Workers who are pushed, or push themselves, to meet demanding client needs – whether in a warehouse or in a manufacturing plant – can sometimes end up making poor decisions regarding safety that could result in disaster. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into a fatal plane crash involving a star athlete illustrates this point […]
The National Safety Council says due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, its annual flagship conference will be a fully virtual event in March 2021. The exact dates for the virtual conference will be announced in the coming weeks. The NSC Congress & Expo had been scheduled for October 2020 in Indianapolis, and then was postponed […]
These days, I’m always on a Zoom meeting. At least I feel like I am. The coronavirus pandemic contributes to that. For you, maybe the virtual meeting is via Skype or Microsoft Meetings or some other video conferencing program. Which platform isn’t important. I read an article in Harvard Business Review that laid out some […]
Situational awareness is a real and important issue, but it’s not very well understood. If you really think about situational awareness and how it applies to safety, think about Sherlock Holmes when he tells Dr. Watson, “You see, but you do not observe.” That’s really what we’re talking about. Situational awareness is about our ability […]
The American Industrial Hygiene Association unveiled its new brand today at the start of the Virtual AIHce EXP 2020. The organization says the new brand reflects its diverse membership and looks toward the future of the profession. “AIHA” is now the new name of the occupational safety group, with its main slogan, “Healthier Workplaces. A […]
When a company says its safety goal is zero injuries, do employees understand that’s different than zero risk reports?
This employee was injured when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer. The injured employee had been traveling for work. But how does a reported road rage incident factor into this case?
As a direct result of a chemical facility explosion that killed 15 people, the federal government has released a final rule for chemical facilities intended to protect the lives of emergency responders and the public.
OSHA says a manager at a sugar packaging plant removed a safety device from a machine because it was slowing down production. Two weeks later, a worker died because the device wasn’t in place.