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Why strive to be the best when good enough is good enough?

safety, workplace safety

I encourage my daughter to try her best at everything she does in hopes that she becomes the best.  After all what parent wouldn’t want to see their kid standing on the podium at the Olympics with a gold medal hanging around their neck?  But what’s the cost of becoming the best, and isn’t it ok to just be “good”? ...

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Bottoms-up —Realizing You Need Safety When it’s Too Late

broken bottle Jon Callow Flickr

The belief is that every alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before they realize they have a problem and can start on the road to recovery.  With some employers the same can be said about their safety program.  What triggering event will it take to shake them up and get them to understand that they have requirements to follow and ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Photo: Vasiliki Millousi via Flickr.

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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“I Can’t Fix Stupid”—Zero Injury is an Impossible Goal

workplace safety, zero injury

It’s inevitable that somewhere, sometime, a worker at your company will do something stupid, resulting in an injury. You’re kidding yourself if you believe that isn’t the way it plays out.  It’s a numbers game of probability—the more time that passes and worker hours are logged without an injury the closer you get to experiencing an injury.  Therefore does a ...

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Where’s the value in contractor vetting?

contractor safety

ISNetworld, BROWZ, First Verify, PICS, and other third party vetting providers serve to ensure that your health and safety programs and practices meet client requirements.  To put it another way, if you want a client’s business, you’d better have what the client is looking for.  The formal vetting of contractors to pre-qualify them for work has been around for a ...

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Managing fatigue to prevent injuries

Worker fatigue affects mood, motivation, attention, creativity, resilience, problem solving, and health. It also affects the safety of our coworkers.

Tired of hearing about fatigue management? We are a society of people that are constantly tired and stressed, and we struggle with making good decisions about our nutrition every day. Many of us are so accustomed to living with fatigue that it’s easy to overlook how it affects our safety consciousness and puts us and our co-workers at serious risk. ...

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Destination zero — Are we there yet?

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Are we there yet? Are we there yet? was the repeated chorus from my two kids in the back seat of my car. And just like my parents replied to me when I was a kid, so I replied to mine: “We’re there when we’re there.” Every once in a while I would change it up and say “Our destination ...

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How a heart to heart with your boss could save your life

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We’ve all played the “what if” game.  What if you were stranded on an island and had to choose one food item to eat for the rest of your life.  I’d like to challenge you to apply the “what if” scenario to safety.  Here’s the question:  “What if you had to pick just one word to describe the key to ...

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Recipe for an accident

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I still believe my mom has the best recipe for banana bread.  “The secret…” she told me, “…is in adding an extra banana.”  As safety professionals, our focus is on accident prevention, and that’s where it should be.  However, coming at it from a different angle can shed some light and reveal unseen causes. Let’s examine the “ingredients” that go ...

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