Safety Culture

"Good guys" are more likely to cut ethical corners of trust

By Peter Sandman Ph.D.
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This blog comes from the Guestbook discussion board on risk communication expert Dr. Peter Sandman's website www.psandman.com and is reprinted here with Dr. Sandman's permission.


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WDWT (Why don’t we talk?)

The lost art of face-to-face communication
By DJ Borbidge
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Can you translate this? ! AAMOI AFAIU AR FEAR BOCTAAE FEAR DAMHIKT EOD FOUO Believe it or not the message above is this: “I have a comment. As a matter of interest. As far as I understand. Action required.
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Catch the Invisible Drift

It’s easy to stray from safety rules
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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Colonel Scott A. Snook, Ph.D., in Friendly Fire1 introduced the term practical drift. The theory of practical drift emerged from Snook’s root cause analysis of a 1994 friendly fire accident in which two U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets patrolling the No-Fly-Zone over northern Iraq shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk UH-60 helicopters. Twenty-six peacekeepers lost their lives.
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A Growing Obligation to Prevent Harm

Understand the meaning of “standard of care”
By Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM
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Should a New York Wal-Mart store have had a crowd control plan in 2008 that may have prevented an employee being trampled to death by shoppers during the store’s annual “Blitz Friday?”
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Predict & prevent workplace injuries

By Raghu Arunachalam Ph.D. and GRIFFIN SCHULTZ
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You might be surprised to learn that many of the same technologies used to construct “Watson,” the supercomputer that beat the best human champions on the game show “Jeopardy,” as well as the “Deep Blue” supercomputer that defeated Gary Kasparov and other chess masters, are being employed to bring cutting edge predictive and advanced analytics to the field of safety.
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It's all about ownership

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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I get asked to visit companies and “diagnose” why their behavioral safety program has “lost steam” or never got off the ground to begin with. Inevitably I find the whole shebang is being run by the safety department and a few anointed safety enthusiasts who do all the observations.
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The power of positive spin

By Dr. John Kello
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When folks are brought together around some common task or set of tasks, their earliest experiences “set the tone” for the team. When team members develop the positive attitude that they can succeed, they are more likely to do so.
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You'll never have all the answers

By James E. Leemann Ph.D.
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Too often safety and health professionals work under the illusion that the advice they provide to someone is “helpful.” If only giving “help” were so easy.
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How's your safety confidence index these days?

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Is there a parallel between all-time low consumer confidence in economic recovery and worker confidence in their company’s safety commitment and performance?

by Dave Johnson Chief Editor, January 11, 2009


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MANAGING BEST PRACTICES: YouTube and your reputation

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If the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) doesn’t play up the very popular “Safety Dance” (Men Without Hats) song at their June 2011 annual meeting in Chicago, I think they will miss a big opportunity.


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