Is BBS just BS?
I know of a growing number of people who are increasingly disenchanted with BBS but they openly tell me that they will not publicly criticize it because of the fanatics who shout down all other opinions or research that does not support their world view. In my writing, I admit that I have used very basic criticism of BBS because most people don’t even understand this very rudimentary criticism.
I believe (and I am not by any means alone in this) that BBS is inherently flawed; it’s a dead technology—even in its current state. Its foundation is based on the erroneous and misleading statistic that 95% of injuries is caused by unsafe behavior. READ MORE HERE
Deming on Safety: Point Ten…
It’s been a while since I continued my series on how Deming’s 14 Points for Manufacturing can be applied to worker safety management. Deming’s tenth point—“Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the workforce asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force.”—is particularly applicable to safety. READ MORE HERE
A Day In the Life of An Ergonomist
One of the fastest growing roles in the field of safety is the ergonomic specialist, or ergonomist. Any crossword puzzle enthusiast knows that “erg” is a unit of work and that term identifies the position of the ergonomist as one of the most skilled safety professionals working in safety today.
An ergonomist is trained in making the intricate interactions between people safer by drawing from the human factors sciences of psychology, engineering, industrial design, graphic design, statistics, operations research and anthropometry. This scientific understanding of the properties of human capability is applied to designing, developing and deploying manufacturing systems and services. His heavy emphasis on how the physical and cognitive properties of humans and their social behavior influence the function of an operation often give him the label of human factors engineer. READ MORE HERE