The American comedian Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid!" However, in the workplace you can prevent some of the stupidity caused by mental fatigue.
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In my home town in California, workplace sexual harassment allegations that came to light in November have shaken the sheriff’s department and rattled the community. The lurid “he said/she said” claims being publicly aired are familiar to many employers who have dealt with sexual harassment lawsuits.
Transportation companies, commercial drivers and the medical professionals who certify them as physically fit for duty may be in for another long ride – legislatively speaking, that is.
A recent blog post by my colleague Jonathan Jacobi about the appropriate use of humor in workplace safety training has me thinking about the application of humor in other situations, such as personal health crises, natural disasters and global pandemics.
Drug-free workplace programs are considered by many to be an effective way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety.
Last night, being the fourth of July, was about watching fireworks. In my county, the drought has forced a burn-ban that precluded any legal displays, so our shows were all in high-definition from the air-conditioned comfort of the living room. I have to admit it was pretty nice on a 65-inch plasma. No crowds and plenty of hamburgers. One of the displays telecast live from above reminded me of what I was doing exactly two years ago that night.
It doesn’t seem like eight years since I had a run-in with a railcar of “skull and crossbones,” but today was the day. At that time I was a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) with the U.S. EPA in Dallas, TX. FOSCs are the lead for agency responses to oil and hazardous substance releases and have full authority to direct all public and private resources to stop or prevent a release.
While attending the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) annual national conference last week in Philadelphia, I was reminded that local government is the proverbial low-hanging fruit when it comes to introducing an integrated approach to workforce health and safety management.
“Why is getting budget approval so difficult for our health and safety efforts?” That's a question asked by workforce health and safety professionals time and time again.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the “common language” for all federal, state and local responders. Healthcare must learn to speak that language and function as part of a coordinated multi-agency response. The goal is to strengthen medical surge capacity, and it is not optional. HHS requires hospitals to implement 11 specific NIMS objectives ranging from formal adoption to updated EOPs to mutual aid agreements, training and exercises.