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Exoskeleton Technology: Making Workers Safer and More Productive, Terry Butler

This article discusses the use of exoskeleton technology to ergonomically reduce shoulder overexertion in employees who extend and raise their arms. •It presents some potential benefits and safety challenges of using such technology to simultaneously protect workers and increase productivity. •The benefits presented are quantified from real-life field testing conducted at a large manufacturing facility and should help the reader understand the level of testing and research necessary to properly evaluate an exoskeleton technology before introducing it into a workplace.

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Prevention Through Design: For Hazards in Construction, Bruce K. Lyon, Georgi Popov and Elyce Biddle

•As indicated in the prevention through design (PTD) hierarchy of controls model, the most effective means of preventing and controlling occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities in construction is to avoid, eliminate or minimize hazards and risks early in the planning and design process. •Applying PTD concepts in the construction process in both the system’s physical design and the means and methods of executing the construction tasks are vital in eliminating and reducing risk to constructors and users. •Despite the recent attention given to PTD in construction, many promising control technologies have not been transferred from research into practice.

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Measuring Safety, Philip W. Hurst and Quincey Jones

•Sophisticated dashboards and real-time data are standard in the field of safety, but safety data may be conceptually flawed. Quantitative analysis has provided critical data to make key safety decisions, but it may not be telling the whole story. •Although safety professionals are collecting more data, measurement systems may not inspire questioning and curiosity. •The future will merge qualitative and quantitative data, which will make for a more robust measurement system.

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Natural Gas Distribution & Public Safety, Benjamin Rodgers

Natural gas is the principal source of energy that provides many comforts of daily life. Most natural gas customers take for granted the warmth and comfort of their homes in the winter, their ease in cooking and grilling foods, and the fact that they will usually have warm water when bathing. Many overlook the fact that the process of transporting natural gas from the ground safely to their home requires a great deal of behind-the-scenes activity.

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Proactive Safety, Jitu C. Patel

The responsibility for loss prevention begins with the highest level of management and continues down through every level of supervision and eventually to every employee.

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Gaseous Hydrogen Systems, Connie Muncy

Many power generation and peak generation facilities across the U.S. employ gaseous hydrogen storage and delivery systems. Hydrogen is an efficient way to cool generators and allows plants to produce a great deal more power than would otherwise be possible using other less-efficient cooling media.Improperly handled, hydrogen is uniquely dangerous because of the amount of potential energy it contains and because it is easily ignited to explosively release this potential energy. A typical tube trailer is equivalent to 5,585 lb of TNT.

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Surviving the Summer Heat Preparedness & Prevention, Lori Schroth

Heat is a common hazard for public sector employees who work outdoors or in hot indoor environments. Yet, heat-related illness can strike any worker. These illnesses typically result from employee exposure to hot and humid conditions, especially when wearing heavy clothing, using bulky PPE, performing physically demanding tasks or working in direct sunlight. Personal risk factors such as age, personal fitness level and medication consumption can also increase the risk for heat-related illness.

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Indoor GPS: A Tool for Creating Safer Construction Sites, Antti Korhonen & Jonathan Horne

Improving job site safety, responding to emergencies, and analyzing incidents after the fact are enhanced when worker location can be monitored and recorded throughout a project.

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Working Toward an Effective Safety Culture, Michael L. Miozza

A safety culture exists in every organization right from day one; it cannot be built, created or pursued. Safety cultures may be good, bad, mature or immature. If an organization wants to improve its culture, it must nurture its exisiting safety culture until safety is seamlessly integrated into the organizational culture.

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Sanitary Transportation of Human & Animal Food, Brian Hammer

The Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule enacted by Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSM) is now final. The rule advances FDA’s efforts to protect food from farm to table by helping to keep them safe from contamination during transportation.

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