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Welcome to our summer newsletter, and our new Mobile format. I think this will be an easier way for you to peruse and access articles and other information "on all your gadgets."  I wish you all a happy 4th of July and, if I don't see you before the season's end, a relaxing and pleasant summer. As always, we welcome any feedback regarding our newsletter, or suggestions for future issues.

 

Marc McElhaney, Ph.D.

CEO, Critical Response Associates

 

Violence, Safety and Your Workplace (Podcast)

In the wake of the recent crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, I was interviewed by Dr. Todd Conklin, a noted safety expert and the author of Pre-Accident Investigations, to discuss the issue of workplace violence prevention as an integral part of an organization's safety program. Todd promotes a relatively new and progressive view of safety and accident prevention that is based on the same conclusion what we have also repeatedly discovered in our work: that we cannot eliminate all adverse events, but we can establish a system that can manage the consequences of these events. Click on the link below to listen to my conversation with the always-entertaining Dr. Todd.

 

Link to the podcast

 

 

On the subject of Suicide...

I have had more than a few people contact me after that podcast, due to a statistic that I quoted during that interview, and that we also mentioned in one of our last newsletters when discussing the relationship between suicide and workplace violence. Many found the fact that 4.6% (almost 1 of 20) in our population attempt suicide to be stunning. For those that asked, here is the NIH source for that stat:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10401507

 

Also, since the publication of our newsletter on that subject, there was a recent article in The Atlantic on the recent rise of suicides that occur in the workplace.

Workplace Suicides are on the Rise
In the News
OSHA has updated its Guidelines For Preventing Workplace Violence manual for the healthcare and social service industry.
Marc and Brian on Previous Habitat Build

Don't Forget to Help Send Marc and Son to Nepal


As mentioned in our most recent newsletter, our own Dr. Marc, and his son Brian, are headed to earthquake-ravaged Nepal in November to build houses as part of Habitat for Humanity's annual Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project. Besides a week of hard labor, each volunteer has to raise $3000 to help supply the needed materials and infrastructure for construction. Please help by going to the Habitat donation site below, and CRA will match whatever you can contribute. Any little bit helps. It is a good project that provides desperately needed housing.

 

New Employee Awareness Training Video

....coming soon!

 

We are just now in the process of wrapping up production of CRA's new and improved Employee Training Video, that should be completed and available in a couple of weeks. Like the previous version, which is currently being used by several companies, this can be customized to be organization-specific. The message is the same, but the quality has been updated, and with changes that make it more interesting to the average employee. Once we have the final version, we will set up a website for your review. Stay tuned...

 

 

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