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This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.
For the past 3 decades, two trends in safety have been on a collision course: the use of safety consultants and the inevitable focus on improving safety culture. Why a collision? Because any form of outsourcing potentially is hazardous to a culture, which is a sharing of internalized values and practices.
Many violent incidents have occurred on school properties during the last 50 years. The worst of these atrocities invariably involves a shooting of some type where the perpetrator(s) usually take their life as law enforcement moves in to apprehend them. These incidents are thoroughly investigated and reports are issued. This article first addresses the steps schools need to take to identify their unique strengths and improvement opportunities.
Safety professionals are often asked to work as part of a legal proceeding without a full understanding of what is actually involved in this type of work. Such was the case for me when I began my work as a designated expert. Looking back, I can see that my initial exuberance to venture into areas where I was not appropriately prepared was similar to allowing employees to engage in activities for which they are not properly prepared and in which they are not properly trained.
One key component of a successful safety management system (SMS) is a high degree of employee engagement. Frontline employees are often an untapped resource when organizations roll out management systems. They have skills outside of their day-to-day job tasks that can be successfully leveraged to implement and continuously improve the SMS.
Every Monday, you walk into the office and ask yourself, “Where should I spend my energy this week?” and every Friday, you ask yourself, “Is the team doing the best they can to improve their position in the area of SH&E management?” You probably have some of these internal conversations on Saturday and Sunday, too, because you care. This article provides advice on making a game plan to address these questions.
Vince Miller is president of Miller Safety Consultants Ltd. in Manassas, VA, and an employee of the Washington, DC Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) performing environmental health and safety consulting for more than 100 electrical contractors. In this interview, Miller discusses the electrical safety training and consulting he provides and offers tips for SH&E consultants who wish to enhance their services.
In the last issue of The Advisor, we reviewed some basic concepts on the role of an expert witness and identified some of the key skills necessary to begin a practice in this area. This article expands on those thoughts and provides insight into how to gain traction once you have decided that you want to work in the legal aspects of safety.
Hexavalent chromium or Cr(VI) is a toxic form of chromium which can cause severe health effects to workers, including lung cancer. Chromium compounds are added to paints and primers to provide corrosion protection and to create specific colors. Painting operations in the aerospace and air transportation industries can expose workers to hazardous levels of Cr(VI). The OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for worker exposure to Cr(VI) is 5 μg/m3 [as an 8-hour-time weighted average (TWA)] and OSHA regulates worker exposure to this hazardous substance under its Chromium (VI) standard, 29 CFR 1910.1026.
One major staple and unique attribute of the SH&E profession is the ability to share knowledge among peers. This collaboration enhances the knowledge of new professionals, provides the ability to benchmark among peers and most importantly allows professionals to always improve and innovate. To further enhance these efforts, ASSE has created a Body of Knowledge (BOK), which compiles resources on all aspects of the SH&E profession and makes them available to ASSE members.
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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