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ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update - VIDEO, Jim Thornton

This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.

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ASSE's Body of Knowledge, Caitlin Anderson

One major staple and unique attribute of the SH&E profession is the ability to share knowledge among peers. This collaboration enhances the knowledge of new professionals, provides the ability to benchmark among peers and most importantly allows professionals to always improve and innovate. To further enhance these efforts, ASSE has created a Body of Knowledge (BOK), which compiles resources on all aspects of the SH&E profession and makes them available to ASSE members.

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Effects of Lanyard Leg Variation on Maximum Average Arrest Force in Energy Absorbing Lanyards Used for Fall Protection, Perner, Judd, J

Industrial fall protection is an ever expanding category of occupational health and safety. Unlike other forms of hazardous energy such as electrical or mechanical, gravitational potential energy is universal and affects every organization. To combat the dangers associated with working at height, fall protection equipment manufacturers have developed a plethora of devices to safely arrest a worker in the event of a fall. Although there are many different types of fall protection devices, some of the most common are energy absorbing lanyards.

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BOS 3401-12E-3 Fall Protection Research Project – A Case Study Examines the Relevant OSHA Regulations to Formulate a Fall Prevention Plan, Stephen W. Burge

The Fall Protection Research Project integrates research throughout the Construction Safety course to review fall protection within the construction industry. The problem of fall related accidents in the construction industry is described, and a fall accident is analyzed to determine which OSHA regulations apply to the accident. The OSHA regulations applicable to fall prevention are discussed as causation factors to the accident under review, and options for fall protection are explored. A fall protection program applicable to the fall accident under review is developed, and a summary of my conclusions and opinions of fall hazards in the construction industry is presented.

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Diagnostic Approach in Cases with Suspected Work-Related Asthma, Tor B Aasen, P Sherwood Burge, Paul K Henneberger, Vivi Schlünssen and Xaver Baur

Work-related asthma (WRA) is a major cause of respiratory disease in modern societies. The diagnosis and consequently an opportunity for prevention are often missed in practice. Based on recent studies and systematic reviews of the literature methods for detection of WRA and identification of specific causes of allergic WRA are discussed.

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Safety Checklist Program for Schools, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Administrators, coordinators, and teachers know that their schools should comply with Federal or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. However, the task may seem overwhelming! This Safety Checklist Program can help these leaders bring their schools into compliance even when they have little safety and health experience, a busy schedule, and many unanswered questions. In one easy-to-read source, the Safety Checklist Program provides information needed by schools to maintain safe classrooms, shops, and labs for teachers and students in career-technical education. This information can also be used by colleges and universities with occupational safety and health programs.

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School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

The guide presents information about ordering, using, storing, and maintaining chemicals in the high school laboratory. The guide also provides information about chemical waste, safety and emergency equipment, assessing chemical hazards, common safety symbols and signs, and fundamental resources relating to chemical safety, such as Material Safety Data Sheets and Chemical Hygiene Plans, to help create a safe environment for learning. In addition, checklists are provided for both teachers and students that highlight important information for working in the laboratory and identify hazards and safe work procedures.

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NIOSH-funded Research Helps Reduce Occupational Exposure to PCBs When Renovating Schools, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Polychlorinated biphenyls (pcbs) are toxic organic compounds once used in a variety of products ranging from transformers to oil based paints and plastics. Exposure to pcbs has shown multiple adverse health effects.1 Due to high toxicity and harmful environmental effects, Congress banned the production of pcbs in 1978. Despite the ban, occupational exposures to this toxic compound still occur regularly. This includes when working with older products, buildings, equipment, and materials that were created with or used pcbs and still have the compound embedded in them.

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Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Building dampness and subsequent respiratory illness in some building occupants (including children) occur in part from a lack of knowledge and understanding of the nature and severity of these problems among designers, builders, building owners, employers, and building occupants. These problems and associated health effects can be prevented by making dampness prevention a goal during the design, construction, and commissioning phases. Buildings may also develop dampness problems from improper or insufficient maintenance or operation and weather events. Owners, employers, or occupants should use the following approaches to minimize the likelihood of persistent building dampness and subsequent respiratory problems in exposed occupants.

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Prevention through Design (PtD) - Architectural Design and Construction, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Prevention through Design anticipates and minimizes occupational safety and health hazards and risks* at the design phase of products, considering workers through the entire life cycle, from the construction workers to the users, the maintenance staff, and, finally, the demolition team. The engineering profession has long recognized the importance of preventing occupational safety and health problems by designing out hazards. Industry leaders want to reduce costs by preventing negative safety and health consequences of poor designs. This manual is one of four PtD education modules to increase awareness of construction hazards.

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What is the BOK?

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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