SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

4 Psychological Factors that Impact Driver Safety

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

In 2017, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes according to the National Safety Council, with the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road being alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. And, as an employer, you play a big role in keeping roads safe. Millions of employees drive as part of their jobs. Some are professionally trained drivers, but many are not, and if a job does not primarily involve driving, the employee often does not receive the same driver safety management that professional drivers do.


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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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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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The Journey to an Injury Free Workplace: 4 Best Practices

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

good way to experience the best safety practices/programs across industries and organizations is to see them first hand. Sitting down with those who lead them provides an honest perspective on the work involved in transforming a site’s safety culture. This blog summarizes years of safety transformation work. Last week we reviewed four considerations required for a journey to an injury-free workplace. Now we will look at the innovative approaches that leading companies are taking to deal with these four factors.  

Most companies have reasonable safety programs in place. They do a good job in both their new hire safety onboarding process and reinforcing safety through their ongoing training programs. Many companies make employees sign a document stating they understand what is expected and will comply. Better companies do not stop there and turn their focus on the likelihood that employees will do what they were trained to do. How? 


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Is Complacency Impacting Personal Safety Behavior at Your Site?

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Are you a task list person? Do you write out specific things that you need to get done and diligently work through your list? Maybe even write down a task after completing it just to allow yourself the satisfaction of crossing it off? 


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Burn Prevention: Are We Playing with Fire?

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

As part of Burn Awareness Week, we turn our attention to workplace burn injuries. Due to their severe nature, one might think that no one would knowingly risk a catastrophic burn injury. After all, over 70% of burn injuries treated in burn centers originate in the home. So, perhaps it's more a threat of unwatched candles rather than day-to-day work operations. While many easily overlook the sparks from a living room fireplace, we would expect far fewer would be so careless around an online boiler at a utility company.


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Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: A Missing Piece

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Safety professionals are notorious for getting hit with the gotcha questions that, if not answered correctly, make us look stupid. On the surface these questions seem simple to answer, but there’s always a catch. Here’s one I recently heard. Are today’s new mid-size sedans safe to drive? For the sake of this argument, let’s consider the 2018 Toyota Camry. What do you say – is it a safe vehicle? Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently gave this car their Top Safety Pick Award. If you're like most astute safety professionals, your answer will sound like this: “Yes, but…it depends on who is driving the Camry!” You quickly recognize that, while the vehicle is reasonably safe, the person behind the wheel ultimately decides how the car is driven


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Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: 5 Trends & Challenges Ahead

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) are earth-shattering experiences for a worksite: nothing has as much of a time-freezing effect on a workforce. It's in these occasions that we see leaders drop everything to meet and reflect on the trauma that shakes their teams. And with these recurring meetings comes the obvious questions: “What happened? How can we keep this from ever happening again?” In recent years, workplace injuries have been trending in a concerning direction. Non-fatal recordables have slightly declined from 3.2/100 FTEs in 2014 to 3.0 in 2015 and 2.9 in 2016. Yet, fatalities increased, with 2014 recording 4,821 fatalities, 2015 showed a 15-case increase, followed by a dramatic 7% increase in 2016. 2017 likely will follow this trend.


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