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Applied Science and Engineering
Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
The keys to conducting an effective safety inspections are to know
the goals, identify who should perform the inspection and what
tools to use, understand how to find hazards and make sure to complete
all of the follow-up procedures
Prevention through design (PTD), or design for construction safety, is the concept of protecting construction workers addressing safety in the design process. PTD is the most effective way of eliminating construction hazards. It represents the highest level of the hierarchy of controls
ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.
ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.
This modeling project involves not only the construction of a three dimensional model, but would also entail the analysis of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Safety Standards and accident case study research applicable to the work undertaken. This
model approach to teaching about “construction safety concepts” has been effectively utilized in the Construction Safety course (SFTY 3553) offered in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at
Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE)
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.
Virtual Design and Construction (VDC/BIM) may be used to plan and communicate project
safety measures and to improve project safety during construction and in facility
operations. Creating a virtual building in 3D allows for a clear understanding of the proposed
building by all stakeholders, regardless of their ability to read drawings. The building is spatially
correct and can therefore be used for to identify and mitigate safety hazards in the planning stage
that would affect construction and operations of the building. This paper will review how
VDC/BIM may be used throughout all phases of the project lifecycle to enhance safety.
Falls from ladders remain a critical safety issue within the workplace due to the frequency at
which falls occur and the severity of the resulting injuries. Guidelines for safe ladder use state
that the body should remain within the rails of the ladder (“belly button” or “belt buckle” rule),
yet, many ladder falls occur while workers are performing extended lateral reaches during task
performance. Falls can occur because the individual loses balance and falls off the ladder or
because the ladder tips over, causing the individual to fall with it. This paper will explore the effect of motivation (task completion) on lateral reach distances performed by experienced ladder users while working on stepladders of different heights.
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.
Annual injury and fatality rates in the US construction industry are currently higher and perhaps among the highest of all US industry sectors. Safety culture has become, in some sense, a label
attached too much of the entire constellation of efforts that have been accomplished to address work safety in construction and in other industries. Although the first safety culture studies of the construction industry were completed thirty-five years ago, safety culture has not yet been
clearly defined. A frequent question is “what’s the difference between safety culture and safety climate?”
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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