Articles by Dave Johnson

Do safety pros hate their bosses?

A Yahoo news story doesn’t paint a pretty picture
January 2, 2014
Whoa, you’re treading on thin, very politically incorrect ground here when one uses the word “hate.”


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Public posting is a scary thing

OSHA’s proposal will jangle some nerves
December 5, 2013
You know when OSHA makes an announcement that’s posted online by The Wall Street Journal within hours or minutes, something major has happened.


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Who’s keeping tabs on you? The U.S.’s culture of surveillance

November 29, 2013

More than 70% of major U.S. employers engage in some form of electronic monitoring of workers, tracking their email, Internet use and whereabouts with GPS devices, according to William Staples, a University of Kansas sociologist who has released the second edition of his book, “Everyday Surveillance.”


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A cultural divide over aid to Bangladesh factory victims

November 25, 2013

On one side we have the Europeans. On the other, the United States. The different approaches the two are taking to provide aid to Bangladesh factory workers says a good bit about the cultural differences involved.


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Why excellent leaders are the exception

November 25, 2013

It’s long been a beef with safety and health pros that senior leaders, with the rare exception, just don’t get safety. Business bosses don’t study it in business school, and since safety is a cost center and not a profit generator, leadership spends little time studying safety issues. Health issues, with their more delayed consequences and debatable connection to worker lifestyle issues (smoking, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse) are even further off the executive radar screen.


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Fed shutdown creates roadkill risks

The unintended consequences of Washington theatrics
November 4, 2013
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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The truth that sickens and kills

Michaels admits PELs are outdated, dangerous
November 1, 2013

In this case, it does much more than merely hurt. “This case” refers to last Thursday’s (October 24, 2013) rather extraordinary admission by OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels that hundreds of OSHA’s permissible exposures limits (PELs) are far out of date, basically useless, and in fact dangerous.


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OSHA’s Michaels still touting I2P2

October 31, 2013

In a press tele-conference last week, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels once again took the opportunity to promote the much-ballyhooed and controversial Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (I2P2). “Certainly, we encourage employers to adopt and embrace I2P2,” he said. “In the VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) thousand of companies have adopted the principles of I2P2. So we know it works."


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Snapshot of the U.S. personal protective equipment market 2013

What is the most important trend in PPE distribution in the last five years?
October 30, 2013

Undoubtedly the fact that almost everyone is now in the PPE distribution business. W.W. Grainger has vastly expanded its safety services, training, checklists, white papers, hotlines, etc. Fastenal, at one time a strictly or almost strictly an industrial fastener company, now markets vending machines of all sizes with all varieties of PPE.


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Take control of hazardous energy

October 11, 2013

What is hazardous energy? According to OSHA, energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy could cause injury to employees.


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