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611 Supporting Prevention through Design (PtD) Solutions Using a Business Case, Elyce Anne Biddle and Georgi Popov

Despite the attention to ensuring the safety and health of workers through the application of prevention through design (PtD) concepts, too many promising control technologies (engineering design solutions)—those grounded in PtD—have not been transferred from research into practice. Although proof of preventing occupational injury, illness, or fatality alone has often driven industry to make changes, the lack of adoption of these effective solutions has clearly demonstrated that there were others reasons behind safety, health and environmental (SH&E) business decisions. The challenge for occupational safety and health professionals is to describe the value of SH&E efforts in terms that are understood and accepted within a business.


Pipeline Integrity Management Risk Assessment Model for Pipeline Facility Operations, Larry C. Decker

Recent efforts to develop a consistent understanding of the risk associated with operating a crosscountry pipeline system have focused primarily on the pipe itself. The typical risk analysis model frequently does not address the risks associated with operating nonpipe components, such as valves, tanks, pumps and compression units. This article outlines a detailed logical approach that can be used to evaluate the relative safety, environmental and cost risk associated with operating diverse types of equipment within a pipeline facility.


Social Controls for Reducing Risk: Observations on U.S. & European Approaches, Bruce W. Main

In 2006, a group of safety specialists and designers gathered in Europe to discuss safety by design-primarily how to incorporate safety concerns early in the design process. This article examines some of the key ideas from the workshop.


Volunteers Leading Volunteers: Developing the Leadership Chain in Not-for-Profit Organizations, Jeffery C. Camplin

Not-for-profit membership organizations such as ASSE rely on their volunteers to fulfill their vision and goals. To be successful, a volunteer-based member organization must continue to develop strong leaders. This article examines one theory of leadership and how it can be applied to build a successful leadership chain.


Haz-Map: A Useful Tool for SH&E Professionals, Jay A. Brown

Haz-Map, a decision-support relational database, was designed to help physicians and other safety and health professionals retrieve information about hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases. The database features a collection of key facts about diseases caused by chemical and biological agents in the workplace. The open-access database is published on the National Library of Medicine website.


Principles of Adult Learning: Application to Safety Training, Diane D. Galbraith and Sandra E. Fouch

This article describes the elements of andragogy-the study of adult learners-and the importance of incorporating these learning principles into safety training. In addition to examining current adult education theories, the article defines andragogy and discusses elements of adult learning. It also reviews a limited study regarding the inclusion of adult learning principles in safety training.


Retrofitting for Safety: Career Implications for SH&E Personnel, Wayne C. Christensen

This article examines how the practice of retrofitting impacts SH&E personnel. The article stresses the need for safety through design and offers suggestions for how SH&E professionals can expand their involvement in and knowledge of the design process.


Protecting Young Workers: Coordinated Strategies Help to Raise Safety Awareness, Mary E. Miller, Elise Handelman and Cynthia Lewis

Young workers are a vulnerable population in need of special protections. Despite prohibitions regarding the use of certain powered equipment and machinery, young people continue to be severely injured and even killed while working with such equipment. This article presents two case reports to raise awareness regarding the need for stronger injury prevention strategies for teen workers.


The Culture of Safety: An interview with safety pioneer Dan Petersen, Mike Williamson

In late 2006, safety pioneer Dan Petersen sat down with long-time professional acquaintance Mike Williamsen, Ph.D., from CoreMedia. The two spent more than 20 hours speaking about Petersen's life and career, as well as his thoughts on safety's past, present, and future. Excerpts from those conversations are presented in this article.


Marketing the SHE Profession, Lon H. Ferguson

The SHE profession needs a wake-up call, the author asserts, arguing that its status-and possibly its very survival-rests on a commitment to better promotion and marketing. What can be done to better educate prospective students about an SHE career? What role do current practitioners play in this process? To answer these questions, the author examines some basic marketing principles, then urges SHE professionals to take an active role in selling the profession.


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