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Knowledge Management for EHS Professionals-Is your critical EHS knowlege walking out the door? How to stop it., Jay Brakensiek

This article covers the new field of Knowledge Management, how to capture EHS Knowledge, preserve it, and transmit it to others. Critical information in passing knowledge from one person, organization, or generation to another. Based on a course taken from Knowledge Management Expert Dr. Paul Gray by Jay Brakensiek at Claremont Graduate University.


Lab Safety Training, Jay Brakensiek

Lab safety training for college laboratories is provided in this document.


Nanotoolkit-Working Safely with Engineered Nanomaterials in Academic Research Settings, California Nanosafety Consortium of Higher Education

The increasing use of nanomaterials in research and development laboratories along with applications in industry are providing breakthroughs for many technologies and solutions for addressing major problems in our society. However, as with all new technologies, the potential health effects of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) remain uncertain. The aim of this project is to provide practical guidance as to how ENMs should be handled safely in the research laboratory setting in the face of such uncertainty over possible toxic effects.


Claremont Colleges EHS Manual: 2012 Environmental Safety and Health Handbook for Employees, Jay Brakensiek

This document provides the Claremont Colleges EHS manual for employees. The manual is valid thru December 31, 2017.


Professional Development - Adding Construction to the Academic Safety Curriculum, Gary L. Winn, Linda J. Frederick and Paul E. Becker

Growth in the construction industry underscores the need for qualified individuals-professionals with specific knowledge of construction safety issues. However, according to the authors, academic safety programs have been slow to respond to this need. The authors discuss the implementation of a new construction program into the safety curriculum at West Virginia University. The factors that prompted development of the course are reviewed, as are content topics and strategic partnerships with various university groups.


Stair Safety: A Review of the Literature and Data Concerning Stair Geometry and Other Characteristics, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development and Research

This document is meant to be a historical reference for those interested in stair safety issues. The primary objective of this report is to assess the state of knowledge with regard to the role of riser and tread dimensions in accidental falls on residential stairways. A more specific purpose is to examine existing sources of data and research and to determine what they indicate about the safety performance of various stair geometries. The study, therefore, involved an examination of statistical data and a literature review. A secondary objective of the report is to identify other features or characteristics of stairs that potentially play a role in stair safety.


Texas Tech University Chemistry Lab Explosion, U.S. Chemical Safety Board

An explosion severely injured a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, in the chemistry department during the handling of a high-energy metal compound, which suddenly detonated. Texas Tech had entered into an agreement with Northeastern University, which holds a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to study the high-energy materials. This article includes information on the investigation including a video, webinar presentation and final report.


Problem-Based Learning - An Adult-Education-Oriented Training Approach for SH&E Practitioners, Jim Ramsay and Elbert Sorrell

The primary purpose of this article is to explore the potential opportunities associated with problem-based learning (PBL),an active adult-learning strategy.


Principles of Adult Learning, Diane D. Galbraith and Sandra E. Fouch

At the intersection of training and development lies andragogy, an often-overlooked adult learning theory. Andragogy—the study of adult learners—is distinct and plays an important role in effectively training adults. This article describes the elements of andragogy and the importance of incorporating these learning principles into safety training. In addition to examining current adult education theories, the article defines andragogy and discusses elements of adult learning.


Nanomaterials: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: A Case Study, L. Celeste Caskey and Christopher Kolbash

Nanotechnology is a quickly evolving and expanding field of use and research. Characteristics of nanomaterials create many unknowns for SH&E professionals. To create safe practices in the absence of federal or state regulations, practitioners must employ existing and familiar risk management systems to categorize the risks associated with these unique materials.


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