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Safety: Finding the Right Mix of Idealism and Realism

April 17, 2014

Are all accidents preventable? The idealist says that, under the right circumstances and with early detection of risks and trends, they are. The realist says that given probability, massive exposure to risks, human nature and imperfect performance a certain number of accidents are inevitable.


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From the online “EHS Professionals” discussion group

How do you deal with abusive workers in your workplace?

Question posed by Tamara, a health and safety professional
April 16, 2014

A company should have a Code of Conduct that is understood through training and sign offs. After that it's a matter of implementation and enforcement. Usually these behaviors are a sign of larger issues that must be investigated and dealt with.


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3 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness in a Multitasking Workplace

April 16, 2014

Google, eBay, Intel and General Mills offer classes on it. So do Harvard Business School, Ross School of Business and Claremont Graduate University, among other campuses. Mindfulness is not just a corporate trend, but a proven method for success. Mindfulness – being focused and fully present in the here and now – is good for individuals and good for a business’s bottom line.


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Learn all you can about your safety audience

April 11, 2014

As I was catching up on the goings on of my friends and family on Facebook, I stumbled on a story of a teacher who truly knows how to communicate with students. First, the teacher made it a part of the job as a communicator to know and understand the audience. We, as safety leaders need to do the same.


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How to retrain your brain & put the adult in charge

April 9, 2014

The human brain is a wonder of the universe, but our understanding of it can seem contradictory, says Steven Jay Fogel, author of the new book, "Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living.“ On the one hand, we’re often told of those crucial years that our brain develops in childhood, when we’re rapidly progressing in development of our language and other skills, and our preadolescent and teenage years, when our brains undergo a sort of second Big Bang of learning,” says Fogel.


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I would never belong to a group that would have me as a member

The rise of the self-loathing safety professional
April 9, 2014

Recently I was talking to colleagues on the subject of talking to strangers on airplanes. Like many safety professionals I spend a fair amount of time crammed into an uncomfortable seat, breathing stale air, and having my space invaded by a mouth-breather whose idea of a good trip is chatting up the stranger beside him.


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Cardinal rules – Influencing noncompliance

April 8, 2014

Our personal risk tolerance is directly influenced by the severity of the outcome. If there is a high cost associated with a risk, we are more prone to comply with the rules set in place. While writing this post, I am reminded of today’s airline industry.


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Checklist success: You don't want a pile of identical photocompies

April 1, 2014
The simple checklist has gotten a lot of press recently.


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Workplace changes can increase productivity, but…

March 27, 2014

Want to improve productivity by motivating workers, or maybe improving the look of their workzone? A new study showed some "small but significant" effects on work-related outcomes -- but with a twist.


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Having fun with a serious subject

March 27, 2014

One of the best ways to make your point is by using humor. As you know, you will more likely listen to a creative and fun airline safety announcement than the same old tired message. For years, I have been sharing the message that people need to use the handrail whenever they are using the stairs.


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