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Safety & Job Burnout, Beth Genly

Professional burnout plays a significant role in workplace safety. •As the details of this relationship emerge, so do risk management opportunities for safety professionals. •This article provides the medical definition of burnout, highlights pertinent connections between workplace safety and professional burnout, and outlines interventions to improve both.


Regulating Forklift Safety, Christopher A. Janicak and Tracey L. Cekada

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 from them. •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.


Right-Sizing Your Risk Management Program, Pam Walaski

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.


Volatility & Chaos: Hazard Controls & Active Shooters, Cory Worden & Amber Johnson

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.


Multicausal Nature of Construction Incidents, John W. Mroszczyk

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.


Effiacy of Third Party Certification and Safety Initiatives , Michael S. Landa and Bridgette M. Hester

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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