Thought Leadership

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

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
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OSHA in the rearview mirror, fading fast

This year I have attended two small, niche trade association meetings — the International Glove Association and the International Safety Equipment Association — and both lived up to their names in terms of their international focus.
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The World You Live In

We are all affected by socio-economic trends in our careers and personal lives. At the recent annual meeting in Savannah, GA, of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), a group composed of major U.S. manufacturers of industrial safety products, economist Brian Beaulieu presented a 2.5-hour whirlwind tour of the forces shaping the world in which we live.
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Update: It's Personal Protective Technologies, not Equipment, anymore

The hearing protection industry has invested millions of dollars in new technologies that significantly contribute to reducing the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss. This focus on “technologies” is in line with current thinking about personal protective equipment (PPE) in general, in which we are seeing a shift away from use of the term “equipment” to “personal protective technologies” (PPT), which more accurately portrays the breadth of innovation in worker protection products.
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Why the stubborn persistence of fatalities?

Fatalities happen for different reasons, and are not affected dramatically by management intervention in the same way as recordable accidents. Fatalities are quite often a confluence of many (or at least several) different causations, any one of which, had it not concurrently occurred, could have been a single contributor that instead of making it happen, made it not happen.
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Readers respond to a safety's precarious position

I am a safety professional, and in so much as I continue to be one, I bear as much guilt for these sins (being politically correct with safety) as anyonne else. That having been said, we must all redouble our efforts to recognize our collective role in the PC problem and work to solve these issues.
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Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

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The Safety Selfie: It’s time to take a “snap shot” of your safety program and contemplate what others see

We all know perception is reality and that people perceive things differently. As a safety manager, your perception of your safety program almost certainly differs from that of your workers and your managers. We will use our “Safety Selfies” to expose weaknesses, real and perceived, and to talk about how best to make improvements.

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2015 May

In this month's issue of ISHN, check out articles about heat protection, radiation in the workplace, and welding fumes

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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For Distributors Only - May 2015

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For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 



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