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It’s time to drive out of the world of “should”

June 13, 2014

Art Linkletter, the entertainer, said, “If you change your attitude you will change your life.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we always got our way with things? If things were as they SHOULD be? Unfortunately, the world usually doesn’t meet our expectations and we are left disappointed that people and things are not what they SHOULD be.


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Kids say the darnedest things – about commitments to safety

June 12, 2014

I was blown away by a report in this morning at one of the client sites I visited. It's amazing how we all keep learning, keep getting more personally safe and together set records of no one being injured. The site I was at just passed the first time in its history with six months no incidents.


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“Government has gotten so big…”

June 11, 2014

Not sure this is so much an opinion piece but “just the facts” on an issue that seems to be exploding in Washington. I am talking about “mandated reports by Congress."


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Medical technology is great – but preserve your “original equipment” body parts

June 10, 2014

The medical technology advancements that have occurred in the past few decades are nothing short of astounding. Many surgeries and treatments that used to require extensive hospital stays are now performed in a doctor’s office, and the patient is back at home within hours.  A few of the amazing medical applications include: scar removal through plastic surgery, titanium bone replacements, tape replacing sutures, and stents taking the place of vein removal and relocation.


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Water safety tip - Summer is here

June 9, 2014

I love all the great ideas I pick up from my clients. I mentioned a few weeks ago before every meeting including conference calls, one of my international consulting clients begins with a safety moment. For today’s call, I offered to give the safety moment before we began.


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Warning signs – Do you warn about hazards that no longer exist?

May 29, 2014

There are safety stories everywhere you go. This week, I was buying gas and ran into the store to get a soft drink. As I did, I heard a guy ask the cashier if it was still wet near a "slippery when wet" sign. The cashier answered, "No, it dried up."


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OSHA is reactive; EHS pros are proactive

Comments posted by an ISHN reader in response to a web article on state and federal OSHA resource problems
May 28, 2014

The vast majority of employers DO do the “right thing” and OSHA and our workforce would best served if they focused on the bad apples (especially those hiring illegal aliens who do not know anything about safety).


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Not Again – How to resolve recurring injuries

May 27, 2014

Recently, a manager in one of our service organizations asked some questions about recurring injury trends.  The trends revealed a higher incident rate among newer employees and also an injury pattern around time of day. The manager understood how newer employees can have a higher injury frequency rate; however, he was intrigued by the other data.


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Decrease the risk stress at work to decrease the risk of an accident

May 22, 2014

Employers today take all sorts of precautions to help keep their staff from harm. From thorough training to the use of the latest personal protective equipment, everybody is looking to do all they can to keep people safe in the workplace. The number of things which have an impact on the level of risk we face each day at work is vast.


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The acid test for commitments to safety

May 21, 2014

 In watching many Commitment Based Safety meetings and how employees are reporting in on their contributions to their commitments for the last 24 hours there is something noteworthy going on. As we know, in a zero injury culture every employee manages his or her risks every day. 


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