About Jonathan Jacobi

Jonathan Jacobi, a Senior Environment, Health and Safety Advisor with UL, has more than 20 years of health and safety leadership experience. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer who earned graduate and post-graduate degrees in Occupational Health and Safety from Murray State University. Jonathan has played a leadership role in the creation and evolution of the UL Workplace Health and Safety online training library. Jonathan helped establish and currently leads UL’s OSHA Outreach Training Program. His insight and experience managing safety systems is shared with the health and safety community through various forms of consultation and thought leadership such as national seminars, presentations, articles, and white papers.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week brings much needed attention to motorist and worker safety issues in work zones. The 2017 theme is “Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands,” which highlights the complexities of work zones and the need for awareness by everyone affected by work zones – DOTs, road workers, drivers, bicyclists, motorcycles, pedestrians, […]

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Systems Thinking for Hazardous Energy Control

Systems Thinking for Hazardous Energy Control

There’s normally a problem when production equipment isn’t running. Skilled production workers are taught the importance of keeping the line running. It is no wonder that equipment is mistakenly restarted hundreds of times each year with deadly consequences for unseen employees who were within the unlit inner workings of equipment. Most companies and most countries […]

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Workplace Safety – Is Intimidation a Useful Tool?

Workplace Safety – Is Intimidation a Useful Tool?

I saw this question posed recently on a safety discussion thread,“Is intimidation a useful tool in getting people to work safely?” My thoughts? Book answer is “no – don’t intimidate”. Treat people with respect and develop trust. Through trust, people will bring forth ideas and concerns that would have otherwise been suppressed. Learning about ideas […]

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“OSHA-proofing” Your Business

“OSHA-proofing” Your Business

When I first entered the safety profession, older, more experienced professionals recommended that I consider OSHA as a potential employer. The innuendo I sensed in this advice: If I worked for OSHA, got to know influential people and learned how to work the system, I would be in a better position to protect companies from […]

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OSHA Rules for Eye and Face Protection Have Been Updated

OSHA Rules for Eye and Face Protection Have Been Updated

New OSHA rules for eye and face protection were published in the US Federal Register on March 25, 2016. Announced changes went into effect on April 25, 2016. Affected companies–which include all employers operating in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction–should reference the full text of the Federal Register as well as the […]

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What to Do if Disciplinary Action Harms Your Safety Culture

What to Do if Disciplinary Action Harms Your Safety Culture

An intriguing question was asked near the conclusion of a recent webinar, “Reinvigorating Your Incident Management Process.” “Workers received disciplinary actions (counseling) in the aftermath of a workplace safety incident. While workers may have played some role in what happened, they were placed in the sort of pressure-packed situation that would have challenged even our […]

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Safety is a Popularity Contest – Win It with These Tips

Safety is a Popularity Contest – Win It with These Tips

Companies seeking to remain profitable must continually improve their processes. Paying attention to process results and tweaking the process requires performance measurement and tracking. Having performance scrutinized isn’t always fun. Information may show one group has out-performed another. Some groups may not have done everything required. Performance metrics may negatively influence incentive payouts and promotional […]

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