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Fatigue Management Awareness Presentation, Robert Myers

Brief presentation on the effects of fatigue and what employees and supervisors can do to prevent it in the workplace.

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Worker Fatigue: Understanding the Risks in the Workplace, Susan Sawatzky

This article explores how fatigue affects worker safety and health. The author presents a business case for addressing fatigue in workplaces and barriers to overcome. Strategies for success in implementing a fatigue risk management system are discussed as well.

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Hazardous Energy: The Battle for Control in the Standards Arena, Bruce W. Main and Edward V. Grund

By knowing the history and evolution of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147 and ANSI Z244.1, OSH professionals can more effectively address current prevention and compliance issues related to the control of hazardous energy. The original Z244.1-1982 and OSHA’s 1989 regulation were based on the technology and knowledge as of 1975. While Z244.1 has evolved since 1982, OSHA’s regulation has remained unchanged for more than 25 years. Relying on requirements that date back to 1989 and before impedes safety progress.

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Forklift Safety: Sensing the Dangers With Technology, Ibukun Awolusi, Siyuan Song and Eric Marks

One common hazard in manufacturing environments is struck-by events between forklifts and pedestrian workers. This article reviews research conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of magnetic field proximity-sensing technology deployed in an active indoor manufacturing environment. •The technology was used to assess multiple variables associated with the successful implementation and operation of magnetic field proximity on a forklift and pedestrian workers. Experimental results demonstrate the proximity-sensing system’s ability to alert pedestrian workers and forklift operators when a hazardous proximity situation exists.

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Electric Arc: Protecting Against Thermal Effect (Part 3: State of the Art & Standardization), Mikhail Golovkov, Holger Schau and Gavin Burdge

This series of three articles provides a broad overview of today’s state of the art for protecting electrical workers against electric arc thermal hazard. Part 3 discusses arc hazard assessment, limitations of arc rating and research on protective time current curves. It also identifies standardization misconceptions and associated challenges, and suggests improvements for the future.

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Turning Around a Problem Plant: 9 Ways to Change From Severe Violator to Safety Model, Jean Ndana

Successful OSH professionals are more than coaches and advisors, they are also trainers, teachers and learners. Dedicating time to shadow supervisors and to learn employees’ jobs helps OSH professionals speak their language and build trusting relationships and strong alliances. Treating frontline employees like company owners, allowing outside companies to tour the facility/ organization and making before-and-after videos of safety improvements are examples of meaningful and tested ways that OSH professionals can create greater employee buy-in to safety initiatives.

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Electric Arc: Protecting Against Thermal Effect (Part 2: Fundamentals of Protection), Mikhail Golovkov, Holger Schau and Gavin Burdge

This series of three articles provides a broad overview of today’s state of the art for protecting electrical workers against electric arc thermal hazard. Part 2 identifies thermal and other hazards of an electric arc, and provides an overview of protection fundamentals of electricarc- rated PPE. It also offers an analysis of previously published electric arc incidents from the perspective of electric arc type.

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Strategic Safety Measures: Seven Key Benefits, Earl Blair

Safety measures that are strategically planned and effectively implemented can greatly improve performance and influence the development of safety culture.

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OSH Certifications: Behind the Exams, Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham, Treasa M. Turnbeaugh and Nicola J. Wright

The process of developing and scoring a certification exam is complicated and uses a scientific and mathematic psychometric process to achieve defendable outcomes. How much of the process is well understood by either the general public, employers or even safety and health professionals? This article presents information intended to help OSH professionals understand why and how a properly developed and administered certification exam shows the mark of excellence in the field of safety and health.

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Hazard Recognition: Bridging Knowledge & Competency for Process & Occupational Safety, Michael Fleming and Brent Fischer

Hazard recognition is essential for the success of both process safety and OSH. Energy identification coupled with management of potentially harmful energy is the most effective and efficient means of recognizing hazards and preventing incidents. Workers in highly hazardous chemical processing facilities are faced with the dual risks of process and OSH concerns. The risks in process safety and OSH both stem from the potential for uncontrolled releases and/or unwanted contacts with energy.

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