Thought Leadership

ISHN editors and invited workplace safety and health thought leaders offer their cutting-edge views on the profession’s critical issues.

OSHA brought culture change to the healthcare industry

Regarding OSHA's ability to impact safety culture, in 1986, the American Dental Association unsuccessfully sued OSHA to block the Bloodborne Pathogens Std (BBP). The ADA argued before the US Court of Appeals that if OSHA forced dentists to wear gloves, patients would be freaked out and no one would go to the dentist.
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Laws and regs are signs of culture change

Regarding regulations being unable to elicit culture change, it reminds me of an issue that goes still further back. I remember when the Civil Rights laws were passed some people complained that you can’t force (white) people to like or be nice to (black) people. This has to come from the heart, and laws can’t help, and may make things worse.
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How will an OSHA inspector assess I2P2 compliance?

On the one hand, providing business (and government) leaders with a template (I2P2) on “what good looks like” in terms of leadership, participation, organizing, facilitating, and measuring organizational safety systems using contemporary strategies makes sense.
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Stop treating us as spawn of the devil

Full disclosure: I am a white, 59 year old, 30+ year safety guy. As you could guess from my age, my degree is not safety. I have worked in engineering, construction, a university-based state OSHA consultation program, and for a very large manufacturer. Politically, I am a conservative-leaning moderate. That said, I have some problems with David Michaels when I hear him or read what he says.
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Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

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Changes to NFPA 70E® – What You Need to Know

NFPA ® for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is revised every three years, providing the most up-to-date requirements for safe work practices to reduce exposure to electrical hazards. This program analyzes several significant changes in 70E ® and is designed to clarify the reasoning behind the changes, and assist in determining how the changes impact employees and employers.

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. 



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