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Applied Science and Engineering
Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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.
ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.
ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.
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