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Bleeding money: how much does safety really cost?

True costs go beyond PPE, wages paid to safety dept.
By Phil La Duke

The unsafe workplace costs a lot of money. The financial magnitude of expenses incurred in operating an unsafe workplace must be understood. This examination of the true costs associated with poor safety uncovers how far they extend beyond simply counting the cost of safety glasses or wages paid to the safety department.


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Come March 1, Congress will drop the sequestration budget axe

By Daniel Glucksman

It’s my sense that sequestration will happen, and that it will last for about two months. After that period, the pain for Congress and the impacted public – defense and non-defense alike - will be too great.


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Why do you make it tougher?

Let's make reasonable rules
By Rick Duley BSc(Hons)

Being a Safety Advisor (OSHA) is not popular. Bosses hate you because you cost them money. Workers hate you because you nag them about earplugs and safety glasses. Everybody hates you because you are forever chasing compliance — chasing company compliance with Acts and Regulations; chasing worker compliance with site rules and practices; chasing, chasing, chasing.


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Are you a reluctant family caregiver?

By Karen Winston

In the U.S. at any given time, 20% of the population is serving in the role of caregiver for a loved one – and not always enthusiastically. Based on family dynamics and the cost of assisted living and nursing facilities, many families choose to share the role of caregiving for a loved one until such time that the loved one needs greater ongoing medical oversight than the family is capable of providing.


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Accentuate the positive

Sounds good, but companies just aren’t that interested in compassion and curiosity
By Dave Johnson

I received an email today from a professor at the Harvard Medical School. He wants me to buy a “Special Health Report” from Harvard Health Publications on the subject of positive psychology. “Happiness can be elusive. It can be fleeting. Too often, it can be lost in our modern world's swirl of stress, multitasking, and 24/7 news,” the sales pitch begins.


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Are you turning a blind eye to hazards?

Biases can get in the way of decision-making
By Phil La Duke

Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between. And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?


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How to effectively shout about sustainability

Techniques for corporate leaders to use

There are a number of communications techniques that corporate leaders in sustainability and corporate responsibility communication use, to various degrees. Here are 15:


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Comparing U.S. and U.K sustainable business practices

What a rollercoaster ride! It has been five years since I moved to New York to open our US office. My arrival here coincided with the worst financial crash since the Depression, a time when you were unsure whether there would be any cash in the ATM, let alone a market for sustainability advice.


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Learning to be Productive In The Social Media World Using “CloudOn”

The iPad app provides qualities similar to Microsoft Office
By James Roughton
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If you are a PC user that works with Microsoft Office and now have your own iPad that you use on the go then you should read this post in detail.


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Don’t Turn the Lights Out: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Understanding the safety risks of operating equipment
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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The oh-too-human drive to blame can turn out the lights on the real game at play.


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