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Are you turning a blind eye to hazards?

Biases can get in the way of decision-making
February 21, 2013

Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between. And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?


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How to effectively shout about sustainability

Techniques for corporate leaders to use
February 20, 2013

There are a number of communications techniques that corporate leaders in sustainability and corporate responsibility communication use, to various degrees. Here are 15:


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Comparing U.S. and U.K sustainable business practices

February 19, 2013

What a rollercoaster ride! It has been five years since I moved to New York to open our US office. My arrival here coincided with the worst financial crash since the Depression, a time when you were unsure whether there would be any cash in the ATM, let alone a market for sustainability advice.


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Learning to be Productive In The Social Media World Using “CloudOn”

The iPad app provides qualities similar to Microsoft Office
February 12, 2013
If you are a PC user that works with Microsoft Office and now have your own iPad that you use on the go then you should read this post in detail.


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Don’t Turn the Lights Out: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Understanding the safety risks of operating equipment
February 12, 2013
The oh-too-human drive to blame can turn out the lights on the real game at play.


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You’re Not the Boss of Me: It’s Not The Message, It’s The Way It’s Delivered

February 12, 2013
We’ve all experienced this at one time or another: you point out an unsafe act or safety violation in good faith, only to have the worker shoot back some sarcastic, rude, or juvenile comment.


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Is an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management standard on the way?

February 12, 2013
I have gotten the following question for several readers


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Creating the right context for process safety: 7 questions to ask

February 8, 2013

Virtually all catastrophic events in man-made systems are related to technical failures made possible by organizational failures. This explains why catastrophic events continue to occur despite widespread implementation of sophisticated technical and management systems. Deepwater Horizon and Texas City disasters are examples of events caused by weak organizational safety—the context within which technical and management systems function. 


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Pulling safety out of its rut: The value of a different look at safety

February 6, 2013

Let’s be clear, there is no such thing as a safe workplace. Sure we can slap each other on the back and brag to one another about the four years without a recordable injury and we can tell ourselves that we have achieved a Utopian risk-free workplace but the reality is, there is always some probability that a worker will be harmed in the course of doing his or her job.


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The organizational safety dashboard ― the key to helping prevent injuries

February 4, 2013

Unlike most other business measures—think earnings growth or debt load—the traditional measures of safety performance tell us little about where existing functioning actually is, and where it is headed. The deficiency of safety measurement in describing actual performance is so common as to be a cliché. The reality is that there are many variables that determine the quality of safety functioning, variables that could be detected with the right set of metrics, processes, and analysis.


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