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Grade the Labor Secretary: I give her a “B”

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By Dave Johnson

Hilda Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor one year ago this month, February 24. It’s far too soon to judge OSHA chief Dr. Michaels. But I give Ms. Solis a solid “B” for her first year overseeing OSHA. What do you say?
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Fast food, hotels, health services, theme parks and retailers: Why the low-profile safety programs?

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By Dave Johnson

There are more than 2,300 worksites enrolled in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. Only 29 are health services. Has safety lost its way in the 21st century economy? If you have evidence otherwise, bring it on.
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The Toyota recall: Why safety pros in consumer companies have leverage

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By Dave Johnson

It’s a matter of trust. Safety-related problems are trust-busters for businesses like Toyota. We live in the age of brand power. And for some safety and health pros, that’s a distinct advantage.

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More great grit films

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ISHN printed a list of great true grit working class films in its January issue. Here readers add to the list with their own favorites.
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OSHA's interpretation of what is reportable has gone to the extreme

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Your concern regarding the underreporting of accidents and injuries is a concern. You have a valid point. However, there are compounding issues related to this underreporting, one of which is OSHA’s interpretation of what is reportable has gone to extreme.
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Speaking up: It don’t come easy

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By Dave Johnson

Workers are encouraged to speak up, stand up, when they know of OSHA recordkeeping abuses. When they are pressured to hide minor injuries so company safety goals can be met, and incentive rewards doled out. But it takes a lot of guts.
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Worker fatalities: Is any one paying attention?

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By Dave Johnson

OSHA’s web site is now designed to bring front and center focus to worker fatalities. Weekly fatality reports name names: the employers who reported (as mandated) job-related deaths to the agency. A brief summary of the incident is included. But is anyone reading these reports?
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I’m so lonesome I could die

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By Dave Johnson

One of Hank Williams’ classic songs is “I’m so lonesome I could cry.” A review of fatalities reported to OSHA shows that many deaths are lonesome experiences.
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The curse of pre-screened submitted questions

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By Dave Johnson

OSHA held an hour-long live webinar Q&A December 7 after the release of its latest regulatory agenda. But acting OSHA chief Jordan Barab, who answered the questions, had the benefit of handling only written questions, submitted in advance or during the Q&A.
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A+A = A safety pro’s dream trade show

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By Dave Johnson, Editor

Last month in Dusseldorf, Germany, the world’s largest safety tailgating party was held.
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