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Absorbing the Lessons of WHO's Ebola Response

An expert panel's report finds WHO does not possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public response.

What Makes a Leader Transformational?

Understanding why people do what they do and what they value is important for leaders to know in order to nudge additional effort.

Shaping Perceptions

A commonly mistaken perception about perceptions is that these are visually based.

National Highway Tunnel Inventory Coming Soon

The rule includes requirements for the tunnel inventory, as well as inspection procedures and the qualifications and training of tunnel inspectors.

Climate and Culture Before, Not After, Behavior-Based Safety

For BBS to work, the organization must have a culture ready for the tool to take them to the next level.

Curing Cultural Cancer?

Leaders take control of themselves first. They have to discipline themselves to not kneejerk attack disaffected workers.

Conferences Are Golden Opportunities

If you haven't taken the time to attend any of these OSH conferences, you're missing a golden opportunity to learn and network.

Do You Really Know Your Safety Culture?

It is ineffective to make your plans without knowing where you are going and what success looks like, correctly defined.



Seeking Solutions on Tower Workers' Safety

"We understand the importance of this industry, but workers' lives should not be sacrificed for a better cell phone signal," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary for occupational safety and health.

Three Essentials for Elevating Safety Culture

Have a disconnected or relatively disengaged workforce? Aim to get everyone involved in some way, no matter how small at first.

Four-Dimensional Leadership

The most Safety- and creatively-effective companies are “Leader-full,” with leadership functions distributed and filled by many people throughout the organization.

How Portable Are Your Safety Efforts?

We need to provide a safe environment for our workers, and we need to coach (providing a balance of consequences for if they act this way and if they don’t) for specific safety performance, as well.

Good Ideas Welcome on OSHA's PELs

Updating the PELs is an important issue. OSHA’s RFI is broader than that, encompassing other strategies it could use to address workers’ exposures to hazardous chemicals.

My Personal Leadership Mission

Aligning with human nature can show dramatic results in successfully communicating, heightening relationships, and actuating change.

The Roots of Labor Day

With the strike growing, on June 27, 1894, Congress passed legislation designating Labor Day as a federal holiday.

A Model to Bridge the Gap from Compliance to Excellence

Trust is the glue that holds a culture of excellence together. When people don't assume agendas or hidden motives, followers will follow and groups unite.

Lagging to Leading to Transformational Indicators: Measuring the Contribution of Value

At some point, how we do safety better is answered by removing effort that is no longer value-added, even though at one point in time, it might have been.

Recognizing Real Progress

U.S. mining deaths fell from an average of 96 to 45 per year during the first half of this decade, MSHA chief Joe Main said.

Attentionally Avoiding Traps – and Trips

The takeaway is this is a combo skillset that is neither haphazard nor hereditary; attention control can definitely be improved with the right practices.

If Zero's the Goal, Does How We Get There Matter?

Zero injuries is the byproduct of the value of safety excellence; it should never be the primary goal.