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Safety success can be scary

Did you watch the post-game interview with Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide after the Tide won the NCAA football championship back in January?


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Safety perception survey beginnings

Caterpillar’s Safety Perception Survey had its beginnings in the late 1970s when Dr. Dan Petersen and Dr. Chuck Bailey teamed to study what really made a difference in safety performance.


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Incident investigations: five challenges to successful findings

A good incident investigation process identifies root causes and how to address them so that the safety culture is strengthened.
Even though organizations may have a proper incident investigation process in place, often times the process is less than optimal in achieving its objectives.


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The golden goose egg: Is the race to zero incidents worth the chase?

There are various schools of thought when it comes to the golden goose egg and your organization’s EHS performance.


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Why the nurse wouldn’t administer CPR

A mountain blizzard rages outside the windows, classes are cancelled at the university… being socked in for the day, one gets philosophical.


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Don’t let poor presentation skills bury your content

The questions I ask safety team members and safety professionals are: “Are your safety presentations effective?”


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Tips for coaching frequently injured employees

I recently received the following inquiry: “We're getting ready to perform safety coaching sessions with some of our frequently injured employees. Do you know of anyone who might have a script to outline the dialogue?”


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“Prevention” is not appropriate in I2P2 language

When Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigned her position, the talk became what might happen to OSHA’s planned Injury/Illness Prevention Standard (I2P2). Secretary Solis had announced this initiative in early 2010. The stated purpose was to require employers to establish a plan that would prevent violations of OSHA standards and that would protect workers from violations of their workplace rights.


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Blinded by the light

Coast Guard flights endangered when public targets planes with laser strikes
In 2012, more Coast Guard flights were interrupted by laser strikes, than at any other point in its 223-year history.


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When it comes to unsafe behaviors there’s plenty of blame to go around

Too many safety professionals act like institutional eunuchs

If you’ve made even the most cursory read of my articles and blogs you probably already know that I don’t hold much stock in Behavior Based Safety (BBS).  I believe that except for the odd statistical outlier nut-job, nobody WANTS to get hurt and unless they were designed by the Marquis De Sade you processes aren’t intended to hurt people.


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Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

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Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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2014 December

Check out ISHN's last issue of the year, which features articles about distance learning, foot protection and confined space.

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