May 31, 2017

Dear Clients and Friends:

I'm writing this month about risks posed by "vigilante" safety enforcement given that OSHA may decrease traditional enforcement efforts in the face of potential budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.

Earlier in May, I gave two presentations (one to the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, and one to the Northern Ohio and McKinley Chapters of the ASSE) in which I warned of the dangers of the "enforcement vacuu...

May 8, 2017

(Originally published in 2012)

My family and I just returned from vacation early this past Monday morning.  The trip marked my 4 year old son's first time on an airplane.  Both my wife and I were worried about how he would respond, but he handled all of the flights like a champ.  His favorite part was "going super fast" on takeoff, and he didn't seem to notice any of the relatively minor turbulence that occurred (my wife was a different story...

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...

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