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In the 90s, companies began to question the wisdom of relying solely on data from the financial statements to measure success. In 1992, Robert Kaplan and David Norton proposed a new system called the “Balanced Scorecard” to measure the key intangibles that contribute to company success that aren’t shown on the financial statements. Here’s an [...]
It’s been said that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And when it comes to the history of workplace safety—full of explosions, floods, fires and other disasters that left dozens or more maimed or dead—that’s a terrifying thought.
One of the most horrendous workplace tragedies in history took place 100 years [...]
BP’s Texas City Refinery, the third largest oil refinery in the U.S., is spread over 1,200 acres and has 1,600 permanent workers. On March 23, 2005, a cloud of hydrocarbon vapors ignited a fire in the Isomerization Unit (ISOM) that triggered an explosion killing 15 people and injuring 170 more. BP accepted responsibility for the [...]
Convincing senior management to invest in training workers and supervisors is a relatively easy task because such training is often expressly required by OHS laws. But the same can’t be said of training for safety coordinators like you. Why, senior management might ask, should the company divert scarce training resources to you if it’s not [...]
We’re all keeping a close eye on the situation in Fukushima. The first nuclear plants opened in 1952. And, over the years, there have been occasions where safety measures failed and accidents occurred. Here’s a chronology of some of the significant events:
Chalk River, near Ottawa
The accidental removal [...]
The tragic events unfolding in Japan over the past week has us all thinking in terms of disaster preparation and emergency evacuation.
The Importance of Practice
You know the old joke about the guy in New York City who’s lost and turns to a police officer to ask: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
The officer’s response: [...]
Whoever made up the phrase “the luck of the Irish” obviously didn’t know the story of Saint Patrick. If there’s one thing the man we celebrate today didn’t have, it was luck.
Born somewhere along the British coastline in the year 389, Patrick was kidnapped by a raiding party at the age of 14. His captors [...]
There’s no debate that our eyesight is invaluable: vision is a primary way humans experience the world, and without it, many jobs would prove impossible. The government has recognized the value of sight by passing legislation for workplace eye safety, and employers institute safety measures of their own to protect workers’ vision. While these combined [...]
There are three levels of tsunami warnings.
1. Advisory: An earthquake has occurred in the Pacific basin, which might generate a tsunami.
2. Warning: A tsunami was, or may have been generated, which could cause damage; therefore, people in the warned area are strongly advised to evacuate.
3. Watch: A tsunami was or may have been generated, but [...]
Tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves, are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption or meteorite. A tsunami can move hundreds of miles an hour in the open ocean and smash into land with waves as high as 100 feet (30 meters) or more.
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