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Fatigue Management Awareness Presentation, Robert Myers

Brief presentation on the effects of fatigue and what employees and supervisors can do to prevent it in the workplace.

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Worker Fatigue: Understanding the Risks in the Workplace, Susan Sawatzky

This article explores how fatigue affects worker safety and health. The author presents a business case for addressing fatigue in workplaces and barriers to overcome. Strategies for success in implementing a fatigue risk management system are discussed as well.

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Communicating & Managing Risk: The Key Result of Risk Assessment, Bruce K. Lyon and Georgi Popov

By itself, risk assessment does not achieve its objectives. Risk communication is required to reduce uncertainty and manage operational risks. Assessing risks within an organization enables decision makers to properly manage risks and make plausible decisions. Safety professionals must be able to effectively communicate the risk to top decision makers. This requires understanding the nature of the decision to be made, and the specific information needed to help make an informed decision. OSH professionals should select and design risk assessment methods to identify, assess and communicate not only operational risks and their controls, but also the resulting business consequences and downstream effects.

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Attention Interrupted: Cognitive Distraction & Workplace Safety, Joseph Cohen, Cindy LaRue and H. Harvey Cohen

Diversions of attention tend to decrease productivity, increase errors, and have associated human and monetary costs in the workplace. By thinking of cognitive distractions as task interruptions, OSH professionals can focus on aspects of the environment that can be observed, measured and controlled like other hazards facing workers. Effective solutions to prevent cognitive distraction must follow a task-oriented approach whereby interruptions in the environment are systematically evaluated and mitigated through various means, including education, policies and technology, rather than trying to prevent a cognitive process that occurs in the mind of an individual worker.

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Hazardous Energy: The Battle for Control in the Standards Arena, Bruce W. Main and Edward V. Grund

By knowing the history and evolution of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 and ANSI Z244.1, OSH professionals can more effectively address current prevention and compliance issues related to the control of hazardous energy. The original Z244.1-1982 and OSHA’s 1989 regulation were based on the technology and knowledge as of 1975. While Z244.1 has evolved since 1982, OSHA’s regulation has remained unchanged for more than 25 years. Relying on requirements that date back to 1989 and before impedes safety progress.

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Urban Constructio: Building Code Requirements Improve Safety & Health, Peter Simon

Building codes are one measure communities use to protect people and property. Urban areas with dense populations, such as New York City, are particularly vulnerable to hazards related to building construction. To address these hazards, New York City now requires approved site safety plans and a licensed site safety manager on site during operations of major construction projects.

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Power Trip: Occupational Health Issues in the Power Generation Industry, Connie L. Muncy

Workers in the power generation industry are exposed to many chemical, biological and physical health hazards. This article identifies examples of these hazards and discusses best practices for characterizing them. It also reviews the importance of implementing an effective continuous improvement cycle for controlling these health hazards.

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Forklift Safety: Sensing the Dangers With Technology, Ibukun Awolusi, Siyuan Song and Eric Marks

One common hazard in manufacturing environments is struck-by events between forklifts and pedestrian workers. This article reviews research conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of magnetic field proximity-sensing technology deployed in an active indoor manufacturing environment. •The technology was used to assess multiple variables associated with the successful implementation and operation of magnetic field proximity on a forklift and pedestrian workers. Experimental results demonstrate the proximity-sensing system’s ability to alert pedestrian workers and forklift operators when a hazardous proximity situation exists.

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Electric Arc: Protecting Against Thermal Effect (Part 3: State of the Art & Standardization), Mikhail Golovkov, Holger Schau and Gavin Burdge

This series of three articles provides a broad overview of today’s state of the art for protecting electrical workers against electric arc thermal hazard. Part 3 discusses arc hazard assessment, limitations of arc rating and research on protective time current curves. It also identifies standardization misconceptions and associated challenges, and suggests improvements for the future.

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Leading Measures: Preventing MSDs & Driving Ergonomic Improvements, Walt Rostykus and James Mallon

Traditional safety metrics of injury rate and losses are poor measures of workplace ergonomics or predictors of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Current research and valid assessment tools allow reliable measurement of exposure to the risk factors that cause MSDs. Coupled with the threshold limit of joints in the body, this allows reliable prediction of tasks with increased potential for developing an MSD. Leading risk-based measures for MSDs enable sampling, predicting, preventive actions, and verification of risk exposure. This approach fits well within the structure of a comprehensive safety management system.

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