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Are your safety instructions consistent?

September 12, 2013

A warm Friday in August and I am enjoying the privilege of visiting EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida. One of my favorite things to see is the "American Adventure." One person in our party has an electric convenience vehicle, ECV, so we enter through the special assistance lane to the back row of the auditorium.

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We have a silica proposal – I think?

September 11, 2013

With a little fanfare, OSHA announced August 23 a proposed rule that would reduce exposure to silica. The proposed rule, encompassing nearly 800 pages, would reduce the exposure limit to silica to 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter, half of what is currently in place.

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1970 – Approaches to today’s safety issues

September 10, 2013

Many of you are able to think back to your personal realities world in 1970. I was a recently graduated, just-married engineer working in an experimental pesticide development laboratory. An ongoing assignment dealt with how to get rid of our toxic wastes in (then legal) tidal area landfills of the San Francisco bay area.

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Mark your calendar: iSHN Virtual Safety Expo 2013 coming November 12

September 9, 2013

The fourth annual iSHN Virtual Safety Expo (2013 edition) presented by ISHN will be here before you know it. To attend, all you need to do is fill out the form to register on ISHN’s homepage. Click on the Virtual Trade Show icon in the right column. Or go straight to The event is free. Here is the lineup of speakers and presentations:

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Safety’s “Usual Suspects”

September 6, 2013

In the classic movie, Casablanca, whenever a crime took place the police gathered up the “usual suspects” to show that they were taking action. The usual suspects regularly got blamed but were seldom the true guilty parties. At the end of the movie, even when they were sure of who committed the crime, they simply went through the motions to satisfy those in control...

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If you want to change the culture, focus on “must do” behaviors not “don’t do” behaviors

September 5, 2013

Perhaps the best thing about working in Organizational Development is that I don’t hang around any one industry for protracted periods of time; I basically am called into solve a problem, that, once solved, eliminates the need for my services.

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After OSHA’s silica proposal, the deluge?

September 4, 2013

It’s been such a long time since OSHA issued a major standards proposal covering millions of workers, such as its recent silica dust proposed rule, it’s fair to ask: Are the standards floodgates opening? (I’m not counting hazcom revised/GHS, which was more or less forced on the U.S. and OSHA by globalization.)

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Round Trip – Sustaining safety culture excellence

September 3, 2013

I began to get deeply involved in helping organizations achieve safety culture excellence back in the 1980s. At that point in my career, I was in charge of manufacturing engineering for a Fortune 20 company.

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What Would Doris Do?

August 29, 2013

Hazard analysis is a key to appropriately protecting workers from dangers in the workplace, but too often we do a mediocre job. Protecting workers from the hazards they are likely to encounter can’t be a half measure and most workplaces would benefit from better and more accurate hazard analysis and risk management.

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Nervousness and speaking

August 28, 2013

I love being a safety speaker, I love my audience and I love the impact I have on their lives. I have always enjoyed being in front of an audience. Sunday morning during a special announcement at church, I was reminded not everyone is as comfortable speaking in public.

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