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November 13, 2014

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10:55 AM | Nurse Safety Training
On a daily basis, nurses are the front line of defense against illness, disease, and serious injury. They help doctors to evaluate and treat all kinds of medical problems that people face everyday. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Nurses. OSHA Required Training [...]
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9:40 AM | So does QOF really reduce emergency hospital admissions?
What should you make of our latest paper suggesting that QOF reduced emergency admissions? There have now been over 20 systematic reviews of pay for performance (P4P) and even a systematic review of systematic reviews. A reasonable summary would be that P4P seems to improve the processes of care somewhat (and with the potential for ...read more
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6:08 AM | Miner Safety Training
Mining is an industry that has been around since the industrial revolution, and despite many advances in technology, it remains a dangerous, dirty job. For those brave enough to travel down into mines in search of natural resources, there are some very important safety measures to refer to over and over again to make sure [...]
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5:11 AM | Midterm Elections: The New Senate and the Future of Science
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5:06 AM | Massage Therapist Safety Training
Massages are often thought of as a luxury, but in reality their benefits to overall psychological and physical health should make them a necessity for just about anyone trying to take better care of their body. At the same time, the therapists who provide this valuable service are often carting around heavy equipment and driving [...]
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4:14 AM | I’m Afraid This Changes Nothing
When Naomi Klein says things like "Any attempt to rise to the climate challenge will be fruitless unless it is understood as part of a much broader battle of world views. Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war," I am sympathetic. So I expected and wanted to like her magnum opus on climate, "This Changes Everything". But I don't. In fact I'm sorely disappointed. I find the book naively optimistic, agonizingly politically correct, and technically uninsightful. Not only is […]

November 12, 2014

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10:39 PM | What Not To Wear To A Comet Landing
Amidst all the (justified) celebration of Rosetta and Phylae today — it really is a big deal when a ten year mission ends with the first landing on a comet evah!) — there  was one truly sour note.  This: That’s Matt Taylor, Rosetta project scientist.  If you read the profile at (where else) The Daily Mail, you’ll get […]
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2:14 PM | Logging Worker Safety Training
The logging industry has a long history as one of the most profitable ventures possible, and also as one of the most dangerous. The daily use of chain saws and the threat of falling trees mean that loggers must be constantly on the lookout. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required [...]
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1:46 PM | Light Vehicle Driver Safety Training
In many countries, the car is king. It’s the main mode of transportation for both personal and commercial reasons. Many companies will employ drivers of lighter vehicles than semi trucks to transport goods and people. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most light vehicle drivers. OSHA Required Training [...]
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1:24 PM | Randall Munroe Is On The Case
Just to add to the deliciousness of the day, xkcd is more or less live-cartooning the Rosetta landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.* (h/t @edyong209) Nothing in my day promises to be as challenging/exciting as what that craft (and its controllers) are doing.  You? *That link is a little wonky.  If the cartoon (number 1446) doesn’t come […]
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12:32 PM | Landscaping Worker Safety Training
In order to keep the outside of their home looking as attractive and as well designed as the inside, many people turn to the help of landscapers. Landscaping Workers can not only help you to choose the best plants that will accent the outside of your home, but will also maintain large yards including grass, [...]
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11:48 AM | Lab Technician Safety Training
Governments, research organizations, and the medical industry all have a complex network of scientific laboratories working around the clock on research and development. These labs investigate findings in chemistry and biology to further our understanding of specific compounds in the two subjects and make important new discoveries that have huge impacts on medicine and academia. [...]
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10:55 AM | Housekeeping Safety Training
Between work, kids, and extracurricular activities many people find it difficult to find the time to keep their house looking great. This is when they hire a professional housekeeper to come in and take care of routine tidying, deep cleaning, or both. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most [...]
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9:48 AM | Home Service Technician Safety Training
There are many devices in the home that often require regular maintenance. Air conditioners, stoves, furnaces, and electrical equipment can break at any moment and cause major problems for a household. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Home Service Technicians. OSHA Required Training [...]
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8:54 AM | Heavy Machinery Operator Safety Training
Heavy machinery is used in a variety of areas and for many different reasons. From construction sites to the transportation of large industrial products, operators of heavy machinery are responsible for controlling a device that has great potential to harm themselves and people around them. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are [...]
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8:31 AM | When does a ‘poor’ practice mean a ‘poor’ doctor?
This was the title of our paper published today in the BMJ when we first submitted it to the journal. However, the BMJ doesn’t allow questions as titles so it became the less sensationalist “Understanding high and low patient experience scores in primary care: analysis of patients’ survey data for general practices and individual doctors”. ...read more
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6:01 AM | Food Preparation Worker Safety Training
A food preparation worker is responsible for a lot more than making sure something is delicious. Handling food products all day that are meant for others to consume means that they are susceptible to many potential illnesses, and have to stay healthy themselves to protect others. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that [...]

November 11, 2014

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5:00 PM | They Are Who We Thought They Were (Republicans And Their War On Our Kids)
Republican priorities are — not “becoming,” because they always were — clear. Facing the one unequivocal existential threat to the American way of life (for starters) over the next century, here’s the GOP response to the oncoming rush of human-caused global warming: The new Republican Congress is headed for a clash with the White House over two […]
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2:33 PM | Farmer Safety Training
Farming is one of the most important industries in America, and it always has been. Farmers do amazing, tough work to bring food to people all over the country. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Farmers. OSHA Required Training [...]
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2:05 PM | Factory Service Technician Safety Training
Factories are a crucial part of the American economy, and so they are present in every major city. Within factories there are many, many moving parts to make sure that production keeps up with the intensity of demand. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Factory Service Technicians. OSHA Required [...]
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1:30 PM | Exterminator Safety Training
Everywhere you go in the whole world, there will always be some type of bug. No matter how clean and tidy people keep their homes, offices, and businesses, spiders, cockroaches, flies, and even termites are bound to follow. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Exterminators. OSHA Required Training [...]
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11:51 AM | Emergency Medical Technician Safety Training
No one knows emergencies better than emergency medical technicians. While most other people run away from dangerous situations, they come running in to help save as many lives as possible. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Emergency Medical Technicians. OSHA Required Training [...]
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10:33 AM | Electrician Safety Training
Electricity is one of the most important, useful, and incredible discoveries in human history. It has become so important to everyday life that it’s hard to imagine living even one day without it in a home or office environment. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Electricians. OSHA Required Training [...]
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10:12 AM | Electrical Engineer Safety Training
Electricity has become an absolute necessity in the modern world. When new buildings are built, or old ones are remodeled, people expect the electrical systems be in working order as soon as the building is complete. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Electrical Engineers. OSHA Required Training [...]
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9:09 AM | Dental Hygiene Safety Training
The growing field of dental hygiene is an exciting opportunity for anyone who loves working with people. As a dental hygienist, you are literally putting great smiles on people’s faces. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Dental Hygienists. OSHA Required Training [...]
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4:27 AM | $500 Million Lawsuit Claims Surgical Gowns Don’t Protect Against Ebola
A manufacturer of surgical gowns faces a lawsuit that claims the company knew its product failed impermeability tests for blood and microbes. The lawsuit seeks class action status and more than $500 million in damages. Law firm Eagan Avenatti filed the lawsuit in a Los Angeles court against Kimberly-Clark Corp. The suit alleges the company knew [...]
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4:05 AM | OSHA in the Next Two Years: Could its Budget Actually go Up?
Fact: The last time the U.S. had a Republican Congress and Democratic President (1999-2000), OSHA’s budget actually went up. How did that happen? And, could it happen again? Here is OSHA’s budget trajectory from 1998 to 2001: 1998: $370 million 1999: $384 million 2000: $408 million 2001: $455 million. From 1998 to 2001, that’s a 23% increase. Read Full Article At [...]
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3:47 AM | Think Training Temps Isn’t Your Problem? Think Again
This week I attended EH&S Today magazine’s Safety Leadership Conference, which may be, by the way, the best kept secret in safety conferences, but an outstanding place to hear from thought leaders in safety talk in depth about some of the emerging challenges to safety. I was, for a change, an attendee and except for [...]
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3:27 AM | (VIDEO) Deaf to the Danger: Great Safety Meeting Opener on Ear Buds at Work
Related Hearing Conservation Training DVDs: Hearing Conservation and Safety DVD Shows employees why they should pay attention to “noise” hazards, and how they can protect themselves. View Product Hearing Conservation and Safety Refresher Training DVD Give employees the information they need to refresh their knowledge of OSHA’s [...]

November 10, 2014

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1:56 PM | What accounts for public conflict over science--religiosity or political predispositions? Here are some data: you declare the winner in this RAT vs. CAT fight!
Outsourcing my critical reading (i.e., just plain reading!) of this article worked really well.  Given the great points that came out in the comments, I don’t think there’s any value added in my offering a full assessment of the paper, which reported the results of a study that analyzed less than ideal data with a poorly specified statistical model from which the authors seemed to draw unsupported inferences. But I do think it might be interesting to explore, at least to a […]
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