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The Tipping Point for Safety

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A tipping point is that moment in time where something goes from small to big in popularity or relevance.  This is sometimes referred to as “achieving critical mass,” or in the case of a virus, it’s the point when it spreads from a local outbreak to an epidemic.  Think of a craze like Pokémon Go, fidget spinners, or the now ...

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When a Good Drug Goes Bad

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“I’m going to prescribe a little something for your pain,” says the doctor following your workplace injury, your scheduled non- work-related surgery, or your nagging aching back that’s your fault because you abuse it. The prescription starts out with good intentions and with a purpose—to help manage your physical pain.  What transpires for some changes their lives forever—an addiction to ...

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Is it Better to be Good or Lucky?

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The answer to that age-old question depends on the context.  My dad taught me how to play cribbage as a youngster, and I still believe that if you play regularly you develop enough skill in a few years to compete with the old-timers.  The rest, as they say, is the luck of the draw. Being “good” implies a consistent skill ...

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Risky Business–A Little Something for Everyone

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The concept of managing risk is quite simple.  Like many other safety applications, it’s about effectively guiding people and processes.  If it were only that easy.  We all manage risk every day but what gets us into trouble as a workforce is when we all come at risk from a different angle.  Because our risk thresholds vary what is considered ...

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Safety With Purpose

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With retirement on the horizon I’ve been listening more intently to the advice offered from those that are there and those that help retirees prepare for their “golden years.”  Finances are a large part of the discussion and most importantly—“You don’t want outlive your money!” Traveling, volunteering, hobbies, and visiting family and friends are no doubt prime post-career activities. One ...

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When safety hurts

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“Life’s just not fair sometimes” is the justification that I’ve been weaving more frequently into the message with my kids when they don’t get the result they want.  I guess I’m preparing them for the working world so they develop some resilience to disappointment, frustration, even failure.  Time for me to listen to my own wisdom. My frustration involves the ...

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Protesters arrested for climbing inside Sabal Trail pipeline

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It’s okay to protest something you believe in. In fact, the right to peacefully assemble is one of the fundamental rights of Americans. But many recent protests have safety officials worried about the consequences of going too far. Yesterday’s article by Certified Safety Professional Dan Hannan addresses some of the safety concerns associated with such activity at the sites of oil ...

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys—Project Security Challenges

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Most of us in the environmental compliance business are a little apprehensive with the Trump administration and his promise to streamline permitting processes to improve of America’s infrastructure and create jobs.  What does that mean for businesses serving the oil and gas industry now that the Administration wants to “take the breaks off” of the environmental permitting process?  We do ...

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