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1/2019   Online vs. Conventional Safety Training Approaches Safety Training
  by H.E. “Trey” Greene and Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham
  With safety training, it is not enough to simply provide the employee with training; the employer must also show that employees can demonstrate competency by transferring the knowledge and skills acquired in training and performing the job safely. In many cases, online safety courses can be more efficient, consistent and cost effective. However, OSH professionals should selectively apply e-learning and understand when face-to-face training provides a better option.
1/2019   The Role of Leading & Lagging Indicators in Evaluating OSH Professionals’ Performance Professional Issues
  by Wanda D. Minnick and Jan K. Wachter
  OSH professionals perceive their performance is measured by five overarching categories: job expectations, lagging indicators, soft skills, leading indicators and values. Evidence suggests that OSH professionals’ performance is primarily measured on job expectations, not lagging indicators. Lagging indicators, soft skills and leading indicators are equally perceived as the second most important factor in which safety professionals’ performance is measured.
1/2019   Systems/Macro Thinking: A Primer Safety Management
  by Fred A. Manuele
  This article discusses systems thinking and the premises on which it is based, and demonstrates that experts in this field of study do not agree on a singular definition. The author describes the status quo in the practice of safety and discusses the enormity of the culture change needed in some organizations to adopt systems thinking concepts. The article connects systems/macro thinking to having a sociotechnical balance in operations. It also encourages the use of the five-why problem-solving technique in the early stages of applying systems/macro concepts.