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As OSH and corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals prepare to compete in an unpredictable CSR landscape, insight from the conflict minerals regulatory front indicate that forward-looking strategies can position companies for opportunity, as well as compliance.
Since all departments are competing for limited funding, it is imperative that the OSH budget is easy to read and understand, logically organized and—most critical of all—justifiable.
We cannot pass the buck when considering the role of people in a successful safety program. That raises the question: Are employees always to blame?
Q&A With Ali Al-Failakawi, Team Leader HSE, Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait.
Ali Al-Failakawi is the winner of the 2014 Safety Management Innovation Award. The Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management recognizes those who bring innovation and creativity to managing safety in the workplace.
We are not as rational as we believe. Contrary to what economists, philosophers and social scientists have believed for centuries, it's been discovered that we are more biased than we think. It is just the way the human brain has evolved over millions of years. As it takes enormous energy to consciously work through different possibilities, we use unconscious shortcuts to cope with complexity.
Parts 1 and 2 of this series explained three different kinds of employees—noncompliant, compliant and committed. Every leader’s goal is to get the culture from compliance to commitment. The only way to do that is through positive reinforcement, delivered on a daily basis by the leadership team. If you are a leader, your success will depend on your ability to deliver reinforcement.
Poor safety performance is a consequence of engineering design that fails to fully consider human interaction in the system. Engineers play a critical role in proactively designing jobs and equipment with low ergonomic risk, as well as reactively reducing existing exposures in the workplace. Therefore, to not have site engineers participate in your site ergonomics initiative puts you at an immediate disadvantage.
Inherently safer design (ISD) is a philosophy for addressing safety issues in the design and operation of facilities that use or process hazardous chemicals. When considering ISD, the designer tries to manage process risk by eliminating or significantly reducing hazards. Where feasible, ISD provides more robust and reliable risk management, and has the potential to make the chemical processing technology simpler and more economical by eliminating the need for expensive safety systems and procedures.
Developing, administering and adhering to fall protection procedures is a critical aspect of a safe working environment. It is important for safety managers to understand the elements of thorough system use and rescue procedure, so that they can be informed consumers—and ensure that they are receiving the appropriate information from their qualified persons.
What is the difference between OSHA 10 Construction and the OSHA 30 Construction?
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