A Disruptive Paradigm: Systems Thinking About Human Error

Systems thinking is a disruptive paradigm. Clearly it forces safety professionals and management to think differently about accident causation, but it also opens the door to many other possibilities. Initiatives like HOP hold great promise in making this shift away from behavioral causation. So here is the disruptive paradigm shift: Human error is not the root cause of most incidents. All human behavior (and error) is affected by the context in which it occurs, and the context is the sum of all processes or organizational systems that influenced the situation.

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Wait A Minute! Hand Injuries Do Matter To OSHA – Part 1

Recently, there has been a shift among safety professionals away from OSHA compliance issues and toward creating effective safety management systems. Articles in safety journals and speaker presentations are focused on helping safety pros learn to align safety with the overall management system of an organization and methods for supporting a positive culture.

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Safety Incentives Should Target Managers!

Measure And Reward For Actions, Not Outcomes Many of you who have read my blog articles in the past know that I am not a big believer in safety incentive programs.  Most are aimed at front-line workers and are based on injury records.   

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Creating A Strong Safety Culture Using “L8MM”

Building a strong safety culture takes innovation. The “Last 8 Minute Meeting” – L8MM – is a great way to improve safety communications and drive how the value your organization places of worker safeyt. This concept was developed by CNOOC and has spread throughout the organization. Safety performance has never been better.

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Complacency And The Cinnabon Shop

Recently, I heard a presentation by Gabriel Acosta-Mikulasek, PhD., a behavioral anthropologist. (Right here you are probably thinking about clicking away, but before you do……..) Part of the 2012 ASSE Bakersfield Chapter PDC, the presentation was fascinating and provided me with a better understanding of how workers become complacent and what can be done to … Continue reading Complacency And The Cinnabon Shop

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Tips For Road Warriors – Office Ergonmics Part 1

What Impacts Ergonomics?
There are three key areas to look at when deciding how to properly use
mobile office equipment:
1.Posture – keeping our bodies in a neutral
position which provides us with the most strength and the least amount of
stress and strain on muscles and joints.
2.Environment – creating work spaces that
allow us to keep our bodies in as neutral a position as possible.
3.Equipment Use – finding ways to
interactive with the equipment that allows us to keep our bodies in as
neutral position as possible.
This post provides great tips on how to limit or reduce strain and stress when woarking remotely, and well as simple ways to
keep yourself working safely.

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