occupational safety

The dangers of making people feel safe

There are skills you can learn, that fairly reliably cause a large percentage of people to feel safe around you. These skills are important in a lot of roles, and they’re also dangerous.

The skills a lot have to do with affect, body language, tone of voice, and putting pauses in the right places. And a whole lot of other things.

I’m not going to describe these skills in detail in this post, except to say that they’re explicitly taught to therapists, social workers, chaplains, most clergy in non-fundamentalist seminaries, and others in counseling roles. Making people feel safe is a core professional skill. You can’t do your job without it.

The problem is, learning to make people feel safe and being trustworthy are different skills. Knowing how to make people feel safe gives you a lot of power over them; it does not in and of itself make you someone who can be trusted with that kind of people. It makes people more likely to trust you, whether or not you are trustworthy. It makes people more likely to believe you, whether or not you are right. It makes people more likely to tell you private information, whether or not you can be trusted to respond appropriately or to maintain confidentiality.

Making people feel safe makes them vulnerable. If you are going to learn how to make people vulnerable, then you have a responsibility to learn how to trustworthy.

Trustworthiness skills do not happen automatically. No one is born with them. It takes more than being a good person with good intentions, and it takes more than caring about others. Learning how to make people feel safe does not automatically teach you the skills you need to be trustworthy. If you want to develop ethical practice, you have to actively work on both skillsets.

Learning to be trustworthy is at least as hard as learning how to get people to trust you. In some ways, it’s harder. If your affective skills aren’t effective at getting people to trust you, that tends to be obvious. When you’re not good at making people feel safe with you, it’s harder to get people to cooperate, and it gets easier as you get better at it. It’s much harder to tell whether people *are* safe with you.

If people feel safe with you when they shouldn’t, they’re much more likely to be cooperative. They’re much more likely to do things that are validating and feel really good. They may listen more attentively, follow your advice, say that your insights are really helpful to them, or any number of things. It can be hard to tell from the outside whether or not someone’s trust in you is warranted. (Although it does help to remember that immediate unbounded trust is never a good thing.)

tl;dr If you learn to make people feel safe, then you also have to learn how to be trustworthy. This is particularly true if you have high-level professional skill at making people feel safe. If you can reliably make people feel safe, then you also have to work on making sure that people actually *are* safe with you. Trustworthiness is a complicated skill set, and it doesn’t happen automatically. Being trustworthy takes ongoing education, creativity, and effort.

Trump's Budget Endangers American Workers
After the president issued a budget last week slashing and burning environmental, labor and educational programs, the guy responsible for the thing, Mick...

Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, asserted that members of my union, the United Steelworkers (USW), coal miners and urban parents are eager to kill off Public Broadcasting’s Big Bird, to drink lead-laden water, to breathe cough-inducing air and to work among life-threatening dangers.

This illustrates a complete lack of knowledge of the working and living conditions of huge swaths of Americans. Big Bird and Mr. Rogers are way more popular than Congress. Americans would much rather pay their freight than the wages of politicians. Americans are horrified by the poisoned water in Flint, Mich., and are willing to invest in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would prevent such health hazards. And steelworkers and coal miners have seen dismemberment and death on the job and don’t want the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) eliminated or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) decimated.

Tag thingie!

Tagged by @married-to-a-diabolik-lover! Thank ya~!

Rules: Enter your answers then tag 10 people! Use the first letter of your name to answer each question. Real answers only. If the person who tagged you has the same initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use the same word twice.

Wait do I do this with S or E uhhhh

Name: Sass
Four letter word: Salt (lolololol)
A boy’s name: Sam
An occupation: Safety guard
Something you can wear: Socks
A food: Spaghetti!
Something you’d find in a bathroom: Shower(curtain)
A place: Suomi (Finlaaaaaaand)
A reason for being late: Shouted at birds
Something you shout: SHUT THE FUCK UP (the irony)
A movie title:
Something you drink: Soda
An animal: Snake
A type of car: SubARU (a pure coincidencE since I didn’t look these forth but yeeEeEEE3e)
Title of a song: SQueeze… (lolololololololololol)

I’m pretty sure most peeps have done this, so Imma tag those who haven’t done it and want to! Go for it!

Blast from the Past

Photographed here is Ryan Collins, Archives Technician at the National Archives at Philadelphia, performing preservation tasks on a collection of records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

It is not uncommon for Archivists to come across gems from bygone eras while performing preservation tasks. Sometimes NARA staff come across items as prestigious as a signature from a US President or Founding Father! Other times we discover objects from the not-so-distant past, evoking our sense of nostalgia. This is particularly true with the various, now-obsolete, media formats used throughout the years. From VHS tapes and vinyl records to monochrome and nitrate film, archivists uncover numerous media formats that are no longer in production. While processing a collection of records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ryan, one of our Archives Technicians at the National Archives at Philadelphia, came across disc film. After a few minutes of bemusement, he brought the film to our senior archivist who explained its use during the 1980s.

Disc film was released by Kodak in 1982 after 10 years of production. The advent of this new film technology would replace existing negative strips with a compact, convenient disc of negatives. This particular film required a specific camera to use, as well as specialized equipment to develop. Disc film would not be the “next big thing” however, and production was stopped in 1988 as a result of the poor picture quality on the film.

The formats on which the past is documented are ever evolving. Coming across obsolete media formats present challenges to archivists across the field.

This post was written by Ryan Collins, Archives Technician at the National Archives at Philadelphia.

… Donald Trump’s Twitter attack this week on a union official, followed by his choice of a labor secretary who has criticized new worker protections, has rattled leaders of the American labor movement, who fear unions may be facing their gravest crisis in decades…. The actions, coming just four weeks after Trump won the presidency in part by wooing union voters with promises of better trade deals and a manufacturing revival, fed fears among national labor leaders that Trump was now planning a broad assault on unions.

Steven Mufson of the Washington Post

If you are Union, imagine a dispute between your union and corporate management under Trump?

US labor should fear that “a Republican Congress and Trump White House would launch investigations of union finances­ while failing to enforce labor laws when employers underpay workers or violate occupational safety rules.”

The better trade deals promised by Trump will amount to nothing but worse conditions, lower pay, and right-to-work laws across the country.

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DuPont: More than 200 Years of Safety Leadership

anonymous asked:

Do you have anything on physical deformities caused by Victorian workhouses? I can find descriptions but no illustrations or pictures

That depends upon what you mean by “physical deformities”. There are specific occupational hazards that have been recorded throughout history, and I’ve written about a dozen or so that were the most common.

For one reason or another I never got around to the additional posts about phossy jaw and radium poisoning that I intended to write shortly after the Ways to Die post. I should fix that soon, eh? 

I’ve never written about the child labor victims of the Victorian era, but I do have a few images of the amputees (many of whom ended up having to go back to work at the very same plants if they survived - after all, who was going to pay the medical bills…?) of an early 1900s investigation in the United States. I’ll try to dig those up, too.

Jordin Purcell-Riess has worked as a registered nurse at the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn., for three years. She describes her workplace as phones going off, voices everywhere, every room full. “You look around and the hallways are full of patients on stretchers, you walk out to the waiting room and you can see on our board that there’s 15 people signing in,” she says. “The second you can get your ICU patient upstairs, there’s another one waiting for you.”

She typically doesn’t get a chance to eat or drink or go to the bathroom during her 12-hour shift, Purcell-Riess says. And she’s not alone. Her nursing manager points out that a 2007 study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicinefound that 24 percent of ICU nurses and 14 percent of general nurses tested positive for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Nursing has long been considered one of the most stressful professions, according to areview of research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012. Nurses and researchers say it comes down to organizational problems in hospitals worldwide. That includes cuts in staffing; some California nurses struck last month for a week over low staffing and wages.

Nurses Say Stress Interferes With Caring For Their Patients

Photo credit: Oivind Hovland/Getty Images/Ikon Images

Labor Day 2015: Stand Together and Fight Back

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety, minimum wage law, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and affordable housing. These working people, and their unions, resisted the oligarchs of their day, fought for a more responsive democracy, and built the middle class.

Today we can - and we must - follow their example. It’s time to rebuild the crumbling middle class of our country and make certain that every working person in the United States of America has a chance at a decent life.

Against overwhelming odds, the men and women of the labor movement changed society for the better. If you’ve ever enjoyed a paid vacation, a sick day, or a pension, they are the people to thank. And if you don’t have those benefits on your job today, they are the people who can help you get them.

The economic reality is that while our economy today is much stronger than when President George W. Bush left office 7 years ago, the middle class is continuing its 40-year decline.

Almost all new income and wealth is going to the people on top, while millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages. In fact, wages actually fell for 90 percent of Americans between 2009 and 2012, even as they rose for the top 10 percent. While we have seen in recent years a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires, 51 percent of African American youth are now unemployed or underemployed, and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth.

As a result of an explosion of technology, productivity has risen in this country, but working people are not sharing in the wealth. For three decades after the end of World War II, productivity and wages grew together. Business profits rose, and the workers who made those profits possible did well along with their bosses. That’s not happening today. Productivity has continued to soar, but workers have been cut out of the profits.

The time is long overdue for us to create an economy which works for the middle class and working families of this country, and not just the one percent. It is time for us to have a government which represents all Americans, not just wealthy campaign contributors.

At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, we need a tax system which demands that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.

With real unemployment at over 10 percent and youth unemployment off the charts, we need a massive federal jobs program to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create millions of decent paying jobs.

With many of our people working at starvation wages, we need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years, and implement pay equity for women workers.

When hundreds of thousands of bright and qualified young people are unable to afford a higher education, we need to make public colleges and universities tuition free and lower student debt. And we can do that by a tax on Wall Street speculation.

At a time when 35 million Americans lack any health insurance and many more are under-insures, we need to move toward a single-payer health insurance program which guarantees health care to all as a right.

We also need to join other wealthy counties by guaranteeing that all families have paid medical and family leave and paid sick time and vacation time.

Instead of cutting Social Security or disability programs, as most Republicans want, we need to expand Social Security benefits so that every senior citizen in this country can enjoy their retirement years in dignity.

When many businesses are making it harder and harder for workers to enjoy their constitutional right to form a trade union, we need legislation which makes it possible for those workers who want to join a union to be able to do so. We need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
In the wealthiest country in the history of the world we CAN accomplish all these goals, but we can’t do it without a political revolution. We can’t do it unless millions of Americans stand up and fight back to reclaim our country from the hands of a billionaire class whose greed is destroying our nation.

Here’s the good news: we faced challenges like these before in our history, and we won. We won when working people across this country came together - in the workplace, in peaceful demonstrations, and at the ballot box - and said “No more.” That victory is part of what we celebrate on Labor Day.

By all means, enjoy the holiday weekend. But this Labor Day let’s also honor the men and women who have fought for the rights of working people in this country ever since it was founded - by pledging to carry on with the work they’ve started.