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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.


OSHA’s Initiative to Protect Temporary Workers, Scott DeBow and Robert Lewellen

OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) was introduced in 2013 to improve safety for temporary workers and clarify the responsibilities for the primary and host employers regarding workplace safety. Considered by OSHA as joint employers, the staffing agency (primary employer) and controlling employer (host employer) each share responsibility to achieve the fundamental principles of a safe work environment for each temporary worker.


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.


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.


Surviving the Summer Heat Preparedness & Prevention, Lori Schroth

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.


Effectiveness of Multiple Hearing Protection Devices, Jeffrey White

The noise attenuation properties of aviation helmets and headsets play a key role in reducing permanent hearing loss. Research on hearing loss as it relates to flight hours, exposure and types of protection has been published by Fitzpatrick (1998) and by Gordon, Ahroon and Hill (2005). Those studies suggest there was known hearing loss over many hours of flight time with hearing protection. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the utility of these devices among aeromedical crewmembers and identify any improvements in hearing protection.


OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich. OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces; set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow and deliberate.


Realizing Effective Leadership Skills in OSH Management, Iain M. Burnet

OSH practitioners must embrace the realization of effective leadership skills in everyday management. This article outlines four processes that contribute to an inherent leadership approach or particular progression of skills and personal traits. This includes leadership development, teamwork and communication, organizational leadership and creating a safety culture.


Safety 2015 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.


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