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

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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RIF – Breaking through safety performance plateaus

August 27, 2013

RIF, Recordable Injury Frequency, the worldwide standard for judging safety performance, is often talked about as inadequate, but in actuality is seldom, if ever, replaced. Why use this concept?

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Is your signage effective?

How easily can a visitor or new employee find their way around your site?
August 23, 2013

As a safety speaker, I have the opportunity to visit many different work locations each year. Fortunately, my clients have me back year after year to do an entirely different presentation so I become familiar with their location. The challenge is the first visit.

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Working in the line of fire

August 22, 2013

When someone dies in the workforce through no fault of his or her own it’s undeniably a tragedy. But in many people’s minds, line of fire injuries—those injuries that result when a worker places his or her body in the direct path of  a serious hazard—the injured worker must bear at least some culpability for his or her injury.

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Join the Actively Caring For People (AC4P) Movement

August 21, 2013

Scott Geller coined the term “actively caring” in 1990 when working with a team of safety leaders at Exxon Chemical in Baytown, Texas. Theirvision was to cultivate a brother’s/sister’s keepers culture. Everyone would look out for each other’s safety.

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Reset – Making genuine, meaningful, effective amends

August 20, 2013

In the workplace and with the family, we have all made mistakes that we wish we could take back and start over. Well, at least I have. This is not a one-occasion event.  There are lots of times I have said or done things that later on cause me to cringe. 

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Are your safety messages consistent?

August 15, 2013

I’m riding to Southern California on the Amtrak San Joaquin as we approach the next train station along the way. A few minutes from the station, the conductor announces the next stop and encourages people to gather their belongings because it will be a quick stop.

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Breaking down resistance

August 14, 2013

When it comes to organizational change, for my money you can’t beat the work of Edgar Schein. Schein is considered by many to be the father of organizational development; he coined the term “corporate culture” and if for that fact alone should be revered in the same hushed tones in which people talk about Edison, Deming, or Jobs.

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Observation programs – A look at another safety controversy

August 13, 2013

It is hard to tell when observation processes first came on the scene.  Maybe they came in back in the 1930s with H. W. Heinrich as he developed his ever so controversial injury pyramid.

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