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

Wake up…the life you save might be mine

September 26, 2012

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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After the bandwagon stopped rolling

Why BBS still matters
September 26, 2012

Love it or hate it, behavior-based safety (BBS) has become an entrenched part of the EHS landscape since it first emerged in the 1980s. Still, many safety professionals rightly point out that what many people think of as behavior-based safety doesn’t work.


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Applying Deming to workplace safety

September 19, 2012
Long before I became a safety professional I worked as a consultant to one of the former Big Three automobile manufacturers.


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Build a culture of everyday heroes

September 19, 2012
It’s a story we hear too often in our world – “terrorists attack.”


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VHA’s success with coach potatoes

September 12, 2012
How can we help keep employees from becoming office potatoes?


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Fraidy cats: How fear affects worker safety

Are we too afraid to stay safe?
September 12, 2012

The malingering global economy has created, in many workplaces, a pervasive climate of fear. Fear can undermine worker safety in many ways. But unless we understand the nature and origins of this fear, we can never implement effective countermeasures.


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Kudos for credentials

September 12, 2012

A recent email to Larry Curtis, CSHM, Executive Director of the Institute for Safety and Health Management, expressed the value of certifications in the safety profession:


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Fear at work: Is it of injuries, or losing your job?

Get real: OSHA won’t be charging in on a white horse to save your job
September 6, 2012

As a good friend recently told me, "so many of us have had our heads buried in the feeding trough earning a living and paying our bills, we have not had time to look up and pay attention to what the hell is going on around us."


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Don’t outsource the humans

We need their attentive eyes
September 5, 2012

Something went wrong…people got hurt. This sounds like the midnight call that all safety managers hate to get. A call that indicates an injury occurred and a whole litany of steps need to be taken: Comfort the victim and family, shut down the area, and deal with the paperwork.


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OSHA faces axe of automatic spending cuts

Funding slashes could cost OSHA 81 full-time employees
September 5, 2012

This problem is called “Sequestration”! If you recall, Congress failed to come up with adequate spending cuts following enactment of the Budget Control Act. This law stated that if Congress failed to cut spending by about $1.4 trillion, then automatic spending cuts would take effect on January 1, 2013.


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