February 2, 2005

A Pill for Alertness?

I talk a lot about alertness and its importance to safer work. And we emphasize getting enough sleep and eating properly. But what if it turns out that a simple pill will keep you alert? What if a pill can improve your memory? Well it seems, such medications are not that far away. In a […]

January 27, 2005

Oprah on the Brain

The recent issue of Oprah Magazine (Jan 2005) has an interesting series on learning and health. Its surprising what you will find in Oprah which is, I guess, one of the reasons for her success – she is always open to new ideas and approaches to life. Learning is one of the best ways to […]

January 19, 2005

Fatigue and Performance

If a human testing technology is able to measure fatigue, is it also measuring overall performance? I would say yes it is, because fatigue affects many if not all aspects of performance. In other words, if someone is tired his/her performance is going to degrade across the board. And there is plenty of science to […]

January 10, 2005

Fatigue Issues in the US Army

Fatigue in the military is a major cause of errors. The following article from Soldiers Online Magazine (http://www.army.mil/soldiers/) provides an insiders view. I am surprised with the the study results that soldiers can maintain accuracy even when sleep-deprived. I need to see the results. However, obviously, other target related abilities are impaired. This will require […]

January 4, 2005

Medical Errors

It is now well established that many errors are made by doctors, nurses and interns. Some of these errors can be horrendous. Let me say immediately that doctors, nurses and interns are incredibly dedicated and careful. But the hours they work can be enough to put anyone into a state of exhaustion. Interns, for example, […]

January 3, 2005

Test Pilots?

If you look at the instrument panel of a modern aircraft you will note that the old analog instruments have been replaced with what is essentially a flat screen. The display is one big computer screen. In other words, almost anything can be shown. For example, we could use part of the display for a […]

December 31, 2004

Drug Testing

A JJ Keller article reminded me of how sensitive drug testing is. We do not condone any kind of drug use by workers engaged in dangerous activities. But it is important to focus on what matters: Can the worker perform safely and efficiently when called upon to do so? While drug use information may well […]

December 30, 2004

Announcement

This is dedicated to the concept of testing individuals to determine their condition before they begin potentially dangerous work. This location will provide a forum for discussion of issues related to job safety. And I will provide news as I hear about it relating to job safety and testing. I encourage contributions from interested individuals […]

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