Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Associate Publisher and Chief Editor of ISHN. Contact Dave at johnsond@bnpmedia.com.

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GE VP Speech at VPPPA

GE’s philosophy: Fix systems, not people

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By ISHN Editor Dave Johnson, reporting from the annual VPPPA conference: Mistakes will happen, it’s human error, people are people working within the context of systems, so GE takes people out of the equation and focuses on risk, the risks of the systems that employees work within, said Ann R. Klee, the VP for Environment, Health and Safety at GE, speaking at the opening session of the 30th annual meeting of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association (VPPPA), in National Harbor, MD, outside of Washington DC.


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The safety profession needs to be more shrill

A Harvard prof asks: What about safety as a “social movement”?
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Robert G. Eccles, a professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School, didn’t mince words when he spoke at a sustainability and safety symposium


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Here we go again: Another after-the-accident vow to do better

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On Friday, July 11, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a national press conference he was “disappointed,” “deeply troubled,” “frankly angry,” “astonished,” “unsettled,” “upset” and had lost sleep over safety lapses at CDC facilities that “never should have happened.”


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G.M.’s CEO is the latest executive to see the light

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the bottom right-hand corner of the section “Business Day” in The New York Times, is a boxed photograph of General Motors’ chief executive Mary T. Barra.


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Safety words to know – 2014 edition

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These words keep surfacing at safety conferences, speeches, articles and conversations and paint a picture of the issues and trends important to the profession here in 2014: Value– as in, “What’s the value of having a safety professional around here?”


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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Mike Williamsen:

“Deming’s plan, do, check, act -- from a safety standpoint, zero injury performance follows that.”
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ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Mike Williamsen, of Caterpillar Safety Services, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Culture of Correct: Developing a Worldwide Safety System.”


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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with John Drebinger:

“People freeze when they want to do something for someone’s safety but don’t know the first step.”
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ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with John Drebinger of John Drebinger Presentations, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “The ‘How To’ of Watching Out for the Safety of Others.”


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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Bob Veazie:

“Informing is a one-way command and control behavior.”
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ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Bob Veazie, founder of People Powered Leadership, who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Commitment-Based Safety: the Only Way to Zero Injuries.”


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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Jim Spigener:

“There is a huge need for CEOs to figure out how to use safety guys to maximum effect.”
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ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Jim Spigener, Behavioral Science Technology (BST), who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Changing the Game in Safety Performance: The Leader’s Role.”


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ASSE Safety 2014 Speaker Q&A with Sam Gualardo:

“Simply put, safety is freedom from risk.”
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ISHN conducted an exclusive interview with Sam Gualardo, National Safety Consultants, Inc., who presented a talk at ASSE Safety 2014 on “Beyond Safety? Dealing with the real causes of worker and workplace risk.”


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