Articles by Phil La Duke

Wake up: The life you save may be mine

How a lack of sleep can affect worker safety
April 11, 2013
Tens of millions are spent reminding workers to work safely and be mindful of the many hazards they will inevitably face in the course of their workdays, but scare little focus has been cast on one of the biggest contributors to workplace injuries: the lack of sleep.


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The greatest threat to safety might be your safety training

April 3, 2013

To assert that most safety training sucks is to reveal no great insight; it’s practically an O’Henry short story: training professionals steer clear of safety courses for fear they might miss some important point and imperil the learners and safety professionals lack the requisite knowledge of knowledge of adult education to construct an effective course.


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How will your job kill you?

Considering the top causes of workplace fatalities
March 22, 2013
If you die in on the job, statistically, it will be in a way that you probably don’t worry too much about.


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When it comes to unsafe behaviors there’s plenty of blame to go around

Too many safety professionals act like institutional eunuchs
March 6, 2013

If you’ve made even the most cursory read of my articles and blogs you probably already know that I don’t hold much stock in Behavior Based Safety (BBS).  I believe that except for the odd statistical outlier nut-job, nobody WANTS to get hurt and unless they were designed by the Marquis De Sade you processes aren’t intended to hurt people.


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Bleeding money: how much does safety really cost?

True costs go beyond PPE, wages paid to safety dept.
February 27, 2013

The unsafe workplace costs a lot of money. The financial magnitude of expenses incurred in operating an unsafe workplace must be understood. This examination of the true costs associated with poor safety uncovers how far they extend beyond simply counting the cost of safety glasses or wages paid to the safety department.


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Are you turning a blind eye to hazards?

Biases can get in the way of decision-making
February 21, 2013

Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between. And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?


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You’re Not the Boss of Me: It’s Not The Message, It’s The Way It’s Delivered

February 12, 2013
We’ve all experienced this at one time or another: you point out an unsafe act or safety violation in good faith, only to have the worker shoot back some sarcastic, rude, or juvenile comment.


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Pulling safety out of its rut: The value of a different look at safety

February 6, 2013

Let’s be clear, there is no such thing as a safe workplace. Sure we can slap each other on the back and brag to one another about the four years without a recordable injury and we can tell ourselves that we have achieved a Utopian risk-free workplace but the reality is, there is always some probability that a worker will be harmed in the course of doing his or her job.


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Requiem for prevention

January 15, 2013
I am a loud (some might say obnoxious) and ardent supporter of prevention. In fact, I one of my core values is “Prevention is the key to sustainable safety.”


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For your consideration: 10 resolutions for EHS pros for 2013

January 2, 2013

Resolution #1: Less Focus On Preaching More On Teaching. Awareness campaigns are important for the unaware. But most workers who ultimately get hurt do so knowing something they know is dangerous, or at very least that they suspected COULD be dangerous. Too many awareness campaigns make safety professionals feel good about themselves but come off as smug and condescending to workers.


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