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Ergonomic Assessment Toolkit, AIHA Ergonomics Committee

This toolkit is a collection of freely available ergonomic assessment tools with descriptions and, in some cases, training on how to use the tool. The Toolkit also includes a flowchart to help those with less ergonomic evaluation experience identify the correct tool to use for the application the wish to analyze.


Reducing Musculoskeletal Disorders among Airport Baggage Screeners and Handlers, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Baggage screeners and handlers at airports are exposed to manual baggage lifting and handling that are associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) evaluated two mechanical lift aids to determine if they could reduce the risk of WMSDs. The two mechanical lift aids reduced some physical WMSD risk factors such as hand loading and spinal compression force.


SH&E Industry 2015 Salary Survey, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

The purpose of this research project was to better understand compensation trends among Safety, Health, and Environmental (SH&E) professionals. Since 2008, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has measured and reported salary and employment trend data as a service to its certificants and SH&E professionals. In 2015, BCSP hoped to develop a more complete SH&E employment trend and salary picture by inviting five partners to participate in the data collection process. Partners: ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers; ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene; AHMP - Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals; AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association; and IHMM - Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.


ASSE Safety Salary Survey - 2015, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago. The ASSE survey results are part of an expansive collaboration with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). A summary is provided and includes a link to download the full report.


Workplace Ergonomics: Is It All Pixie Dust?, Bob Button & Bob Howarth

This article discusses how Disney moved its program from imagining ergonomic improvements on paper, to applying ergonomics in design, operations and maintenance in ways that benefit employees, guests and operational efficiencies. Examples of both practical challenges as well as real successes are drawn from food and beverage, housekeeping, warehousing and merchandise operations.


Using Mobile Technology for Safety & Health, John Ingram

As mobile devices become more widespread and provide expanded capabilities, there is a greater opportunity to leverage mobile technology to improve quality and consistency, and gain efficiencies by accomplishing safety-and health-related tasks faster.With new technology comes new risks, which include ensuring protection of copyright (use of the written materials, images, and video of your company and that of others), client confidentiality (permission and distribution of materials used to develop custom products and tools), divining good information from a staggering volume of data available on the internet and avoiding costly mistakes due to rapid technology evolution.


Technology & the "Ergo Hour", Daniel P. Johnson & Jeremy Wilzbacher

This article focuses on how BorgWarner and AON Global Risk Consulting have partnered to ensure that all BorgWarner global operations can benefit from collaboration and access to subject matter experts in a cost effective, efficient manner, turbo-charging ergonomic improvements worldwide.


Sleep Deprivation in the Workplace, Kurt Von Rueden

OSH professionals can probably agree that impaired reaction time, judgment and vision along with increased moodiness and aggressive behaviors are not good for safety, but these are all effects of sleepiness and fatigue on employees who are sleep deprived. The risk level of being injured at work increases greatly for employees who are sleep deprived. It has been estimated that these highly fatigued workers are 70% more likely to be involved in incidents and those who report disturbed sleep are nearly twice as likely to be killed in a work-related incident (NSF, 2010).


How to Use Lean to Improve & Drive Safety Performance, Jill Kelby

Most business executives and operations managers are constantly looking for ways to reduce operating costs while improving efficiency without damaging customer satisfaction and quality. One of the most common ways in which organizations are trying to achieve operational excellence has been through the use of lean (methodology and management system) that is focused on reducing waste and costs while simultaneously improving speed, quality and customer satisfaction.


How Does Obesity Impact Safety in the Workplace?, Fred H. Kohanna

Obesity is associated with an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by repetitive airway obstruction manifested by loud snoring and pauses in breathing. Undiagnosed and untreated OSA leads to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). The risk of OSA increases when the BMI is greater than 35 and when the neck circumference is greater than 17 in. in males and 16 in. in females.


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