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Random observations from the NSC Congress & Expo

By Dave Johnson
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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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Strangest safety education sessions at the NSC Congress & Expo

By Dave Johnson
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It’s no secret speakers sometimes go out of their way to come up with a catchy title to fill a room with attendees. This is much more common in the safety field than say industrial hygiene, where many session topics are narrow and technical. Anyway, at this year’s Congress & Expo, speakers are again playing games with their presentation titles. Here is a selection of them:


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A most unusual safety session

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

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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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Road warriors spin weary travel horror stories

By Dave Johnson
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The NSC Congress & Expo takes on more of an international flavor each year. As per usual in recent years, you have the “China Village,” a group of dozens of small mostly PPE Chinese suppliers separated by thin white pegboard walls.


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

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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

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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

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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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OSHA’s Top 10 violations announced at 2013 NSC Congress & Expo

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1 – 1926.501 Fall Protection (8,241 total violations
2 – 1910.1200 Hazard Communication (6,156 violations)
3 – 1926.451 Scaffolding (5,423)


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2013 NSC Congress & Expo kicks off

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The National Safety Council is hosting its 2013 NSC Congress & Expo in Chicago, Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. Chicago is the hometown for the NSC, founded in 1913 – one hundred year’s ago. 


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