A few weeks ago I was speaking with a CEO, trying to convince him to let me conduct an occupational health and safety (OHS) study at his hospital. He told me he couldn’t afford to spend money on research studies – too “discretionary.”
In 1991, the crew of the Andrea Gail perished in a Halloween Noreaster known as “The Perfect Storm”. The captain and crew ignored warning signs, such as repeated warnings from other ships. They failed to recognize, in essence, leading indicators. On October 26, they set a course to return home after a machinery breakdown (their […]
In this installment of my series examining outreach letters that OSHA recently sent to facilities with two or more 2010 DART incidents, I’m looking at Nursing Care Facilities (NAICS 623110), commonly referred to as nursing homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “These establishments have a permanent core staff of registered or licensed practical nurses […]
In last week’s blog, we explored the staggering statistics around workplace injuries and illnesses. The data showed that healthcare employees are more likely to suffer a work-related injury/illness than employees in sectors traditionally thought to be extremely dangerous — such as mining or construction.
Dr. W. Edward Deming authored Total Quality Management, which espoused a group approach to management. Applying his concepts meant that management would encourage employees to join in the process of continuous improvement. His methods helped Japan recover following WWII. In fact, he is still revered there as a business hero.
While attending the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) annual national conference last week in Philadelphia, I was reminded that local government is the proverbial low-hanging fruit when it comes to introducing an integrated approach to workforce health and safety management.
I have the honor of frequently interacting with talented safety and health professionals. They have a comprehensive understanding of the exposures unique to their work environments and this knowledge is instrumental in protecting the lives of their employees. However, most get flustered about not being heard.
GHS (Global Harmonization Standard) is here! It’s the biggest news in my industry this week — even bigger than Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow or The Hunger Games. We’ ve been hearing about this pending legislation for quite some time and waiting for GHS has created a crescendo-effect. Now it is time to experience the decrescendo….and […]
As safety firsts go, this is hardly one to brag about…It turns out Steady Eddy, my quintessential pilot, may actually be Sleepy Eddy.
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