Articles by Dave Johnson

Good strategy / bad strategy: Business tips for safety pros

June 25, 2013

A business strategy guru, Richard Rumelt, is the opening session keynoter to kick of Day 2 of ASSE’s Safety 2013, Wednesday, June 26, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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Can you really catch yourself if you fall?

10,000 lbs. of force in a 6' fall
June 25, 2013

The average person’s reaction time is half a second. In that time you fall 4 feet. As you fall, gravity pulls you down and your speed quickly increases. That means your impact force increases too. And, once you start falling, you will stop only when you hit a lower surface. Still think you can catch yourself?


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Scott Geller speaks on management errors

June 25, 2013

You can’t have an ASSE professional development conference without a presentation by Dr. E. Scott Geller, one of the safety circuit’s most popular speakers and a university professor for more than 40 years. “The Doc” is speaking this afternoon on “The Human Dynamics of Safety: 20 Safety-Management Errors with Simple Solutions.”


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Business innovator opens ASSE’s Safety 2013

June 25, 2013

ASSE’s Safety 2013 officially opens with the usual pomp and circumstance this morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The opening general session presentation is by Peter Sheahan, on the topic of “Creative Strategies for Turning Challenge Into Opportunity and Change Into Competitive Advantage.”


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Roundtable open forum tackles job-related fatigue

June 24, 2013

The first “Key Issue Roundtable” of ASSE’s Safety 2013 takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) morning on the subject of fatigue. Specifically, “Fatigue in Transportation: Latest in Regulations & Research.” The “town hall” type of open forum/speak your mind is sponsored by ASSE’sTransportation Practice Specialty.


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A tale of transformational leadership

Story of a culture of caring
June 24, 2013

ASSE’s Safety 2013 features a number of educational sessions on the topic of leadership. None probably will be looked forward to more than the session tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon on “Transformational Leadership - A Key Element in the Journey to World Class.” Transformational Leadership is a fancy term, but the presentation here is real world, involving


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Europeans push risk agenda

June 24, 2013

The amount of coverage given to safety-related risk issues at ASSE’s Safety 2013 made us think of how the European Union (EU) is actually ahead of the U.S. safety profession when it comes to embracing risk. The past year saw the completion of EU-OSHA’s flagship Foresight project, which anticipates longer-term workplace risks (initially in relation to ‘green’ jobs), to stimulate debate, and make clear to decision-makers the implications of particular courses of action.


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“Risk” takes center stage at ASSE’s Safety 2013

Represents a move away from focus on compliance
June 24, 2013

Risk assessment. The Future of Risk Control. Integrated Risk Management. Risk Management and Product Safety. Risk Management and Risk Elimination. Risk Management Forum. Risk Factors. Risk Management 101. Risk Managers From Mars. “We have 15 risk-related sessions at Safety 2013,” says incoming American Society of Safety Engineers’ President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, president of Global Solutions, Inc. “You are right to think ‘risk’ is a focus for the safety profession.“


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ASSE Safety 2013 by the numbers

June 24, 2013

A week before the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2013 conference and exposition opened for business at the Las Vegas Convention Center, registration was at more than 4,000 attendees. The expo was filled by approximately 550 exhibitors taking up more than 89,000 square feet of exhibit space.


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SAFETY 2013 Attendee Choice Awards

June 24, 2013

For the first time, ISHN magazine and the American Society of Safety Engineers are collaborating on the Safety 2013 Attendee Choice Awards, held on the Las Vegas Convention Center expo floor at ASSE’s Safety 2013. For those of you attending, stop by ISHN booth 1185 to see the display of more than 70 product entries and cast your vote for the most innovative products and services.


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