Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Jazzed for the NSC

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Jazzed for the NSC

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New Orleans welcomes back safety's biggest trade show and conference.

Safety and health professionals looking to spice up their lives will have more than Cajun food in store at the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, which will be held Oct. 15-22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Headlining the opening session on Monday, Oct. 18, will be Tom Peters, management guru and author of In Search of Excellence. Peters will bring his flamboyant brand of business savvy to bear as he explains in "Power of the Dream" why excellence and the power of the dream will be keys to workplace safety in the years ahead.

Following Peters' presentation, four experts will examine ways to solve the problem of gun-related violence in America. The debate will feature Dennis Henigan, general counsel, Handgun Control Inc.; Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, National Rifle Association; Michael Stephen Dorn, school safety specialist with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency; and Michael D. Sise, M.D., trauma director of Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego.

On Monday afternoon, Catherine Crier, host of The Crier Report on Fox News Channel, will moderate the "Think Like a CEO" session, where a company executives will discuss how the corporate commitments to excellence are demonstrated through safety and health performance.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Charles Jeffress will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 19. He will bring NSC attendees to-date on the job safety agency's enforcement programs and rulemaking efforts.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., supervising attorney in the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University School of Law, will head the Tuesday morning session on "Natural Disasters: The Challenge." The session will explore the issues posed by natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods for citizens, industry and policy makers.

"Behavior-Based Safety: Get Off the Workers' Back" will examine whether "behavior-based safety improve(s) worker safety or ... merely shift(s) the blame for injuries and illnesses to the worker." Panel members include Tom Krause, CEO of Behavioral Science Technology Inc., Mike Porter, corporate safety manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and Jim Howe, assistant director of the UAW Health & Safety Department.

Should OSHA issue an ergonomics standard? That issue has been hotly debated for the past several years and will get a spirited examination at a Wednesday morning session. …

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