Articles by Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Safety processes need constant reinforcement

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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Consider your safety process. Certainly your safety management systems such as your procedures, rules, reporting systems, inspections, hazard identification, safety training and the like act as a sort of foundation and structure that we hope will reduce hazards and associated risk


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Look for the Helpers

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

We wish the world would be more like a kid’s show instead of a place of violence such we saw in the needless bombing during the Boston Marathon.  Wholesome, nurturing, recreational events shouldn’t be the stage for tragedies happening right in our neighborhoods.


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Why the nurse wouldn’t administer CPR

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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A mountain blizzard rages outside the windows, classes are cancelled at the university… being socked in for the day, one gets philosophical.


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Don’t Turn the Lights Out: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Understanding the safety risks of operating equipment
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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The oh-too-human drive to blame can turn out the lights on the real game at play.


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It takes thick skin

Resilient resolve handles complaints and ridicule
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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Some folks say that third-shifters are ornery; a cantankerous, unruly bunch who brave midnight shifts with skeleton crews.


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Trust beats irony – if you let it

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

A couple months back at my University a young man, a student, was found dead in the creek that runs through a small park on campus. Apparently, he had gotten intoxicated at a party, and then went to a bar with friends.  He ended up leaving the bar at 2 am and walked home alone.  He went to the park, slipped on some of the rocks surrounding the creek and was rendered unconscious in the water where he drowned.


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New Year’s resolutions for the EHS pro

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

The time of reflection on the old year is over. With the brand new year we look to the future with an eye on improving our selves and our impact on the world. For this new year, let’s consider some personal resolutions that focus on behaviors you, an EHS pro, could adopt to increase your effectiveness in helping build your team’s safety culture:


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Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the shop
All the elves were busy working
Even Snap, Crackle, and Pop


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Incentives are the nuclear option

You may reach your objective, but at what cost?
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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I got this e-mail from a reader who had just read the October 31st PENCIL WHIPPING blog:


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Injuries are like getting shot in the back

And in many cases the cause is fear
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

The scene plays out in Western movies. The villain Jesse James, the most famous member of the James-Younger gang that terrorized the Minnesota area in the later 1800s, is shot in the back, defenseless, by a fellow member of his gang out to collect the bounty on James’ life.


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