Articles by Thea Dunmire

Doubt is the key to knowledge

By Thea Dunmire

Doubt is an important part of acting ethically.  Doubt is what causes us to stop and ask ourselves – Is this really such a good idea?


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Are your methods based on consent or coercion?

By Thea Dunmire
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In June, it was revealed that Facebook had conducted a research study on more than 600,000 of its users to determine whether it could change their emotions by manipulating their news feeds.


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Acting ethically requires constant vigilance

By Thea Dunmire

Acting ethically requires constant vigilance.  One slip-up can have serious, long-term consequences. A recent news report demonstrates the importance of a strong defense when it comes to acting ethically.


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Our need for media literacy

By Thea Dunmire

Two weeks ago, I went to a presentation by Kelly McBride on the topic of ethics and the media. Kelly is the ethicist with the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg FL. She also contributes to an NPR broadcast.


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ISO OHSMS standard going forward

By Thea Dunmire

The New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for development of an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard has been approved.  A new ISO Project Committee, PC 283, has been established to develop the standard.  BSI has been appointed as secretariat.


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Addressing the General Duty Clause in an OHSMS

By Thea Dunmire

Recently, I have noticed an increase in statements that some particular safety program or another is required because of the OSHA General Duty Clause. Often, this statement is tied to a pitch for consulting services or to promote a fill-in-the-blank template for whatever safety program is being discussed.


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Here comes an ISO health and safety standard?

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Yesterday, I received a copy of the ISO New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for a new requirements standard for occupational health and safety management systems.


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New Year – New Standards

A new version of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 editions are coming soon
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As we start 2013, it is clear that we will shortly be getting a very different version of ISO 14001 – as well as revisions to ISO 9001.


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Is an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management standard on the way?

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I have gotten the following question for several readers


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A job Is a dying concept

By Thea Dunmire

Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH, gave the keynote presentation last Tuesday (June 19, 2012) at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference (AIHce). In his talk, he focused on 7 trends that will define the future of occupational health and safety – demography, employment, discrimination, disability, governance, standards and professionalism.


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