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Communicating & Managing Risk: The Key Result of Risk Assessment, Bruce K. Lyon and Georgi Popov

By itself, risk assessment does not achieve its objectives. Risk communication is required to reduce uncertainty and manage operational risks. Assessing risks within an organization enables decision makers to properly manage risks and make plausible decisions. Safety professionals must be able to effectively communicate the risk to top decision makers. This requires understanding the nature of the decision to be made, and the specific information needed to help make an informed decision. OSH professionals should select and design risk assessment methods to identify, assess and communicate not only operational risks and their controls, but also the resulting business consequences and downstream effects.


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.


Rightsizing Risk Management: For Small & Medium Enterprises, Pamela Walaski

The use of risk management approaches has become more common among organizations, particularly those with large global footprints and OSH departments, but the approach may be less common among smaller organizations in which the number of dedicated OSH professionals is limited. By focusing on an overarching framework, this article helps OSH professionals in smaller organizations identify the first important steps they can take to lay the groundwork for implementing risk management. This article provides a step-by-step approach for OSH professionals in small- and medium-size organizations that are trying to implement a risk management process by scaling it to their needs.


Experience Modification Rating: Understanding the Value & Limitations, Russell M. Clayton

Measuring performance is an essential function of safety management. When used correctly, safety metrics can provide great vision to a company’s safety program. Some metrics may indicate a need for improved employee training and development. Others may necessitate the creation of an emphasis program or standard operating procedure. A proper assessment of performance indicators can help OSH professionals identify negative trends or areas in the company with declining safety performance.


Risk Management to Achieve Production, Quality Work and HSE Incident Mitigation, Tania Van der Stap

The attached powerpoint explains the Entropy Model - an incident/loss causation model - which illustrates how risk affects production, quality and HSE concurrently. The model explains 4 steps for risk mitigation. The explanation is provided in the ASSE paper I've also uploaded.


Hiring a Drone Operator: Understanding Your Liability, Robert Hopson

The technology for drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is developing. The use of these aircraft to capture aerial photos and data is becoming readily available. As a result, commercial drone operators are becoming more prevalent and available for hire. Here are some best practices to adopt when hiring a commercial drone operator.


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.


Managing Risk Perceptions, Vladimir Ivensky

•Misjudging risks posed by specific hazards may lead to incidents. •Correctly assessing and evaluating risks is one goal of OSH. •This article reviews perceptions of hazards and controls to illustrate the management of risk perception.


Safety Expectations: Finding a Common Denominator, Vladimir Ivensky

Over the past decade, occupational injury rate reductions have primarily affected low-severity incidents, while serious injury and fatality rates decline more slowly. •One reason may be that operational leadership presumes OSH risks must be controlled equally regardless of severity potential. •This article discusses OSH risk assessment techniques as applied to zero harm programs, and ways to bring OSH expectations and strategies to a common denominator among various parties involved in a project.


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.


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