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Learning to be Productive In The Social Media World Using “CloudOn”

The iPad app provides qualities similar to Microsoft Office
By James Roughton
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If you are a PC user that works with Microsoft Office and now have your own iPad that you use on the go then you should read this post in detail.


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Don’t Turn the Lights Out: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Understanding the safety risks of operating equipment
By Timothy Ludwig Ph.D.
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The oh-too-human drive to blame can turn out the lights on the real game at play.


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You’re Not the Boss of Me: It’s Not The Message, It’s The Way It’s Delivered

By Phil La Duke
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We’ve all experienced this at one time or another: you point out an unsafe act or safety violation in good faith, only to have the worker shoot back some sarcastic, rude, or juvenile comment.


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Is an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management standard on the way?

By Thea Dunmire
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I have gotten the following question for several readers


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Creating the right context for process safety: 7 questions to ask

By Scott Stricoff

Virtually all catastrophic events in man-made systems are related to technical failures made possible by organizational failures. This explains why catastrophic events continue to occur despite widespread implementation of sophisticated technical and management systems. Deepwater Horizon and Texas City disasters are examples of events caused by weak organizational safety—the context within which technical and management systems function. 


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Pulling safety out of its rut: The value of a different look at safety

By Phil La Duke

Let’s be clear, there is no such thing as a safe workplace. Sure we can slap each other on the back and brag to one another about the four years without a recordable injury and we can tell ourselves that we have achieved a Utopian risk-free workplace but the reality is, there is always some probability that a worker will be harmed in the course of doing his or her job.


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The organizational safety dashboard ― the key to helping prevent injuries

By Rebecca Nigel

Unlike most other business measures—think earnings growth or debt load—the traditional measures of safety performance tell us little about where existing functioning actually is, and where it is headed. The deficiency of safety measurement in describing actual performance is so common as to be a cliché. The reality is that there are many variables that determine the quality of safety functioning, variables that could be detected with the right set of metrics, processes, and analysis.


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Addition by subtraction: Can it work in your safety program?

By Dave Johnson

The Sunday New York Times (Jan. 20) had an article, “The Art of Adding Through Taking Away,” with the “art” both philosophical and pragmatic. The underlying theme should be familiar to many of you: it is a variation of Keep it Simple, Stupid (KISS), dumb it down, keep it short and sweet, don’t complicate matters, don’t over-think.


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Are we in the age of “do nothing” safety?

By Dave Johnson

In the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” a brief exchange occurs between a CIA subordinate and his boss at Langley HQ. The subordinate and his team are frustrated. The higher-ups are not with aggression pursuing leads that the team believes could track down Bin Laden. “I wonder,” says the subordinate. “how do you assess the risk of doing nothing?”


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Reinventing your work life

By Dave Johnson

I was reading something yesterday where the writer described a person as being at that point in their life where they are saying, “been there, done that, is that all there is?” ISHN reader surveys have pointed out what’s already well-established: the EHS professional ranks are top-heavy with graying baby boomers beyond age 50.


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A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

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