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OSH Certifications: Behind the Exams, Cheryl L. (Cheri) Marcham, Treasa M. Turnbeaugh and Nicola J. Wright

The process of developing and scoring a certification exam is complicated and uses a scientific and mathematic psychometric process to achieve defendable outcomes. How much of the process is well understood by either the general public, employers or even safety and health professionals? This article presents information intended to help OSH professionals understand why and how a properly developed and administered certification exam shows the mark of excellence in the field of safety and health.


OSHA Standards Why Do They Take So Long?, Jim Maddux

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 and deliberate.


682 Fundamentals of SH&E: Fire Protection, Stephen J. Musur

This presentation covers the fundamentals of fire protection. Included is information on: • Science of Fire, • Fire Controls, • Fire Protection, • Detection / Suppression, • Testing - Maintenance and • Warehousing / Storage.


Safety 2015 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.


Safety 2014 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.


754 Fire Protection Systems An Important Part of Prevention through Design, Patric E. McCon

Preventing fires from occurring is the best way to minimize the risk of employee injury from fire. When fire prevention fails, though, we still have the opportunity to prevent harm to people, and to reduce property damage. This paper will discuss the role of fire protection systems in minimizing the risk of death and injury from fire.


739 Occupational Dog Bite Prevention: Training Employees to Protect Themselves from Dog Attacks!, Mitzi Robinson

Dog bite attacks occur each year in the U.S., which require medical treatment. Field employees account for many of these dog bite victims. Each year, thousands are seriously injured by dog bites. Medical bills for treatment of these dog bites are astronomical. Regrettably, the emotional damage to the victims is even higher. When a dog bites once, odds are, the dog will bite again. Knowing what to expect and how to ward off an attack are key factors in minimizing the injuries and potentially saving a life.


622 Fundamentals of SH&E: Fire Protection 101C, Stephen J. Musur

PowerPoint presentation covering the fundamentals of fire protection. Topics covered include: - Science of Fire; Fire Controls; Fire Protection; Detection / Suppression; Testing - Maintenance and Warehousing / Storage.


769 Fires & Explosions in the Fracking World--Where, Why, & How to Minimize Risks, John R. Puskar

This paper’s research included an assessment of the incidents by the types of operations involved, (wells/drilling, gathering pipelines, compressor stations, tank batteries and gas plants), the cause (if given), whether or not there was a combustion event, and casualties/injuries. This paper reports key recommendations that can be applied by upstream and midstream producers and contractors to minimize explosions and fire risks to protect workers. NFPA 56 (Standard for Fire & Explosions Prevention during the Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems) is one of the tools that can help control these risks.


761 Finding Answers Using the ASSE Body of Knowledge, Ann E. Schubert

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.


What is the BOK?

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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