Mouthing Off About Safety

Once again, another thought-provoking and interesting post by Phil La Duke.

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There’s a lot of talk about safety.  Safety talks, reflections on safety, safety reviews, safety observations, LinkedIn discussions, forums, blogs and…well the list goes on and on.  There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of talk about safety, but does talking about safety change anything?

In 2011, Harold D. Stolovitch published the book, Telling Aint Training a book that I confess to having not read—no judgment here, I read voraciously but just haven’t gotten around to reading this particular book. Why mention a book I haven’t read? Simple: the title intrigues me (apparently not enough to shell out $17.50 for the book, or even enough to drive the approximately one mile to the public library and at least ask about checking out a copy, but that’s neither here nor there.) I’ve known for years that people, at least adults, don’t learn from having things told…

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You Can’t Test Safety Compentency With Your Crappy Tests

Truer words were never spoken! Another good and thought-provoking post by Phil La Duke!

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If you’re hoping to ensure that the people taking your safety training have learned the material , then you probably use a posttest (a test given at the end of the session), and if you wrote this test it probably sucks. I used to write tests for a living and I am continually disgusted by what passes for an evaluative instrument—even those that have been created by professional trainers. The problem stems from the fact that most of us grew up taking really poorly designed tests and when tasked with creating a test of our own we tend to emulate what we know.

Is it a problem that our tests suck? Yes (and to those of you who think my use of the word “suck” is crude, in poor taste, or unprofessional I say got straight to hell—when you start creating tests that don’t suck…

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Texting And Walking – Maybe This Is A Solution?

  Seeing Eye People are a safe and practical solution for those people that insist on texting and walking at the same time. City Transportation departments could easily fund this venture with their excess revenue and make a significant dent in unemployment. Graduating college students could start off as interns and advance into a full … Continue reading Texting And Walking – Maybe This Is A Solution?

More great safety thoughts from Phil La Duke. Good read!!

 

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 “He’s as blind as he can be, just sees what he wants to see”—John Lennon, Nowhere Man

Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between.  And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?

In broad strokes you tend to find the things for which you are looking and scarce little else.  If your organization, for example, gathers most of it’s information about hazards by watching workers perform their jobs they are likely to find a host of unsafe behaviors at the expense of other hazards that are equally (or potentially more) dangerous.  Think you are immune to letting your prejudices getting in the way of your observations…

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Over 300,000 Served! Thank You!

  We have hit and surpassed the 300,000th visit from Safety Professionals across the globe. I started this Blog 2 years ago and never dreamed it would go over so well with my fellow Safety peers! I started this Blog to brand myself in my job search and to post relevant information that both safety … Continue reading Over 300,000 Served! Thank You!

Over 250,000 Served! Thank You!

We have hit and surpassed the 250,000th visit from Safety Professionals across the globe. I started this Blog 2 years ago and never dreamed it would go over so well with my fellow Safety Pro's! I started this Blog to brand myself in my job search and to post relevant information that both safety professionals … Continue reading Over 250,000 Served! Thank You!

International Code Council Update – April 2012

April 2012 International Code Council Update A New Chapter Education Benefit for 2012 By now, you may have heard that the ICC Board of Directors approved the introduction of an enhanced annual Chapter Education Benefit for 2012. For the past two years, ICC offered a Chapter Education Benefit of a 50 percent discount off of … Continue reading International Code Council Update – April 2012

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – February 22, 2012

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Fire safety tips and reminders Other Safety News Smoke Alarm Saves Sprinkler Saves International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 02/21/2012 Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities Florist to donate Valentine's profits to fire safety - … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – February 22, 2012

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – September 20, 2011

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Other Fire Safety News Smoke Alarm Saves Sprinkler Saves International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 09/19/2011   Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities Using Fire Prevention Week 2011 to Build a Solid Program Visits to … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – September 20, 2011

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – September 12, 2011

Selected Fire Prevention related articles appearing in the past week from scores of e-sources in the news media. Updated each Monday morning. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Other Fire Safety News Smoke Alarm Saves Sprinkler Saves International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – September 12, 2011

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – 9/1/2011

Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Other Fire Safety News Smoke Alarm Saves Sprinkler Saves International News Links to Fire Prevention-related news articles - Updated 08/29/2011 Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities Fire alarm, inspection program hits county State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers lifts Dalton … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – 9/1/2011

OSHA Accepts Applications for Safety Training Grants of 4.7 Million Dollars

OSHA is soliciting applications for the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which has $4.7 million available to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations, employer associations and labor unions. The grants will fund training for workers and employers to recognize workplace hazards and appropriate control measures and to understand their rights and responsibilities under OSHA's regulations and … Continue reading OSHA Accepts Applications for Safety Training Grants of 4.7 Million Dollars

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – April 19, 2011

Selected Fire Prevention related articles appearing in the past week from scores of e-sources in the news media. Updated each Monday or Tuesday morning. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety CO Detectors Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Other Fire Safety News Saves International News Campaigns/ Other Fire Prevention Activities … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – April 19, 2011

Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – April 5, 2011

Selected Fire Prevention related articles appearing in the past week from scores of e-sources in the news media. Updated each Monday morning. Campaigns / Other Fire Prevention Efforts Campus Fire Safety CO Detectors Inspections/Code enforcement Smoke Alarms Sprinklers Wildland Fire Safety Other Fire Safety News Saves International News Campaigns/ Fire Prevention Efforts San Antonio VFD … Continue reading Fire Prevention News: Weekly Roundup – April 5, 2011

Safety Comic of the Week – March 31, 2011

One of the reasons a "Job Hazard Analysis" is a great tool to assess your safety program!

NCGA, NGFF Debut Joint Farm Grain Bin Safety Video

OSHA Grain Bin Safety Fact Sheet: http://www.osha.gov/Publications/grainstorageFACTSHEET.pdf The National Corn Growers Association and the National Grain and Feed Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Grain and Feed Association, unveiled a joint video project to promote awareness about grain bin safety on the farm today. The two organizations teamed up in November to … Continue reading NCGA, NGFF Debut Joint Farm Grain Bin Safety Video