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ISHN editors and invited bloggers sound off on headline news, controversies and emerging issues.

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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Back and Forth – Learning from our past

September 17, 2013
Recently, I heard a quotation that caused me to stop and reflect. It went something like “Life must be lived forward; unfortunately it can only be understood backward.”

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Fall Arrest At Heights – one of the webinar topics at ISHN’s Virtual Trade Show

September 16, 2013

Dr. Nigel Ellis will present on "American worker handhold fall arrest at heights using Three Point Control." This presentation is based on 10 years of work and a Ph.D. thesis by Justin Young, University of Michigan (now Dr. Young is at Kettering University MI). The results, says Dr. Ellis, “are surprising and question current OSHA trigger heights.”

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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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