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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.
Dog bite attacks occur each year in the U.S., which require medical treatment. Field employees
account for many of these dog bite victims. Each year, thousands are seriously injured by dog
bites. Medical bills for treatment of these dog bites are astronomical. Regrettably, the emotional
damage to the victims is even higher. When a dog bites once, odds are, the dog will bite again.
Knowing what to expect and how to ward off an attack are key factors in minimizing the injuries
and potentially saving a life.
When engaging an outside consultant to perform assessments of health and safety issues and data, communication between the consultant and on-site managers is vital to generating meaningful
and useful information. However, this communication is often hindered by a concern that the
information generated may later be disclosed and used against the site by regulators, insurers,
or opposing parties in agency enforcement, civil litigation or criminal prosecution
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.
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.
Contribute your knowledge and be a part of something big.