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

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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Behavior-based safety: A critic assesses its shortcomings

July 11, 2012

Recently I was contacted by a student who is earning his degree in preparation for a career in Environmental Health & Safety.  He was given an assignment during his internship to research why Unions oppose Behavior Based Safety (BBS).

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Built to last: Certifying Behavior-Based Safety?

July 11, 2012

On a recent trip to Rome for a conference my sightseeing partner noted: “These people know how to build things that last.” My colleague Mark Alavosius and I were there for an exciting reason, but one that has me perplexed. This will take some explaining.

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Teammates, coaches, and cultures for Safety

July 11, 2012

Arguably, Fulton Walker of the Miami Dolphins had one of the finest special teams' performances in Super Bowl history. In 1983, Super Bowl XVII, Fulton had four kickoff returns for 190 yards and one touchdown. His touchdown of 98-yards was the first-ever kickoff to be returned for a touchdown in Super Bowl history. Fulton’s Super Bowl feat stood for nearly 15 years!

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A job Is a dying concept

July 4, 2012

Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH, gave the keynote presentation last Tuesday (June 19, 2012) at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference (AIHce). In his talk, he focused on 7 trends that will define the future of occupational health and safety – demography, employment, discrimination, disability, governance, standards and professionalism.

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Is workplace bullying a threat to worker safety? And if so what can be done about it?

June 27, 2012
The case of 68-year bus monitor, Karen Klein being bullied at the hands of four seventh graders has set off an international outrage against bullying.

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The power of vision and your safety culture

June 27, 2012
An increasing number of my clients are recognizing the importance of branding safety in bigger and better ways.

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Selling safety to alpha dogs

June 21, 2012

In last week’s post I talked a bit about dealing with Senior Executives who are alpha dogs. First, for those of you who don’t understand the reference, an “alpha dog” is the leader of a pack of dogs.

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Fairness is the foundation of a safety culture

May 31, 2012

For the last couple of weeks I have been teaching Just Culture to a large healthcare organization and it has triggered new revelations about the concept.

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