Articles by James E. Leemann Ph.D.

Fear at work: Is it of injuries, or losing your job?

Get real: OSHA won’t be charging in on a white horse to save your job

As a good friend recently told me, "so many of us have had our heads buried in the feeding trough earning a living and paying our bills, we have not had time to look up and pay attention to what the hell is going on around us."

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Ethics are easily muddled

But you can prevent killer collapses
Well, it’s that time of the year again to take the company’s ethics course.

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Penn State: “A massive collapse in leadership”

But more bureaucracy won’t change the culture

I have scanned the Freeh Report, but am not surprised that Freeh states the PSU culture has to change. So what is Freeh suggesting the PSU culture change to?

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Your future financial safety

Social Security decisions to consider
Let’s face it guys, we are becoming a little older each day and those of us at or near retirement, older Baby Boomers, need to be focusing on our Social Security claiming strategy like a laser beam.

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Practical drift and writing safety rules

Behaviors get loose when procedures are too tight
Last month I introduced you to Scott A. Snook’s term practical drift, which he coined in his root cause analysis of the accidental shoot down of two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters resulting in the loss of 26 peacekeepers. 

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You'll never have all the answers

Too often safety and health professionals work under the illusion that the advice they provide to someone is “helpful.” If only giving “help” were so easy.
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Why safety stuff matters

Ever wonder why your safety program just doesn’t seem to sizzle?
Why your latest safety promotion fell flat on its face?
Why you manipulate individuals to be safe?
Why does all this safety stuff really matter anyway?

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SYSTEMS THINKING: Let's get real about empowering employees

A serious disconnect existed between the kind of “power” managers thought they were giving and what employees believed they were receiving.

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SYSTEMS THINKING: Don't start the revolution without me

Safety and health management systems remain entirely too rigid and compliance-focused to effectively react to the pace of business.

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SYSTEMS THINKING: If someone wants to "beat your system"...

Use these strategies to minimize the need to beat your safety system.

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Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

11/4/14 2:00 pm EST

Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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2015 January

Check out ISHN's first issue of 2015, which features articles about hearing protection as well as the State of the EHS Nation 2015 Survey.

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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For Distributors Only - January 2015



For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 



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