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A Level-One world

April 9, 2013

I use a concept called the Six Levels of Safety Performance as a practical model that takes an organization from a fundamental safety regs approach all the way through to an organization that is passionately engaged in leading the relentless pursuit of a zero-incident safety culture.


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“Don’t wear seat belts for safety”

"I would rather be in charge of my choices"
April 5, 2013

I read your rules article in the March 2013 issue of ISHN and would add that someone should point out the dangers of seat belts. My philosophy is that everything in life is a trade off. You say wear the beat belt for safety. I say don't wear the seat belt for safety.


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How often has someone you love driven under the influence unknowingly?

April 4, 2013

My wife and her friends love to go wine tasting. I am the perfect chauffeur as I don't drink and never have. This way no one has to give up anything to be the "designated driver."


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The greatest threat to safety might be your safety training

April 3, 2013

To assert that most safety training sucks is to reveal no great insight; it’s practically an O’Henry short story: training professionals steer clear of safety courses for fear they might miss some important point and imperil the learners and safety professionals lack the requisite knowledge of knowledge of adult education to construct an effective course.


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World class safety cultures – What does it take?

April 2, 2013

A blog follower recently asked: Is there anything from Caterpillar Safety Services outlining the positive things or actions that we can expect to see in facilities with “world-class” responses to the survey questions for each of the survey process elements? Back in the days of the survey development one of the team members, Dr. Dan Petersen, defined world-class safety as an organization that was within the best 10 percent of his customers at that point in time.


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Six ways to undermine safety

March 29, 2013
Leaders want to demonstrate commitment to safety.


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Heat, hydration, and heavyweight horrors

What lurks behind the thirst?
March 28, 2013
People who have not been there are often incredulous that mining and construction workers in the north of Western Australia regularly do their shifts in temperatures hovering around 50°C.


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Actions speak louder than words?

March 27, 2013
In any organization, leadership is responsible to set the standards and values of that organization.


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Solutions to the speak-hear conundrum

How tasks such as clear communication can help employees avoid on-going problems in the workplace
March 26, 2013
While sitting around the fire pit during a customer trip to Africa, my team had an enjoyable discussion with the African people who were a part of the camp.


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How will your job kill you?

Considering the top causes of workplace fatalities
March 22, 2013
If you die in on the job, statistically, it will be in a way that you probably don’t worry too much about.


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