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Reducing Hazardous Dust Exposure When Dowel Drilling in Concrete, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Construction workers may be exposed to hazardous dust containing respirable crystalline silica when using dowel drilling machines to drill horizontal holes in concrete pavement. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that exposures were reduced using tool-mounted local exhaust ventilation (LEV) and good work practices.


SH&E Industry 2015 Salary Survey, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

The purpose of this research project was to better understand compensation trends among Safety, Health, and Environmental (SH&E) professionals. Since 2008, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has measured and reported salary and employment trend data as a service to its certificants and SH&E professionals. In 2015, BCSP hoped to develop a more complete SH&E employment trend and salary picture by inviting five partners to participate in the data collection process. Partners: ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers; ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene; AHMP - Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals; AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association; and IHMM - Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.


ASSE Safety Salary Survey - 2015, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago. The ASSE survey results are part of an expansive collaboration with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). A summary is provided and includes a link to download the full report.


Hazard Identification Training Tool, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

An interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification. After using this tool, users will better understand the process to identify hazards in their own workplace.


A Teaching Moment in Construction Industrial Hygiene, Debbie Hampton

A general contractor might not always know when chemicals are on a construction site; this is a fairly common problem. It is compounded by the fact that many workers never review the SDS for a particular chemical prior to using it and, therefore, often use the product incorrectly. When these chemicals are brought onto the project site without the general contractors’ knowledge, the general contractor is not always able to intervene in a timely manner to ensure that the chemical is being used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and that the proper engineering controls are implemented in accordance with the SDS.


Inherently Safer Design, David V. MacCollum

Design and planning priorities for utility, productivity and immediate return can obscure the vision that many hazards can be removed before construction begins. Technology is available to easily incorporate safety as an overriding priority to protect the consumer, user, operator and construction workers from injuries. However, without the application of this technology, safety is often relegated to a function of the user, operator or consumer.


Safety Performance Assessment of a Construction Site Using Construction Safety Index, Devendra Kumar Pathak and K.N. Jha

Through the proactive approach, essential feedback on performance may be available before an incident occurs. Thus, to effectively oversee the SMS, a composite performance evaluation system that encompasses all of the potential factors affecting a construction site’s safety is of essential. One major issue regarding improvement of safety performance at construction sites is the lack of comparable data or index to indicate how well or bad, in terms of safety, a construction site is performing.


Safety Culture & Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap Between Research & Practice, Linda M. Goldenhar

Researchers and practitioners tend to agree that the construction industry remains overly dependent on lagging indicators (i.e., injury numbers and rates), to identify needed safety improvements. However, lagging indicators do not help companies learn how to prevent injuries and illnesses before they occur. Companies, and the construction industry as a whole, must shift their focus to leading indicators. A leading indicator is one that precedes injuries or illnesses and can be used to drive activities that, when properly implemented, prevent and control injuries and illnesses. A positive safety culture, safety climate and the factors they encompass are considered key leading indicators for improving safety outcomes.


Work Zones: The Right Pause for a Good Cause, Bennett Ghormley

In 2010, less than 1% of the (work zone) WZ crashes had fatalities. One would think that most fatalities happen at night, but just like in Wyoming, more than 70% of the deaths in WZ crashes were in broad daylight. Another 2010 statistic is that more than four people every hour or one every 14 minutes were injured in a WZ crash.


Nanomaterials in Construction, Nina Nobile

Nanotechnology is opening up a world of opportunities for the construction industry. Construction materials with nano-enhanced properties are bringing about changes allowing for the construction of frost-free roads, tunnels, building materials stronger than the strongest steel and virtually maintenance-free windows.


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