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Safety culture – No and hell no!!!

October 7, 2013

Every time I see or hear the term strong safety culture I cringe. The focus on building a strong safety culture is terribly misplaced. Safety excellence is a more likely outcome for an enterprise that clearly values and cares for its employees and includes safety as a strategic element of its organizational culture.


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No Regrets

October 4, 2013

Driving south from Indianapolis through a beautiful portion of Indiana, I see a Chick-Fil-A off the highway ahead. I turn off the main road and see a young employee standing in the middle of the street directing traffic (coincidentally, it was a new store opening).


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Anti Social Networking

October 3, 2013

I speak my mind, in person and in print. Some like it some do not. I don’t really care if people don’t like my style—different strokes for different folks I’ve always said.  But recently I have seen an alarming spike in a lack of manners and civility among the denizens of the so-called social media.


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Sustainability and communications, now and soon

More companies will get it wrong than right
October 2, 2013

It was apparently Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and philosopher who died in 1662, who first coined the phrase: "I didn't have time to write you a short letter, so I've written you a long one." A version of this line was famously later adopted by Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln and George Bernhard Shaw.


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General MacKenzie – the importance of face time

October 1, 2013

Over the years I have met a number of interesting people. One of my favorites is a person whom I consider to be a Canadian National Treasure, retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie.


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Holding accountable those who put workers’ lives at risk

September 30, 2013

An editorial in the New York Times last week praised the work of federal prosecutors in West Virginia for their pursuit of justice in their investigation into the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine tragedy. Those prosecutors deserve the praise. However, the editorial misses an important point.


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Talk to me – What is effective safety communication?

September 24, 2013

You probably have heard a saying that goes something like “If you are safe, it is not by accident.”  The world of inspirational posters continues to be an industry that papers our facility walls with good looking, feel good platitudes that have no real, positive impact on safety.


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OSHA chief gives commencement address

September 23, 2013

On Saturday, May 18, 2013, David Michaels PhD, MPH, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, gave the commencement address at the George Washington University School of Public Health.


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Are your millennial employees ready to lead?

September 19, 2013
The Millennial generation has been pouring into the workforce since the late 1990s and increasingly they're being promoted to supervisory and management positions.


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Mouthing Off About Safety

September 18, 2013
Safety talks, reflections on safety, safety reviews, safety observations, LinkedIn discussions, forums, blogs and…well the list goes on and on.


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