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OSHA’s electronic injury/illness recordkeeping data regulation,

or OSHA adopts Saul Alinsky’s “Twelve Rules for Radicals”
November 21, 2013

The current administration looks to Saul Alinsky’s “Twelve Rules for Radicals” for their guidance. OSHA has now stepped in this direction and away from safety principles. Their first foray was the Shaming Press Releases.


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Do people really care about job safety?

No, says Phil LaDuke
November 20, 2013

Scott Geller professes to” prefer to be optimistic and humanistic, believing that the silent majority does care about the safety and health of others, and wants to do the right thing."


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People DO care about safety and the well-being of others

November 19, 2013

I prefer to be optimistic and humanistic, believing that the silent majority does care about the safety and health of others, and wants to do the right thing. Consider for example the large numbers of people reacting to tragedies from shootings in airports and educational settings to catastrophes from climate change.


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OSHA’s “Top Ten” citations: A case of failing to write doable regulations

November 14, 2013

This is the time of year when OSHA announces their top ten citations of the past fiscal year.  There are few changes in this top- ten list year after year.  Even though the list is of the complete standard’s name, it is usually only one or two sections of a standard that repeatedly makes this list. 


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Safety awards should never be used as a carrot

November 13, 2013

In 2005 I completed a dissertation on the effectiveness of safety awards on reducing at-risk behaviors. Although not primarily directed at safety, I was surprised to learn that there is a goodly amount of literature on the subject; particularly within the behavioral sciences.


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Keep it Simple – The need for policies and procedures in safety

November 12, 2013

James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was instrumental in drafting the United States constitution. He warned against creating laws “so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” 


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“I’m concerned about your safety”

November 8, 2013

I learned about “I’m concerned about your safety” as a non-confrontational way to approach a safety and health concern at a safety and health meeting I was at last week.


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Quacks shilling safety transformations

November 6, 2013

There’s been a lot of fury and fuss about how the secret to improving workplace safety lies in increasing the value on which the corporate culture places on the safety of the workers.  As individuals our values dictate how we spend our time, money, and efforts (If you want to know what is really important to you just take a careful look at where you spend your time and money), as we grow older and mature our values, if they serve us well, become deeply ingrained and difficult to change.


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Space invaders (driving fundamental #3)

November 5, 2013

We used to play a video game called space invaders where you had to destroy little spaceships as they appeared on the screen. While it pales in comparison to today’s games, it was pretty hi tech for its time. Space invaders can be a problem when we are driving, too.


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Can you predict the future?

November 1, 2013

I'm not clairvoyant, but I can see into the future and so can you! The second Thinking Driver Fundamental is ANTICIPATE HAZARDS. (Editor’s  Note:  Visit www.ishn.com for Spencer McDonald’s  blog on the first fundamental, “Think and Look Ahead.”)


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