's first issue of 2015, which features articles about hearing protection as well as the State of the EHS Nation 2015 Survey.

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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For Distributors Only - January 2015



For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 



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