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Deming: Culture transformation is everyone’s job

December 11, 2012
By far the most universal belief in worker safety is that safety is impossible without top management commitment and action.


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Why do you make it tougher? Getting the rules right

Being a Safety Advisor (OSHA) is not popular
December 11, 2012
Bosses hate you because you cost them money.


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Operator procedures: A tale of two gas plants

December 4, 2012

I have visited several gas plants across the US. Gas plants are complex facilities. They operate at pressure with flammable materials and dangerous products. Gas plants are regulated by Process Safety Management standards to address the inherent hazards of operations. 


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Crying over spilt milk; mistakes are inevitable, injuries are not

December 4, 2012

People make mistakes; it’s what makes us human. The propensity for human error is practically embedded in our DNA. While the idiom holds that there is no use crying over spilled milk, might there not be some benefit in examining the causes, contributors, and catalysts associated with poor decision-making?


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Reducing depression risks at work: Let’s get serious

November 28, 2012

It’s often said that hard work never hurt anybody. It’s a cliché with which occupational health folks and thousands of injured workers would undoubtedly disagree. And while tragic and often preventable physical injuries may be the easiest to see and document, other work-related health risks are much harder to pick up on. One such risk is depression.


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White House no friend of OSHA?

November 28, 2012

Shortly after taking office, the head of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acknowledged the troubling slow pace at which new worker safety regulations are put in place. 


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Has sustainability been trivialized?

November 28, 2012
Question for group: There is a growing consensus that the word “sustainability” is becoming a hindrance for the green economy, but what should it be replaced with?


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“This is loony”: BP execs get a free pass in Gulf spill settlement

November 28, 2012
The Justice Department just entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with the giant oil company BP.


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Susan Boyle and your safety culture

November 20, 2012

It’s easy to write people off by their appearance.  Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t dress or speak like you.  Maybe they have different interests than you, your co-workers, or your friends.   Or as one of my business acquaintances often states, “they’re just special!”


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Resilience in the face of catastrophe: Hurricane Sandy’s lesson for organizations

November 20, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast the New York Stock Exchange was closed for two days.


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