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ISHN editors and invited workplace safety and health thought leaders offer their cutting-edge views on the profession’s critical issues.

Leading indicators – Metrics that make a real difference

Challenges to safety culture necessities

The search for viable leading indicators to replace lagging injury statistics is a hot safety topic these days. I do not believe we will ever be rid of injury rates as a metric used to judge safety performance.


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Why work should be more like playing video games

How to create a great safety culture

A few weeks ago, I heard a story on NPR about the factors that make video games so enjoyable, exciting and immersive.  In short, why playing video games makes people happy. Tony Hsieh’s book “Delivering Happiness” is the first I look to when I think about creating a great culture.


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Are you trying to transform your business to survive and thrive?

Five tips to lead change in challenging times

Putting the right people at the helm has launched many high-profile, highly successful turnarounds, from Jack Welch in his early days at GE to Meg Whitman at eBay.


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Road rash: Business travel and injuries

How big a problem is it?

Last Saturday and the Saturday before that I made no posts to my blog. It was an unfortunate result of my having been away on business. This is not an excuse mind you; I had every intention of writing and posting using the infernal timer that has vexed me every time I’ve tried using it. In hindsight I’m glad I waited. This week I’d like to talk a bit about an area of safety that I think goes largely ignored: safety while travelling.


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How to change an industry’s safety performance

Tips for such an industry wide initiative

To make a change in an industry’s safety performance, the first necessary element is a guiding coalition/steering team that will help work with the various idea/solution providers and the wide ranging customer base and its leadership. My team, Caterpillar Safety Services, has worked with similar guiding coalitions in: the wind industry; the electrical transmission and distribution industries, an OSHA strategic safety partnership; the North West Public Power Association (NWPPA); the National Mining Association, as well as large, decentralized industrial companies.


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A safe employee is a happy one

There’s a lot that goes into making a workplace safe.


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Would you like me to watch out for your safety off the job?

I was sitting in my car after church waiting for my wife. As I sat there, someone got into the truck next to me.


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Run, Hide, Fight: Responding to an active shooter

Since Sandy Hook, I get asked daily about "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT," the new response to an active shooter on a campus or in a workplace.


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Clark Kent – Developing Super-visors

Why frontline leadership is a major factor in every organization’s success.
Fostering excellence in front-line leadership continues to be a significant need in the world today. 


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Keep risk assessment out of OSHA’s hands

A commentary appeared in a recent edition of a national safety magazine.


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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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2014 December

Check out ISHN's last issue of the year, which features articles about distance learning, foot protection and confined space.

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