Safety Wars
Safety from a point of view that you didn't see coming.
71 Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals
November 25, 2021 • 22 MIN
Happy Thanksgiving. Today we have a special episode of Safety Wars with an interview of Chris Gervais of Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals ( Starting today he is hosting Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals on
70 Dealing with Liars
November 13, 2021 • 10 MIN
Jim was "triggered" this week from what he heard on the Rated R Safety Show with Jay Allen (on Safety FM). Jay spoke about people going to HR when they don't like people. Jim is no stranger to that situation, it goes beyond that usually with safety people where they outright lie about you. What do you do about it? Jim has some stories (as usual) and some suggestions.
69 ETS Covid Ongoing Questions
November 11, 2021 • 16 MIN
Jim comments on the ETS standard and answers questions from the OSHA website. is the reference. This is the second take of the episode. The first take was dry, so Jim decided to re-record the entire thing, that happens some times. For more questions send Jim an email at
68 Emergency Temporary Standard for Covid
November 6, 2021 • 8 MIN
Jim encourages people to participate in the public comment period for the regulation. Also, where are we going with this standard? It seems like this is a change in policy in requiring an employee to do something outside of the workplace. Is this where we want to go?
Safety in the News October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021 • 12 MIN
Jim discusses the OSHA Top 10 Citation list for FY 2021, the new OSHA Administrator, and the Heat Stress Standard.
66 Vaccine Mandate Questions
October 30, 2021 • 5 MIN
A brief discussion on the Vaccine Mandates. Jim asks the question, has this really been thought out as far as the costs vs. the benefits of vaccine mandates. Especially with first responders. Note: Jim and his entire family who is eligible have vaccinations, Jim is neither for or against vaccine mandates, just asking questions.
Are people ignoring you during emergencies
October 24, 2021 • 7 MIN
Jim discusses a situation where someone refused to leave a burning process area.
Safety in the News October 23, 2021
October 23, 2021 • 16 MIN
Trying something new. Today I discuss an interview I saw on GMA 3 of DR. Arjun Ventatesh on Covid-19 vaccination in the Black and LantinX communities. I relate it to Episode 63 where we need safety professionals to step up and take a leadership role in their organizations. We discuss the ongoing Alec Baldwin and movie "Rust" incident from this week, and the importance of taking leading indicators and acting on them, and of course make sure you CYA and have the correct documentation on hand.
The Safety Show
October 15, 2021 • 19 MIN
Jim Poesl Mega Rant--I'm getting back to my roots. Be the leaders that we need to be. It gets real good at about 13:40. We discuss the safety show that Jim had to participate in at the Doctor. Note: I had a previous copy uploaded that I had to update with some edits.
Conclusion to Disaster Response Month
October 1, 2021 • 8 MIN
We had some difficulties with the audio on head, foot, hearing, and eye protection. I ended up having to reshoot everything and combine it into one YouTube video at Jim Poesl's Safety Wars. I included the conclusion to my sessions on Disaster Preparedness here.
Interview with Dawn Becker Durnin
September 29, 2021 • 42 MIN
Today we speak with Dawn Becker Durning the Vice President of People First Property and Casualty Insurance. Her linked in Profile is
Safety Wars Live Episode 2 Disaster Hand Protection
September 23, 2021 • 12 MIN
We are continuing on our Disaster Response Month Theme. We are talking about hand protection. This is part of our YouTube channel Jim Poesl's Safety Wars, view the video and subscribe to our channel
Safety Wars Live Episode 1
September 20, 2021 • 7 MIN
My commentary on the proposed vaccination mandate. Recorded live from Clarkstown, NY. To see me record this go to.
Three Questions
September 17, 2021 • 8 MIN
This is probably going to be one of the more controversial episodes. We discuss 3 questions you need to ask Disaster Managers or Safety Professionals. These questions will "put them on the hot seat". We also delve into toxicology a little.
9-11-2021 Commentary
September 11, 2021 • 7 MIN
Jim's commentary on 9-11-2021. Please remember 9-11 and pray for the survivors and those with ongoing illnesses from 9-11. Please share your memories of that day.
Disaster Preparedness: First Aid, CPR, AED, and Long Term Medical Problems During a Disaster
September 10, 2021 • 8 MIN
A brief discussion on what you need to think about on First Aid, CPR, AED, and managing long term medical problems during a disaster. Safety Wars does First Aid, CPR, and AED Training. Contact us at
Disaster Preparedness Food
September 10, 2021 • 12 MIN
A brief discussion on food supplies and preparing for disasters.
Disaster Preparedness: Drinking Water
September 9, 2021 • 12 MIN
A brief discussion on planning on having enough drinking water for an emergency. Refer back to Episode 53 on Types of Disaster Scenarios.
What is a Disaster?
September 4, 2021 • 10 MIN
Jim discusses what a disaster is and his 4 disaster scenarios. Contact Jim at with any comments
Disaster Preparedness Month Intro
September 2, 2021 • 5 MIN
We are changing things up this month. Since it is Disaster Preparation Month here in the US, all of our programs will have a disaster response theme. Send any ideas to us at
Construction Worker Suicide
August 27, 2021 • 5 MIN
50th Episode (after the trailer--Episode 1). We will have a special program in the near future, but this episode will focus on Worker Suicide.
Paralympics and Safety
August 26, 2021 • 5 MIN
A short discussion on the Paralympics and treating all people equally.
Safety and HR
August 19, 2021 • 8 MIN
Work with HR, get stuff in writing. Don't get caught in the trap of doing HR's work for them.
Having an Accident Management Program
August 18, 2021 • 7 MIN
Warning. Explicit content. We discuss the importance of having an accident management program and treating accidents with a medical evaluation prior to the company taking the blame for a situation. In this case a man was having marital issues and wanted to blame the company. Also, the importance of maintaining confidentiality.f
Understanding the Other Person
August 11, 2021 • 6 MIN
Understanding the Other Person. It is easier to manage people when you understand their point of view. It should be something we strive for. Especially with the Covid-19 Protocols.
What is Safety? Part 2
August 7, 2021 • 5 MIN
What is Safety? An important question to ask and answer with the ongoing pandemic.
Safety Meeting 8 Safe and Sound Week
August 6, 2021 • 5 MIN
A hearing protection meeting for Safe and Sound Week (next week). A week on safety leadership and safety programs. We focus on Hearing Protection due to my family history of hearing issues.
That all important paperwork
August 5, 2021 • 9 MIN
Paperwork and Pushback from an inexperienced safety professional.
Fired for Doing Your Job
July 28, 2021 • 7 MIN
A story about "Charlie" from 15 years ago and him getting fired. Six weeks later there was a fatal fall on the project.
The Safety Professional's Dilemma
July 26, 2021 • 5 MIN
The safety officer's dilemma, how do we manage the vaxed vs. unvaxed?
Safety Meeting 7 Eye Protection
July 24, 2021 • 7 MIN
A brief discussion on eye protection.
Identifying Leaders
July 23, 2021 • 3 MIN
You need to identify leaders to help you in the safety war.
Becoming a Leader
July 22, 2021 • 4 MIN
Become a leader in your organization.
Safety Meeting 6 Head Protection
July 12, 2021 • 5 MIN
Weekly Safety Meeting 6 Head Protection. A meeting about Hard Hats.
You need to ask "Why"?
July 10, 2021 • 5 MIN
You need to ask Why? Especially in the heat of the moment sometimes.
Enabler or Not?
July 8, 2021 • 6 MIN
Decide whether you will empower people or enable people.
Safety Meeting 5 Construction Site Industrial Hygiene
July 7, 2021 • 8 MIN
A short discussion, and of course a story on 29CFR1926.55 Gases, Vapors, Fumes, Dusts and Mists in Construction
Safety Meeting 4 Cut Resistant Gloves
June 25, 2021 • 8 MIN
A brief discussion on Cut Resistant Gloves
June 22, 2021 • 5 MIN
Congratulations to the New World Record Holder in the Shot Put, Ryan Crouser. A lesson in Perseverance today on Safety Wars.
Safety Meeting 3 HAZWOPER Levels of Protection
June 18, 2021 • 6 MIN
I respond to an e-mail from Josh's mother. Josh is 10 years old and has an interest in chemical protective suits. I decide to describe some of the Levels of Protection on a Hazmat job.
The Art of War, Deception
June 17, 2021 • 8 MIN
The first in a series of discussions on The Art of War, by Sun Tzu and how it relates to the Safety War. We discuss Deception.
40-Hour Hazwoper Training
June 17, 2021 • 12 MIN
A brief discussion on Hazardous Waste Site Operations and Emergency Response Training. Some of Jim's experiences with it
Safety Meeting 2 Heat Stress
June 11, 2021 • 5 MIN
A brief safety talk on the dangers of Heat Stress.
Witholding Information
June 8, 2021 • 8 MIN
The dangers of having information withheld from you.
FRC and Heat Stress
June 7, 2021 • 10 MIN
A discussion of Fire Retardant Clothing and Heat Stress. Jim shares a story about an Oil Terminal with inconsistent safety enforcement and OSHA Policies. The moral of the story: Own your decisions.
Safety Meeting 1. Lyme disease
June 4, 2021 • 6 MIN
Weekly Safety Meeting 1. Lyme Disease. A brief discussion on the signs, symptoms, and treatments for Lyme Disease and Jim's experience with it.
Don't Let Others Make Your Decisions
June 3, 2021 • 7 MIN
A story from the past on how Jim put a stop to a person making decisions for him. If someone has no liability then be VERY careful about their involvement in your life.
Recording Covid Memories for Posterity
May 28, 2021 • 4 MIN
Jim asks listeners to record their Covid memories for family history and posterity.
OSHA Outreach Training Insights
May 28, 2021 • 12 MIN
A description of what OSHA Outreach Training is and how to effectively complete the training. Jim goes into some of his "secrets" of how to organize and deliver training.
Disaster Preparedness
May 18, 2021 • 4 MIN
The need for disaster preparedness
Psychopaths in the workplace
May 18, 2021 • 13 MIN
A short discussion on psychopathy.
Not So Nice People Who Work in Procurement.
May 11, 2021 • 8 MIN
A discussion and stories on how important it is on getting procurement on your side and working with procurement.
PPE as a Leading Indicator
May 10, 2021 • 4 MIN
A brief discussion on PPE. Jim's Pet Peeve of using color rather than the appropriate names and how it caused an accident.
The Safety Stump Speech
May 4, 2021 • 7 MIN
A discussion of the Safety Stump Speech.
Know What to Say Ahead of time
May 3, 2021 • 6 MIN
Like the title says. Know What to Say Ahead of Time. Plan it out.
Total Recordable Incident Rate
April 27, 2021 • 30 MIN
A frank discussion on the Total Recordable Incident Rate
Is respect your problem?
April 12, 2021 • 5 MIN
Is respect your problem? A response to a recent Todd Conklin comment.
First Aid and CPR at Construction Sites
April 12, 2021 • 5 MIN
Dedicated to my Mother-in-Law Nancy Griggs who we lost recently. Are you within 3-4 minutes of medical aid at your jobsite? Probably not so get trained.
Fraudulent Covid-19 Vaccination Cards
April 12, 2021 • 5 MIN
Fraudulent Covid-19 Vaccination Cards
Be Careful of What You Use
March 26, 2021 • 10 MIN
Why you should be careful about the videos you use or post. This was in reaction to Jay Allen's Rated R Safety Show of March 25, 2021.
Cultural Pushback strategies Faced By Safety Professionals Part 1
March 25, 2021 • 8 MIN
Cultural Pushback Strategies Faced by Safety Professionals (and other people too!) Part 1. The original article is
Cultural Pushback Strategies Faced by Safety Professionals Part 2
March 25, 2021 • 13 MIN
Cultural Pushback Strategies Faced by Safety Professionals (and other people too!). Part 2. The original article is at:
Don't Be So Quick To Fire Someone
March 25, 2021 • 5 MIN
A quick story on why you should not be so quick to fire someone.
March 19, 2021 • 6 MIN
Gaslighting. What is it? How do we manage it?
That Zero Accidents Sign
March 19, 2021 • 5 MIN
A commentary on those Zero Accident Signs we see. The need for honesty in Safety.
That Safety Triangle
March 16, 2021 • 10 MIN
A frank discussion of the Safety Triangle. Triggered by the Rated R-Safety Show. A longer program than usual.
Daylight Saving Time Hazards
March 12, 2021 • 4 MIN
A brief discussion on Daylight Saving Time hazards
Civil or Servile
March 11, 2021 • 3 MIN
There is a difference between being a civil safety professional and a servile one.
The Safety Revolution Starts with You.
March 11, 2021 • 5 MIN
Motivational, the Safety Revolution Starts with you.
What is Safety?
March 11, 2021 • 4 MIN
This episode deals with the question of how we define safety and what safety is.
Teen Fall
March 11, 2021 • 5 MIN
Commentary on Teen Fall from Roof.
March 3, 2021 • 1 MIN
You think you have heard all you can about safety? Jim wants to discuss safety in a way you have never heard it before!