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#92: How America's Unions Are Keeping Workers Safe

May 25, 2022 | 52 minutes  06 seconds

This week's guest is Rebecca Reindel, the Safety and Health Director at the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations). The AFL-CIO is the largest labor federation in the United States, representing 57 national and international labor unions with 12.5 million union members nationwide. Like many of our listeners, Rebecca's story didn't start out with a passion for safety, although her passion for people and worker's rights landed her a role as a Safety Pro. Learn how the AFL-CIO's Death on the Job report is raising awareness and keeping workers safe today.

#91: A Very Special 4th Anniversary Episode

May 11, 2022 | 59 minutes  13 seconds

Back when there were little to no podcasts for EHS professionals, HSI’s own Jill James started this one to celebrate and explore the journey and experiences of safety professionals. In this special anniversary episode, the tables turn as our host is in the hot seat. Our guest host is long-time friend Dr. Todd Loushine, who digs deeper into where it all started, some of Jill's favorite episodes, and the future of safety. Make sure to leave your feedback/suggestions on the survey below to help us improve in years to come!

#90: How to Reduce Burnout

April 20, 2022 | 51 minutes  40 seconds

Do you struggle with burnout at work? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone, studies show that up to 77% of the working population experience burnout at their job. This episode shines a light on this problem and the dangers of it in the safety industry. We discuss boundaries, burnout, and ­­strategies to both prevent and cope with burnout. Our guest is Subena Colligan, a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and a health and safety coach and consultant at S. Colligan Coaching.

#89: How Are We Practicing and Advancing Safety?

March 30, 2022 | 1 hours  15 minutes  59 seconds

Scott DeBow is a highly collaborative, strategic thinker with 19 years of progressive leadership in the realm of Risk/Occupational Safety. Jill digs into the passion behind Scott’s goal of developing Safety Leadership across organizations with a targeted emphasis on system improvements, as well as understanding the unique risks and vulnerability of temporary workers. Learn how Scott turned an early career in the Navy into years of occupational health and safety innovation. Be ready to take notes, this episode is full of key takeaways!

#88: Human Resources Is Your Partner in Workplace Safety

March 9, 2022 | 51 minutes  4 seconds

Do you work closely with your Human Resource professional? We sit down with Tiffany Castagno to talk about the benefits of safety and HR professionals collaborating in an effort to improve physical and psychological health and safety. Tiffany is the CEO and Founder of CEPHR, an HR Consulting firm based out of Pittsburgh, PA with the goal of helping clients build out their teams, programs, and cultures. With over 14 years of experience, Tiffany knows what it takes to make a change. Learn how you can work with your HR professional to provide your employees with a better, safer human experience.

#87: What You Need to Know About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

February 23, 2022 | 1 hours  2 minutes  52 seconds

A diversity certification might have just saved Clayton Sinclair’s marriage and life. Clayton shares his inspiring experiences, stories, and knowledge from his journey working in financial services to becoming the Director of DE&I at Blue Ocean Brain, an HSI company. Connecting the dots between inclusion and diversity with health and safety is easier than you might think. Learn how you can create a culture that is welcoming to all and sustainable for years to come.

#86: What Is Psychological Safety?

February 9, 2022 | 53 minutes  43 seconds

With a need for safer and healthier workplaces at the forefront of everyone's mind, you don't want to miss this conversation about psychological safety and how it's improving work culture across the country. Host Jill James talks to Claire Herring, CEO of Blue Ocean Brain, an HSI company and leading provider of workplace learning and professional development content. Learn how you can identify and implement psychological safety within your organization today.

#85: How a Safety Pro Became a King (Part 2)

December 29, 2021 | 52 minutes  47 seconds

Receiving the title of “Chief” in a Northern Nigerian village isn’t very common, especially for an outsider from Tanzania. Neither is it common for tribal leaders to let an outsider help with the health and safety of their community. Both happened to Industrial Hygienist Manti Michael Nota. He has dedicated his career to improving occupational health in Africa. Currently, Manti is the Industrial Hygiene Project Coordinator & Nigeria Safer Mining Project Coordinator with Occupational Knowledge International (OKI)--- he is also a doctoral candidate. Our host Jill learns how Manti spent months building trust with tribal leaders to save the lives of hundreds through his work in preventing lead poisoning- and how his love for people continues to motivate him to do more.

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