Articles by Dave Johnson

Try this at your next safety and health meeting

Learn what's on employees' minds in one fell swoop
May 21, 2013

At the AIHce Tuesday afternoon they called it “IGNITE” – enlightenment in a hurry. Of course we are all in a hurry these days, and grab our news on the go, preferably in easy to digest bite-size bits. That’s the idea behind IGNITE, which was a 90-minute session at AIHce.


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Can you tell industrial hygiene from safety, anymore?

Line between the two is blurred
May 21, 2013

Check out these safety-related educational topics being presented at the AIHce: Predict the shortcut before it results in an employee injury; Building a safety culture at the world’s largest airline; Safety eyewear and ANSI standards.


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Are you ready for Total Health?

May 21, 2013

Dr. L. Casey Chooswood, MD’s presentation at the Wednesday morning kick off session was an introduction to one of NIOSH’s prized projects, in line with NIOSH boss Dr. John Howard’s vision for the future, namely Total Worker Health™. What is it?


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Could you stand at work all day?

Sit-stand workstations studied
May 21, 2013

L Casey Chooswood, MD, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIOSH, is this morning’s keynote speaker at the AIHce. Dr. Chooswood is in the midst of an interesting experiment. Recently, NIOSH launched an internal NIOSH pilot program to explore the use of sit and stand work stations as part of a workplace health and wellbeing initiative to reduce sedentary work in U.S. workplaces.


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DC gridlocked; action moves to the states

OSHA has few champions in Congress
May 21, 2013

Monday afternoon AIHA Director of Government Affair Aaron Trippler gave an informal assessment of the political side of occupational safety and health, circa 2013. The reason nothing is getting done in DC is both parties have lost control of their members, said Trippler.


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Globalization and smart phones

"Distracted attendance" is the new normal
May 21, 2013

Good morning from cloudy and cool Montreal, site of the 2014 AIHce. The confab got underway yesterday (Monday) morning bright and early at 8 am. The opening session was pretty much SRO. In the darkened hall I couldn’t help but notice I was surrounded by smartphone gazers.


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Management systems lessons learned

Pin the policy on the front door
May 20, 2013

Consultants Tom Rancour and Bradford Russell offered these takeaways in a session yesterday afternoon: Some companies implement and dedicate time to management systems, but the guiding principle, the safety and health policy, is buried in some labor manual.


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Boomer EHS pros see the finish line

There IS a life after industrial hygiene
May 20, 2013

AIHA and ACGIH do much to recognize and encourage the careers of young professionals. But when it comes to traveling to conventions, seniority often rules and so it was yesterday I heard several Baby Boomer EHS pros gabbing on the exhibit floor.


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Takeaways on how to innovate

-including the ten thousand hour principle
May 20, 2013

Frans Johannsson, author, lecturer and entrepreneur, has made the rounds on network news shows, mostly discussing his two books, “The Medici Effect” (2004; published in 17 translations) and “The Click Moment” (2012). His opening keynote at the AIHce focused on innovation for the lay person, for all of us in the business world. Here are takeaways from his 50-minute rapid-fire, high-energy talk:


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AIHce 2013 draws 5K+ to Montreal for annual confab

Some already there for pre-show sessions
May 20, 2013

5,000+ professionals from the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) world convene in Montreal starting today (Monday, May 20) for 74th annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce). The conference and trade show takes place at the Montreal Convention Center until Thursday, May 23.


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