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Fed shutdown creates roadkill risks

The unintended consequences of Washington theatrics
By Dave Johnson
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By now, the federal government shutdown of early October is either faded news that reached some sort of settlement, or the U.S. has defaulted on its gargantuan debt


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Wipe the slate clean

That’s what most companies do after a fatality
By Dave Johnson
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This censorship brought to mind what several safety and health managers have told me over the years. “A fatality typically leads to a stand-down with its temporarily high safety focus that in time fades back into leadership’s multi-cultural reality.”


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Empathy can be exhausting

What we ask of today’s leaders doesn’t come easy
By Dave Johnson
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The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Safety 2013 meeting, held this past June in steamy Las Vegas, featured an educational session titled, “Transformational Leadership – A Key Element in the Journey to World Class.”


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Techno safety at the tipping point

Your job is going to be so different
By Dave Johnson
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Used to be safety trade shows were a circus of magicians, carny barkers and buxom models in bikinis waving from swings.


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Back in the day…

Nary a word was heard about safety
By Dave Johnson
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Actually, it wasn’t long ago. In the mid-1970s I was a college kid working various and sundry summer jobs. Unloading rail cars of cat food.


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63 ways to modernize the OSHA agency

By Dave Johnson
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We all know what OSHA can’t do. The “can’t do’s” result from influences almost too numerous to name.


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Plenty of seats up front

Churches and safety programs face a similar challenge
By Dave Johnson
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The parallels between worker safety and religion are enough to give you pause.


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Safety culture becomes a cliché

Over-exposure leads to the loss of meaning
By Dave Johnson
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They say First Lady Michelle Obama is getting too much publicity and she’s over-exposed, kind of like Lady Gaga.


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Would you let your kids play football?

It’s another kind of risk assessment
By Dave Johnson
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Let’s talk about risk-taking. In particular, to play football or not to play. 


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Oh brother, where art thou?

Tracking systems & smart apps could be game-changers
By Dave Johnson
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Rita (a fictitious character) was late for her first sales call of the day. Last night’s school district meeting ran into overtime.


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