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Applied Science and Engineering
Cost Analysis and Budgeting
Benchmarking and Performance Criteria
Ergonomic programs often lack resources: people, time and money. Part of the problem is
demonstrating the financial return of ergonomic improvements and ergonomic programs.
•OSH professionals can measure the value of improved workplace ergonomics in more ways than
the traditional reduction of injury costs. Improved productivity, quality and employee retention can
provide greater returns.
•This article shares various models of cost justification and the elements of determining the
return on investment, and provides guidance on the investment and results data needed to calculate
Human-centered workplace design is not complex. We just need to know the limits of human strength and movement, understand the perceptual preferences humans have, and apply this knowledge to the
design of machines, material flow, and methods. This cohesion will create work environments that match human capability and ultimately enhance their performance.
ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.
ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.
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 review study addresses
injuries and disorders and
practical solutions in seven
electricians, sheet metal
workers, roofers, ironworkers,
•By identifying risk factors for
these injuries and disorders,
OSH professionals can offer
effective interventions to meet
the challenges that contractors
face in the field.
•The simple good practices
solutions summarized can help
mitigate potential ergonomic
hazards and increase productivity
at construction job sites.
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.
Baggage screeners and handlers
at airports are exposed to manual
baggage lifting and handling that are
associated with work-related musculoskeletal
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
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.
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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