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A novel approach to teaching safety involves incorporating safety narratives into economics curricula. Students read and discuss these narratives, then conduct a case analysis to identify an appropriate intervention and a decision analysis that compares the injury outcomes with and without the intervention for a population at risk. Finally, an economic analysis is performed to apply costs to the intervention and the time-value of the cost for injuries averted and associated indirect costs.
This article discusses a novel approach to teaching safety that involves incorporating safety narratives into economics curricula. Students read and discuss these narratives, then conduct a case analysis to identify an appropriate intervention and a decision analysis that compares the injury outcomes with and without the intervention for a population at risk.
Often, SH&E professionals must try to convince decision makers to support safety programs without knowing much about the thought processes behind their decisions. This article highlights some results of a survey that explored how 231 senior financial executives or managers for U.S.-based companies with 100 or more employees perceive workplace safety issues.
Not-for-profit membership organizations such as ASSE rely on their volunteers to fulfill their vision and goals. To be successful, a volunteer-based member organization must continue to develop strong leaders. This article examines one theory of leadership and how it can be applied to build a successful leadership chain.
Haz-Map, a decision-support relational database, was designed to help physicians and other safety and health professionals retrieve information about hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases. The database features a collection of key facts about diseases caused by chemical and biological agents in the workplace. The open-access database is published on the National Library of Medicine website.
This article describes the elements of andragogy-the study of adult learners-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. It also reviews a limited study regarding the inclusion of adult learning principles in safety training.
This article examines how the practice of retrofitting impacts SH&E personnel. The article stresses the need for safety through design and offers suggestions for how SH&E professionals can expand their involvement in and knowledge of the design process.
Young workers are a vulnerable population in need of special protections. Despite prohibitions regarding the use of certain powered equipment and machinery, young people continue to be severely injured and even killed while working with such equipment. This article presents two case reports to raise awareness regarding the need for stronger injury prevention strategies for teen workers.
In late 2006, safety pioneer Dan Petersen sat down with long-time professional acquaintance Mike Williamsen, Ph.D., from CoreMedia. The two spent more than 20 hours speaking about Petersen's life and career, as well as his thoughts on safety's past, present, and future. Excerpts from those conversations are presented in this article.
The SHE profession needs a wake-up call, the author asserts, arguing that its status-and possibly its very survival-rests on a commitment to better promotion and marketing. What can be done to better educate prospective students about an SHE career? What role do current practitioners play in this process? To answer these questions, the author examines some basic marketing principles, then urges SHE professionals to take an active role in selling the profession.
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