From the Editor...

JSHER Vol. 6, No. 1 - Spring 2009

Good day to you! Welcome to the spring 2009 issue of JSHER! This issue is my first as your editor-in-chief. Before I introduce the three manuscripts in this issue, I would like to make a few comments about my predecessor, Dr. Jim Ramsay. Most people associate Jim as editor of JSHER, with his big ideas, his innovative and creative insights, and his resourcefulness and wherewithal in managing the affairs of the journal. But the “Jim stories” I have heard since taking on this role deal with seemingly different matters: his consistent attention to details that usually are invisible to a readers eye; his persistency in assuring that the research and journal standards are achieved, his many hours of discussing with an author some needed changes that would enhance the acceptance of their manuscript and in making sure that all editorial review board members have the necessary resources to seamlessly review submitted manuscripts, and in organizing the many details that get an issue to press in a timely manner. For those of us that have worked with Jim, none of this is surprising. Persistent, consistent execution is unglamorous, time consuming, and sometimes boring. Jim our profession thanks you for the commitment that you made during the last 5 years. You have made an impact.

In this issue you will be able to review three very different and compelling research projects that should interest practitioners, academics and students.

First, Ms. Maxwell (a doctoral student and Dr. Cathy Neumann, former faculty member from Oregon State University) have authored a compelling study “entitled “food sources of lead may exacerbate occupational exposures to lead: recommendations for occupational investigations.” The results of this study may be used by university instructors and their students in the study of unusual or complex occupational exposures to lead. It is also worth noting that such an assessment must be undertaken with the utmost in sensitivity to individual cultures.

Next, an interesting case study was conducted by Che Rosmani, Puvaneswaran, Aziz , Noor Zalina Mahmood, Foo Chee Hung, and Nik Meriam Sulaiman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These author’s offer a unique way of describing quantitative risk assessment (QRA) methodology, such as system definition, hazard identification, frequency analysis, consequence modeling, and risk calculations and assessment applied as a case analysis for the transportation of ammonia by rail.

Third, Carolyn Lehmann , Senior Health, Environment, & Safety Specialist-Chevron Corporation, Joel Haight, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University, and Judd Michael Professor of Sustainable Enterprises, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State University, provide compelling research on “Safety Training on Risk Tolerance: An examination of male workers in the Surface Mining Industry”. This study investigated whether there is a relationship between the quantity of safety training a worker has had within the previous 24 months and that worker’s risk tolerance.

I hope you enjoy this issue of JSHER, and as always, please send your SH&E text reviews, editorials and research to JSHER – the premier peer-reviewed, online publication for SH&E educators by the Academics Practice Specialty of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Thank you for reading; I look forward to my role as your editor.

Until next time stay well,

Anthony Veltri,