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Professional certification by an accredited and recognized organization is important for career development. In this article, the authors describe why professional certification is valuable to SH&E practitioners and the profession.
The authors examine the "good" and the "bad" among OSHA activities over the last 30 years. Among the good, the authors point to education, consulting and the Voluntary Protection Programs; among the bad, the authors discuss by-the-book inspections, overly complex standards and the emphasis on recordkeeping. They then offer four suggestions for redirecting OSHA's efforts, which they believe could result in a "more effective safety and health agency."
This article discusses the noteworthy and adverse progression over the past several years with respect to serious injuries and workers' compensation claims costs. The types of activities out of which many serious injuries occur are discussed, as are the results of studies on the characteristics of incidents resulting in severe injuries, significant conceptual barriers to serious injury prevention, and actions that SH&E practitioners can take to reduce serious injury potential.
While a protective fabric's inherent strength and toughness are important to garment durability, proper fit of the garment to the individual worker is probably the most-significant contributor to wear life. Garments that are not correctly sized-too tight or too loose, or that bind, sag or droop-will wear faster, snag and puncture more easily and fail more often. Ill-fitting garments can also interfere with job performance and, in some cases, may add to the hazards faced by the wearer.
An interview with Andrew Razeghi, keynote speaker at ASSE's "The Business of Safety" Symposium.
To begin the observance of ASSE's 90th anniversary, the current Society President reviews some key events that have shaped the profession and the organization.
Former Society President Margaret Carroll, a member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), reviews the group's activities and offers insight on challenges facing the safety profession.
When an emergency occurs, will your employees be ready to respond? That's a question facing most companies today-and without effective emergency response training, the answer will
likely be no. This article examines important issues related to preparing, conducting and evaluating emergency response training. It details key steps in the process, from evaluating needs and developing objectives, to preparing, revising and conducting training, to evaluating its effectiveness.
The workforce is graying. Older workers are more likely to make errors than younger workers. What does this mean for SH&E professionals? It means they must better understand how age may impact a worker's capabilities and how to apply that knowledge to create a safer work environment that better matches workers and tasks.
The authors review studies of human behavior in response to warnings-specifically to ANSI-style warnings compared to warnings that use non-ANSI formats.
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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