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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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