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Applied Science and Engineering
Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
As early as the 1940s, the temporary workforce concept began emerging to fulfill industry needs.
The demand for temporary workers has since evolved, but the inequalities experienced by some of
these workers remain the same. In many cases, temporary workers are treated at a subpar level as compared to permanent workers. Temporary workers often receive lower pay,
little job security and limited to no benefits
Why do people become so
complacent that they do
not even think about the
OSHA staff members are often asked, “Why do standards take so long?” In fact, as the
saying goes, if I had a few dollars for each time I have been asked this question, I would be rich.
OSHA is a complex agency involved in various types of work. OSHA staff inspect workplaces;
set enforcement policy; issue guidance; maintain current web pages; develop and deliver
training; administer voluntary programs such as partnerships, alliances and the Voluntary
Protection Programs; conduct oversight of state OSHA programs, consultation agencies and
education centers; and manage and administer in the federal government bureaucracy. The main reason that OSHA standards take so long is because the regulatory process is designed to be slow
ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.
ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.
If you are thinking about working with an outside consultant, the first question
to ask is what do I want to accomplish? Another way to frame the question is to ask, what will be
different as a result of this work? Once answered, move to the next step of
choosing the right consultant. This paper will provide readers with information on how to work with third party professionals (i.e. consultants) by explaining what consultants do, what to expect from a
consulting relationship and the benefits of applying sound project management concepts to safety
and health consulting engagements.
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.
The General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was intended to serve as a “gap filler” to address recognized hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet regulated. To establish a violation of the GDC, the Secretary of Labor must prove: (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace free of a hazard which was (2) “recognized” and (3) causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm and (4) that feasible
means exist to free the workplace of the hazard.
This paper features information on three of the most crucial areas that need to be researched
by anyone thinking about starting a consulting business, writing a business plan; establishing a corporate structure; and understanding other legal issues; and setting rates. Each of the authors of this paper are successful consultants and will share
some basic information to get you started. The information in this paper is adapted from
the Consultants Business Development Guide, published by ASSE in 2015; each of the
contributors to this paper and the session that accompanies authored a chapter of this book.
•Engineering, scientific and architectural
consulting companies involved at
multiemployer field projects may have
safety liabilities that extend beyond
protection of their own employees.
•These liabilities originate in a
consulting company’s regulatory or
contractual duty of safety care to
subcontractors or other project parties;
in consulting company employees’
actions in the field that can be interpreted
as control over other project
parties; and in deficient design or
specifications produced by a consulting
•Recognizing, evaluating and controlling
such exposures are important for
establishing effective risk mitigative
strategies and for the ultimate success
of any multiemployer field project.
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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