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The fear “work-around” to get better reporting

October 28, 2013

The most effective individual in your company may be the employee safety committee member who has gained not only your trust but has done the miraculous job of bringing together the often-bickering functions of your organization. They can bring together union and management like my dear friend Tim Meier at Marathon Refining.


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Six ways to undermine safety

March 29, 2013
Leaders want to demonstrate commitment to safety.


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When it comes to unsafe behaviors there’s plenty of blame to go around

Too many safety professionals act like institutional eunuchs
March 6, 2013

If you’ve made even the most cursory read of my articles and blogs you probably already know that I don’t hold much stock in Behavior Based Safety (BBS).  I believe that except for the odd statistical outlier nut-job, nobody WANTS to get hurt and unless they were designed by the Marquis De Sade you processes aren’t intended to hurt people.


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Are you turning a blind eye to hazards?

Biases can get in the way of decision-making
February 21, 2013

Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between. And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?


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When and how to use discipline: Principles for getting it right

January 2, 2013

Discipline is among the most confusing and controversial topics in safety. On one hand, it is obvious that companies must have safety procedures and rules. And once those rules are established, it is crucial to support and enforce them. Managers know—as company attorneys routinely remind them—that if they know about a safety rule violation and they ignore it, they put themselves at risk.


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Rules only protect people if everyone follows them

December 26, 2012

Thou shalt not kill. People have been using rules to protect people since man left the primordial forest and walked up right for the first time. For people some rules are sacred—they are worshipped for their own sake. For others, rules were meant to be broken. Irrespective of your view of rules, they form the foundation of society of all levels.


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Summit Training Source releases new titles for Summit Valley Video

December 6, 2012

Summit Training Source is pleased to announce the production of NEW Valley Video programs available in DVD and Streaming Video to enhance your training, including:


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Why good people sometimes do bad things

Are ethical foundations in place?
August 29, 2012

I discovered these factors that influence behavioral ethics in the course of my doctoral research, when I analyzed 150 different derailments within organizations. Since then, these factors have been tested in various studies.


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Why smart workers make deadly decisions

Biases, blunders and cognitive traps
August 29, 2012

“When I was a young man I was given a check for a million dollars. I tore it up and went to the top of a mountain to contemplate the mistakes of mankind…one man in particular.” Joe Martin, Cartoonist.


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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 (www.philladuke.wordpress.com).  I asked the question “Is workplace bullying a safety issue?” and it fomented quite a debate.


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