In this month’s issue of Safety+Health, you’ll find that a large portion of the magazine’s editorial content touches on – either directly or indirectly – the subject of leadership:

S+H’s newest associate editor, Thomas J. Bukowski, profiles UTC Fire & Security – winner of the 2011 Robert W. Campbell Award. Presented by the National Safety Council and underwritten by ExxonMobil, the Campbell Award recognizes employers that successfully integrate environmental, health and safety management into their business plans to achieve excellence.

In Associate Editor Keith Howard’s feature about near misses, risk-management researchers and experts – as well as an electrician and a mill operator who work on the shop floor – weigh in on what company leadership can do to help establish a successful near-miss reporting program.

Associate Editor Ashley Johnson’s feature on safety shortcuts includes pointed words from the safety director of a major union about how, even though safety shortcuts typically are considered a problem created solely by workers, management can sometimes – through poor job design or lack of safety communication – create scenarios that encourage workers to cut corners.

And finally, we present the first column in a monthly series on safety leadership from the experts at consulting firm BST. Thomas R. Krause, chairman of the board and co-founder of BST, kicks off the series with the first installment of a three-part column. Look for other authors in the coming months. And please let us know what you think.

The leadership theme will continue next month, when the February issue of S+H features the 2012 edition of our annual CEOs Who “Get It,” as well as a Q&A with the chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Co., winner of the NSC 2012 Green Cross for Safety medal.

The opinions expressed in “Editor’s Note” do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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