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The Temporary Workforce: Existing Challenges & Solutions, Diana Cortez and Elisonia Valle

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

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Complacency, Larry Wilson

Why do people become so complacent that they do not even think about the risk anymore?

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OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

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 and deliberate.

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Safety 2015 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.

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Safety 2014 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.

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776 Working with Consultants - The Human Element, Scott B. Lassila and Rene Hilgemann

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.

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761 Finding Answers Using the ASSE Body of Knowledge, Ann E. Schubert

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.

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611 OSHA's General Duty Clause: A Guide to Enforcement and Legal Defenses, Adele L. Abrams

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.

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530 So You Want to Be a Consultant? Tips from the Trenches, Adele Abrams, Sam Gualardo, Deborah Roy and Pamela Walaski

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.

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A Consultant’s Safety Liabilities, By Vladimir Ivensky

•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 company. •Recognizing, evaluating and controlling such exposures are important for establishing effective risk mitigative strategies and for the ultimate success of any multiemployer field project.

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