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Safety perception survey beginnings

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP
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Caterpillar’s Safety Perception Survey had its beginnings in the late 1970s when Dr. Dan Petersen and Dr. Chuck Bailey teamed to study what really made a difference in safety performance.


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Incident investigations: five challenges to successful findings

A good incident investigation process identifies root causes and how to address them so that the safety culture is strengthened.
By Scott Stricoff
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Even though organizations may have a proper incident investigation process in place, often times the process is less than optimal in achieving its objectives.


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The golden goose egg: Is the race to zero incidents worth the chase?

By David Sarkus MS, CSP
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There are various schools of thought when it comes to the golden goose egg and your organization’s EHS performance.


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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 let poor presentation skills bury your content

By John Drebinger Jr.
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The questions I ask safety team members and safety professionals are: “Are your safety presentations effective?”


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Tips for coaching frequently injured employees

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

I recently received the following inquiry: “We're getting ready to perform safety coaching sessions with some of our frequently injured employees. Do you know of anyone who might have a script to outline the dialogue?”


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“Prevention” is not appropriate in I2P2 language

By Tom Lawrence CSP, P.E.

When Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigned her position, the talk became what might happen to OSHA’s planned Injury/Illness Prevention Standard (I2P2). Secretary Solis had announced this initiative in early 2010. The stated purpose was to require employers to establish a plan that would prevent violations of OSHA standards and that would protect workers from violations of their workplace rights.


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Blinded by the light

Coast Guard flights endangered when public targets planes with laser strikes
By Dave Johnson
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In 2012, more Coast Guard flights were interrupted by laser strikes, than at any other point in its 223-year history.


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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
By Phil La Duke

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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Recognition: The simple, underutilized tool that can transform your safety culture

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Recognition for doing things correctly seems to be a lost art.  Over the years, I have assessed perception surveys for hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of employees.  As I tally the results, recognition for performance of doing things right is the lowest scoring safety management process. Interestingly, discipline (i.e., correcting people when they do something wrong) scores as the sixth lowest of the 21 safety management processes measured by the Caterpillar Safety Services statistically validated survey. 


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