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ISHN editors and invited bloggers sound off on headline news, controversies and emerging issues.

An employer’s responsibility toward temporary workers

April 21, 2014

April 29th marks the one-year anniversary of OSHA’s Temporary Workers Initiative, which was launched to increase focus on the safety of temporary workers and ensure their protection from workplace hazards.


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What is a safety program policy?

April 18, 2014
In conducting OSHA training, I’ve found a common misconception about what a safety program policy is.


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Six simple ways to change your life

April 17, 2014
Years ago I worked in talent development for one of the largest faith-based healthcare systems in the United States. I left it to pursue other career goals but it never left me, at least not completely.


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How to create a safety culture: 3 easy steps

April 16, 2014
There is a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of creating a “safety culture” within an organization – but what does this mean? And how do you do it?


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Safety Excellence: The six critical components

April 15, 2014
Dr. Dan Petersen was one of the great safety pioneers of the last 50 years.
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Over-confidence in protection & rescue – Conduct a personal risk assessment

April 15, 2014
A corollary to over-confidence in equipment is having too much confidence in our personal protective equipment (PPE).


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Learn all you can about your safety audience

April 11, 2014

As I was catching up on the goings on of my friends and family on Facebook, I stumbled on a story of a teacher who truly knows how to communicate with students. First, the teacher made it a part of the job as a communicator to know and understand the audience. We, as safety leaders need to do the same.


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Teach your children about fire safety

April 10, 2014

Making sure that your children are aware of the aspects of fire safety is incredibly important. They need to be able to know what to do in the event of a fire, and teaching them about the different points of fire safety can save lives. From knowing when to push fire alarms to preventing fires in the first place, there are several considerations that need to be considered to keep kids safe.


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I would never belong to a group that would have me as a member

The rise of the self-loathing safety professional
April 9, 2014

Recently I was talking to colleagues on the subject of talking to strangers on airplanes. Like many safety professionals I spend a fair amount of time crammed into an uncomfortable seat, breathing stale air, and having my space invaded by a mouth-breather whose idea of a good trip is chatting up the stranger beside him.


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Cardinal rules – Influencing noncompliance

April 8, 2014

Our personal risk tolerance is directly influenced by the severity of the outcome. If there is a high cost associated with a risk, we are more prone to comply with the rules set in place. While writing this post, I am reminded of today’s airline industry.


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