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Smart Trigger: Development of a System to Improve Nail Gun Safety, Mark L. Nagurka, Richard W. Marklin Jr. and Nathaniel R. Larson

Accidental discharge of a fastener from a pneumatic nail gun can result in acute injury to construction workers or consumers. Such injuries most commonly impale the hands, arms and legs. A smart trigger system can reduce the risk of acute injuries by detecting whether the surface is an intended substrate for fastening. This article details the development of a smart trigger system, including testing methodology and results.


577 Safely Managing the Design and Use of Automated Control Systems, Joel M. Haight

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.


Inherently Safer Design, David V. MacCollum

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.


Fire Risk Assessment, Albert V. Condello III

A PowerPoint presentation covering the system safety approach to fire risk assessments. A five step fire risk assessment procedure is covered.


ANSI Z10 and PtD Standards Integration , Georgi Popov

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.


Fall Arrest Clearance Calculations Made Easy - VIDEO, ASSE

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.


Sustainable Buildings: Applying Prevention Through Design, Mohammed Albattah, Marielle Roucheray and Matthew Hallowell

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.


PowerPoint: The Prevention through Design National Initiative, Tim Fisher

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.


Business Cases - Supporting PTD Solutions, Elyce Biddle

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.


Design - Methods for Implementing PTD, Frank M. Renshaw

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.


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