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Leadership and Change Q&A

The quest for an absolute fail-safe -– when none exists -– can make leaders more vulnerable to being sold a bill of goods, with wild promises followed by crashing disappointments.

Understanding the Roles of Behavior in Safety

How fast you go about evolving desirable safety culture behaviors is the difference in control and influence.

Coming Out of the Cold

To enter, just send me a description of work you're doing now or have recently done in a cold environment –- and your shoe size.

What Great Leaders Do

Cycle through the 12 Steps for Effective Leadership, each time with greater nuance, on a higher level.

Measuring Safety Excellence: A Practical Framework

What one measurement would provide the greatest insight and facilitate performance and cultural transformation?

'The Next Revolution' is Almost Here

In a crashless world, U.S. emergency rooms won't have to treat more than 2 million crash victims per year as they do now.

Leading Habits

Provide consistent attention to the changes you want.

The EV PPE Challenge

OSHA's jurisdiction in these emergencies is not crystal clear, at least not yet.



Zero Incident Goals Motivate Risk-Taking, Not Excellence

When excellence in safety is measured by zero failures, a self-limiting organizational viewpoint and very dangerous employee belief are created.

Classical Leadership

Remember that everyone everywhere longs for something. Desire is the most elemental part of each person.

How Can We Prevent TWD?

Criminal convictions and incarceration will send a more powerful message, if the young drivers are listening.

The Art of Approaching Persuasion

Highly effective persuasion entails communicating the way others do, not expecting them to adjust to your style.

Evolving the Safety Culture: Leading Indicators and Influencers

Success is measured by the ability to drive positive, needed change, create breakthrough performance, and sustain the results.

Skill, Not Just Will

Wanting, wishing, and pressuring gets only so far without the needed skills to make desired improvements.

A Safety Excellence Strategy: The Four Facilitators of Execution

Success goals and progress indicators that show movement toward continuous improvement sends the message we are getting better, rather than failing less.

Surprising Exposures Documented in AIHce 2012 Posters

From Legionnaires’ Disease diagnoses among workers at an auto shredding operation to mail order pharmacy workers exposed to pill dust, students and professionals have explored interesting IH challenges recently.

AIHce Keynoter Sees Challenging New World

The opening keynote speaker at this year’s AIHce conference spoke quietly and didn’t say much of anything about industrial hygiene until the end of his talk, but he kept his audience spellbound nonetheless. Juan Enruiquez, co-founder of Synthetic Genomics Inc. and managing director of Excel Venture Management in Boston, discussed genetic engineering and explained how it is already changing businesses around the world.

Real Money, Indeed

Worker's compensation covers less than 25 percent of the medical and indirect costs of occupational injuries and illnesses, according to a recent study.

No-Blame Leadership

To move to high-level safety it's necessary to perceive and then neutralize ever-smaller risks, like adjusting the fine-tuning controls on a monitor.

Aiming in the Wrong Direction: The Fallacy of Safety Goals

If you, the leader, are unable to describe in vivid detail what excellence looks like and your strategy to achieve it, don't expect others can.