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Falls at Work Cause 2 Deaths a Day: 4 Ways to Influence Change

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

FACT: Every DAY, two people die in the United States as a result of a fall at work. Yes, that’s right – two deaths per day, according to the National Safety Council.

As you probably know, June is National Safety Month and this week, the National Safety Council’s focus is on Fall Prevention.  It may be surprising to you that in the year 2018 we still have that many fall-related fatalities on the job.  Sadly, we still have a long way to go when it comes to preventing deaths and serious injuries due to falls.  Here are some other sobering facts:


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10 Ways Your Commitment to Safety Can Improve Workplace Wellness

Posted by  Claire McCue

Whether it's reducing workplace injuries, avoiding heatstroke, increasing your fitness outside of the workplace, or providing support or resources for drug use, there are many effective ways to promote workplace wellness and safety. In honor of this week's focus on employee wellness for National Safety Month, we're reviewing a list of ways your commitment to safety can help you foster a workplace of employee wellness. 


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4 Factors That Can Make Your Emergency Preparedness Plan More Effective

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

A workplace emergency is a situation that threatens workers, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Emergencies may be natural or man-made, and may include hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter weather, chemical spills, explosions, and many other hazards. Many types of emergencies can be anticipated in the planning process, which can help employers and workers plan for other unpredictable situations.

June is National Safety Month, and week one focuses on Emergency Preparedness. In the workplace, a variety of hazards can occur as a result of natural disasters and emergencies. For those working in the impacted area, it is vital to be prepared for an emergency by ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary supplies, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. A solid emergency preparedness plan allows for more seamless communication and execution which can reduce serious injuries and fatalities.


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3 SafetyDNA Factors That Can Make or Break Your Stop Work Authority Program

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Please answer the following question as honestly as possible.

On a scale of 1 (Very Unlikely) to 6 (Very Likely) what is the likelihood that the average employee in your workplace would stop a job if they deemed it to be unsafe?

Does your company have an official Stop Work Authority policy that allows any worker to stop a job if they feel it is unsafe?  If so, what was your answer to the question above?  If your rating was 3 or lower, don’t feel bad.  Many organizations today still struggle with implementing an effective and robust Stop Work Authority (SWA) process that truly empowers individuals to exercise this authority and stop a job when they feel that they or co-workers are at risk of injury.  I work with a lot of global organizations that have very low incident rates and seemingly strong safety cultures, but when we talk to employees about their SWA, it becomes apparent that not everyone is truly comfortable stopping the work.


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3 Ways to Make Your Safety Stand-Down More Powerful

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 370 of the 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These workplace injuries and deaths are preventable. In honor of OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in the construction industry this week, we'd like to support these efforts by suggesting three ways to reinforce your stand-down efforts. By understanding your psychological characteristics and tendencies, you are more easily able to maintain a safe workplace and make the most out of this campaign.


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Improve Driver Safety by Understanding What Puts You at Risk

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you own or lease a vehicle, I want you to take a moment to think about the last time you drove your car.  Maybe it was just a few hours ago.  You probably took a few moments during the drive to change the station on your stereo, adjust the temperature, or maybe to look at your navigation device.  Each one of those small, everyday driving habits was a distracted driving moment during which you were significantly more at risk of being involved in an automobile accident.  In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”  So anytime you are doing any of these activities, you become a distracted driver. 


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3 Ways Safety Leaders Succeed in Fostering a Safe Workplace

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Many organizations and safety leaders expend significant time and money putting together safety programs and training to foster a safer culture. Unfortunately, these programs often fail, resulting in significant injuries, inefficiencies, and costs to the organization. One of the reasons for these failures is that these traditional approaches cannot account for an important factor – the unique psychological differences between individuals when it comes to safety.


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A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce Safety Incidents in the Workplace

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

Each year, thousands are killed while working on the job and even more are injured or have a close call that could result in injury. An appendage to those tragic events is the fact that organizations lose thousands and even millions of dollars due to these safety incidents. OSHA has stated:


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4 Psychological Safety Traits that Impact ISO 45001 Implementation

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

If you’re in charge of OHS at your workplace, you’ve probably considered whether the new ISO 45001 standard makes sense for your company. You’ve likely read about it or heard people in the industry discussing it. Or you may be wondering whether your company is ready for the requirements and the process involved. There are several factors which can impact the implementation and eventual success of any ISO standard within an organization, such as its size, nature of operations, current OHS policies, or available resources. However, one factor you will not typically hear about is arguably the most important – the people who make up the organization.


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ISO 45001 is Finally Here – Can Your Safety Culture Support It?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s finally here! What many safety professionals have been eagerly awaiting for years: ISO 45001. Released just a week ago, this is the first set of ISO standards that will be specifically dedicated to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Just as ISO 9001 provides a consistent standard for quality management systems, ISO 45001 offers a consistent framework for how any organization can implement an effective safety management system regardless of its size, industry, or location on the globe. Indeed, it has the potential to be a game-changer in safety across the globe for years to come.


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