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The Two Fundamental Problems with Safety – Part I

Oct 20, 2017 9:12:00 AM

While occupational health and safety has come a long way in the last 50 years, it hasn’t been all sunshine and daisies. There are a number of aspects which still cause safety professionals and practitioners difficulty in the workplace. While some of these issues are directly related to how organizations and work are designed, some of them are self-inflicted. Recognizing our sphere of control and influence, it seems necessary to address these issues forthwith.

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Safety Scorecard Signs - Is It a Sign of The Times or Time for a Sign?

Aug 29, 2017 11:21:00 AM

It seems standard at almost every industrial plant you enter or drive by that there’s a sign that says ___ days since last accident (last reported injury, last lost time accident, last time anybody needed a Band-Aid, etc.).

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The 6 Essential Traits We Look for When Hiring Safety Professionals

Jul 29, 2017 2:58:48 PM

As an organization that receives resumes nearly every single day from safety “professionals” seeking new opportunities, one might think that the selection process must be daunting.  Fully assessing the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform the core functions of what safety professionals do doesn’t take place in one meeting or one phone interview.  It is a multi-tiered process that ensures that only the best candidates are even considered. 

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Scapegoating On The Stupid Worker

Jul 27, 2017 9:17:00 AM

All too often the scapegoat when an incident or unsafe act occurs is the employee. Every day I see pictures posted of workers doing unsafe acts and I ask myself, is anyone learning from these mistakes or are we all getting a good laugh? Based on the captions and responses, the pictures are posted to social media so that everyone can get a good laugh at the “stupid” worker that can’t follow our safety policies and procedures.

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Why Hiring a Safety Consultant to Fix Your Safety Culture Probably Won’t Work

Jul 18, 2017 8:37:00 AM

I know you’re probably thinking, why would I write this if I were a safety consultant. Well, occasionally I’ll get a call from an organization leader, usually an operations manager, who says that they want to change their “safety culture”. Then their next question is usually, “how much do we charge for that?” When the first question is about cost, right after they’ve proclaimed that they want a safety culture, this tells me a few things: First, there is little or no emotional commitment behind what’s driving this new effort, and second; the initiative is doomed to fail.

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