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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.


Is Your OSHA Program Discriminatory?, Michael Davis, Mary R. Reaston and David D. Keyser

Reducing injuries and creating a safe work environment is critical to reducing costs and increasing productivity. More companies are developing incentive programs to promote safe behavior. However, problems arise when these programs are discriminatory.


Safety 2015 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.


Safety 2014 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.


772 Risk Prevention Through Design and Management Construction: The UK/EU Experience, John F. Stevens and Lawrence Bamber

This paper/presentation examines the UK/EU experience of risk prevention through proactive design and management in the Construction industry. It reviews the recent changes in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 2015 which fully come into force on 1st October, 2015. These new CDM Regulations now reflect best practice in the industry and highlight the required core competencies of all players, including designers/architects, clients, contractors/sub-contractors and site management teams.It also sets out the typical UK approach to contractor selection/approval and project management.


752 Fundamentals of SH&E: Risk Management, Diana M. Stegall

This fundamental presentation describes what is meant by risk. It also provides information to differentiate risk management from safety management. The risk management process is described and resources for risk management are identified.


761 Finding Answers Using the ASSE Body of Knowledge, Ann E. Schubert

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers assistance to both safety professionals and employers of safety professionals through its on-line resource the Body of Knowledge. This powerful tool helps users identify best practices to better protect people, property, and the environment. For professionals in the field seeking resources and guidance, the Body of Knowledge includes checklists, technical papers, presentation information, training material, and program outlines in a variety of formats including web links, Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and videos.


743 Measuring Your Risk Assessment Tool, Ken Newby and Brenda Madley

Measurement tools generally plateau at a minimum (or consistent) level of compliance. If a business changes their measurement requirements, the business will change their minimum acceptable compliance. Through this logic, a measurement tool will drive improvements to a business’s compliance activities.


744 The 'Internet of Things' (IoT)--Opportunities and Risks, David Loomis and Brian Wohnsiedler

With recent developments in connectivity, technologies have spurred the adoption of internet- connected “smart” devices for remote sensing, actuating, and intelligent monitoring using advanced analytics and real-time data processing, often referred to as the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). Risk management is a core business activity of all enterprises, large and small. Safety professionals are often directly responsible for operational risk management or are consulted on operational issues by senior management. Therefore, the modern safety professional must be educated on emerging hazards, the ‘Internet of Things’ being foremost among them.


672 Achieving Business Excellence Through Risk Management: Idea or Execution, John McConnell

In this presentation, we will explore the idea of developing a business process which focuses on the deployment of risk management best practices through the establishment of operational accountability. The cost of risk is allocated; risk reduction is a formal component of all projects, operational accountability for risk management performance is formalized & measured and employees are involved and empowered. We propose that by creating a business process for risk management it is possible to integrate risk management performance expectations with all other business metrics to effect organizational change.


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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