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Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
In this current global economic climate, we acknowledge that now more than ever workplace costs are scrutinized and assessed. As such, some areas of business operations may be deemed unnecessary or may lack the deserved priority. When lives are at stake, however, it is worth asking ourselves, "What are the personal and business costs associated with workplace injuries and fatalities?"
Construction is among the most dangerous industries in the country. In 2010, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that 774 fatal on-the-job injuries occurred to construction workers, more than in any other single industry sector and nearly one out of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. that year. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites is referred to as OSHA's Focus Four. They are falls, electrocution, struck by object and caught in/
Electrical safety prevention through design is important for reducing hazards and associated risks from shock, arc flash and fires. "These technologifes provide opportunities for application beyond minimum requirements of building codes and electrical design standards."
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood and other body fluids that can cause disease in humans. Bloodborne pathogens include human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus. Exposure to these and to other bloodborne pathogens is an exposure to workers in the healthcare industry, but should it be a concern in municipal operations?
This article touches on five critical components of successful safety leadership. While many key attributes differentiate good leaders from great leaders, the main difference is most often the level of personal commitment that leaders exhibit to those who look up to them for guidance and direction. Successful safety leadership is never measured by the effort put forward, but by the results gained and the lives affected, often permanently.
This fact sheet examines some of the hazards workers may encounter while working on extension ladders and explains what employers and workers can do to reduce injuries. OSHA’s requirements for extension ladders are in Subpart X—Stairways and Ladders of OSHA’s Construction standards.
The OiRA web application helps Sectoral Social Partners (employers' and employees' organisations) and National Authorities (Ministries, Labour Inspectorates, OSH institutes, etc.) to produce sector-specific risk assessment tools (RA tools) targeting small businesses. But once the tools ready the challenge is to reach micro and small companies. This guide should help the developers of online risk assessments tools to set up their promotion strategy to reach small businesses.
One major staple and unique attribute of the SH&E profession is the ability to share knowledge among peers. This collaboration enhances the knowledge of new professionals, provides the ability to benchmark among peers and most importantly allows professionals to always improve and innovate. To further enhance these efforts, ASSE has created a Body of Knowledge (BOK), which compiles resources on all aspects of the SH&E profession and makes them available to ASSE members.
The first step to emergency preparedness and maintaining a safe workplace is defining and analyzing hazards. Although all hazards should be addressed, resource limitations usually do not allow this to happen at one time. Risk assessment can be used to establish priorities so that the most dangerous situations are addressed first and those least likely to occur and least likely to cause major problems can be considered later.
This training package was developed to assist instructors as they (1) determine how to use risk assessment to improve safety preparedness and (2) present risk assessment concepts and tools to trainees. The concepts and tools presented here can be applied to any mine hazard.
This booklet is for employers, foremen, and supervisors, but we encourage employees to use the information as well to analyze their own jobs and recognize workplace hazards so they can report them to you. It explains what a job hazard analysis is and offers guidelines to help you conduct your own step-by-step analysis.
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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