Articles by Lawrence Chip Dawson

Good managers eat up safety data

December 18, 2012

Lately, I've been doing a fair amount of management training in the past few months. What I often see is safety folks, both full-time and part-time, who are struggling to do the compliance thing and a management team that is perfectly happy to let them struggle. Essentially nothing has changed in the 44 years I've been doing occupational safety. The problem is most basic---no one wants to see people hurt but neither do they see safety as a core element of their company culture.

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So you want a SAFETY COMMITTEE that works...

June 4, 2008
More than eighty percent of surveyed companies have safety committees, but just a quarter find them effective or have good data with which to operate.
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6 reasons to clean out the clutter

April 1, 2008
Controlling clutter is the law, and clutter is the first thing OSHA compliance officers see when they walk in your door.
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Workplace liability: Traps, pitfalls and landmines

October 3, 2007
Many of the workplace safety problems we face can be easily avoided with knowledge, ethics and a modicum of legal savvy. After 38 years in the corporate and consulting safety business, it’s time to share some wisdom acquired from mistakes and observations.
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Improve your Emergency Management process

June 1, 2007
Corporate emergency management is a big deal at least for the 72 percent of companies large and small that actually have a plan to deal with emergencies. But it’s rare that one finds a flawless response to the disaster of the moment. So what goes wrong?

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How to achieve total incident reporting

June 1, 2006
12 tips to obtain statistical significance, not statistical noise.

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