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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat – 9.1.2010 – safety perception survey; a long way from zero; challenging bad attitudes; who’s stressed?

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Good September morning to you and farewell to the dog days,


New research released yesterday for the Public Welfare Foundation shows that 85 percent of workers rate safety as the most important workplace issue.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 8.30.2010 – Knee-jerk safety reactions; young pros withhold their trust; do companies really care?

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Good Monday morning,

As we head down the homestretch of summer…


From the discussion group EHSQ Elite:

The Question: “There's got to be some pretty entertaining ‘mistakes’ we humans have made with the best intentions of making it safer. These we can file under the ‘FAILED’ folder.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat – 8.27.2010 – Worries of safety pros; biggest challenges; defining safety leadership; job market status

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Good Friday morning:


One pro who recently changed jobs wonders:
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat – 8.25.2010 – When a safety pro crashes and burns; goodbye OSHA reform; is business more ethical than the government?

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Good Wednesday morning,

WORTH READING: “The BP Cover-Up” in the September-October 2010 issue of Mother Jones. “We Mad as Hell – And we’re not going to take this!” in the August 23 & 30, 2010 edition of Newsweek. The meltdown of the JetBlue flight attendant who grabbed the intercom, announced his resignation, grabbed tow beers, and existed down the escape hatch came hours before Bureau of Labor Statistics stats signaled that companies may have pushed workers as far as they can go, according to the article by Daniel Gross.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Beat 8.23.2010 – Fatalities fall but there’s unfinished business; budget blues could threaten state OSHA programs; I2P2 stakeholder meetings generate debate

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Good Monday morning,


“There is always more error than design in human affairs” – from Sir Winston Churchill’s “The World in Crisis 1911-1918”
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Dave Johnson’s safety beat for 8.20.2010 – fatality free fall; enterprise-wide enforcement; OSHA reform flounders; mines must report safety issues on SEC filings; no trust in the Gulf; looming coal ash controversy; another go at PELs

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Good Friday morning,


Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released Thursday show a decline in workplace fatalities from 4,340 workers in 2009 from a final count of 5,214 fatal work injuries in 2008.
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Dave Johnson’s safety beat 8.18.2010 – taming OSHA, record number of egregious cases, results of I2P2 meetings

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Good Wednesday morning,


An 8-year-old boy was killed Sunday morning when he went to work with his father in Woodland, Texas, reports The boy was struck by a passing forklift in the parking lot of a business, according to police.
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Dave Johnson’s Safety Playbook 8.16.2010 – What social media sites are discussing; near miss reporting; disposable oil rig workers? Skin diseases take their toll

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Dave Johnson has been chief editor of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) since 1980. We’ve given ISHN’s Facebook newsletter, also posted on the ISHN web site blog, a new title so we are not restricted to publishing Monday (The Week that will be in Safetyland), Wedneday (Hump Day in Safetyland) and Friday (The Week that was…)
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The Week that was in Safetyland – 8.13.2010 – BP settles up with OSHA, sort of… PPE compliance headaches never go away

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Happy Friday the 13th


BP TO PAY $50.6 MILLION TO RESOLVE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT LITIGATION… the highest fine ever issued by OSHA and paid by an employer.
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Hump Day view of safetyland 8.11.2010 – No dog days for OSHA

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Happy Hump Day,

But not for these companies, all snared in the last week in OSHA enforcement cases. No August doldrums down on Pennsylvania Avenue at the Department of Labor building:
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