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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.

Report Offers Lessons from the Oso Landslide

It recommends communicating landslide risks clearly and consistently to the public, implementing monitoring and warning systems, and making seismological recordings of landslides–especially large ones.

Sherlocking Safety

Sherlock's tales consistently show there's typically more going on than what's on the surface.

Becoming a Rising Star in Safety

Anyone can be an effective leader if provided the right focus, skills, tools, and support.

Taking Back Leadership

Perhaps the worker hadn't alerted anyone in the company that he had past back issues. If not, why?

Checking Out VPPPA's Big Show

We'll post reports from the national convention on our website, so be on the lookout during those late August days for items of interest about leadership keynotes and educational sessions.

(Re)building a Foundation of Trust

Miraculous results occur when people really trust that leaders are both truly concerned about them and are competent.

Resolution Calls for Action on Hepatitis

According to the CDC, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis, but most of them do not know they are infected.

Evolving Your Safety Culture: Elements that Matter Most

Nine elements have been identified as the most important foci to establish the chemistry that facilitates the necessary climate for a culture of safety excellence to grow.

The SeaWorld Case

"The remedy imposed for SeaWorld's violations does not change the essential nature of its business. There will still be human interactions and performances with killer whales; the remedy will simply require that they continue with increased safety measures."

Safety Super Vision

Many supervisors are being asked to do much more. It's not just line workers who've been trimmed to the bone.