Big data, adaptability and the future of workplace safety were all explored in articles posted on this year. Here are the top safety culture-related stories of 2017.

Politically correct or effective?

John Drebinger Jr.

December 19, 2017

Most truths about communication are timeless. With all the cultural and political tension we observe today it might seem this was written as a response to that tension. However, in fact, it is one more look into how to be the most effective safety motivational speaker possible. So how important is it to be politically correct?

Safety, me and forgetting about ‘we’

Hannah Stewart

October 11, 2017

Focusing on the ‘me,’ becoming self-reliant and assigning less importance to what others think or do is certainly a healthy philosophy; it’s been related to a happier life in that people feel empowered to put their own interests first.

What is the future of workplace safety?

September 26, 2017

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Occupational keynote speakers Larry Wilson and Tim Page-Bottorff discussed the future of workplace safety on Tuesday morning. They said it’s moving towards investing in the people in your organization and our experience with human factors will put you on the right path. Positive interaction with employees requires real engagement, a focus on human performance, human error and embracing an integrated safety culture, Wilson said.

Since 9/11-

We’re better prepared for public health emergencies

September 20, 2017

The U.S. has made considerable progress in its public health preparedness capability in the 16 years since the sixteen years after terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, according to the American Journal of Public Health, which is releasing a special supplement on the subject. 

Improving safety performance using error reduction strategies

Duncan Kerr Milan Trpin

September 1, 2017

In industries where there has been success in error reduction, a common element is that there is a distinct focus on the quality of safety activities and processes, with leadership actively fighting against safety processes becoming 'tick the box' activities.

Responding to safety scrutiny: Tesla CEO more direct than most

 Dave Johnson

June 26, 2017

It’s something of a tradition in workplace safety to observe how different company cultures react to bad news about accidents, hazardous conditions, OSHA penalties, worker complaints and negative press. In my experience, most of the time defenses go up immediately.

Slip sliding away: Cultural perception gaps often are ignored

David Sarkus MS, CSP

June 14, 2017

One safety culture dimension does not get the scrutiny and attention it deserves – perception gaps in organizations. It can easily get overlooked, and create problems that relate directly to safety, productivity, and morale.

It pays to create a culture of workplace safety

Mike Schmidt

June 13, 2017

Creating and maintaining a safe work environment should be a priority of great significance for all manufacturers, but ensuring the well-being of employees on the job is an incredibly tall task.

Words of encouragement – Improving a sick culture

Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

May 1, 2017

For many years I worked as someone who came into a company or organization which was in serious risk of going under. It seemed strange to me that almost without exception there was a significant resistance to making change / improvement in a culture that most all thought to be terminally sick.

How hospitals encourage staff to wash their hands

February 2, 2017

There is no universal solution, but hospitals can take these steps to encourage staff to wash their hands: 1. Invest in alcohol-based hand rub. In many cases this is more effective than washing hands with soap and water. When introduced, one study showed adherence rates increased from 28 percent to 47 percent.

Riding the waves of change (in the workplace)

A simple model helps teams adapt

Barbara Ruland

January 27, 2017

Changes in the workplace could be described as rolling in like sets of waves off the coast. Organizations must be nimble and strong to ride the waves instead of being pulled under. Change is so prevalent in the workplace that SIOP ranked “adapting to change effectively” as #2 on its 2017 Top 10 Workplace Trends List.

How to really use Big Data and 21st-century technology

Nick Bernini

January 20, 2017

We are constantly hearing words like “Big Data”, “Data Scientist” and “Predictive Analytics” – but what do they really mean?