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Professional burnout plays
a significant role in workplace
•As the details of this relationship
emerge, so do risk
for safety professionals.
•This article provides the
medical definition of burnout,
workplace safety and
professional burnout, and
outlines interventions to
Powered industrial trucks continue to
be one of OSHA’s top 10 most frequently
cited standards. Thousands of
occupational injuries resulting in days
away from work still occur each year
•OSH professionals must be familiar with
consensus standards, letters of interpretation
and compliance directives as they
relate to powered industrial trucks.
•This article discusses how powered
industrial trucks are regulated, OSHA’s
approach to powered industrial truck
enforcement, the major hazards involved
with powered industrial trucks,
and strategies employers can use to
prevent injuries and improve compliance
with OSHA standards.
Most OSH professionals would agree that a current
evolution is underway about how we practice.
This article demonstrates that organizations of just
about any size can develop and implement an effective
risk management program by understanding the larger
picture of risk management and its essential concepts
and then right-sizing as needed.
Systematic hazard controls can be used to mitigate an active shooter
incident and contain the intrinsic volatility and chaos that come with it. Ultimately, response to an active shooter is a real-time, chaotic, volatile and intrinsically dangerous situation. For this reason, a systematic approach to hazard control is beneficial in conditioning and training for
both citizens and professional responders. The situation
would be better off by immediately egressing or eliminating the shooter.
It is well known that construction work is dangerous.
Construction employment is only 5% of the total
workforce, yet has 15% to 22% of the total workforce
fatalities (Mroszczyk, 2015a). While the construction
industry and government agencies have made progress
in reducing construction incidents,
construction remains a risky place
to work. Understanding the nature
of construction incidents is important
so that further improvements in
safety can be realized.
The purpose of this study was to analyze the efficacy of climbing safety and
rescue/competent person certification and two NATE safety initiatives using Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS), Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (OII), and Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries (CFOI) records to see if there is any empirical evidence suggesting that climbing safety
and rescue/competent person certification or safety initiatives have resulted in decreased
numbers of workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
This article discusses the use of
exoskeleton technology to ergonomically
reduce shoulder overexertion
in employees who extend and raise
•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.
•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.
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
•Although safety professionals
are collecting more
data, measurement systems
may not inspire questioning
•The future will merge qualitative
and quantitative data,
which will make for a more
robust measurement system.
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
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