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The 6 pillars of safety

October 19, 2012
The Safety function wasn’t designed in most organizations, it evolved. Unfortunately when functions evolve they tend to organizational artifacts staffed by people who are long on activity and short on results.

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How “genuine" is your leadership?

October 19, 2012
With the concept of leadership under public scrutiny from politicians to CEOs and beyond, the issue of genuine leadership, i.e. what it is, and how is it developed, still eludes many.

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Am I doing enough workplace inspections? Too many? Too few?

October 10, 2012
My answer, of course is, “It depends.” As cryptic as it may sound, it is true. Safety inspection frequency will depend on several factors:

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As economy improves, employee engagement does not

October 10, 2012
With the improving economy and job market, concern about engaging employees and retaining critical talent is top of mind for many employers.

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We’re in the post-regulatory era, friends

October 3, 2012
I don't think I2P2, the must-vaunted Injury and Illness Prevention Program hailed by OSHA as its numerous uno standards priority, has snowball's chance of passing.

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Jailed on the job

October 3, 2012

In September, at least 261 people burnt to death as fires swept through two factories in Pakistan, police and government officials said, raising all-too-familiar questions about locked windows and gates, lack of emergency exists, cramped work spaces, and trapping workers like rats.

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Wyoming is growing carrots

October 3, 2012
Representative Tom Lubnau sponsored a bill, HB 89, which strengthened Wyoming OSHA’s “Courtesy Inspection” program.

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Who cares about China?

October 2, 2012

I say anything close to true global harmonization has a helluva long way to go. I’m not talking about war and peace. I’m referring to the incredible, horrible worker fatality stats that come from China each year, and barely warrant a mention in the U.S. press or U.S. safety press.

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Do you want your PPE from a vending machine?

September 26, 2012

A LinkedIn group discussion: How do you feel about the new trend of vending machines supplying PPE? I have reservations, it takes the “why they need a new PPE factor” out of the equation . Opinions appreciated. Thank you.

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Out of touch

The perception gap between employees and HR departments
September 26, 2012

A recent study has found that employees view the workplace much more negatively than human resources representatives do. Many argue that these differing perceptions are indicative of a growing, problematic trend within HR departments: the men and women hired to oversee company welfare have grown increasingly out of touch with the rest of their workforce.

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