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Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
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
Design professionals can be held liable for construction safety even though they do not show authority, demonstrate control or are not contractually obligated to address safety.
•Implementing prevention through design (PTD) on construction projects could help eliminate hazards associated with construction activities.
•Implementing PTD not only reduces construction incidents, but also yields great benefits for project
parties relative to schedule, morale, constructability, cost and quality.
Prevention through design (PTD), or design for construction safety, is the concept of protecting construction workers addressing safety in the design process. PTD is the most effective way of eliminating construction hazards. It represents the highest level of the hierarchy of controls
ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.
ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.
Virtual Design and Construction (VDC/BIM) may be used to plan and communicate project
safety measures and to improve project safety during construction and in facility
operations. Creating a virtual building in 3D allows for a clear understanding of the proposed
building by all stakeholders, regardless of their ability to read drawings. The building is spatially
correct and can therefore be used for to identify and mitigate safety hazards in the planning stage
that would affect construction and operations of the building. This paper will review how
VDC/BIM may be used throughout all phases of the project lifecycle to enhance safety.
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.
This presentation will describe the current state of existing surveillance systems
that can provide valuable PtD information for risk management.
The authors will present a blueprint for an optimal PtD related database
for future collection or creation through a combination of characteristics of the existing
surveillance systems reviewed.
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.
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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