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Safety may be perceived as a thankless job, but without your work, more people would be injured or killed on the job. So SafetyXChange wants to recognize and reward the dedicated members of the safety profession through the 2009 Saxcies™ Awards.
Training methods, safety programs, individual devotion to safety, corporate leadership – there’s a category for [...]
Even without a permanent leader in place, Obama’s OSHA has moved forward with an aggressive enforcement strategy. On March 26, OSHA published a revised version of the Field Operations Manual (FOM), an internal set of instructions telling OSHA officials how to conduct inspections and set fines. The new-look FOM, which hadn’t been revised since 1994, [...]
The device of including a general duty clause requiring employers to address recognized dangers not specifically addressed in the statutes or regulations is also used in Canada.
Explanation: Under the internal responsibility system, each workplace stakeholder—which includes not just employers but supervisors, workers and even external parties like contractors and suppliers—is required to meet certain duties [...]
Pop Quiz: The designer of history’s first Social Security retirement program was:
A. Otto von Bismarck
B. Franklin D. Roosevelt
C. Winston Churchill
D. Mohandas Gandhi
The answer, believe it or not, is A. The arch-reactionary and militarist Otto von Bismarck actually put into effect the world’s first Social Security system in 1890. Make no mistake. Bismarck didn’t do it [...]
In the past two weeks, we’ve been discussing how to gather the information you need about yourself to evaluate your career choices. As with any other evaluation process, collecting intelligence is only half the battle. Ultimate success is also a function of how effectively you analyze the information you’ve gleaned. Let’s turn to that issue [...]
The self-assessment quiz at the end of last week’s article, “Is Safety Right for You?” is superficial and dumb. I’m a fully qualified safety professional with 35 years’ experience. I like my job and think it’s important. I scored 50. If I win the lottery, I will do the logical thing—quit working! Also, loose talk [...]
A statistical analysis from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) last month contains a double dose of good news: Traffic deaths are falling and seatbelt use is climbing. Here are some of the key numbers from the report which covers 2008:
37,313 The number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents, the lowest total since [...]
Why, despite our best efforts, are people still getting injured at work? The first reason is the presence of stimuli – we call them activators – that influence whether a person behaves safely. Second, behavior is affected by how individuals perceive the potential consequences of their actions. Putting the causes together, if an unsafe action [...]
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