On July 2, 2020 OSHA shared its most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Questions are grouped by topic, and cover:

Socially Distanced Webinar Series!

In total, we had 18 Events over 3 Months with 10 Unique Speakers. There were 4 socials, 1 Leadership Development Forum. We had 909 Registrations from we believe 4 countries and 4 continents!

Session Recap: Moving from Crisis Management to System Success with Dr. Ivan Pupulidy

Session Recap: Socially Distanced Networking Power Hour

Session Recap: Home Office Ergonomics

Session Recap: OSHA Compliance, Best Practices, and Enforcement in the Covid-19 Era

Session Recap: Organizational Response to Accidents and Incidents with Dr. Ivan Pupulidy

Session Reap: People are the Solution with Ron Gantt

Session Recap Organizational Resilience During Times of Uncertainty Professor Randy Cadieux

Session Recap: “We Think We know What Happened.” How cognitive bias can impact accident investigations. Professor Jennifer Serne

Session Recap: Socially Distanced Leadership Development Forum 

Session Recap: Selling Safety: 3 Key Elements Safety Pros Need to Close the Deal with Past President Matt Law

Session Recap: Sleep and Stress Management with Sharon Lipinski

Session Recap: How to Prepare a Proposal for Safety 2021 with Tony Militello and Bonnie Lipinski

Session Recap: Cultural Interventions with Dr. Ivan Pupulidy

Session Recap: It seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Evaluating Decision Making during Incident Analysis with Professor Jennifer Serne

Session Recap: 2020 OSHA Update with Adele Abrams

WISE and Region VI Socials were a SUCCESS!

2019-2020 National Capital Chapter Service Awards

It is our honor to recognize the following members for their years of service to the safety profession and support to the National Capital Chapter of ASSP.

5 Years

Anthony Militello

Charles Wilson

Corey Shugart

David Dickson

David Brown

Dorothy Wyatt

Lizabeth Taghavi

Martanaze Hancock

Sloane Wieber

Steven Walden

10 Years

Ann Murtha

Barry Downes

Catherine Van Aerden

David Barrett

Dennis Ertel

Diana Masselle

Dusty Egbert

E Patricia Liegey

Eric Knight

George Bouyat

Jonathan Johnson

Luisa Ferreira

Michael Cakouros

Peter Park

William Keith

15 Years

Chad Bittick

Eugene Krevinko

Jacquelyn Seth

Jan Preston

Magnus Turesson

Mary Snow

Robert Brandenburg

Travis Parsons

William Rice

20 Years

Mary Winkler

25 Years

Cheryl O’Brien

Marc McDermott

Robert Wheeler

Zenon Dankewych

30 Years

Everett Lallis

Jeffrey Hixon

Michael Owen

35 Years

Delight Woodhull

45 Years

Thomas Altavater

50 Years

Barry Schlossberg

Session Recap – Cultural Interventions

Thank you to Dr. Ivan Pupulidy for a dynamic discussion on Cultural Interventions. The link to the recording of the discussion is below and available until 7/31

Recording Link:

Here are some general thoughts, questions, and points that were brought up during the conversation:

-Simple, Complicated, and Complex situations must be addressed differently.

-Simple contexts depend on certainty and predictability. Complex contexts have uncertainty and unpredictability. Cultural interventions exist in the space in between.

-Information is the currency of safety.

-Not all systems require the same info

-Simple contexts look at trends, routines, and patterns. Complex look at sensemaking and innovation. Simple contexts require the understanding of components and technical knowledge. Therefore, it is important to recognize anomaly. We need to evaluate the specific risks that can be controlled and the anomalies from a further step back.

-Response tends to dampen human variability through additional controls. Is this what we want or do we ultimately desire increased variability so that we can co-evolve with the changing environment. Focus less on what the decision was so that you can comprehend the factors that led up to tit and why that decision was made. How do norms shift as a situation evolves?

-Causal factors are influences. We are going from dispositional attribution to situational attribution.

-How are we pushing our leaders to reflect and choose learning? This is ultimately the key to success on the complex end of the spectrum. Thin slicing needs to be acceptable and leaders need to be able to accept experience or “gut” as an appropriate answer.

-In many ways, thin slicing relates to the idea of work being “experiments.”

-The words we use are extremely important. Is leadership in a learning mode? Are they coaching? Training?

-How are leaders selected and transitioned? Are their motivations understood?

-Leaders should be deliberate in their response and not reactive.

Key terms: Teaming, Sensemaking, Trust, Psychological safety

How do we operate with inquiry? Does inquiry as a metric improve our outcomes