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Case Study of the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Outbreak

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

03/23/2020

On January 21,2020 an 80 year old Hong Kong man came aboard the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship, and he disembarked on January 26th.  On February 1, 2020 he tested positive for COVID-19.  On February 3rd the Diamond Princess docked in Japan’s Yokohama port and the...

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Celebrating International Women's Day - Alice Hamilton

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

03/08/2020

Happy International Women’s Day!

And what better way to celebrate than to share some information about one of America’s first Industrial Hygienists: Alice Hamilton!

Alice was born in 1869 in New York but lived most of her life in Illinois.  During her life she was...

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Is Your Rearview Mirror Larger Than Your Windshield?

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

03/01/2020

Business owners or managers, when you advertise your business, do you showcase how many days since you last failed?  You don't.  Yet every day most employees pass a sign that boldly reports the number of days since hazards in your workplace hurt a fellow employee. 

When...

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Specifics Steps To Reduce Transmission of Coronavirus, Flu, and Colds in Your Workplace

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices

02/23/2020

The source of infectious disease is people.  Only a business with no employees can afford to fail to plan for the effect of illnesses on meeting production deadlines and quality products.  (For more information on viral  respiratory infections click on this

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Root Cause Analysis vs Behavior-Based Safety, Part II

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

11/03/2019

In Part I we learned from an article by Lee Shelby called

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Root Cause Analysis vs Behavior-Based Safety, Part I

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

10/23/2019

Recently, I was at a safety conference where the keynote speaker was Eric Giguere, who, even though he had never been trained in it before, volunteered to work with a crew installing sewer pipe.  He recounted how his...

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You Might Be Safe If...

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

09/08/2019

Indications of effective Safety and Health Management:

  1. Prior to, or at the start of, each employee's first day onsite they will be told:
    • Where the Safety Data Sheets are located and that they are expected to be familiar with the hazards of the...

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OSHA Safety Week

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

08/13/2019

OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week!

Every year, the second week of August, OSHA encourages employers to recognize the success of workplace safety and health programs by participating in their Safe and Sound...

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OSHA Inspection Tips

By Susen Trail in Good Safety Practices

08/01/2019

The following tips are from 16 years in OSHA standard enforcement/consultation:

  1. Identify who should be notified when an OSHA officer shows up, never leave it to chance who presents your safety culture. Set up policy and procedure to get the officer to your designated person...

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Involve Supervisors In Safety

By Susen Trail in Safety Culture

06/27/2019

There are many articles and blogs about employee engagement and getting through to the C-Suite (CEO, etc.) but this blog is about how to create a firmly engaged middle management.  An effective Safety culture requires Supervisor engagement opportunities in all aspects of Safety in order to...

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