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ISHN editors and invited bloggers sound off on headline news, controversies and emerging issues.

Kudos for credentials

September 12, 2012

A recent email to Larry Curtis, CSHM, Executive Director of the Institute for Safety and Health Management, expressed the value of certifications in the safety profession:


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Fear at work: Is it of injuries, or losing your job?

Get real: OSHA won’t be charging in on a white horse to save your job
September 6, 2012

As a good friend recently told me, "so many of us have had our heads buried in the feeding trough earning a living and paying our bills, we have not had time to look up and pay attention to what the hell is going on around us."


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Don’t outsource the humans

We need their attentive eyes
September 5, 2012

Something went wrong…people got hurt. This sounds like the midnight call that all safety managers hate to get. A call that indicates an injury occurred and a whole litany of steps need to be taken: Comfort the victim and family, shut down the area, and deal with the paperwork.


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OSHA faces axe of automatic spending cuts

Funding slashes could cost OSHA 81 full-time employees
September 5, 2012

This problem is called “Sequestration”! If you recall, Congress failed to come up with adequate spending cuts following enactment of the Budget Control Act. This law stated that if Congress failed to cut spending by about $1.4 trillion, then automatic spending cuts would take effect on January 1, 2013.


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Why smart workers make deadly decisions

Biases, blunders and cognitive traps
August 29, 2012

“When I was a young man I was given a check for a million dollars. I tore it up and went to the top of a mountain to contemplate the mistakes of mankind…one man in particular.” Joe Martin, Cartoonist.


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Why good people sometimes do bad things

Are ethical foundations in place?
August 29, 2012

I discovered these factors that influence behavioral ethics in the course of my doctoral research, when I analyzed 150 different derailments within organizations. Since then, these factors have been tested in various studies.


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Days of a true “Safety Culture” are gone

August 22, 2012
The days of a true "safety culture" I am sad to say have gone the way of the "man in the gray flannel suit."


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There is just one organizational culture

The question is, where does safety fit in?
August 22, 2012
I don’t have much to say about changes in the Penn State culture other than this:


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Watch what leaders do, not what they say

August 22, 2012
Since I graduated from Louisiana State University, I’ll say a few words about big-time college football.


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PSU culture: It is a corporate entity

“Survival depends on loyalty at all costs”
August 22, 2012
Don't forget, these are not leaders in the community, they are managers of a corporate entity and the corporate culture requires loyalty at all costs.


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