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Today in our state of advancing and improving technology, some say we are faced with the “automation paradox” and others refer to automated control systems as “the ironies of automation”. Lisanne Bainbridge (1983) told us more than 30 years ago that the more automated a system becomes, the more important it is to appropriately integrate human contributions into the system. No one would argue against the fact that automated control systems provide many benefits. Benefits, such as improved efficiency, reliability, accuracy, safety, etc. are no secret; however, there is a price; our human operators lose skill, knowledge, decision-making capability and reaction-time if they are not able to engage with the system each day.
Design and planning priorities for utility, productivity and immediate return can obscure the vision that many hazards can be removed before construction begins. Technology is available to easily incorporate safety as an overriding priority to protect the consumer, user, operator and construction workers from injuries. However, without the application of this technology, safety is often relegated to a function of the user, operator or consumer.
A PowerPoint presentation covering the system safety approach to fire risk assessments. A five step fire risk assessment procedure is covered.
EHS professionals are facing increased pressure to diversify their skills and develop new risk assessment techniques. A small size company requested a new product risk assessment and hazard evaluation. The product is intended for export to the European Union and had to meet international standards. On the other hand, the product is manufactured in the USA and the management wanted to implement PtD principles. The authors developed new tools and successfully implemented the new PtD model to evaluate the product.
Everyone using a fall arrest system needs to know
whether it will stop them from impacting a lower
level. Unfortunately, clearances are so complicated
that most people try to ignore them. The
presenters will develop three simple formulae to
easily determine a safe clearance for almost any
Fall Arrest System.
This article describes the development of a webbased prevention through design tool that utilizes data from recent research and the results of pilot testing the tool with active professionals working on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects.
A presentation given to The University of Alabama-Birmingham on the ASSE's Prevention Through Design standard(PTD/Z590).
This standard focuses specifically on the avoidance, elimination, reduction and control of occupational safety and health hazards and risks in the design and redesign process.
Prevention through design (PTD) efforts focus on improving working conditions. Reasons that employers adopt PTD design solutions vary substantially. A business case can show what the PTD solution has to offer a company.
NIOSH-sponsored research has produced a model program to help organizations incorporate PTD methods into design/ redesign processes. Each element of this model program is described and supported by examples.
Provides key information to protect employees at Geotechnical drilling sites.
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