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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.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the shop
All the elves were busy working
Even Snap, Crackle, and Pop


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Good managers eat up safety data

By Lawrence Chip Dawson

Lately, I've been doing a fair amount of management training in the past few months. What I often see is safety folks, both full-time and part-time, who are struggling to do the compliance thing and a management team that is perfectly happy to let them struggle. Essentially nothing has changed in the 44 years I've been doing occupational safety. The problem is most basic---no one wants to see people hurt but neither do they see safety as a core element of their company culture.


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What are your thoughts about occupational safety and health entering 2013?

We want to know, we really want to know
By Dave Johnson
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Heading into 2013, I am asking ISHN readers (there are 71,000 of you out there across the U.S.) for input on issues of leadership and organizational culture.


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Deming: Culture transformation is everyone’s job

By Phil La Duke
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By far the most universal belief in worker safety is that safety is impossible without top management commitment and action.


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Why do you make it tougher? Getting the rules right

Being a Safety Advisor (OSHA) is not popular
By Rick Duley BSc(Hons)
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Bosses hate you because you cost them money.


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Operator procedures: A tale of two gas plants

I have visited several gas plants across the US. Gas plants are complex facilities. They operate at pressure with flammable materials and dangerous products. Gas plants are regulated by Process Safety Management standards to address the inherent hazards of operations. 


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Crying over spilt milk; mistakes are inevitable, injuries are not

By Phil La Duke

People make mistakes; it’s what makes us human. The propensity for human error is practically embedded in our DNA. While the idiom holds that there is no use crying over spilled milk, might there not be some benefit in examining the causes, contributors, and catalysts associated with poor decision-making?


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Reducing depression risks at work: Let’s get serious

By Kim Krisberg

It’s often said that hard work never hurt anybody. It’s a cliché with which occupational health folks and thousands of injured workers would undoubtedly disagree. And while tragic and often preventable physical injuries may be the easiest to see and document, other work-related health risks are much harder to pick up on. One such risk is depression.


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White House no friend of OSHA?

By Celeste Monforton DrPH, MPH

Shortly after taking office, the head of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acknowledged the troubling slow pace at which new worker safety regulations are put in place. 


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Has sustainability been trivialized?

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Question for group: There is a growing consensus that the word “sustainability” is becoming a hindrance for the green economy, but what should it be replaced with?


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