Evaluating NIOSH CMVS Strategic Plan

NIOSH is seeking comments on its “Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS) Strategic Plan, 2020-2029.” Comments are due February 14, 2020. My goal is to encourage safety practitioners submit comments the 2020-2029 Strategic plan. Because it’s implementation will influence how work-related motor vehicle safety research and communication activities supported by NIOSH. The evaluation of this […]

Construction Suicide a Silent Epidemic

Construction worker suicide is a scary subject, and we need to do a better job of understanding what’s going on because, there’s a huge portion of the construction industry business owners and leaders that are simply unaware of the fact that this is an issue.  Steve Mongeau, the executive director of Samaritans, a suicide prevention […]

Construction Suicide a Silent Epidemic

Construction worker suicide is a scary subject, and we need to do a better job of understanding what’s going on because, there’s a huge portion of the construction industry business owners and leaders that are simply unaware of the fact that this is an issue.  Steve Mongeau, the executive director of Samaritans, a suicide prevention […]

What can we do to prevent fatalities in 2020-2021?

The latest figures released by the HSA show that there were 46 fatalities in the Construction industry alone in 2019. Sadly Fat/Cat’s have more than doubled in the past year. Provisional data shows an 18% rise from the previous year when 39 people died.  The GAO report “notes” the lack of staffing at Federal and State OSHA is not […]

Hand Safety

Shake those money makers, and kiss each finger. All too often, hand injuries occur when employees are distracted and aren’t focused on where they are or what they’re doing. It’s incredibly important for employers to eliminate as many distractions as possible. hands are among a worker’s most valuable tools, used for everything from threading delicate […]

The Psychology of Stop work authority

The Psychology of Stop-work authority and calling a halt to work might seem like a simple decision, However there are certain social and psychological factors can make the decision fraught with anxiety, according to Peter G. Furst, organizational and human performance consultant for Furst Group and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Those factors […]

System Thinking Applied to Near-Miss Incidents

Jason Brown, Chair of technical committee ISO/TC 262 on risk developed the ISO 31000 “Risk Management” standard. A proactive family of standards codified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In 2018 he revised the principles and guidelines for effective Risk Management. ISO 31000 outlines a updated approach to risk management, which can be applied […]

The 8 Knowledge Barriers of Workplace Safety

Let’s begin with this question: Does your Establishment receive about 50 Near–Miss Reports a year for every minor injury suffered by a worker? “If not”, several significant barriers within the organization’s safety culture may be preventing the organization from learning the valuable lessons available from past incidents that did not result in a loss; at […]

$afety Pays!!!

Capital Research Center gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by OpenTheBooks.com in compiling federal grant data for fiscal year 2017, which provided the impetus for this research. This piece is the fourth in an occasional series exploring the funding of nonprofit organizations by the federal government. A little-known $10.5 million Department of Labor training grants program funds organizations […]

OSHA short-staffed

Here we go again. In OSHA’s 48-year-old history, the agency has experienced desperate hours on a regular schedule. The agency opened its door in 1971. Before the decade was out a “STOP OSHA” lobbying movement was underway. In 1979, Republican Senator Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania proposed an “OSHA Improvements Act” which would have exempted from […]

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