May 8, 2017

For those of you who may not remember, a "haiku" is a Japanese poem of 3
lines that consists of exactly 17 syllables -- 5 in the first line, 7 in
the second line, and 5 in the third line.

Housekeeping is good
Put trash in a garbage can
Can't stress this enough...

Forklifts have seat belts
I'm too busy to wear mine
Until I fall off...

Safety glasses, ugh!
I'll look cooler with a patch
And a parrot, too!

Walking in the plant
Busy with text...

May 5, 2017


A recent decision by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) underscores the importance of taking proper contractual, oversight, and safety precautions on "multi-employer worksites". In this context, the term "multi-employer worksite" includes not just sites with general contractors and one or more sub-contractors, but also traditional facilities (e.g., manufacturing, chemical facilities, and petroleum refineries) where...

March 13, 2017

Keeping workers safe is an ever-changing mix of technical know-how and psychology. It’s the psychology element that many times proves to be the most vexing. This is especially true in root cause investigations when the line of questioning inevitably veers towards “What was that employee thinking?”, “Why did he/she do that?”, and “Were they actually trying to get hurt?”. Given this, it stands to reason that employee psychology is central to a...

January 5, 2017

I spent Wednesday morning visiting a client facility to present a combustible dust hazard awareness “train the trainer” course to the client’s leadership team. Those of us who routinely practice in the area of high hazard occupational safety understand both the risks of combustible dust and how to appropriately mitigate and control those risks. When developing and delivering combustible dust training, though, I’m always concerned about strik...

December 26, 2016

New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap — and usually deservedly so. Eating better, exercising, or giving up smoking for a few weeks in January before reverting to your previous “bad” habits has little or no long term benefit (beyond, perhaps, frustration). 

Maybe it would be easier to focus on resolutions that are “one and done”. Do something good (or good for you) once in January, then be done with it until next January. On the personal f...

November 9, 2016

With the reality of a Donald Trump presidency still less than 24 hours old, there’s a lot of scrambling in the “expert” community to figure out exactly what this is going to mean with respect to various major federal regulatory schemes. Environmental and safety experts are scrambling like everybody else (although I imagine the safety experts are doing so at a reasonable pace, always on the lookout for slip, trip, and fall hazards).

So what mi...

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