Shifting Priorities

CAN FATIGUE RISK BE REGULATED? The commercial transport industry is subject to regulation 49 CFR 392.3, which aims to prevent an ill or fatigued driver from getting behind the wheel. However, the...

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Using Energy Drinks to Fight Fatigue? They Could Actually Be Making It Worse

At least since Red Bull's introduction to the U.S. market in 1997, energy drinks have become common in many diets around the world. In fact, one study in Europe revealed that as many as 30% of adults...

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The Advantages of Impairment Testing over Drug Testing to Improve Workplace Safety

Drug Testing as an Ineffective Safety Practice     Since President Reagan’s mandate for drug testing Federal employees in 1988, many private sector employers followed suit and continue to follow suit...

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Webinar: Managing Workforce Fatigue In Your Company

Join us for our upcoming webinar Tuesday, February 14th at 11 AM MST! Even with shift scheduling optimization and devices to detect drowsy workers, companies still struggle with workers’ lack of...

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Thwarting the Accident Cycle through Conscious Communication

For many safety professionals, determining the causes of incidents and near misses can be a frustrating process, especially when workers fear being reprimanded. This leads to finger-pointing and...

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The Best Way To Safety Excellence?

An article about warehouse safety that I recently came across asserted that following OSHA’s rules and regulations was the best way to avoid hazards in the workplace. Although following OSHA’s rules...

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7 Deadly Signs Of Fatigue

I remember the first couple of years after my twins were born.  I didn’t know that fatigue could go that deep, or that I could keep moving on such little sleep.  I couldn’t really change the...

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Never Thought We’d Hear This From A Government Agency

Included in the upcoming August 10th rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries, OSHA makes it clear that not all injuries justify post-accident drug testing, and that such mandatory policies...

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Employee Fatigue Mistakes to Avoid

We spoke recently with our resident fatigue doctor, Dr. Doug Potter, who is one of the few people in his industry who balances both medicine and leadership skills.  He works in environments that are...

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Seven Characteristics of a Positive Safety Culture

The concept of safety culture has been gaining more widespread attention in high-hazard industries as more and more safety practitioners see the influence that workers’ attitudes and behaviors have...

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The Accident Cycle: Why Workplace Incidents Persist

When trying to gather interest in our services from business leaders in high-hazard industries, a colleague heard from at least one executive that said his company “did not have that many injuries”...

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Prevention Protects the Pocketbook

“...she attempted to drive her 21-ton truck and trailer over a long-standing bridge of historical note, despite the bridge’s posted weight limit of 6 tons as well as a sign reading “No Trucks.”   A...

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FOCUS ON THE FRONT LINE

The term “front line” first referred specifically to the line of soldiers closest to enemy territory or the enemy itself. Imagine, for instance, the legionaries of ancient Rome forming an unbroken...

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The Hidden Costs of Accidents

The reasons for strong workplace safety programs are obvious: to protect life and limb, to avoid the costs of repairs, to avoid interruptions and obstacles in production, and to avoid citations and...

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Innovation over Arguments

PREDICTIVE SAFETY AND FATIGUE MANAGEMENT Though the need for laws and regulations in general may not be easily denied, contention regarding the regulation of high-hazard industries tends to focus on...

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Proactive Safety Management

STAYING AHEAD TO ALLEVIATE PRESSURE AND MITIGATE RISK. A recent article by Bonnie Christian for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation explores the causes for a concerning upward trend in yearly...

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Safety As A Core Business Value

A recent conversation with Dave D. Lauriski, co-founder of Predictive Safety and CEO of Safety Solutions International, explored some underlying causes of workplace accidents in high-hazard...

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Seasonal Changes

CHANGING SEASONS= CHANGING SAFETY The Mine Safety and Health Administration is promoting a new safety initiative to raise awareness that October is historically the most dangerous month in metal and...

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"Accidents Happen"

PEARL OF WISDOM OR FLAWED LOGIC? Workers in high-hazard industries are well aware that their jobs may carry inherent safety risks, and recurring safety training is virtually universal to prevent and...

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Leading Vs. Trailing Indicators

THE CORE CONCEPT OF PREDICTIVE SAFETY Good sense dictates that we should learn lessons from our mistakes so we avoid making them a second time. But must we always make the mistake before the lesson...

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