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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.

Timely Tips for Winter Safety

"By taking the proper safety precautions this winter, job providers can avoid nasty slips and falls that will cost them in the future," Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency Director Kevin Elsenheimer said.

Inspiring Leadership

Experience has shown that real and lasting inspiration can set the stage for actual ongoing action and sustaining results.



Sounding the Alarm on Skin Cancer

"The findings raise the alarm that not only is skin cancer a growing problem in the United States, but the costs for treating it are skyrocketing relative to other cancers," said the lead author of the report, Gery Guy, Ph.D., of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Elevate Culture by Releasing Adhesions

Where are nagging sore spots or ongoing areas of dissatisfaction? Wounds that just don’t seem to heal?

The Only Way Safety Will Continuously Improve

Sometimes to make progress, the right question isn't "What do we need to do?" The question is often "What do we need to stop doing?" or "What are we doing that is sending the wrong message?"

Incentives and Rewards: Lazy or Excellent Management?

Rather than starting with incentives, seek out and neutralize what might demotivate someone in the first place.

Toward Compliance or Global Class?

Compliance and High Performance are different targets. Leaders can’t have it both ways.

Can OSHA Update the PELs?

"There's gotta be a better way. If we go chemical by chemical, it'll take us centuries," Assistant Secretary Michaels said.

Business and Safety: Are the Strategies Aligned?

Strategy is primarily about choices. It's never too late to align the most important business objectives.

Fresh Ground Leadership

When allowed to grow tepid, neither coffee nor leadership has the same draw.

The World's Ebola Response

"This is a social crisis, a humanitarian crisis, an economic crisis, and a threat to national security well beyond the outbreak zones," WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan told the Security Council.

Exempting or Exemplifying Leadership?

Especially where there are expectations of some democratic process, people will react when they see leaders treating themselves differently.

IAFC's Near Miss Reporting System Begins a New Chapter

Program Manager Laura W. Bell described the scenarios as "bite-sized training" tailored for what chiefs say they need now.

Client and Contractor: Aligning Safety Cultures

Organizations serious about safety excellence focus on long-term value for both employees and contractors and place quality of life over cost reduction.