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[VIDEO] Episode 143: Will the OSHA Vaccine ETS Stand?

The OSHA Vaccine ETS has met a lot of legal pushback. Which legal arguments make sense? Which don't? I talk about all of that in this episode!

The Congressional Review Service (CRS) I mentioned is here:

Get the CRS Healthcare Worker ETS Report referenced in this video at this link:

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[VIDEO] Episode 174: Better Audits & Inspections w/Kyle Domin

In this episode, @BlaineJHoffmann talks with @KyleDomin about conducting better audits and inspections. Based on a past article we wrote about crafting better audit/inspection questions, you will hear tips to help you improve these activities overall. Check it out👇

Coffee Topic: Bad Warning Signs & Labels ⚠

Happy Thursday! Ok, what do you think about these warning sign examples (watch)? Be sure to drop your examples and comments below! 👇

Coffee Topic: In-the-News Hazard Assessments 📰

Happy Wednesday! More news stories to use. Drop your comments and tips.👇

California Outdoor Heat Illness Regulations: Key Measures for Summer Heat Inspections

This Ogletree Deakins podcast episode delves into the California outdoor heat illness standard, focusing on implementation and Cal/OSHA enforcement.

Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss effective outdoor heat illness training practices for supervisors and employees, the benefits of onboarding training, and water and shade access requirements, and also offer best practices for employers implementing high-heat procedures.

California Outdoor Heat Illness Regulations: Key Measures for Summer Heat Inspections
Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 10: Corporate Counsel’s Role Managing OSHA Compliance

In this episode of Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, host Phillip B. Russell has an enlightening conversation with Lori Baggett, an in-house corporate counsel with responsibility for legal issues related to workplace safety and health and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Lori discusses how her experience as a former outside counsel helps her add value to her role as vice president and assistant general counsel. She offers practical tips for in-house counsels responsible for OSHA matters, including those with limited experience in this area.

Lori also shares some tips for in-house safety professionals on best working with their legal departments to improve safety and manage liability. Phillip and Lori have a candid and insightful discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.

Dirty Steel-Toe Boots, Episode 10: Corporate Counsel’s Role Managing OSHA Compliance
EP 116: Safety and the Younger Workforce

A comprehensive public health strategy is needed to protect younger workers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers say after their recent study showing that the rate of nonfatal on-the-job injuries among 15- to 24-year-olds is between 1.2 and 2.3 times higher than that of the 25-44 age group. Have a listen and join in on the conversation - what has been your experience working with younger workers and safety?👇

EP 116: Safety and the Younger Workforce
Little Shock of Horror

Found this at the hotel I'm in for work this week. I honestly do not have the words. The panel is live and the hallway in use by hotel patrons. I get it about remodeling, but to operate like this is unforgivable in my opinion. Management was not happy when I brought to their attention. Will see if things change before I head out....

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Off-the-Job: Monday Morning Errands

I have a Monday morning filled with picking up a vehicle from the dealership (routine service) and getting a windshield replaced at the house on another vehicle (it was leaking). Luckily, I still have coffee. 😂 I hope your week is off to a great start!

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Spotted: Locked or Not Locked? 🪜

Ok, would you consider this step ladder locked open, or not (swipe to second pic)? Discuss 👇

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Part 5 of Framing to Persuade
Create a Sense of Urgency

Creating a sense of urgency is a pivotal strategy in gaining stakeholder engagement and accelerating the decision-making process. It involves communicating the need for immediate action due to the critical nature of the circumstances. However, it's crucial to strike the right balance—too little urgency may result in complacency, while too much can lead to panic or skepticism.

Techniques for Creating a Sense of Urgency:

  1. Highlight Immediate Risks: Discuss the direct and immediate risks that the company faces if we do not take action.
  2. Show the Cost of Inaction: Quantify the financial, operational, and human costs of not implementing the safety program.
  3. Leverage Time-Sensitive Opportunities: If applicable, consider any time-sensitive opportunities such as limited-time financial incentives, regulatory deadlines, or emerging threats that necessitate quick action.
  4. Invoke Competitive Advantage: Mention how quick action can position the company ahead of competitors, enhancing its reputation and market position.
  5. Personalize the Message: Make the sense of urgency resonate personally with the stakeholders by showing how it affects them directly.

Example of Creating a Sense of Urgency:

Scenario: You propose implementing an ergonomic assessment program to reduce the increasing number of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among assembly line workers.

Technique Utilization:

Here's how you might apply the techniques above in a communication strategy:

  1. Highlight Immediate Risks: You start by discussing the recent 20% spike in MSD cases reported in the last quarter, the direct impact this has had on the workers' health, and the increase in workers' compensation claims.
  2. Show the Cost of Inaction: You present a graph showing increasing costs associated with MSD-related absenteeism and medical claims. You further mention that if we do not take action, the projected costs could double in the next fiscal year due to escalating insurance premiums and potential legal actions.
  3. Leverage Time-Sensitive Opportunities: You indicate that there is an opportunity to apply for a government grant that subsidizes workplace health programs, but the application deadline is fast approaching.
  4. Invoke Competitive Advantage: You cite a study that shows companies with ergonomic assessment programs have a 25% lower turnover rate and a 15% higher employee productivity rate, suggesting that swift implementation could give the company a significant edge over competitors.
  5. Personalize the Message: In your proposal, you include testimonials from several employees expressing their concerns about the increasing difficulty of their tasks. You link this to how the proposed program could alleviate their physical strain and improve daily work experiences.

Communication Example:

"Our team is our most valuable asset, and right now, they are at risk. In just the past three months, we've seen a troubling rise in work-related injuries that not only affect the lives of our employees but also the heart of our operation. Without immediate action, we face a potential doubling of injury-related costs, threatening our financial stability; this is not a forecast but a reality knocking on our door.

Moreover, we have a narrow window to capitalize on a grant that could fund half of our program costs, but we must act now. By implementing this ergonomic assessment program swiftly, we don't just prevent a negative outcome; we set ourselves up as industry leaders in employee health and productivity. We have the chance to turn a looming crisis into a strategic advantage. Let's not wait for the situation to dictate our actions; instead, let's take control and show our employees and the industry that we prioritize their health and our company's future. The time to act is unequivocally now."

By conveying the immediacy of the risks and the benefits of prompt action and personalizing the impact, you can effectively create a sense of urgency that motivates stakeholders to support the implementation of the safety program promptly.

Watch for Part 6 of Framing to Persuade: Tell a Compelling Story. Share your thoughts on Part 5 by joining the conversation at The SafetyPro Podcast community site today!

Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM
Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM

Blaine J. Hoffmann has been in the occupational safety & health industry for over 28 years and is the author of "Rethinking SAFETY Culture," available now. Blaine is the producer and host of The SafetyPro Podcast and founded the SafetyPro Podcast community site.

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Part 4 of Framing to Persuade
Utilize Risk Communication

In Part 4 of Framing to Persuade, we will discuss the importance of communicating the risks of not adopting your proposed program. Risk communication is critical to persuading stakeholders to support safety program initiatives. It involves conveying the potential risks and consequences of not implementing a safety measure and how the program will mitigate them. The goal is to make the stakes clear and relatable without inducing unnecessary fear, providing a balanced view emphasizing action's importance.

Principles of Effective Risk Communication:

  1. Clarity: Use clear and concise language to describe risks, avoiding technical jargon that may confuse non-specialist stakeholders.
  2. Relevance: Relate risks to the stakeholders' personal or professional concerns to illustrate the impact on what they value most.
  3. Proportionality: Present risks in proportion to their severity and the likelihood of occurrence to avoid overstating or understating the case.
  4. Empowerment: Alongside communicating risks, always present the means to manage and mitigate them to empower stakeholders rather than leave them feeling helpless.
  5. Consistency: Ensure that the message about risks remains consistent across all communication channels and points in time.

Example of Utilizing Risk Communication:

Scenario: You propose upgrading the current fire safety system within the company's manufacturing plant.

Risk Communication Strategy:

Your objective is to communicate the risks associated with the outdated fire safety system while presenting the proposed upgrade as a necessary improvement for mitigating those risks.

  1. Clarity: You state that the current fire alarm system does not integrate with the latest smoke detection technologies, which could delay fire detection and evacuation in an emergency.
  2. Relevance: To illustrate the personal impact, you mention a recent incident at a nearby plant where delayed evacuation due to inadequate fire detection led to injuries. You connect this to how the proposed system can prevent such scenarios in your organization.
  3. Proportionality: You share statistics on the likelihood of industrial fires and their average cost in damages and human life, positioning the new system as a cost-effective way to reduce these risks significantly.
  4. Empowerment: You explain how you can remotely monitor the new fire safety system, allow for faster evacuation with clear and multiple exit strategies, and allow emergency services to interface with the system for immediate response.
  5. Consistency: Throughout all presentations and documentation, you maintain the same data points and messaging to ensure stakeholders understand the risks and the proposed solution uniformly.

Communication Example:

"While our current fire safety system has served us well, it is not equipped to handle the complex challenges of modern manufacturing risks. For instance, the XYZ incident last month, only 50 miles from us, demonstrated the disastrous consequences of outdated fire detection — consequences that affected real people, just like our employees. Data shows that similar manufacturing plants face a 25% higher risk of fire incidents than other sectors, which isn't just about compliance; it's about readiness and responsibility. Adopting the new system will improve our response time to potential fires, potentially saving lives and minimizing financial losses due to operational downtime. It's an essential investment in our future safety and operational stability. With consistent training and clear emergency protocols, our team will not just be aware of the risks but will also equip us to face and manage them efficiently."

Through effective risk communication, you have highlighted the dangers of maintaining the status quo and positioned the safety program as a crucial improvement for the employees' well-being and the company's resilience. This approach can significantly sway the decision-making process of the proposed safety measures.

Be on the lookout for Part 5 of Framing to Persuade: Create a Sense of Urgency. Share your thoughts on Part 4 by joining the conversation at The SafetyPro Podcast community site today!

Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM
Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM

Blaine J. Hoffmann has been in the occupational safety & health industry for over 28 years and is the author of "Rethinking SAFETY Culture," available now. Blaine is the producer and host of The SafetyPro Podcast and founded the SafetyPro Podcast community site.

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Part 3 of Framing to Persuade
Highlighting Benefits Over Features

In part 3 of our series Framing to Persuade, we will discuss the importance of highlighting benefits over features. When presenting a new safety program, distinguishing features and benefits can make or break stakeholder buy-in. Features describe the program's specific characteristics or functions, while benefits explain how those features will improve the organization's or stakeholders' experiences. Here's how you can shift the focus from features to benefits:

Shifting Focus to Benefits:

  1. Translate Features into Benefits: For each feature of your safety program, ask yourself, "What does this mean for the stakeholder?" which helps turn a descriptive feature into a persuasive benefit.
  2. Align Benefits with Stakeholder Values: Once you understand the benefit, align it with what you've identified as your stakeholders' primary values and concerns.
  3. Use Persuasive Language: Craft your message using language that evokes a vision of the improved future state that the benefit will create.
  4. Be Specific and Quantifiable: Use data and statistics to support how benefits can be quantified, such as reduced incident rates or financial savings.
  5. Create a Clear Comparison: Show a before-and-after scenario that illustrates the positive change from the current state to the proposed state with the new safety program.

Example of Highlighting Benefits Over Features:

Scenario: You are introducing a new wearable technology program that monitors employees' exposure to hazardous conditions in real-time.

Features might include:

  • Real-time monitoring of environmental conditions.
  • Automatic alerts when hazardous levels are detected.
  • Data logging for incident analysis and compliance reporting.

To effectively highlight benefits over features, you might frame each point as follows:

Real-Time Monitoring

  • Feature: The wearable technology provides real-time monitoring of environmental conditions.
  • Benefit: This ensures immediate awareness and response to potential hazards, safeguarding employee health and preventing minor issues from escalating into serious incidents. You could say, "With this technology, our team will always be one step ahead, ensuring a proactive safety environment."

Automatic Alerts

  • Feature: The system sends automatic alerts when hazardous levels are detected.
  • Benefit: Employees and supervisors can act immediately to mitigate risks, significantly reducing the likelihood of accidents. A persuasive way to frame this could be, "Imagine a workday where you can manage risks instantly, providing peace of mind for everyone on the floor."

Data Logging

  • Feature: It includes comprehensive data logging for incident analysis and compliance reporting.
  • Benefit: This feature simplifies the incident investigation process and makes compliance easier, leading to more productive use of management's time and a more robust defense during audits. You might present this as, "This isn't just technology; it's the future of effortless compliance and simplified safety management."

In framing the discussion, you would emphasize that this wearable technology program is more than just a set of high-tech tools—it's an integral part of creating a safer workplace. For instance, you might say:

"Imagine a work environment where employees are empowered to manage their safety proactively. Our new wearable technology isn't just about monitoring; it's a commitment to our workforce's health and well-being. By instantly alerting staff to potential dangers, we're not just preventing accidents but promoting individual safety awareness. Beyond the direct benefits to each employee, the data logging feature streamlines our compliance process, turning what used to be hours of paperwork into a few clicks, which isn't just innovation—it's transforming how we prioritize and handle workplace safety."

By focusing on the benefits and tying them back to the values and concerns of your stakeholders, you create a compelling narrative that makes adopting the new safety program an attractive and logical step for your organization.

Look for Part 4 of Framing to Persuade: Utilize Risk Communication. Share your thoughts on Part 3 by joining the conversation at The SafetyPro Podcast community site today!

Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM
Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS OSHM

Blaine J. Hoffmann has been in the occupational safety & health industry for over 28 years and is the author of "Rethinking SAFETY Culture," available now. Blaine is the producer and host of The SafetyPro Podcast and founded the SafetyPro Podcast community site.

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