Safety Culture

Random observations from the NSC Congress & Expo

October 1, 2013

1 – Ties are out. The men’s tie business must be dying a slow death. Of 13,000 people at the Congress and Expo, you might count the number wearing ties on one hand. OK, maybe on both hands. Business casual rules, no doubt. Many attendees are comfortable in jeans and sports shirt. You don’t see many suits at all. Mostly it is the speakers in suits. And certainly not all of them.


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A most unusual safety session

October 1, 2013

Here at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo, an Egyptian surgeon, Alaa Zidan, who now works as a health and safety consultant in Bahrain, gave a presentation, “Positive Safety Culture and Emotional Intelligence,” that was probably unlike any safety presentation most in the audience had ever heard.


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A new language emerges for safety

News from 2013 NSC Congress & Expo
October 1, 2013

Spend a day talking to safety pros and safety product trainers, consultants and PPE vendors and one thing strikes you: a new vocabulary is emerging in safety circles. You hear little talk about OSHA or compliance.


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“I swear, people are opening their eyes to safety like never before”

October 1, 2013

Why are companies not known for selling safety products, such as Staples, Cintas, Caterpillar, Honeywell, and Kimberly-Clark all here at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo -- a number of them with expansive floor space?


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ISHM Safety Management Professional of the Year 2013 announced at 2013 NSC Congress & Expo

September 30, 2013

The results of the highly successful “ISHM Safety Management Professional of the Year” are in. ISHM is the Institute for Safety and Health Management, a certification organization focused on educating safety and health managers in executive-level skills and certifying their expertise in communicating with C-Suite personnel on critical safety issues.


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National Safety Congress announces pivotal safety contributors

September 30, 2013

DuPont was awarded Monday morning at the 2013 NSC Congress and Expo opening session for integrating environmental, health and safety management with business operations as a cornerstone of corporate financial prosperity.


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The Campbell Institute identifies eight characteristics of successful leading indicators

September 30, 2013

The Campbell Institute – the National Safety Council’s center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management – has introduced a new white paper, “Transforming EHS Performance Measurement through Leading Indicators” at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo.


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Distracted walking: Injuries soar for pedestrians on phones

Cell phone use not just dangerous for drivers, study finds
September 26, 2013

More than 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to be treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking, according to a new nationwide study. The number of such injuries has more than doubled since 2005, even though the total number of pedestrian injuries dropped during that time.


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Mouthing Off About Safety

September 18, 2013
Safety talks, reflections on safety, safety reviews, safety observations, LinkedIn discussions, forums, blogs and…well the list goes on and on.


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Back and Forth – Learning from our past

September 17, 2013
Recently, I heard a quotation that caused me to stop and reflect. It went something like “Life must be lived forward; unfortunately it can only be understood backward.”


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