Articles by Dave Johnson

The Campbell Institute identifies eight characteristics of successful leading indicators

September 30, 2013

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

September 30, 2013

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

September 30, 2013

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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Mark your calendar: iSHN Virtual Safety Expo 2013 coming November 12

September 9, 2013

The fourth annual iSHN Virtual Safety Expo (2013 edition) presented by ISHN will be here before you know it. To attend, all you need to do is fill out the form to register on ISHN’s homepage. Click on the Virtual Trade Show icon in the right column. Or go straight to www.ishnvirtual.com. The event is free. Here is the lineup of speakers and presentations:


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Empathy can be exhausting

What we ask of today’s leaders doesn’t come easy
September 5, 2013
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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After OSHA’s silica proposal, the deluge?

September 4, 2013

It’s been such a long time since OSHA issued a major standards proposal covering millions of workers, such as its recent silica dust proposed rule, it’s fair to ask: Are the standards floodgates opening? (I’m not counting hazcom revised/GHS, which was more or less forced on the U.S. and OSHA by globalization.)


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Make needlestick injuries a "never" event

August 29, 2013

Needlestick and sharps injuries affect more than half a million healthcare personnel every year, creating more than $1 billion in preventable healthcare costs every year and an immeasurable emotional toll on millions of healthcare personnel, according to a Safe in Common review of U.S. healthcare industry statistics.


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Eye protection for infection control

August 28, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends eye protection for a variety of potential exposure settings where workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases via ocular exposure.


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OSHA’s new silica dust proposals will draw attention to eye protection

August 27, 2013

Yes, respirators will be the primary PPE discussed when protecting workers against silica dust exposures. Silica dust often arises when workers are cutting, crushing, drilling, grinding or otherwise disturbing material that might loosen silica, particularly in construction and mining work.


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Join the Actively Caring For People (AC4P) Movement

August 21, 2013

Scott Geller coined the term “actively caring” in 1990 when working with a team of safety leaders at Exxon Chemical in Baytown, Texas. Theirvision was to cultivate a brother’s/sister’s keepers culture. Everyone would look out for each other’s safety.


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