I Hereby Resolve...

It's New Year's resolution time again, or perhaps more accurately, it's time once again to admit we're already finding excuses for not fulfilling some of them. Not everyone makes resolutions, but most who do find they fall short of their goals -– why else would there be a need to resolve to accomplish them if they were easy, after all?

If you believe the eBay Deals' tracker is accurate, health improvement is the top category of New Year's resolutions made this year and one year ago. Curing a bad habit comes in second, followed by learning, interpersonal, financial, personal growth, alcohol-related resolutions, and smoking-related resolutions.

The tracker is based on analysis of tweets related to resolutions. This year, it showed more career-related resolutions were made than were made last year. More diet-related resolutions and more resolutions related to reading, writing, and books also were made this year than last year.

What are your top health and safety resolutions this year? Eating better, getting a new job or a promotion, earning a certification, exercising more, driving more safely (e.g., not texting while driving, speeding, or driving aggressively), telecommuting, or carpooling or using mass transit more?

What resolutions should the safety industry's major players strive to achieve this year, in your opinion? Combining some of the largest U.S. annual conferences? Updating the OSHA PELs? AIHA is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, so now is the perfect time for IH resolutions.

FEMA blogger Dan Watson offered his own suggestion Jan. 3 of an easily accomplished 2014 resolution: "Why not make a resolution to ensure you and your loved ones are better prepared for an emergency? Having a family communication plan is the first step to ensuring you and your family are prepared for an emergency. It’s also a great way to talk to your kids about emergency preparedness and incorporating them in getting prepared," Watson wrote. "So this year, make a family communication plan that answers – who to call, where to meet and what to pack. That's it, a basic family communication plan that answers those three questions. Simple enough, right? Keeping our New Year’s Resolutions can be tough, but making these plans to ensure you and your family members are prepared is simple and can make all the difference in an emergency."

Posted by Jerry Laws on Jan 06, 2014