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Artificial Intelligence is not a Magic Box

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If you haven’t heard of Artificial Intelligence by now then you’ve been living under a rock. AI is everywhere and it’s touted as a solution to all humanity’s problems. However, despite the sexy term and AI’s household-name status, it’s still very much a science that requires deep expertise to use it correctly. One cannot simply…


To COR, or not to COR…

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CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION (COR) is a registered Trademark of the Alberta Construction Safety Association) If you read our blog from October of last year, you know that practical data science is our jam! We have done a lot of research and are very excited to share some of our results with you. Our goal is…


Merry Mask-Mas

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We asked our people to do two things: take a picture of themselves doing something silly in a mask, and write two sentences about themselves. Here are some of the responses: I like to Karate chop nonsense. Don’t make me angry! Noel “I look to the horizon. Mostly because I’m tall.” Cory I’ve been at…


The Quest for Leading Indicators – The Holy Grail of Safety

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In the last few blog posts I’ve written, I have talked about some of the problems we observe with data collection, safety fatigue and engagement. All of these topics relate and culminate in a topic I am passionate about – leading indicators in safety. Leading indicators are the holy grail in safety. But what are…


Becoming a Practical Data Scientist

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When I told my colleagues at the university that I was leaving to start a new career in the commercial sector, their first response was mostly shock and disbelief. In their defense, an academic leaving after five years of successful research and teaching is not something you see every day. It may not seem like…


Getting Past the Safety Plateau

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After spending the majority of my adult career in health and safety (I would say how long that is but then everyone would know my age ?) I have seen a lot of changes, mostly for the better. But, to be honest, things have started to stagnate. Sure, there is always something new, the flavour…


Safety Fatigue Part Deux

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I have searched google for “safety fatigue” many times. It has only ever turned up articles on tired workers and how to combat this issue. I think we, at EHS, may be the only ones who use this term. We use it a lot in our work and discussions with clients. Curiously though, every time…


Tired of Safety?

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Tired of safety? You’re not alone. Have you ever heard “safety is a waste of time”?  Me too. Many times. I’ve also heard complaints of managers that don’t visit sites yet make policy, unrealistic expectations of executive because of bonuses, policies that are enacted and never removed even when conditions change… the list goes on….


If You’re Not Ahead, You’re Behind

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Advice for transitioning into a Po-Co world (Po-Co = Post Covid) Here we are in the eighth month of the biggest health crisis in modern history. If we have learned one thing from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that data driven decisions are not only important, they can be matters of life and death. Without…


Seven Deadly Sins of Safety Data

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After years of working with many organisations collecting their safety data, we have seen it all. Trust us. We see the same mistakes over and over. We don’t want to pretend we are the angels in this scenario – we have made our fair share of errors too, don’t worry. In order to help you…