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ISHN editors and invited workplace safety and health thought leaders offer their cutting-edge views on the profession’s critical issues.

You don't need to be superman!

By David Sarkus MS, CSP

You don't have to be Superman to be a great safety leader.  But let's face it, some leaders bring out the best in people and others bring out the very worst.  We need to make choices every day regarding the kind of leader we are going to be, especially for those who are following. 

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Learning is state dependent

By John Drebinger Jr.

Years ago, I learned a technique that helped people learn more effectively. It is based upon the premise if you learn something in a particular physiological position and state of mind you will be able to remember it much easier in the same physical position and emotional state.

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Safety: the new competitive advantage in a world of liability

By Phil La Duke

As regulators change their view on the relationship of worker safety to contractors and their customers, more companies are using a prospective supplier’s safety record as criteria for awarding business. Some shops have lost profitable contracts to competitors with better safety records. And that’s not all.

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Discipline – Handling people who won’t follow the rules

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Enforcement ... does that mean discipline? Wait … what is discipline? As I was growing up and in need of firm guidance, discipline was often kicked off when my papa told me, “You’re in a heap a’ trouble, boy.”

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OSHA’s newest compliance officers – your employees

By Jonathan A. Jacobi, CSP

A fundamental right afforded by the Occupational Safety and Health Act is the right to report safety concerns without fear of reprisal or retribution of any kind. OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program was established to investigate alleged violations of this right.

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Case study: Supervisor & project manager overrule safety officer – who wins?

“Safety officer stopped a job after observing unsafe condition, but line supervisor ordered the job to continue citing high priority, and the project manager agreed with line supervisor's decision. There was one lost-time injury during the job. The management already formed its opinion about the safety officer because the job belongs to one of their favorite customers, but later called for full investigation. Whose job should be saved?

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Devil – The details of a safety accountability culture

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

As a famous cliché reads: the devil is in the details. I often get asked about the details of a viable safety accountability culture. An example of visible executive involvement is personal commitment to safety accountability (S/A), to be involved in a review and discussion of appropriate actions for all significant incidents and near misses.

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Be your brother’s keeper - HOW?

By John Drebinger Jr.

Since the release of my latest book,” Would You Watch Out For My Safety?™ “ in March of 2011, I have had the privilege of sharing its message with thousands of people. During that time, I have discovered a few things I thought I would share with you today.

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Electrical lineman with life-altering injuries: It is worse on your family

"Everything you are going to do is going to affect others for the rest of your life. So if you get injured, it's an impact that's going to affect everybody," says Gary Norland, a former lineman and electrical accident survivor.

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More than a thousand lives lost in vain

By Dave Johnson

“We suffer in this age from an indifference toward criminality and a callousness to catastrophe when it comes to poor and working people.” That quote comes from retired Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West in a recent interview in the London-based newspaper The Guardian. Dr. West has been called the firebrand of American academia for almost 30 years.

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ISHN'S September issue features a series of essay on thought leadership. Get expert advice on self-motivation, compliance and more!

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