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“Every death, injury or illness on the job represents a human tragedy”: Workers Memorial Day, 2014

May 1, 2014

ISHN posted this commentary from Dr. Howard earlier in April. Given Dr. Howard’s long tenure at NIOSH and his visionary perspectives on worker health and safety, we want to “rebroadcast’ it as an ISHN blog.


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Is ergonomics a problem in your workplace?

Five questions will help you find out
April 30, 2014

Making sure that your workplace is as ergonomic as it can be is not only a way of setting things right, but it is also an effective means of preventing problems from occurring in the future.


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Personal risk tolerance – Confidence in technology

April 29, 2014

In recent years, there have been significant advances in technology that have helped reduce injury risk.  A few examples include:


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OSHA has no regulation for sleep deprivation – but you must know who is fit for duty

April 25, 2014

Before you blame the worker, or even the PPE itself for some workplace incident, consider that the worker may be sleep deprived. Often, when a worker is confronted for violating a policy, he or she will shrug and say, “I forgot.” Many safety professionals are realizing that human errors, behavioral drift and even recklessness can be traced to a growing threat to workplace safety –a lack of sleep.


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From Dubai (or anywhere in the world) – one vision, one standard

April 24, 2014

I am very fortunate to be able to travel the world through my work. I just got back from Dubai and had a great trip!  It is so interesting to see other parts of the world and experience different cultures. In fact, I spoke to a group with participants from every corner of the world, and I do mean every corner.


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Why should PPE be ergonomic? Top five reasons

April 23, 2014

For most of us, our work has a pretty sizeable impact on our lives. Our ability to do our job – and to do it well – is something which we all value, for a variety of reasons. As such, it is no surprise that we should also value the equipment which helps us do a good job day in and day out.


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Personal risk assessment – complacency

April 23, 2014

Repetitive tasks exist in most workplaces and wherever they’re present, so too is a frustrating safety risk. It seems like the more we perform a particular task, the better we should be at it. I guess that is true for the first few times we do a task, but then our human minds have a tendency to wander.


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An employer’s responsibility toward temporary workers

April 21, 2014

April 29th marks the one-year anniversary of OSHA’s Temporary Workers Initiative, which was launched to increase focus on the safety of temporary workers and ensure their protection from workplace hazards.


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What is a safety program policy?

April 18, 2014
In conducting OSHA training, I’ve found a common misconception about what a safety program policy is.


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Six simple ways to change your life

April 17, 2014
Years ago I worked in talent development for one of the largest faith-based healthcare systems in the United States. I left it to pursue other career goals but it never left me, at least not completely.


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A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

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