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Penn State: “A massive collapse in leadership”

But more bureaucracy won’t change the culture
August 15, 2012

I have scanned the Freeh Report, but am not surprised that Freeh states the PSU culture has to change. So what is Freeh suggesting the PSU culture change to?

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Universal ownership & accountability

August 8, 2012

I hear a lot of complaints from safety professionals. Chief among them is that they are held accountable when other people get hurt. It’s a fair bone of contention.

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The great challenges facing EHS pros today

August 8, 2012

The EHS Professionals LinkedIn group recently conducted a canvassing on what constitutes the greatest challenge face pros in 2012: management leadership, building safety cultures, or obtaining and maintaining technical knowledge. Here are some of the posted comments:

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Reg agency funding: Long term all bets are off

August 8, 2012

So, Congress has recessed until after Labor Day. Just before they left town, they passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for the next six months.

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Chemical Safety Board findings vs. OSHA’s emphasis on “the numbers”

CSB investigations drill deep; OSHA injury numbers create blind sports
August 1, 2012

The Chemical Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the Deepwater Horizonaccident. The core finding was that the crew was too focused on reportable lost-time accidents and too unfocused on process safety.

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“You can’t scare me!”

The problem with scare tactics
August 1, 2012

Remember those playground and schoolyard taunts? “Nah, nah, you can’t scare me!” “I ain’t yellow!” Well, psychologist say those kids were on to something. It turns you can’t often scare people with fear tactics.

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What is the first step for any EHS manager in a new role and new company?

July 25, 2012

From the LinkedIn group EHS Professionals comes this most basic question, with a number of diverse answers…

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Do economic woes make people work harder, longer?

July 25, 2012

Germany: Average working hours per week: 25.6. Average wage per hour: $35.33 (7th highest)

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HR of Safety? Who’s responsible for stopping workplace bullying?

July 18, 2012

Last week I posted an item about workplace bullying on my personal blog (  I asked the question “Is workplace bullying a safety issue?” and it fomented quite a debate.

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Can’t get no respect

Guys are sleeping during my safety meetings
July 18, 2012

This comes from the Linkedin group EHS professionals. A new safety officer complains that workers always sleep during his general meetings and he gets no respect.

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