SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

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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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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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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How Our Innate Safety Traits Can Predict Human Error

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

When someone gets hurt, where does the problem lie? The human or the system? It’s in a safety professional's nature to seek the underlying cause of an event, but a more useful question to ask might be:


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Systems vs the Individual: How Safety Traits can Keep You on Track

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s not easy to be Amtrak right now. Talk about a rough stretch…three major accidents in the past two months alone. First, in December 2017, a Cascades train traveling from Seattle to Portland came to an abrupt halt, derailing off a bridge and onto a busy highway. Then, a chartered Amtrak train traveling through Virginia collided with a garbage truck. Most recently, an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Miami collided with a freight train in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, these are just the most recent incidents…barely three years ago was one of the largest train derailments in history: the Philadelphia Amtrak crash, which killed eight people and left 180 injured. How can we prevent these accidents?


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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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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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You Don’t Want A Hungry Judge – How Self-Control Affects Safety Behavior

Posted by  Brian Dishman

Imagine you are in prison. Your application for parole is being reviewed today by a judge. What time of day do you want to have your application reviewed?

Think about your answer and hold onto it. We’ll revisit the question later…

Self-control. It's critical to safety behavior and important decision-making. When thinking of self-control, let’s focus closely on people’s ability to control emotions and desires in challenging situations. It’s a tricky effort.


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Pop Quiz: What Does Management Commitment to Safety Look Like?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Which of the following management activities best describes “management commitment to safety” to you? (Note: by ‘management’ I primarily mean Supervisors)

  1. Participating actively in safety meetings and safety training events

  2. Investing time and resources on effective safety improvements

  3. Talking frequently about safety with employees

  4. Role modeling safe behavior at all times

  5. Whatever the company defines as “commitment to safety


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