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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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The Obama worker safety and health legacy: The fifth inning and the possibility of a shutout

August 9, 2013

The Senate’s grudging confirmation of Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor was the first piece of good news working people have had out of the federal government for quite some time.


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OSHA under fire: Rhetoric but no solutions

August 7, 2013

One of the more interesting things about being involved in government affairs on a daily basis is listening to the rhetoric that comes from the politicians and the political parties. I say “interesting” because one must listen close to really determine if any of this rhetoric has any bearing on our daily lives. Of course, much of it does, but most of it is simply their way of promoting their own agenda.


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Construction fatalities continue without confined spaced and LOTO standards

August 5, 2013

Unfortunately, unlike maritime or general industry, OSHA construction regulations do not have permit required confined space standards, and do not have lock-out requirements to assure that hazards are isolated.  Our system of adding new OSHA regulations is essentially broken.  Both these standards have been on the regulatory agenda for well over a decade.


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What you should know about child safety seats

August 1, 2013

Great strides have been made in the world of child safety seats. However, the laws and the seat specifics can be confusing. Here are the basics you need to know to keep your little one safe.


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Money – safety incentives

July 31, 2013

A topic that never seems to go away is safety incentives. One of our Safety Perception Survey questions deals with the concept of whether employees would work more safely if they were paid more for doing so?  Once again today a customer posed this question as it is a frequent battleground for the 900 or so separate organizations they are responsible to assist with safety.


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Constant improvement

July 24, 2013

What are you doing to be the best at what you do? Take a few moments and try the following exercise, which is a great process to improve areas in which you are already proficient.


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