NAOSH North American Occupation Safety and Health Week
02/22/2018 9:59 PM

OSHA Silica Standard & Disparate Protection Issues

Section 16 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 permits States to operate and maintain their own occupational safety and health enforcement programs as long as their standards are at least as effective as the standards promulgated by the Secretary of Labor “which relate to the same issues.”​

02/22/2018 2:00 PM

Machinery Safety: Finding the Right Safeguard Solutions

When determining the best solutions for safeguarding machinery and equipment, one of the biggest challenges that OSH professionals face is answering the question, “How safe is safe enough?” With so many potential risks and hazards associated with machinery, it can be difficult to know where to begin and which safeguards to put in place.

02/21/2018 6:07 PM

Member Spotlight: Nsikak-Abasi Akpan Ekam

Member Spotlight: Nsikak-Abasi Akpan Ekam

02/20/2018 9:06 PM

Publication date set for new global safety standard

A highly anticipated global standard aimed at creating safer workplaces everywhere will be published on March 12, according to the International Organization for Standardization that spearheaded the five-year development process with support from ASSE. Companies can purchase ISO 45001 from ASSE beginning that week.

02/20/2018 3:50 PM

ASSE LearnEx offers two new courses for safety professionals

ASSE expanded its course offerings in online learning. Two ASSE LearnEx courses debut in March that focus on risk assessment and the new global safety standard, ISO 45001. Participants get the same level of content and engagement as in-person classes while learning at their own pace anywhere an Internet connection is available.

02/19/2018 7:14 PM

Administrator's Message to the Management Practice Specialty

Management Practice Specialty members get a deep discount to the upcoming Webinar, "Beyond Zero Injuries" on February 28th. See Anita Muller's message for the discount code and more.

02/19/2018 6:58 PM

Upcoming Events for Consultants

The Consultants Practice Specialty is sponsoring two events on ethics. The first is our free virtual meeting on February 23 with a special presentation on ethical issues a safety consultant may face. Then on March 5, we are sponsoring a webinar through ASSE. CPS members receive a deep discount for that webinar. See Administrator Carol Keyes' message for the discount code.

02/19/2018 2:00 PM

Nine OSH System Mistakes to Avoid

When developing and implementing an OSH system, stakeholders must consider a vast array of factors for the system to be effective. Having a nonoptimal system not only hinders the ability to identify and address risks and hazards, the system itself can present risks to the business.

02/15/2018 9:22 PM

How to Recruit and Evaluate Safety Personnel

The Singapore Accord, a call-to-action signed at a 2017 meeting in Singapore, encourages OSH organizations and groups to adopt a global framework that helps answer several important questions: Which skills should each type of OSH employee bring to the table? What are those different types of skills? How should hiring managers and supervisors evaluate OSH qualifications to ensure the right person is in the right position?

02/15/2018 3:41 PM

Protecting Workers From Chemical Exposure – Who Has Responsibility – OSHA or EPA?

Since the 2016 passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (“Lautenberg Act”), controversy has developed over the requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to make risk assessments and determine protection measures for workers. In December 2017, the EPA held a public meeting to discuss the framework it proposes to use for assessing new chemicals.

02/12/2018 6:58 PM

Join Us March 2, 2018 for Free Lunch & Learn: Hazardous Drugs Handling, Spill Clean-Up & Exposure Assessment

ASSE's Industrial Hygiene and Healthcare practice specialties are partnering to present a free web meeting, "Hazardous Drugs Handling, Spill Clean-Up and Exposure Assessment" on March 2, 2018. Members of either group can join the webinar for free.

02/12/2018 6:43 PM

Planning for Earth Day 2018: What's On Your Agenda?

Earth Day is April 22. Environmental Practice Specialty Administrator Jay Brakensiek offers some great ideas for building awareness of ASSE and our practice specialty. He also reviews environmental issues that concern Americans and which issues pose the greatest risk to public health.

02/12/2018 5:17 PM

Young Professionals in OSH Digest: Week of. Feb. 12

Safety 2018 Ambassador Alyssa Weber, a member of ASSE's Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group, plans to attend Session 626, “Young Safety Professionals: This is How It Really Works," on June 5. Presenter JA Rodriguez offers a preview of what he will share with attendees.

02/12/2018 5:10 PM

BISE Digest: Week of Feb. 12

Register now for a Feb. 22, 2018, open call and presentation on safety leadership with ASSE's Blacks on Safety Engineering Common Interest Group.

02/12/2018 4:50 PM

WISE Digest: Week of Feb. 12

WISE is sponsoring 22 technical sessions at Safety 2018, including our signature roundtable collaboration session. Learn all the details.

02/06/2018 5:58 PM

Why the Member-Get-a-Member Campaign Matters

Our Member-Get-a-Member campaign has been going strong since 1981, and it’s no surprise. What’s more surprising about this 37-year-old initiative is what happens when you ask the most active participants why they do it.

02/05/2018 9:01 PM

Pakistan Chapter Discuss OHS Legislation With Prime Minister Abbasi

Members of ASSE's Pakistan Chapter recently met with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the country's Prime Minister, to seek support for consolidated occupational safety and health legislation in Pakistan to encourage sustainable development in coming years.

02/05/2018 8:54 PM

ISO 45001: A Milestone in Creating Safe Workplaces

Every day around the world, more than 7,600 lives are lost due to work-related incidents and diseases. That’s nearly 2.8 million fatalities a year. To combat this global safety issue, a new safety standard has been approved after five years in the making: ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. This effort was spearheaded by the International Organization for Standardization with support from ASSE.

02/05/2018 8:52 PM

Donate Today to the BISE Scholarship Fund

The BISE Scholarship through the ASSE Foundation helps the next generation of diverse OSH professionals continue their education and impact the safety profession. We can't do it without the generous support of members like you. Consider making a personal tax-deductible donation or asking your company to make a donation. Be sure to type "BISE" as the recipient.

02/05/2018 7:49 PM

Register for the BISE Open Call & Presentation: Feb. 22, 2018

Register now for a Feb. 22, 2018, open call and presentation with ASSE's Blacks in Safety Engineering (BISE) Common Interest Group. Learn about the three most important Es in safety leadership from guest speaker Britt Howard, M.S., CSP, CRSP, and hear about the benefits of BISE membership.​

02/05/2018 7:47 PM

WISE Digest: Week of Feb. 5

Wondering what's happening in ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group? This week we share info about the January 2018 issue of Funworld, in which the amusement industry celebrates women in leadership, and highlight a food drive conducted by WISE members in ASSE's Wisconsin Chapter.

02/05/2018 7:41 PM

Meet the Candidates for the 2018 ASSE Elections

We have announced the slate of candidates for the 2018 ASSE elections. Meet the candidates who want to become the future leaders of the Society.

02/05/2018 7:25 PM

Get Involved With ASSE's SPALW Common Interest Group

ASSE's Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce Common Interest Group is looking for members like you to be involved. Please complete our volunteer form and help shape the future of our common interest group.

02/05/2018 6:53 PM

ASSE Career Center: Manage Your Career or Recruit for Open Positions

ASSE's Career Center offers tools and resources for OSH professionals seeking a new job opportunity and for employers seeking to hire OSH professionals.

02/05/2018 6:50 PM

Nominate a Colleague for a Practice Specialty or Common Interest Group Award

Each year, ASSE's practice specialties and common interest groups name a safety professional of the year. If you would like to nominate a member of your community (including yourself), complete the nomination form and submit it by Feb. 28, 2018.

02/01/2018 6:00 AM

Continuing Education in 2018 & Beyond

One primary focus of a professional organization like ASSE is to provide our members with continuing education opportunities that help you advance your career, address emerging risks, enhance capabilities, achieve and maintain certifications, or share effective intervention methods. Because of our focus on and investment in this strategic area, ASSE is the premier education provider to our members and the OSH professional community.

01/31/2018 6:34 PM

New global standard considered a milestone in creating safer workplaces

A significant standard was approved after five years in the making – ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, spearheaded by ISO with support from ASSE. The first-of-its-kind global consensus model provides a framework that can reduce workplace risks and improve business outcomes worldwide.

01/31/2018 4:24 PM

RegBrief: OSHA's Beryllium Rule

Most provisions of OSHA's January 9, 2017 beryllium final rule become enforceable for general industry on March 12, 2018. The construction and shipyard sector provisions are under review and have not taken effect.

01/29/2018 8:12 PM

BISE Digest: Week of Jan. 29

Register now for a Feb. 22, 2018, open call and presentation with ASSE's Blacks in Safety Engineering (BISE) Common Interest Group. Learn about the three most important Es in safety leadership from guest speaker Britt Howard, M.S., CSP, CRSP, and hear about the benefits of BISE membership.​

01/29/2018 6:11 PM

What is the Hispanic Outreach Working Group?

On Dec. 15, 2017, the ASSE Board of Directors convened a Hispanic outreach working group in an effort to not only more effectively and strategically engage Hispanic safety professionals, but also improve workplace safety and health for Hispanic/Latino workers, a group disproportionately represented in the recent BLS report on fatal occupational injuries.

01/29/2018 5:59 PM

Young Professionals in OSH Digest: Week of Jan 29

Have you registered for Safety 2018? Join your peers and other OSH professionals for ASSE's industry-best professional development conference and exposition, June 3-6 in San Antonio, TX.

01/29/2018 5:56 PM

WISE Digest: Week of Jan. 29

Register now for Feb. 2, 2018, open call with ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group. Hear directly from WISE members on initiatives including ChapterWISE, Safety 2018 signature events, our successful mentoring program and the many benefits of WISE membership.

01/29/2018 4:37 PM

Consultants Practice Specialty Members: A Message From Your Administrator

Administrator Carol Keyes highlights upcoming calls and webinars. Find out what's going on in your practice specialty and how you can get involved.

01/29/2018 4:04 PM

Consultants Practice Specialty: Virtual Meeting & Special Presentation Feb 23, 2018

Join ASSE's Consultants Practice Specialty for a free virtual meeting with a special presentation on ethical issues a consultant may face.

01/29/2018 4:02 PM

Spring 2018 Beast of Safety Student Membership Drive

The Spring 2018 Student Membership Drive is underway. Recruit new members during the Beast of Safety Student Membership Drive and your student section will be eligible for prizes, including $200 for the winning student section, complimentary dues renewal for the winning student section faculty advisor and 10 $25 gift cards.

01/29/2018 3:48 PM

Outstanding Student Section Award Applications Due April 1

Applications for the Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award are due April 1. This is a great opportunity to earn recognition for your student section’s achievements.

01/26/2018 11:00 PM

GA Update: State of OSH in the U.S. and what's on deck for OSHA in 2018

The latest GA Update cover OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign, Trump's deregulation pushes, the latest on OSHA recordkeeping, and more.

01/26/2018 7:26 PM

How to Win the Safety Management Innovation Award

Managing safety in the workplace takes creativity. That’s why each year we proudly honor the achievements of one particularly original safety professional with the ASSE Safety Management Innovation Award.

01/24/2018 1:41 PM

OSHA Contingency Plan for Suspension of Operations

In cases such as the recent U.S. government shutdown, occupational safety and health professionals may wonder what impact this will have on OSHA. The administration currently has a contingency plan in place for suspension of agency operations; it outlines the operations that will continue to be carried out in the event of a lack of appropriations.

01/23/2018 6:57 PM

5 Ways to Promote Safety in Cross-Cultural Settings

A new peer-reviewed article by Michael A. Flynn (NIOSH), Elizabeth Castellanos (Heineken International) and Augusto Flores-Andrade (ARSEIN), titled “Safety Across Cultures: Understanding the Challenges,” examines how OSH employees and their employers can best promote safety in cross-cultural settings.

01/22/2018 10:48 PM

WISE Digest: Week of Jan. 22

WISE will hose an open call on Feb. 2. And learn about Bailey McDade, a woodlands firefighter featured in EHS Today.

01/22/2018 10:28 PM

BISE Digest: Week of Jan. 22

This week, read about BISE member spotlight shines on Daniel Osadiaye, CSMP, and consider contributing to the BISE Scholarship fund.

01/22/2018 9:54 PM

Proposed ISO 45001 Standard: Take Our Short Survey on ASSE Certification Proposal

ASSE is researching the potential launching a certification program, for companies and organizations, related to the soon-to-be published ISO 45001 standard. Please share your input by completing our short 10-question survey.

01/22/2018 9:49 PM

Register for the YP Brunch & Learn on Jan. 24: OSH Wearable Technology

Soter Anlaytics is a U.K./Australian company that has developed the SoterSpine, an award-winning wearable technology solution. Matthew Hart will explain why the device is based on reliability engineering principles, how it identifies at-risk movements made by industrial workers, and how it is bringing a step change to ergonomic safety.

01/22/2018 9:45 PM

Share Your Opinion With the Young Professionals in OSH

ASSE's Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group is looking for feedback on how we can better serve our members.

01/22/2018 9:41 PM

Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty: Administrator's Message

Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty Administrator Vic D'Amato shares a brief update and announces the group's upcoming open call.

01/22/2018 9:37 PM

Public Sector Practice Specialty Virtual Meeting: Feb. 20

The Public Sector Practice Specialty is hosing a virtual meeting for all members with a preview of Corey Bender's upcoming webinar on impulse noise control. Please join us.

01/22/2018 5:52 PM

Transportation Practice Specialty Virtual Meeting: Feb. 15, 2018

Learn what's happening in the Transportation Practice Specialty and hear the latest on the ANSI/ASSE Z15.1-2017 standard.Presenters Terry Ketchum and Stephanie Pratt, chair and vice chair of the Z15.1 standards committee, will review the changes to this important consensus standard on safe practices for motor vehicle operations.

01/22/2018 3:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Daniel Osadiaye, CSMP

Daniel E. Osadiaye, CSMP, is a trainer and advisor for Talon Global Services Nigeria Limited, seconded to Chevron Nigeria Limited.

01/19/2018 3:04 PM

Self-Evaluation Checklist: Are You a Safety Professional?

While all OSH specialists are called on to protect people, property and the environment, they don’t all have the same responsibilities. As the profession has grown, it has become more and more important to identify the subtle differences that distinguish OSH professionals from OSH practitioners.

01/17/2018 1:52 PM

Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations

ANSI/ASSE Z15.1, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations, offers a comprehensive framework for effectively managing risks associated with motor vehicle fleets. A recent update to the standard includes revisions to sections on distracted driving and driver qualifications, as well as a new section pertaining to operational policies.

01/15/2018 9:26 PM

Ergonomics Practice Specialty: Administrator's Message

Ergonomics Practice Specialty Administrator Walt Rostykus gives a brief update and shares information about ongoing projects.

01/15/2018 9:18 PM

Administrator's Message: BISE Common Interest Group

Administrator Kevin Slates shares some updates on current initiatives, encourages participation and promotes engagement in his latest message to members of the Blacks in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group.

01/15/2018 8:54 PM

Young Professionals in OSH Digest: Week of Jan. 15

ISO 45001, expected to be a game changer in the occupational safety and health management systems arena, has reached the final draft international stage and will likely be published in the next few months. As young professionals, discussions around these systems offer a great opportunity to grow your influence and connect with key leaders in your organization.

01/15/2018 8:50 PM

Attend Management Practice Specialty Open Webinar on Feb. 7, 2018

Please join the Management Practice Specialty for a free virtual meeting featuring an update on our activities and a special presentation, "How to Use Creative Non-Fiction Narrative to Improve Engagement, Student Benefits and Learning Transfer."

01/15/2018 4:39 PM

Pass It On: Publish in Professional Safety

What successes or lessons learned have you experienced with your safety programs? Have you developed a program that someone else would benefit from? Share your story with other OSH professionals. Share your story in the Best Practices section of Professional Safety.

01/11/2018 5:05 PM

Attendees save on SeminarFest 2018 by registering before Jan. 22

Safety professionals must act fast to save on registration for one of the nation’s premier occupational safety and health education events. ASSE will end regular registration for SeminarFest 2018 on Jan. 22. Higher fees will apply to late registrants of the immersive learning experience held Feb. 1-8 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

01/11/2018 1:35 PM

ANSI B11.20-2017 Standard

Originally adopted in 1991, ANSI B11.20 was the first standard to address the safety of complex automation systems created by integrating individual machines into a larger coordinated system. ANSI B11.20-2017 establishes requirements for the construction, operation and maintenance of integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), with the goal of controlling or eliminating hazards to personnel working on or near them. The standard was recently updated to a third edition (B11.20-2017).

01/10/2018 3:08 PM

Veterans encouraged to explore post-military careers in workplace safety

The qualities of military veterans are also the traits of an OSH professional, which is why ASSE believes that military members separating from the U.S. Armed Forces should consider workplace safety as a second career. Safety professionals keep people protected by analyzing and controlling on-the-job risks and hazards.

01/09/2018 3:33 PM

Department of Labor Releases Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Department of Labor released its regulatory plan statement and agenda for Fall 2017. The comprehensive list, which is issued twice each year, covers the regulations the DOL plans to consider for proposal, prerule or final rule in the following 6- to 12-month period.

01/08/2018 8:26 PM

Construction Practice Specialty Virtual Meeting: Feb. 16

Join the Construction Practice Specialty for its bi-monthly open web meeting. This meeting will feature a special presentation on mining in construction.

01/08/2018 8:04 PM

Environmental Practice Specialty Seeking Candidates for Assistant Administrator

Jay Brakensiek reflects on upcoming changes at ASSE and how you can help set the direction of the Society's Environmental Practice Specialty.

01/08/2018 7:52 PM

Management Practice Specialty: A Message From the Administrator

Anita Muller gives a brief update and sets some goals for the Management Practice Specialty.

01/08/2018 5:30 PM

Administrator's Message: Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty

RM/I Practice Specialty Administrator John Stevens provides an update on Safety 2018, open conference calls and corporate sponsorship support.

01/08/2018 4:13 PM

How to Reclassify as a Professional Member

Have you been wondering if you qualify for ASSE professional membership, the Society's highest membership category? Accepted designations and certifications go through an application and approval process. Additionally, certain volunteer opportunities at the Society, region and chapter level require professional membership status.

01/08/2018 3:46 PM

Donate to the BISE Scholarship Fund

Interested in helping the next generation of diverse OSH professionals continue their education and advance the safety profession? Contribute to the BISE Scholarship through the ASSE Foundation.

01/08/2018 3:45 PM

Register for SPALW Membership Call on Jan. 26

In late 2017, ASSE's Board of Directors convened a task force to explore Hispanic outreach initiatives and strengthen the Society's relationship to Hispanic members. The Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce Common Interest Group will hold a membership call on Jan. 26 to share the outcomes of that meeting.

01/08/2018 3:39 PM

WISE Digest: Week of Jan. 8

OSHA and National Association of Women in Construction have renewed their alliance to protect the safety and health of female construction workers.

01/04/2018 1:30 PM

ISO 45001 Reaches FDIS Stage

The proposed ISO 45001-Occupational health and safety management systems standard has reached Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage. Once adopted, this first of its kind global standard will provide organizations with a framework to prevent work-related injuries and fatalities, leading to safer and healthier workplaces.

01/02/2018 1:35 PM

ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017 and Hydrogen Sulfide Training Programs

Originally created in 1994, ANSI/ASSE Z390.1, Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide Training Programs, was developed to establish appropriate hydrogen sulfide (H2S) safety training for those working in the oil and gas industry. The Z390.1 committee has published a 2017 revision (ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017) of the standard, which incorporates information to accommodate the needs of other industries. In addition, changes were made to update references to technology, as well as editorial cleanup.

01/02/2018 11:00 AM

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

As this new year unfolds, many of us are reflecting on accomplishments from last year and envisioning even greater achievements in the coming year. Over the last few weeks, many of us have spent time talking with family, friends and colleagues about where we have been and where we hope to go.

12/28/2017 6:00 PM

10 New Year’s Resolutions OSH Professionals Are Making for 2018

It’s hard to believe 2018 is right around the corner. Since the holiday season is a time to reflect on the year that is ending and set new goals for the year ahead, we polled our community of OSH professionals to see what resolutions they’ve made for improving safety and health outcomes after January 1.

12/27/2017 9:16 PM

Court Rejects Industry Challenges to OSHA Silica Standard

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld OSHA’s silica dust standard. According to OSHA, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica dust at work.

12/26/2017 6:00 PM

Microlearning FAQs: Learn How to Get Smarter Faster

Microlearning, an informal training method that has gained popularity in recent years, is emerging as an effective way to convey important concepts in short amounts of time. Is microlearning right for you? Here are three of our most frequently asked questions.

12/21/2017 7:45 PM

OSHA Will Accept 2016 Form 300A Data Through Dec. 31

OSHA announced this week it will continue accepting electronically-submitted reports until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017 and will not take enforcement action against employers who submit their records after Dec. 15 and before Dec. 31. 

12/21/2017 1:45 PM

The Seven Steps of Confined Space Rescue

When working in confined spaces, an important question for safety professionals to consider is what to do if someone becomes injured, incapacitated or trapped in a space and has to be rescued. The steps below will help guide safety professionals through preparing for and executing a confined space rescue in a timely manner.

12/20/2017 4:07 PM

What Is the Singapore Accord and How Does It Clarify OSH Roles?

Which skills should each type of OSH employee bring to the table? What are those different types? The Singapore Accord, a call-to-action signed at a 2017 meeting in Singapore, encourages OSH organizations to adopt a global framework that helps answer those and other important questions.

12/19/2017 8:56 PM

ASSE prepared to help reverse trend of fatal workplace injuries

ASSE pledges to work with its extensive network of members and stakeholders to help address fatal occupational injuries that increased for the third straight year according to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, up 7 percent from 2015.

12/18/2017 10:27 PM

Public Sector Practice Specialty: December Administrator's Message

Lori Schroth, Administrator of ASSE's Public Sector Practice Specialty, reviews some of the many resources available to members of the group and offers suggestions for how you can get more involved.

12/18/2017 9:38 PM

OSHA Posts New Fact Sheets on Silica in Construction

OSHA has issued a new series of revised fact sheets to help employers comply with OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standards for construction.

12/18/2017 8:51 PM

Construction Safety Management and Engineering #4447

Construction Safety Management and Engineering is unique in its range of in-depth construction-related coverage, from insurance and risk management programs, safety training, prejob and pretask planning, electrical safety, ergonomics, and workzone safety/traffic control. This best seller contains 38 chapters written by 42 contributors. The many illustrations throughout, make the book useful for training, whether toolbox talks or classroom instruction.

12/18/2017 3:45 PM

Southeastern Louisiana University Student Section/GSP Ceremony

SELU Student Section leaders held their GSP ceremony for Fall 2017 graduates at the historic Michabelle Inn and Restaurant in Hammond, LA, in conjunction with the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. ASSE President Jim Smith spoke to the group about his career path and the benefits of being involved with ASSE throughout your career.

12/14/2017 2:52 PM

5 Reasons to Support the ASSE Foundation Heading Into 2018

The ASSE Foundation has made big moves this year, and it’s all because of a large and engaged community of supporters who believe safety matters. You can help extend its reach and impact even further. Here are five reasons to make a tax-deductible, year-end gift today.

12/12/2017 8:53 PM

Registration opens for ASSE’s Safety 2018 in San Antonio

Registration is open for ASSE’s Safety 2018 PDC in San Antonio. The nation's largest conference for occupational safety and health professionals – expected to draw more than 8,000 people from 40 countries – takes place June 3-6 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center along the San Antonio River Walk.​

12/12/2017 6:00 AM

The Five Steps of Risk-Based Decision Making 

Following these five steps of risk-based decision making will help leadership and OSH professionals to make better safety decisions and help them communicate the rationale behind those decisions to stakeholders.  ​

12/12/2017 1:10 AM

CrVI Surface Contamination in Gas Turbine Hot Gas Path

An Edison Electric Institute member has indicated that several tests have confirmed the presence of hexavalent chromium surface contamination in the hot gas path and combustion components in gas turbines. He’s looking for input from others who may have encountered this issue as well.

12/11/2017 8:54 PM

Preliminary 2018 ASSE Election Slate Now Available

The preliminary slate for ASSE's 2018 elections is now available.

12/11/2017 8:39 PM

International Practice Specialty/Region IX Webinar

ASSE's International Practice Specialty and Region IX are partnering to present "Essential Things You Need to Know About ISO FDIS Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems—Requirements With Guidance for Use." The webinar, presented by Kathy Seabrook, is Dec. 19, 2017, 11 a.m. EST. This is a complimentary benefit for International Practice Specialty members and international members.

12/11/2017 8:36 PM

Are You an Innovator? Apply for a 2018 Innovation Award

Got something new that the world of OSH needs to know about? Apply for a 2018 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management.

Thomas Kramer
12/11/2017 8:32 PM

Effective Fall Protection Programs & Fall Protection Certificate Workshop: An Interview With Thomas Kramer

At SeminarFest 2018, Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, managing principal of LJB Inc., will instruct an Effective Fall Protection Programs course, as well as the first ever Fall Protection Certificate workshop. In a recent interview with ASSE, Kramer emphasized risk assessment as the first step in developing a quality fall protection program. He also noted that while PPE often comes to mind first in fall protection, organizations should take many other steps prior to its use.

12/11/2017 8:24 PM

Utilities Practice Specialty Administrator’s Message: Skillful Leadership

Administrator Connie Muncy shares seven qualities of skillful leadership in her winter message.

12/11/2017 8:21 PM

Help Shape the Future of the Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group

ASSE's Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group wants to know your opinion on how we're doing. Please take this survey to help us shape the future of our group.

12/11/2017 6:47 PM

Leadership Opportunities in Council Awards & Honors Committee

ASSE's Council on Practices & Standards is looking for two members to serve on its Awards & Honors Committee. This is a great committee and offers the opportunity to gain leadership experience within the Society.


WISE Digest: Week of Dec. 11

EHS Today has issued a call for speakers to present at its 2018 Safety Leadership Conference. They are particularly interested in speakers from companies that have won an America’s Safest Companies Award. The deadline for speaker applications is April 3, 2018.


Central Florida WISE Member Receives Chapter Grant

During its annual Awards and Honors luncheon, ASSE's Central Florida Chapter presented a $500 professional development grant to WISE member Hannah Heise.

12/08/2017 3:54 PM

Hudson honored by IOSH with President’s Distinguished Service Award

ASSE Executive Director Dennis Hudson was honored with the President’s Distinguished Service Award by the U.K.-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to IOSH or the occupational safety and health profession for several years.

12/07/2017 6:29 PM

Register Now for Safety 2018

Registration is now open for ASSE’s Safety 2018 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, offering occupational safety and health professionals the opportunity to reserve their spot for this industry-defining event.

12/07/2017 4:08 PM

ASSE launches search for new executive director

ASSE is working with executive search firm Korn Ferry to hire its next executive director. Dennis Hudson, ASSE's current executive director, is set to retire in April after two years in that position and 10 years at the Society overall. His replacement will become the eighth executive director since ASSE was founded in 1911.

12/05/2017 9:00 PM

Dennis Hudson Honored With IOSH President’s Distinguished Service Certificate

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) honors the work and achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to the OSH profession by presenting them with The President’s Distinguished Service Award (PDSA). At the IOSH conference last month, President Graham Parker presented ASSE Executive Director Dennis Hudson with a PDSA for his advancement of the field.

12/04/2017 8:46 PM

Safety Professionals Handbook, 2-volume set #4429

There is no other OSH publication that offers the breadth of information like the Safety Professionals Handbook. Readers can have confidence in the technical accuracy and can measure their own experiences against both the summary of the research and the validated experience and insight of the authors. This publication signifies ASSE’s commitment to providing a unique resource to practicing safety professionals, all in one source.

12/04/2017 3:06 PM

Management Practice Specialty Member Spotlight: Jitu Patel

ASSE's Management Practice Specialty puts the member spotlight on Jitendra (Jitu) Patel, ASSE Fellow and global ambassador.

12/04/2017 3:04 PM

Vision 2020 for the Fire Protection Practice Specialty

Assistant Administrator Ed Zimmermann shares his vision to align common FPPS core principles with the broader ASSE vision. Here's a peek at his FPPS Vision 2020.

12/04/2017 1:41 PM

Administrator's Message: ASSE Construction Practice Specialty

Administrator Rick Zellen gives a brief update on what's happening in ASSE's Construction Practice Specialty.​

12/01/2017 11:00 AM

The Role of Research in OSH

One of our key goals this year is to expand the Society’s commitment to research. As OSH professionals, we need evidence-based practices to drive our decision making and inform our efforts to develop standards of practice. Research will also help us fill gaps in our body of knowledge, which will enable us to convince more employers to implement safety and health management programs.


Administrator's Message: Training & Communications Practice Specialty

Administrator Michael Coleman's message to the members of the Training & Communications Practice Specialty.​

11/28/2017 9:04 PM

OSHA Recordkeeping Deadline Pushed to Dec. 15

In a notice issued on Nov. 24, OSHA extended its injury reporting deadline initially set for Dec. 1 by two weeks. The new deadline is Dec. 15. Extending the deadline will allow employers the full four-month reporting window originally intended when the agency updated injury and illness record keeping regulation in May 2016.

11/28/2017 2:31 PM

OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable: An Update

John Mroszczyk, ASSE's representative on the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, shares some industry statistics and highlights from a presentation to the group on preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders on construction work sites.

11/27/2017 8:17 PM

WISE Digest: Week of Nov, 27

Learn which WISE members will be speaking at Safety 2018 in San Antonio, TX, find out about a WISE member's latest book and read about some ChapterWISE activities across the country.

11/27/2017 8:17 PM

Oil & Gas, Mining & Mineral Resources Practice Specialty: Webinar Discount

ASSE is extending a special discount to members of the Oil, Gas, Mining and Mineral Resources Practice Specialty. Attend "Taking Stock of Behavior-Based Safety: What's Next?" for only $25 on Dec. 4, 2017.​

11/27/2017 8:06 PM

Management Practice Specialty Members: Webinar Discount

ASSE is extending a special discount to members of the Management Practice Specialty. Attend the ASSE webinar, "Lean Behavior-Based Safety: BBS for Today's Realities" for only $25 on Dec. 6, 2017.

11/27/2017 7:34 PM

Featured Standard: B11.20-2017, Safety Requirements for Integrated Manufacturing Systems

As automation and manufacturing systems continue to advance, the safety of people working on or near these systems remain at the forefront. The updated ANSI B11.20-2017 standard, Safety Requirements for Industrial Manufacturing Systems, provides guidance to help OSH professionals stay abreast of current industry guidelines and trends related to worker safety.

11/27/2017 7:30 PM

Kuwait Chapter Hosts 9th International PDC

Safety professionals are expected to have expertise in risk management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, product safety, environmental management, workers’ compensation, standards and organizational management, as well as the more traditional aspects of safety management. The Kuwait Chapter's 2017 PDC this week encompasses all these topics and much more to help safety professionals learn the latest trends and how to implement best practices in their organizations.

11/27/2017 6:36 PM

YPs: Register for Dec. 5 Lunch & Learn on Using LinkedIn to Advance Your Career​

ASSE's Young Professionals in OSH will host a free lunch-and-learn session that aims to help you learn how to use LinkedIn to attract recruiters and advance your career.

11/27/2017 3:47 PM

Register Now: Young Pros Lunch & Learn With Kathy Seabrook on Global Fluency

Register now to learn about ways to develop global fluency during a special Lunch & Learn featuring ASSE Fellow and past Society president Kathy Seabrook.

11/27/2017 10:44 AM

It’s Giving Tuesday!

Tuesday, Nov. 28, is Giving Tuesday. Support the ASSE Foundation with your donation and advance the OSH profession.

11/21/2017 2:22 PM

New International Report Cites CSHS Metrics

Businesses across the globe are fundamentally changing the ways they approach OHS, with new strategies recognizing the importance of social, mental and financial well-being. A new report from the International SOS Foundation and Sancroft recognizes Center for Safety and Health Sustainability’s position at the forefront of this industry-wide shift and features a few key CSHS metrics.

11/20/2017 10:38 PM

WISE Digest - Week of Nov. 20

Learn about WISE members at Future Safety Leaders Conference and read about some articles on womens' safety.


Help Advance OSH Research

You are invited to participate in a research study to understand the importance of specific equipment, tools and content in a baccalaureate safety curricula.

11/20/2017 9:13 PM

Call to Action: Ag Industry Needs to Protect People

Jose Perez calls for the formation of the Agricultural Committee within the Manufacturing Practice Specialty. This is an opportunity for ASSE and its members to once again become involved in Agriculture.​

11/20/2017 8:41 PM

Featured Publication: Prep for Your ASP Exam

ASSE's ASP Examination Prep workbook is an excellent tool to prepare for and pass the ASP exam. This thorough study guide includes examples, equations, tables, charts, illustrations and more than 200 questions and answers. It discusses all seven domains in the exam. Order yours today and get ready to pass your ASP in 2018.

11/20/2017 4:54 PM

Seven Fundamental Leadership Lessons

OSH professionals are always looking for tools to engage employees in safety efforts. While there are several skills a company can utilize to drive safety improvement, here are seven fundamental leadership lessons to help bring a team to a self-directed motivational state.

11/20/2017 4:37 PM

Taking Stock of Behavior-Based Safety: What's Next?

Love it or hate it, behavior-based safety has become an entrenched part of the OSH landscape. Still, some safety professionals point out that what many people think of as behavior-based safety is broken or doesn’t work.

11/20/2017 3:38 PM

BISE Digest: Week of Nov. 20

Our latest digest features two articles, one that shares substantive and symbolic actions leaders can take to improve workplace culture, and one that offers tips to young safety professionals on how to advance throughout their careers.


Support the ASSE Foundation on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 28, is Giving Tuesday, the global movement to support charitable organizations that work to improve the lives of people and communities worldwide. Consider making a gift to the ASSE Foundation to support its mission of advancing the safety profession through education, leadership development and research.


Safety Engineering #4433

Safety Engineering, brings the peer-reviewed knowledge of safety professionals to address the most frequently encountered hazards through proven principles and best practices. Those preparing for professional safety careers will find the concise presentation of occupational safety and health principles a valuable foundation for career development.


Accident Investigation Techniques #4435

All companies must investigate accidents, and each company must decide how thoroughly to investigate and how much time and attention it will pay to the investigations. This book covers all aspects of accident investigation from theory to organizing, gathering and analyzing data, to reporting, recommendations and follow-up.

11/17/2017 8:30 PM

ASSE Launches Search for New Executive Director

Dennis Hudson, ASSE's current executive director, is set to retire in April 2018. To find the Society's next executive director, the Board of Directors is partnering with Korn Ferry, a well-known executive search firm.


Administrator's Message: Manufacturing Practice Specialty

Julia Bradley is the new Administrator for the Manufacturing Practice Specialty. Learn what's happening in your practice specialty.

11/17/2017 1:00 PM

OSHA Offers Clarification on Control of Potentially Hazardous Energy

The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Accredited Standards Committee recently received a letter of interpretation from OSHA that offers some insight into the agency's view of alternative methods to the control of hazardous energy.

11/16/2017 7:10 PM

OSHA Extends Crane Certification Date By 1 Year

OSHA issued a final rule on Nov. 9, 2017, extending the requirements for construction employers to comply with its crane operator certification rule until Nov. 10, 2018. The agency also announced plans to complete a rulemaking on the issues surrounding the crane operator certification program in the coming year.

11/13/2017 7:46 PM

Z359 Fall Protection Update

Thom Kramer provides highlights from last week's ANSI/ASSE Z359 committee meeting.

11/13/2017 6:05 PM

Technical Update: OSHA References ANSI/ASSE Z359 in Clarifying Fall Protection Training

In a recent letter of interpretation OSHA indicates that fall protection trainers who are compliant with ANSI/ASSE Z359 (fall protection/arrest) and ANSI/ASSE Z490 (OSH training) will meet the definition of qualified in the agency's Walking and Working Surfaces rule.


WISE Digest: Week of Nov.13

This week's digest includes a link to an article about a problem women in many industries encounter when trying to find PPE that fits properly, as well as information about the WISE speaker directory

11/13/2017 3:33 PM

Young Professionals in OSH Digest: Week of Nov. 13

ASSE is taking steps to improve its research efforts for the safety community. ASSE recently gathered a diverse group of OSH professionals, including leaders from businesses, professional organizations, academia and government, to discuss and identify the various gaps involved in research and how to improve the processes.

11/13/2017 3:23 PM

BISE Digest: Week of Nov. 13

Changing a company’s culture can be a difficult and daunting task. Researchers suggest substantive and symbolic actions leaders can take to successfully change organizational culture.

11/13/2017 3:18 PM

Management Practice Specialty Open Call: Serious Injuries & Fatalities

Join the Management Practice Specialty for a special presentation on serious injury and fatality prevention. Guest speaker Taylor Abel will share what the best-of-the-best are doing to eliminate them. The call is also a great opportunity to find out what's going on in your practice specialty.


ISO 45001 Update: Final Standard Expected in February 2018

ISO has confirmed that the ballot on the final draft international standard version of ISO 45001 will begin Nov. 30, 2017, and close on Jan. 25, 2018. According to ISO, If the FDIS ballot is successful, and the U.S. TAG headed by ASSE anticipates that it will be, ISO 45001 will be published in February 2018.

11/10/2017 8:50 PM

Workplace injuries decline, but ASSE wants further improvements in job safety

ASSE is encouraged after seeing data that shows a decrease in occupational injuries and illnesses, but the world’s oldest professional safety organization knows even more can be done to protect workers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that workplace injuries at private industry employers were down by 48,500 cases in 2016.


Study Finds Companies Collect Yet Don’t Always Report Human Capital Metrics

The majority of global companies collect human capital metrics, including OSH data, yet many of these firms do not publicly report the information. That’s the major finding of a joint research study, “Corporate Disclosure of Human Capital Metrics,” between Center for Safety and Health Sustainability and Harvard Law School’s Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project.

11/02/2017 6:19 PM

Setting the Standard

As safety professionals, we work with voluntary national consensus standards each day. These standards are vital to our continued efforts to eliminate hazards, reduce risks and prevent injuries.


Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday!

Show your love for the safety community by donating to the ASSE Foundation on Nov. 28, Giving Tuesday!​

11/02/2017 2:02 PM

OSHA Clarifies Who Can Conduct Fall Protection Training

In a response to a letter from International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) seeking clarification of who can conduct fall protection training, OSHA has indicated that anyone who is compliant with ANSI/ASSE Z359 (fall protection/arrest) and ANSI/ASSE Z490 (OSH training) will meet the definition of qualified in the agency's Walking and Working Surfaces rule.

11/01/2017 7:36 PM

Research workshop ignites effort to improve workplace safety

Additional scientific research and a broad sharing of existing data are needed by OSH practitioners across the country to better protect workers in every industry. That’s why ASSE brought together dozens of industry leaders and safety experts for a research workshop at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare that aimed to create a new wave of progress.


BISE Digest: Week of Nov. 6

Read the new Adminstrator's message and learn about BISE representation at the 2017 ASSE Leadership Conference.​


YPs in OSH Digest - Week of November 6th

Catch up on YP activities with the annual Open Call recording; ASSE Foundation deadline fast approaching.​


WISE Digest: Week of Nov. 6

Did you know that ASSE's WISE Common Interest Group has a speaker directory that is provided to conference planners in the OSH industry to help ensure a diversity of speakers?

10/31/2017 3:55 PM

Statement from ASSE on nomination of Scott Mugno as head of OSHA

Jim Smith, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, made a statement regarding the nomination of Scott Mugno as head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Register Now for SeminarFest

SeminarFest is a unique and immersive learning experience designed to help you develop new skills and build your professional knowledge. This year's event features more than 90 courses across 10+ areas of focus.

10/30/2017 1:53 PM

ISO 45001 Enters Final Draft Stage

ISO has confirmed a provisional publication date of Nov. 27 for the final draft international standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001. This is the final hurdle for the long-awaited international standard. If all goes as expected, the final standard will likely be published in the first half of 2018.

10/27/2017 8:35 PM

ISO 45001 Update: Final Draft to Be Published Nov. 27

ISO will publish the final draft international standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001 on Nov. 27. This is the final draft of the international standard that will be reviewed and voted upon by the ISO PC-283 Committee and ISO member countries. It is expected that the standard will be approved with publication anticipated in the first half of 2018. ASSE is the administrator of the U.S. technical advisory group (TAG) to ANSI for the proposed ISO 45001 standard under ISO PC-283 Committee.

10/27/2017 8:25 PM

Member Spotlight: Carmen-Julia Castellon

Meet Carmen-Julia Castellon, safety specialist for the City of Evanston, IL. She is a member of ASSE's Public Sector Practice Specialty.


The Generosity of the Safety Community: A Year in Review

See what the safety community can accomplish when we work together to advance the profession by viewing the ASSE Foundation’s 2017 Annual Report. We’re proud to have provided more than $300,000 in scholarships and grants this past year and continue to work on groundbreaking research that will develop wearable technology to measure fatigue in individuals.

10/23/2017 6:08 PM

Harvard study identifies human capital metrics measured by global companies

Human capital metrics, including occupational safety and health data, frequently are collected by a majority of global companies, yet many of these firms are not publicly reporting the information, according to a study released today by the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program in conjunction with CSHS.


OSHA Releases Interim Guidance on Silica Enforcement

OSHA releases interim guidance on silica enforcement


Guidance Document Addresses ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction & Demo Standards

The ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction and Demolition Compendium of Standards is a series of national voluntary consensus standards that address the protection of workers on construction and demolition sites. The newly published ASSE/A10 A10.0-2017 guidance document helps OSH professionals understand each standard, its role within the compendium and how the standards relate to each other.


Administrator's Message: Environmental Practice Specialty

Administrator Jay Brakensiek shares information on the long-term environmental effects of the recent hurricanes and wildfires in the US, a brief overview of the recent Southern California Joint Technical Symposium, and discusses how you can get involved with the Environmental Practice Specialty.


Register for Utilities Practice Specialty Web Meeting

The Utilities Practice Specialty is holding an open web meeting for all members on Nov. 30 at 1:00 EST. Guest speaker Scott Mullett will give a special presentation on ergonomics in the utilities industry.​

10/20/2017 1:23 PM

NIOSH Center to Research Occupational Robotics

Technology advancements are introducing more robots to mainstream workplaces. However, few studies have assessed the benefits and risks of having/using robots in the workplace. To address that need, NIOSH has launched the Center for Occupational Robotics Research, where researchers will analyze potential benefits and risks of robotic workers and develop safety guidelines for safe interactions with robots


Submit Your Scholarship & Grant Applications by Dec. 1

The ASSE Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship and Grant Program is current accepting applications from degree-seeking students and safety professionals working to advance their careers. More than $350,000 is available thanks to the generosity of the safety community, including multiple Impact Scholarships valued at $10,000 or more.


WISE Digest: Week of Oct. 23

View Kelly Bernish's new Administrator's Message, in which she reports on ASSE's recently completed Leadership Conference.


ASSE: Paving the Way to Professional Excellence

The OHS Professional Capability Framework helps define and frame the OSH profession. ASSE is one of more than 40 organizations that recently signed the Singapore Accord to support its use. ASSE President Jim Smith discusses the importance of the accord and the framework in his October 2017 President's Message in Professional Safety.

10/10/2017 8:14 PM

Is Your Family Fire Safety Plan in Place?

In a fire, every second counts. Preparing for a fire emergency is important, even if you don’t expect it will happen to you. A guest post from Werner's Chris Filardi offers four questions to help you assess your family's readiness for a fire emergency.


Assistant Administrator's Message: Engineering Practice Specialty

Message from Daren Williams, Assistant Administrator, who is filling in while Administrator Lawrence Schulze recovers from Hurricane Harvey.


Last Chance to Register! Prevention Through Design Online Course Begins October 15

ASSE’s new LearnEx courses provide safety professionals the opportunity to take part in our formal courses through a completely online experience, with the same educational benefits as our in-person classes. The first course is on Prevention Through Design. It begins Oct. 15 and you have 3 weeks to complete it at your own pace. Facilitated by this year’s Outstanding Educator of the Year, Georgi Popov, this course is a must-attend!



Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are cancelling ALL classes scheduled to take place at the New Orleans Convention Center, starting Sunday, October 8th through Saturday, October 14th.


Continuing a Legacy: Region II Willie Piispanen Scholarship

ASSE Region II has renamed its scholarship in memory of long-time Snake River Chapter member Willie Piispanen. Learn how you can help continue his legacy of service, mentoring and professional commitment.​


Member Spotlight: Michael Fackler

Michael Fackler is the new Government Affairs/Standards Chair for the Management Practice Specialty. As the newest member of our Advisory Committee, he is in the spotlight.

10/05/2017 8:00 PM

ASSE earns reaccreditation for education programs and learning events

ASSE has been reaccredited by IACET for another five years, reinforcing its position as a leading source for education for occupational safety and health professionals. Earning reaccreditation enables ASSE to continue its practice of issuing CEUs for completion of its webinars, online courses and in-person classes and training.


Good-Faith Enforcement & NORA Celebrates 20 Years

The September Government Affairs update includes items from OSHA, MSHA, big picture research and hurricane recovery efforts.


WISE Digest: Week of Oct. 9

It's time to make WISE mentoring matches. Also see a list of 2016 mentoring award winners.


Tech Brief: OHS Management Systems Standard

ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017), Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, was recently reaffirmed. A growing number of OSH professionals are looking for guidance on management systems and organizations are increasingly willing to invest in such systems. ASSE has published a tech brief on the reaffirmed standard.


Free Webinar: Insight Into BCSP Certifications

ASSE's Kuwait Chapter, with the support of Region IX Professional Development Committee, has planned its first webinar. Attendees will hear an overview of different OSH certification programs offered by Board of Certified Safety Professionals in the U.S. The safety field offers many opportunities for different career paths. Learn how you can progress as a safety professional.

10/01/2017 5:01 AM

Paving the Way to Professional Excellence

As a signatory to the Signature accord, ASSE agreed to support the OHS Professional Capability Framework developed by INSHPO. This framework defines the roles, skills, knowledge and qualifications recommended for university-educated OSH professionals and vocationally trained practitioners. It is a consensus document based on a multiyear analysis of data from international professional associations and certification bodies.

09/30/2017 1:00 AM

OSHA Top 10 Remains Familiar

On Sept. 26, 2017, OSHA announced its preliminary list (as of Sept. 5, 2017) of the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the 2017 fiscal year. Topping the list again this year are fall protection (1), hazard communication (2) and scaffolding (3).


Consultants Practice Specialty Launches Mentoring Program

The Consultants Practice Specialty is kicking off its new mentoring program, designed to match experienced mentors with mentees who wish to further their professional goals. This exciting process allows both parties to learn and grow, while providing a structured platform for professional development.​


Registration Is Open for SeminarFest

SeminarFest is a unique and immersive learning experience that will help you develop skills and knowledge you can immediately apply. This year's program will feature more than 90 courses across 10+ areas of focus, delivered in a setting that allows learners to engage in in-depth discussions and activities, explore relevant topics with expert facilitators, and practice using new tools and techniques.​

09/28/2017 1:24 PM

An Inside Look at the ASSE LearnEx Prevention Through Design Course

ASSE LearnEx is a new avenue through which OSH professionals can complete the Society’s formal courses via a completely online experience. Participants receive the same level of course content and educational engagement, but can learn at their own pace anywhere an Internet connection is available. The first course offered on the new platform is on Prevention through Design and taught by instructor Georgi Popov, Ph.D., QEP, SMS, CMC.


Construction Practice Specialty: Nov. 17 Open Web Meeting

You are invited to join Construction Practice Specialty's quarterly open web meeting on Nov. 17, 2017. ClickSafety's Paul Colangelo will review NFPA 70E 2018 Edition.


Training & Communications PS Members: Participate in ASSE's Micro-Mod Project

Michael Coleman, Training and Communications Practice Specialty Administrator, encourages members to participate in the ASSE micro-learning project.


Administrator's Message: Consultants Practice Specialty

Administrator Carol Keyes invites you to the next Consultants Practice Specialty Advisory Committee conference call, gives a shout out to Greg Zigulis and let's you know how you can get more involved with your practice specialty.


WISE Digest: Week of Oct. 2

Learn about WISE member achievements, how to be included in the WISE speaker directory and how to attend an upcoming webinar for free.

09/26/2017 3:58 PM

Increased ASSE Involvement Impacts Career, Member Says

Alyssa Lynough, ASP, CSP, is the Professional Development Chair of ASSE's Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group. She is also a member of ASSE's Greater Boston Chapter and the Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group. Alyssa spoke with ASSE about how joining a common interest group has impacted her career and about how members can ensure that ASSE provides them with the best possible membership experience.


Your Chance to Influence Sustainability Reporting

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is seeking comments from OSH professionals on proposed updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. This is an excellent opportunity for ASSE members to contribute to the sustainability conversation and ensure that OSH metrics are part of sustainability reporting practices.


NHTSA Seeking Comments on Automated Driving Systems

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking for comments on the agency's voluntary guidance on automated driving systems, Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety.


Webinar Segment

Info on Crystalline Sillica Webinar

09/22/2017 3:56 PM

OSHA Inspectors to Assess "Good-Faith Efforts" in Early Days of Silica Enforcement

In a memo issued Sept. 20, 2017, Thomas Galassi, acting deputy assistant secretary of labor, informed regional administrators that although the Respirable Crystalline Silica construction standard (29 CFR 1926.1153), becomes enforceable on Sept. 23, 2017, compliance officers are, for the first 30 days of enforcement, to evaluate good-faith efforts taken by employers in their attempts to meet the new construction silica standard.


Register Now: Young Professionals in OSH Open Web Meeting

Registration is now available for the Young Professionals in OSH Open Web Meeting. Learn how you can get involved and how this vibrant community can help you develop as a professional.


WISE Digest: Week of Sept. 25

WISE mentor program applications are due Oct. 16. Be sure to check your e-mail on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for a code to attend the upcoming WISE webinar for free.

09/21/2017 3:00 PM

ASSE’s SeminarFest 2018 to educate and empower safety professionals

Many occupational safety and health professionals take significant steps in their careers year after year because of a unique education event called SeminarFest that empowers them to dig deeper. ASSE is now taking registrations for the Feb. 1-8 immersive learning experience at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


Speak at the 2018 Academic Forum

Proposals are being accepted for the 17th Academic Forum to be held June 3, 2018, as part of ASSE's Safety 2018 conference and exposition in San Antonio, TX. The theme is "The Best in OSH Education." Proposals are due by Oct. 20, 2017.


Administrator's Message: Oil, Gas, Mining & Mineral Resources Practice Specialty

Scott Vaughn is the new administrator of the new Oil, Gas, Mining and Mineral Resources Practice Specialty.​


Prevention Through Design Standard Provides Foundation for First ASSE LearnEx Course

Prevention through design continues to gain more traction as companies look for better ways to eliminate risks. ASSE's first fully online course, Prevention Through Design, is designed around the ANSI/ASSE Z590.3-2011 (R2016) standard, and participants will receive a copy of the standard as part of their learning materials.


Support U.S. Veterans: Donate to Leadership Conference Drive

During the upcoming Leadership Conference, attendees will be assembling snack and clothing packages for homeless veterans in the Chicagoland area. ASSE communities support the cause by donating gift cards or needed items.


ASSE Publishes Standard on Safety Requirements for Hot Mix Asphalt Facilities

The revised ANSI/ASSE A10.27 standard addresses hot mix asphalt plants. This standard is widely used and should be of interest to OSH professionals who work with hot-mix-related hazards and exposures.​

09/19/2017 3:00 PM

Launch of ASSE LearnEx expands education options for safety professionals

ASSE has unveiled its latest innovation in online learning. Newly created ASSE LearnEx courses debut in October, opening a new avenue for OSH professionals who aim to further their education and advance their careers. Participants get the same level of content and educational engagement as ASSE's in-person classes.


Election Results: Manufacturing Practice Specialty

John Perkins, CSP, senior director, EHS Tyco Global Manufacturing and Distribution, Boca Raton, FL has been elected Assistant Administrator of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty. John will serve in this position until June, 30, 2019, followed by 2 years as Administrator.

09/15/2017 5:22 PM

Member Spotlight: Stan Geist

In this spotlight, we focus on Stan Geist, ASP, CSP, of the Management Practice Specialty.

09/15/2017 1:00 PM

Drones Play Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts

The use of drones has become very popular among filmmakers, videographers, and photographers. The ability to operate the drone from a distance and capture unique angles and views allows for breathtaking shots. Recently, drones have played a huge role in recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, write Wall Street Journal reporter Andy Pastor


Administrator's Message: Public Sector Practice Specialty

Lori Schroth reflects on all the incidents we have experienced lately that are ever so important to the public sector.


WISE Member Jayme Hobson Featured in Grainger Safety Story

Watch Grainger's spotlight on WISE member Jayme Hobson.

09/14/2017 2:10 PM

New Videos From ASSE's Risk Assessment Institute

The ASSE Risk Assessment Institute has added two new videos to its Risk Assessment in the Real World series.

09/14/2017 2:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Jacquelyn Seth, CSP

Jacquelyn Seth, CSP, is the subject of this member spotlight for our Blacks in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group.

09/13/2017 1:00 PM

OSHA Proposes to Extend Deadline for Crane Operator Certification

OSHA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend for the second time the deadline for compliance with the crane operator certification and competency requirements. Originally, the certification and compliance parts were extended until November 2014; then prior to the effective date, OSHA extended the provisions until November 2017. The new proposed deadline is Nov. 10, 2018.


Reflections on Sept. 11

Leo DeBobes, past administrator of the Public Sector Practice Specialty, reflects on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in the memory of friends and colleagues.


ANSI/ASSE Consensus Standards Recognition by Governmental Agencies

One question ASSE receives concerns the issue of where/how the ANSI/ASSE voluntary national consensus standards are recognized by governmental agencies.To answer this question, ASSE has several sources of information.

09/12/2017 2:00 PM

Administrator's Message: Construction Practice Specialty

Administrator Rick Zellen provides an update on the Construction Practices Specialty and let's you know what is coming in the future. He's also looking for your ideas.


The Joy of Safety: A Message From Connie Muncy, Administrator, Utilities Practice Specialty

Connie Muncy is the new Administrator of the Utilities Practice Specialty. In her message she reminds us why why we gravitated toward this profession.


Administrator's Message: Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty

The Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty has been busy. Administrator Vic D’Amata fills you in on our response to NIOSH’s call for public comment on the Occupational Exposure Banding Process: Guidance for the Evaluation of Chemical Hazards; opportunities for members to get involved in ANSI/ASSE Z9, Health and Safety Standards for Ventilation Systems Committee; an update from Safety 2017; and more.​


ASSE Launches Online Courses

You can now attend ASSE courses online with our new LearnEx courses. Through interactive video lectures, course discussions, interactive games and scenario-based/real-world assessments, these courses provide an experience that matches our formal, face-to-face classroom experience. Our first offering, Prevention Through Design, begins Oct 15.

09/08/2017 1:47 PM

Todd Conklin Offers New Definition for Safety

Human performance expert Todd Conklin recently delivered a presentation to the Business Leaders' Health & Safety Forum in New Zealand that explained why leaders need to build businesses that "fail safely"--what he calls failures without consequences.


Take the Consultants Practice Specialty Member Survey

Help set the direction of the Consultants Practice Specialty. Take our short survey before Sept. 29.​

09/07/2017 3:02 PM

WISE Member in National Spotlight

WISE Member Kathi Dobson was spotlighted in the August 15, 2017 issue of OSHA Quick Takes.


Help First Responders By Sharing Best Practices

What are your best practices for first responders during flooding? Hurricane Harvey came out of nowhere and many first responders had to get by with whatever they had. Ed Zimmerman asks Fire Protection Practice Specialty members to share best practices.

09/07/2017 3:01 PM

Free Webinar: Challenges of PPE for Women

Melissa Gerhardt of National Safety Apparel will present a free webinar on the challenges of outfitting women in PPE.

09/07/2017 2:58 PM

ASSE Signs Landmark Accord to Advance Global Safety & Health

ASSE Signs Landmark Accord to Advance Global Workplace Health and Safety


Administrator's Message: Risk Management & Insurance Practice Speciality

John Stevens is the new Administrator for the RM/I Practice Specialty. He outlines some changes and upcoming events for the group. Also, see David Marciniak's summary of the RM/I Practice Specialty's meeting held in Denver, CO. Find out what's happening in your practice specialty.


Young Pros in OSH Open Call Is Sept. 12

Members and nonmembers are invited to learn more about what the Young Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group is doing.


Management Systems & Use of ANSI/ASSE Z10 & the Proposed ISO 45001 Standard

ASSE continues to field questions on management systems and the use of ANSI/ASSE Z10 and the proposed ISO 45001 standard. Z10 member Greg Zigulis recently had an article published in Professional Safety on this very topic.


ANSI/ASSE Z244.1-2016 Lockout/Tagout Standard Incorporates Updates To Match Current Technology

Business Insurance Magazine writes about the history of the OSHA 1910.147 LOTO regulation and how technology has changed since it was written in 1989. ANSI/ASSE Z244.1-2016 standards committee member Todd Grover is quoted on the standard's updated process for determining the best way to keep employees safe, including alternate methods. Read on for more info on OSHA and LOTO.


Join Us for Open Web Meeting & Presentation on Social Media in Safety

Abby Ferri will give a special presentation on Social Media and the Life Cycle of a Safety Career during the Training & Communications Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting. Learn what's happening in your practice specialty.


Support Members Affected by Hurricane Harvey

The recent impact that has us all bonded to the citizens of Texas brings back some unpleasant memories of what we had experienced in Jersey during Sandy and its aftermath. That bond we are feeling was what got us through the hardship by witnessing all the outpouring we received from our nation and our fellow society members

09/06/2017 1:45 PM

OSHA Reform Blueprint

ASSE has developed an "OSHA Reform Blueprint" with ASSE's government affairs priorities and a vision for how OSHA can improve in a time of political change.


Administrator's Message: Fire Protection Practice Specialty

John Principe's administrator message gives an update from Safety 2017 and looks at the future of the Fire Protection Practice Specialty.

09/05/2017 6:54 PM

Leadership Opportunity: Be a Practice Specialty Assistant Administrator

Nominations remain open for the assistant administrator position in several ASSE practice specialties. This is an excellent leadership opportunity. Please consider running and getting involved at a higher level.

09/05/2017 5:06 PM

Bloomberg Fleet Safety Features ANSI/ASSE Z15 Leaders

Motor vehicle deaths are increasing, which affects organizations with fleet operators or employees who drive their own cars. One way to combat this issue is to use ANSI/ASSE Z15.1-2017, Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations.

09/05/2017 3:35 PM

The Role of Consensus Standards in Advancing Worker Safety

In a guest post to our blog, ASSE Standards Development Chair Peggy Ross discusses the role of consensus standards in advancing safety. "As OSH professionals know, compliance with regulatory requirements is often not sufficient to protect workers," Ross says. "Regulations are slow to change, often out-of-date and provide a minimum standard. Knowledge has increased and regulations lag behind current knowledge."

09/05/2017 2:17 PM

ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017, ANSI/ASSE Z359.18-2017 Now Available

Two important ANSI/ASSE standards are now available: ANSI/ASSE Z359.18-2017, Safety Requirements for Anchorage Connectors for Active Fall Protection Systems, and ANSI/ASSE Z390.1-2017, Accepted Practices for Hydrogen Sulfide Safety Training Programs.

09/05/2017 2:00 PM

ASSE signs landmark Singapore Accord to advance global workplace health and safety

A significant step toward safer and healthier workplaces was taken Sept. 3 when ASSE joined more than 40 organizations from around the world in the landmark signing of the Singapore Accord, which presents a global capability framework for the occupational health and safety professional. It was spearheaded by INSHPO.

09/05/2017 1:00 PM

ASSE Region III Aiding Members Affected by Hurricane Harvey

ASSE Region III Vice President Steven Gray and members of the region’s volunteer leadership team have organized an effort to help ASSE members affected by the destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast.

09/01/2017 5:37 PM

VelocityEHS Provides Hurricane Harvey Victims Free Access To Library

VelocityEHS is giving free access to its online library of safety data sheets to organizations, emergency responders and local businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey.

09/01/2017 5:01 AM

Engage in ASSE Member Communities

ASSE connects more than 37,000 OSH professionals in 80 countries to a vast range of peers, resources and opportunities. Through these connections and our active participation in these communities, we are growing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to create a safer, stronger future for workers around the world.

08/31/2017 7:00 PM

ASSE Foundation seeks scholarship and grant applications for record distribution

The ASSE Foundation will accept scholarship and grant applications from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 for its annual disbursement of financial awards in 2018. A record amount of $350,000 is available to occupational safety and health students and professionals, thanks to the generosity of corporate donors and the ASSE community.

08/30/2017 7:23 PM

ASSE Members: Please Help Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

ASSE President Jim Smith urges all members to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast.

08/30/2017 6:35 PM

The Role of Consensus Standards in Advancing Safety

Consensus standards provide invaluable guidance resources for OSH professionals to apply in their roles to protect people, property and the environment. ASSE has increased its presence in the standards-development arena to become a leader in the evolution of voluntary OSH standards. To help ASSE members get a better sense of the breadth and depth of its consensus standards, the Society is hosting Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza on Sept. 27, 2017.

08/30/2017 4:45 PM

CSHS encourages safety and health professionals to comment on sustainability standard

CSHS is encouraging safety and health professionals around the world to let their voices be heard on a key international standard connected to corporate sustainability. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) seeks feedback on proposed updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. The comment period is open through Oct. 9.

08/29/2017 6:43 PM

Administrator's Message: Academics Practice Specialty

Lu Yuan is the new Administrator of the Academic Practice Specialty. In his message he outlines some major events and activities planned for the coming year.

08/28/2017 1:35 PM

Speak Up to Influence Sustainability

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a pioneer in global sustainability reporting standards, has published proposed updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) leaders Kathy Seabrook and Darryl Hill say this development reflects CSHS's growing influence and see it as a great opportunity for ASSE members to impact the sustainability conversation.​

08/25/2017 4:39 PM

A Message From ASSE's Ergonomics Practice Specialty Administrator

The great sit versus stand debate. Walt Rostykus, Administrator of ASSE's Ergonomics Practice Specialty, gives an update of the group's Safety 2017 roundtable and shares information about an upcoming webinar on this hot topic. Also, remember that October is Ergonomics Month. What are you doing at your workplace? We want to know.

08/25/2017 4:32 PM

ASSE Members: Speak Up on Sustainability

ASSE members are encouraged to review the proposed updates to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 403: Occupational Health and Safety, a standard used to guide corporate performance reporting. Center for Safety and Health Sustainability, which ASSE helped form in 2011, was a key influence behind the creation of the working group that developed GRI 403.

08/25/2017 4:29 PM

Join Fire Protection Practice Specialty's All Member Open Call

Join the Fire Protection Practice Specialty leadership for updates and future events and changes. This is your opportunity to get involved and help set the direction of your practice specialty.

08/25/2017 3:30 PM

ASSE Issues Bulletin on Transition From Z359.1 to Z359.18

ASSE has issued a bulletin to clarify the testing and approval requirements for anchorage connectors manufactured and sold as compliant with ANSI/ASSE Z359 standards.

08/25/2017 3:19 PM

A Message From ASSE's Transportation Practice Specialty Administrator

Updates on the Transportation Practice Specialty from Administrator Nancy Bendickson. Recap from Safety 2017 TPS meeting, upcoming committee calls and elections, learn how you can be part of the advisory committee and more. Recipients: Members of the Transportation Practice Specialty

08/24/2017 1:00 PM

New Video Explores Leadership in Risk Assessment

The ASSE Risk Assessment Institute has added a video from its Risk Assessment in the Real World series: Importance of Leadership in Risk Assessment explores where leadership can have the greatest impact on risk assessment, as well as how to prioritize resources for success.

08/23/2017 1:23 PM

ASSE Members: Weigh in on Sustainability Standard

Global Reporting Initiative is seeking feedback from OSH professionals on proposed updates to GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. The comment period is open through Oct. 9, 2017, and ASSE members are encouraged to review the standard and submit feedback.

08/23/2017 12:18 AM

Register for Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza

Register today for the Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza, a unique 1-day event Sept. 27. Participants get access to four 90-minute webinars that day and have 30 days to download and save 85 ANSI/ASSE standards.​

08/22/2017 7:00 PM

Registration now open for Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza in September

In this time of regulatory uncertainty, voluntary national consensus standards play a critical role in moving the OSH profession forward. That's why ASSE is offering the Ultimate Safety Standards Palooza on Sept. 27. The one-day event includes four 90-minute webinars and 30-day access to download and save all ANSI/ASSE standards.


2018 Scholarship & Grant Program Opens September 1

The ASSE Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship and Grant Program will open on Sept. 1. More than $350,000 is available to OSH students and professionals. Advance your education and career through the generosity of the safety community.

08/18/2017 9:08 PM

How to Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely

As you’ve probably heard, there’s a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Guest blogger Jeff Dalto shares some insight on what an eclipse is and how to view it safely.


Your input needed for ASSE research agenda

Survey to capture ASSE active members' responses to identify challenges and obstacles practitioners face in the workplace. The responses will be collected and and analyzed for November's research agenda symposium.


Become an ASSE Leader

The 2018 Call for Nominations is now open! Serving in a Society Leadership position enables you to contribute your leadership and vision to the ASSE community, while further developing your personal leadership and business skills.


August GA Update: E-Recordkeeping Launches, NIOSH Weaves PtD Into LEED Certification, the House Stands For the CSB

August Government Affairs Update: E-Recordkeeping Launches, NIOSH Weaves PtD Into LEED Certification, the House Stands For the CSB

08/17/2017 1:00 PM

Elevated Asthma Rates in Metro Detroit Area Highlighted in Research Poster Session Grand Prize Winner

A poster highlighting research testing indoor air quality’s relation to the elevated incidence of asthma and respiratory issues in Dearborn, MI, and River Rouge, MI, was awarded the grand prize during ASSE’s Safety 2017 Research Poster Session.

08/16/2017 6:30 PM

By wide margin, members approve switch to American Society of Safety Professionals

The world’s oldest professional safety society, founded in 1911, will adopt a new name following a historic membership vote that was overwhelmingly in favor of the change. ASSE will become ASSP (the American Society of Safety Professionals) next year when it unveils a redesigned website in conjunction with Safety 2018 in San Antonio.


It's Official: ASSE to Become American Society of Safety Professionals

Following the outcome of a historic membership vote, ASSE will become the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) next year when it launches a redesigned website in conjunction with Safety 2018. ASSE's logo will undergo small adjustments to reflect the new ASSP acronym as well.

08/16/2017 1:00 PM

NIOSH Report Highlights Second Decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda

NIOSH has released National Occupational Research Agenda: Second Decade in Review | 2006-2016, a new publication that highlights ten years of OSH research and accesses its impact. At the end of each decade of National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), NIOSH reviews NORA’s contributions toward improving OSH and transferring the new knowledge into practice.

08/15/2017 1:00 PM

Bill to Establish Firefighter Cancer Registry Moves Forward

A bill to develop a registry of cancer incidences among firefighters has advanced through the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill, HR 931, will become a law if passed by the House of Representatives.​

08/14/2017 1:00 PM

Canada Pushes to Address Pilot Fatigue

Canada is proposing new rules on flight crew fatigue and fitness for duty to improve passenger and flight crew safety and align regulations with today’s scientific data, international standards and best practices, the Canadian federal government says.


GA Update: E-Recordkeeping Launches, NIOSH Weaves PtD Into LEED Certification, the House Stands For the CSB

E-Recordkeeping Launches, NIOSH Weaves PtD Into LEED Certification, the House Stands For the CSB

08/11/2017 1:00 PM

Struck-by Hazards Are a Leading Cause of Fatal, Nonfatal Construction Injuries, CPWR Says

Struck-by hazards were a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in construction from 2011 to 2015, says a new quarterly data report from The Center for Construction Research and Training. During this time period, 804 construction workers died from struck-by injuries, which is more than any other major industry, the report says.


ASSE Risk Assessment Institute Adds New Videos to Learning Series

The ASSE Risk Assessment Institute added two new videos to its Risk Assessment in the Real World series. The series aims to help OSH professionals develop skills in risk assessment to enable employers to take action in advance of injury, illness or loss.


Management Practice Specialty Member Shawn Galloway is in the Spotlight

Management Practice Specialty Member Shawn Galloway is in the Spotlight


House Appropriations Committee Passes FY18 Labor-HHS bill

The House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the FY 2018 appropriations package that includes funding for OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH. The bill now awaits passage by the House and consideration in the Senate before the new fiscal year starts on October 1, 2017. While funding cuts were not as draconian as feared, the House plan recommends the following reductions.

08/08/2017 3:18 PM

OSHA Launches E-Recordkeeping Data Submission Platform

On Aug. 1, 2017, OSHA went live with the data submission platform that certain employers will need to use when submitting their injury and illness (I/I) data to the agency by the revised Dec. 1, 2017, deadline. The requirements arise under OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, which was promulgated in May 2016.

08/07/2017 5:34 PM

Some Important But Little Known Safety Fixes: Part 3

Guest poster Rick Franklin has worked for 42 years as a forensic engineer. During that time, he has seen 14 significant, but mostly unknown, improvements to consumer products and automobiles that prevented fires, incidents, injuries and deaths. In the final post of this three-part series, he talks about four of these improvements.

08/04/2017 3:32 PM

OSHA Creates HAZWOPER Webpage

OSHA created a new webpage intended to provide information for workers and employers subject to HAZWOPER regulations for construction and general industry.


WISE Digest - Week of 8-7-17

Free webinar on August 24th on operational excellence in safety; volunteering for Girl Scouts; new Girl Scouts STEM badges.


CSHS Calls For Standardized Sustainability Reporting

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability has released an important new update on the importance of standardizing OHS reporting to meet sustainability goals.


In the Spotlight: Patricia Reed

Management Practice Specialty member Patricia Reed is in the Spotlight.

08/03/2017 1:47 PM

MSHA Initiative Focuses on Less-Experienced Miners

MSHA data show that less-experienced miners, both at a mine and at a specific occupation, suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experienced miners. To address this trend, the agency launched a training assistance Initiative to focus resources on the greatest fatality and injury risks.

08/03/2017 1:00 PM

As Canada Heads Toward Legalizing Recreational Marijuana, CCOHS Provides Workplace Guidance

Recreational marijuana is expected to become legal in Canada by July 2018. To help workplaces prepare for the potential safety challenges and impacts of the proposed legislation, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety published a white paper, "Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis."

08/02/2017 1:39 PM

NTSB Roundtable Focuses on Strategies for Getting Commercial Vehicle Operators to Adopt Driver Assistance Technologies

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and National Safety Council recently hosted a roundtable on advanced driver assistance systems for commercial trucks. Despite the growing availability of these technologies, many trucking organizations and independent operators have not fully embraced them for their vehicles, NTSB says.

08/02/2017 1:00 PM

Learn More About the Prevention Through Design Pilot Credit for Green Buildings

NIOSH’s Office of Construction Safety and Health collaborated with the U.S. Green Building Council to develop a Prevention through Design (PTD) Pilot Credit. The intent of the credit is to support high-performance cost-effective employee safety and health outcomes across the building life-cycle through early attention to safety and health hazards. The groups have posted a new webinar that explains key elements and requirements of the credit.

08/01/2017 6:30 PM

CSHS study supports standardization of sustainability reporting to improve workplace safety

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability issued a report on its second analysis of how recognized “sustainable” companies report occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities. It's a step forward in showing how global initiatives that index corporate sustainability can include companies’ commitment to safe and healthy workers.

08/01/2017 3:00 PM

The Risks of Prolonged Static Positions at Work

In public health circles, prolonged sitting has been dubbed the new smoking. Research suggests prolonged sitting can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions. In its new eBook, COBA Europe examines the detrimental effects of prolonged static work positions--both standing and sitting.

08/01/2017 1:00 PM

Some Important But Little Known Safety Fixes: Part 2

Guest poster Rick Franklin has worked for 42 years as a forensic engineer. During that time, he has seen 14 significant, but mostly unknown, improvements to consumer products and automobiles that prevented fires, incidents, injuries and deaths. In the second of a three-post series, he talks about five of these improvements.

08/01/2017 5:01 AM

Let’s Promote Our Value

In the past few years, most ASSE members have heard the phrase value of the safety profession many times. It refers to the Society’s efforts to advocate for the profession, promote our professional abilities, and demonstrate to key stakeholders who we are and how we contribute to organizational performance. It also encompasses ASSE’s efforts to constantly assess how safety professionals must adapt, change and improve to deliver greater value.


WISE Digest 7-31-17

Bakersfield ChapterWISE members celebrate Platinum-Level Distinction award; recap of the USDOL Women's Bureau Webinar on recruiting and retaining women in the construction industry. AgriSafe Think Tank to Explore Emerging Issues Facing Farm Women


YPs in OSH Digest

This week's digest features some microlearning snippets taken from a sampling of speakers at Safety 2017. Enjoy!


ANSI/ASSE Standards Move Forward

ASSE's standards committees have made progress in advancing OSH with several recent standards developments. “If we are not sure which path to take, then we must take the bold one,” says former ASSE Standards Development Committee Chair Gary Lopez. “ASSE is trying to move OSH forward with standards and management systems. We are not here to maintain the status quo.” Learn about these developments.


ISO 45001 Moves a Step Closer to Publication

The highly anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational safety and health management systems has moved another big step toward publication. The second version of the draft international standard (DIS #2) has been approved. The U.S. (through ANSI) voted in favor of the standard ("yes with comments").​


BISE Digest – Week of 7-31-17

The US Department of Labor offered a webinar last week on "Promising Employer Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Women in the Construction Industry."

07/31/2017 1:00 PM

Debunking Some Common Safety Myths

Workplace safety best practices are often intangible characteristics that employees take on as their own, so it makes sense that there are a few misconceptions floating around. When there's not an exact science as to how to keep employees safe, there's bound to be confusion about what is/is not true. So let's try to clear up a few of those things.

07/31/2017 11:45 AM

Safety 2017 achieves record number of attendees and exhibitors

The final numbers are in, and ASSE has officially held its biggest safety conference and exposition in the event’s 56-year history. Safety 2017 in Denver attracted 5,244 attendees and 640 exhibitors, easily surpassing its previous highs. Attendance was up 23 percent from last year’s event. Nearly one-fourth of the crowd was non-members.

07/27/2017 5:43 PM

In Response to PBS NewsHour Report on Shipbuilding Industry: A Call for More Balanced, Complete Reporting

As noted in the EHS Works blog on July 19, 2017, PBS NewsHour broadcast a report showing that some U.S. shipbuilders continue to receive government contracts despite significant safety lapses. Jim Thornton, ASSE's Vice President of Professional Affairs, says the report fails to acknowledge the safety initiatives that progressive employers within the industry have initiated to produce sustained reductions in worker injuries and illnesses. Read the viewer feedback letter he send to PBS producers.

07/26/2017 2:17 PM

NIOSH & Workforce Tulsa Promoting Young & Temp Worker Safety

NIOSH and Workforce Tulsa are collaborating to develop and pilot test a new training program, "Developing Work Safety Skills," to promote workplace safety and health practices among young adults seeking career services and temporary employment opportunities.

07/25/2017 1:00 PM

Some Important But Little Known Safety Fixes: Part 1

Guest poster Rick Franklin has worked for 42 years as a forensic engineer. During that time, he has seen 14 significant, but mostly unknown, improvements to consumer products and automobiles that prevented fires, incidents, injuries and deaths. In the first of a three-post series, he talks about the first five improvements on his list.


Want a Chance to Win a $100 AMEX Gift Card? Take Our Survey

Earn a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card by completing our survey about the July 2017 issue of Professional Safety. Your feedback will help ASSE improve the journal and deliver the best reading experience.​


Administrator's Message to the Consultants Practice Specialty

Carol Keyes, the new Administrator of the Consultants Practice Specialty (CPS), provides information on the upcoming CPS Open Web Meeting and the launch of the CPS Mentoring Program. Details about the upcoming Ethics Webinar sponsored by the CPS (members get a discount) are also included.

07/24/2017 3:50 PM

OSHA/MSHA Regulatory Agenda: July 2017

On July 20, 2017, the Trump administration released the 2017 spring regulatory agenda, which was issued in separate parts, rather than in a combined format. ASSE's Federal Representative Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, provides an overview of what it contains.


Public Sector Practice Specialty Recap of Safety 2017

Elliot Laratonda, Content Coordinator for the Public Sector Practice Specialty, shares highlights and a brief recap of the groups events and awards.

07/20/2017 1:00 PM

ASIS Seeking Volunteers for Active Assailant Standard Committee

ASIS International, an association for security management professionals, is seeking volunteers to serve on the technical committee for its ANSI/ASIS Active Assailant Standard. The standard will address incident prevention and preparation, to include security design considerations and protocols, as well as response strategies, and post-incident recovery best practices specific to active assailant events.​

07/19/2017 3:00 PM

PBS NewsHour: Government Contracts With Shipbuilders Despite Safety Lapses

PBS Newshour recently featured a story about U.S. shipbuilders that continue to receive military contracts to build Navy and Coast Guard vessels despite serious safety lapses.

07/19/2017 1:03 PM

NIOSH Assesses Young Worker Fatality Trends

A new NIOSH report examines young worker fatalities that occurred between 1994 and 2013. The report presents information by demographic characteristics, employer characteristics, incident circumstances and temporal patterns. During this time period, 942 occupational fatalities occurred among youth workers, 88% of whom were male.

07/18/2017 1:11 PM

ISO 45001 Moves One Step Closer to Publication

The widely discussed and highly anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational safety and health management systems has moved another big step toward publication. Under ISO's standards development process, the second version of the draft international standard (DIS #2) has been approved.


Register now! YPs in OSH Lunch & Learn: John Gambatese on “Prevention through Design (PtD) in Construction”

Register now to learn about "Prevention through Design (PtD) in Construction: From Research to Practice" featuring John Gambatese during this YPs in OSH education event provided to you as a member benefit.


WISE News Digest - 07/17/17

Read WISE Assistant Administrator Abby Ferri's EHS Works blog and register for a webinar on recruiting women in the construction industry presented by the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau.


Engineering PS special election results

The results are in the for the recent special election held for the Assistant Administrator of the Engineering Practice Specialty. Congratulations Daren Williams, P.E.


Understanding Systems is the Jet Fuel That Leads to Successful Implementation of an ANSI/ASSE Z10 Management System

ASSE is hosting a webinar about Z10 on July 26th at noon eastern time and our speaker is the highly regarded Z10 Committee chair Jim Howe. If you attend the event it also includes the new and just published reaffirmed standard.


Take the PSJ Survey, Earn a Chance to Win a $100 AMEX Gift Card

Participate in a survey about the July 2017 issue of Professional Safety and earn a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card.


OSHA Updates - Construction Practice Specialty Open Call Meeting

Find out about recent events and regulatory actions being taken by OSHA. Join the Construction Practice Specialty on their Open Web Meeting to get recent updates and find out how they might affect you, your job, and/or your company.


2018 Call for Nominations - Now Open

The 2018 Call for Nominations is now open! Serving in a Society Leadership position enables you to contribute your leadership and vision to the ASSE community, while further developing your personal leadership and business skills.


Open Web Meeting with Consultants Practice Specialty as they Launch their Mentoring Program

The Consultants Practice Specialty (CPS) is launching their new Mentoring Program. Procedures will be explained and questions answered. This is a great opportunity for those seeking a mentor or those wishing to give back to the profession by mentoring others.

07/17/2017 1:18 PM

OSHA E-Recordkeeping Portal to Open Aug. 1

OSHA's portal for collecting e-recordkeeping data will open Aug. 1. This follows a June 28, 2017, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to extend the deadline for submitting these data to Dec. 1, 2017, to allow affected entities more time to familiarize themselves with the system.

07/17/2017 1:00 PM

An ASSE Member's Perspective on Safety in Saudi Arabia

ASSE International member Raghuvaran Chakkravarthy is a safety professional from India, working for a company based in the U.S., overseeing safety in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this guest post he shares some thoughts on construction safety, lessons learned and best practices that form how safety is performed in his part of the world.

07/14/2017 2:00 PM

CCOHS Infographic Tackles Causes of Slips & Trips

A fall on the same level is a slip, trip or fall in which a worker impacts either the surface or an object at the same level or above the surface on which s/he is standing. These incidents an occur just about anywhere and they are among the leading causes of work-related injuries in workplaces around the world. In its latest infographic, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety offers a snapshot of the causes of falls from slips and trips and outlines several ways to reduce risks.


From Silo to Synergy: New Frontiers in Risk and EHS Collaboration

The world has gone digital, yet many companies aren't when it comes to safety. While machines, methods and processes have evolved, risk and safety management has more or less stayed the same. It may have made sense a decade ago to seperate risk and safety functions, but in today’s environment, neglecting collaboration can hinder business performance and profitability.

07/14/2017 1:00 PM

Grainger White Paper Offers New Safety Culture Model

Grainger’s white paper, “How We Should Talk About Safety Culture: Rewriting the Conversation,” introduces a model that redefines safety culture as an outcome of what management says about safety and what workers see, rather than a starting point that regulates safety practices.

07/13/2017 6:32 PM

Resources for Integrating Safety & Health

Over the years, workplace safety and employee wellness functions have largely operated independently within many organizations. More recently, however, there's been a movement to better integrate health protection (safety) and health promotion (wellness). Resources include NIOSH's Total Worker Health program and ACOEM's white paper on integrating health and safety.

07/13/2017 3:30 PM

EU-OSHA Guide Targets Vehicle Safety

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published a VeSafe e-guide that covers safe driving, workplace transportation and working on or near a road. The tool enables a person to explore risks and preventive measures based on various factors, including vehicle type, task and location. It also includes specific guidance on roles that workers, employers and safety experts play.

07/13/2017 1:00 PM

Workforce Drug Test Positivity Hits Highest Rate in 12 Years, Quest Diagnostics Reports

Drug use in the American workforce, fueled by illicit drugs, reached the highest positivity rate in 12 years, according to an analysis of more than 10 million workforce drug test results assessed by Quest Diagnostics. Overall, positivity in urine drug testing among the combined U.S. workforce in 2016 was 4.2%, the highest annual positivity rate since 2004 (4.5%).

07/12/2017 3:30 PM

Inconsistent Enforcement of OSHA Fall Rule Feared

Employers fear inconsistent enforcement of an OSHA rule allowing some work to be done without ordinarily required fall protection because key terms are not defined. OSHA’s updated fall protection rule, which went into effect Jan. 17, allows certain activities to be done without fall protection systems as long as the work is “temporary and infrequent.” However, the agency has not yet provided guidance on what that means and how it will be enforced.

07/12/2017 3:12 PM

House Appropriations Bill Would Save Chemical Safety Board

On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released its FY2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which is now being considered in subcommittee. The legislation address funding for the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which the Trump Administration proposed to eliminate. Under this bill, CSB is funded at $11 million, equal to the FY 2017 level.

07/12/2017 2:30 PM

Our Roads, Our Safety Campaign Seeks to Increase Safety Among Truck Drivers & Public

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s has revved up its Our Roads, Our Safety campaign via a new partnership with American Bus Association, AAA and American Trucking Association. The campaign's newest material aims to raise awareness among the general public about how to safely operate around and share the road with large trucks and buses.


OSHA, FCC Booklet Addresses Communication Tower Climbers, Ground Crew Safety

OSHA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a booklet to help reduce injuries and fatalities among communication tower climbers and ground crew employees. The booklet compiles information and best practices from industry stakeholders and worker safety advocates. It is tailored to tower climbers and ground crew employees, carriers and tower owners, turfing vendors, and tower construction and maintenance contractors.

07/11/2017 8:23 PM

NIOSH Flyer Explains FACE Program & Resources

NIOSH has a new informational flyer on its Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program. The flyer explains the program's purpose and describes the information that is available in the reports generated by the federal and state FACE programs.

07/11/2017 1:30 PM

CCOHS Names Youth Safety Video Contest Winners

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety announced the winners of its youth safety video. The Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest challenged Canadian high-school students to produce an original video to educate young workers about safety on the job.

07/10/2017 7:39 PM

Brady Releases Arc Flash Regulatory White Paper

Brady Safety Software and Services published a white paper that provides background on NFPA 70E arch flash standards, how they are enforced through OSHA and the National Electric Code, and commonly cited arc flash standards.


Meet Lori Schroth - New Administrator of the Public Sector Practice Specialty

Lori Schroth steps in as the new Administrator for the Public Sector Practice Specialty. Here's her recap on some exciting events at Safety 2017 and a look at the new leadership team for 2017-2018.


Changing with the Times and Creating the Future

Your membership in the Environmental Practice Specialty is a gateway to obtaining new and deeper skills in the environmental safety area, and in volunteering to develop additional environmental leadership skills in the international organization that ASSE has become. I encourage you to take full advantage of these opportunities.


Reaffirmed Z10 OHSMS is Available!!!

Title:ANSI/ASSE Z10-2012 (R2017) Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Scope: This standard defines minimum requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. The primary purpose of this standard is to provide a management tool to reduce the risk of occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities.


Administrator's Message to the Training & Communications Practice Specialty

Michael Coleman, Administrator, gives a short update after Safety 2017. See who's on your 2017-2018 leadership team.


Administrators Message to the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty

Outgoing Administrator Fran Sehn, send a message to the Members of the RMI Practice Specialty.

07/06/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: A WISE Fellow

Set aside everything you think you know about the word fellow. Fay Feeney, an accomplished risk and safety professional, became just the fourth woman to receive the honor of ASSE Fellow, joining Kathy Seabrook (2016), Nancy McWilliams (2016) and Margaret Carroll (1999).

07/05/2017 1:00 PM

A Quick Primer on OSHA's Safety & Health Guidelines

OSHA's best practice guidelines for safety and health management in the construction industry provide useful insights that safety managers can absorb and incorporate into their workplaces.


WISE News Digest

News on a new WISE Fellow, reflections on Safety 2017, WISE member happenings, and more!

07/01/2017 5:01 AM

Make a Difference

As I start my year as Society President, I think of all the volunteer leaders with whom I have worked over the past 38 years in various chapters, work groups, committees and boards of directors. Their passion, combined with their willingness to contribute time, share ideas and support the Society, has truly made a difference. I am committed to continue making a difference and I ask you to help me make our profession and organization better.

06/30/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: WISE Members Honored at Safety 2017

As I cheered on award winners at the Council on Practices and Standards (COPS) Luncheon during Safety 2017, I began to take note of award winners honored during the conference who are members of ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group. When I checked the list after returning to my office, I realized that this had to be highlighted and celebrated.

06/29/2017 12:00 PM

Friends of NIOSH Work to Stop Administration's Cuts

Over the years, ASSE has been an active member of Friends of NIOSH, an informal gathering of organizations that support NIOSH’s overall funding. The Trump Administration's budget proposal would cut NIOSH funding by 40%. Member voices are needed to alert elected officials to the importance of a fully funded NIOSH.

06/28/2017 6:00 PM

OSHA to Host Public Meeting on VPP

OSHA will hold a stakeholder meeting July 17, 2017, in Washington, DC, to discuss the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include comments and suggestions from the public on potential avenues for action.

06/27/2017 3:56 PM

OSHA Wants to Extend E-Recordkeeping Compliance Deadline

OSHA is seeking to delay the compliance date of its e-recordkeeping rule from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The agency published the final rule on May 12, 2016, and says the delay "is appropriate for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy."

06/27/2017 12:27 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: What’s Your 8, 5, 3?

8 – 5 – 3, that’s kind of cryptic, isn’t it? It is not a reference to a verse, a combination, or any other common numeric sequence. What it does refer to is a powerful hazard recognition technique developed by Decision Point Associates, Inc. out of Denver, Colorado.


BISE In the Know Series: Sheldon Primus, COSM, COSS, MPA on "The Future of OSHA: The Donald Trump Administration"

Register now for the second installation of the BISE In the Know Virtual Series, featuring Sheldon Primus.​


YPs in OSH Lunch & Learn: Mary L. Silva, CSP on "How to present a proposal for 2018 PDC", 6/28

Learn about the benefits of speaking at the PDC and how to submit a proposal for Safety 2018.

06/26/2017 1:00 PM

Build a Business Case for Safety

Changes in the regulatory landscape may affect how companies decide to manage employee safety and health. So how do we respond to this change? We adapt. In the words of Stephen Hawking, “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Just as the landscape is shifting, it’s time to change how we position OSH management within an organization.

06/22/2017 2:15 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: The State of our Profession Is Strong!

Day 2 of Safety 2017 was a lot of fun. Attendees were settled into the schedule and flowed from session to session. The general session was again informative and inspiring, as was the plenary town hall.​

06/21/2017 7:05 PM

Insights from Safety 2017: Enjoying the Process

Safety 2017 opened with record participant attendance, record vendor presence and plenty of inspiration for our profession. I have attended many of these conference over my 30 years in OSH and I come away enriched each time. This time, however, it feels different. It feels like our profession is hitting a new phase of maturity.


Insights From Safety 2017: A Positive Spin on Discipline

The word discipline is often associated with punishment. As a result, its use in response to safety violations has been highly debated. Safety 2017 presenters Mike McCarroll and Michael Belcher outlined issues organizations must understand before using discipline and recommended three steps to make its use most effective.

06/21/2017 4:01 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Overcoming Four Viruses That Infect Culture

In his session on Tuesday, June 20, David Maxfield of Safety VitalSmarts, four viruses that can infect culture and prevent effective performance and inhibit change: resistance, silence, collusion and cynicism.​

06/21/2017 3:09 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Helping Supervisors Become Better Safety Leaders

Judy Agnew, Ph.D., talked to Safety 2017 attendees about proactive ways to help frontline supervisors succeed in safety. Agnew is senior vice president of safety solutions for Aubrey Daniels International. Frontline supervisors have a crucial role in workplace safety. “Frontline supervision is where safety comes together: where the vision and values are executed, where the procedures are complied with, where decisions are implemented, and where safety can be seen."

06/21/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Unique Hazards in Urban Environments

ASSE's Safety 2017 conference is unique in the breadth and depth of topics it presents. Take the session delivered on Tuesday, June 20, by Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM, CET. Braun delved into the unique hazards encountered in homeless encampments and urban environments.

06/21/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Helping Employees Work in the Heat

On Tuesday, June 20 at Safety 2017, I moderated a panel of four speakers that included *only* one safety professional! The topic of heat illness has been high priority for many years, especially with specific guidance from Cal/OSHA on what employers are required to have in place. Alhough most session attendees said they do not work in California, nearly all of those with a written heat illness prevention program model it after the Cal/OSHA Standard.

06/20/2017 8:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Role of Wearable Technology in Safety

Rachel Michael, CPE, CHSP, a senior consultant with AON, notes that more than 100 wearable technology devices are marketed has having some safety application. Those applications range from personal gas monitors and GPS location to lone-worker tracking and personal data monitors (i.e., fitness and sleep activity).

06/20/2017 5:05 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Overcome Inertia With the ABC Rule

Dr. Tom Morris spoke on the 7 Cs of Success in the opening session of Safety 2017. The fourth C, "A stubborn consistency in pursuing our vision” seems so simple. Just be consistent, do something every day that gets you closer to your goal, but barriers often abound, as Morris noted. Those barriers include ignorance, indifference and inertia.

06/20/2017 5:01 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Bridging the Gap to the C-Suite

OSH professionals are always looking out for ways to better communicate with the C-suite. John McBride, national recruiting team leader with Consortium Search LLC has a few ideas, all of which are founded on developing business acumen. He shared those ideas with attendees at ASSE's Safety 2017 conference on Tuesday, June 20.

06/20/2017 4:40 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: OSH Community to Pursue Its Passion

This is my second year guest blogging about ASSE's annual conference. When I arrived in Denver, I was impressed to learn that this is ASSE's largest conference ever, drawing a record number of attendees and exhibitors. What impressed me immediately was the energy surrounding the event.

06/20/2017 10:45 AM

ASSE honors top innovators for creatively improving workplace safety

ASSE honored Samantha J. Horseman from Saudi Arabia with its 2017 Award for Innovation in Occupational Safety Management during a ceremony at Safety 2017. The award honors those who bring creativity to managing safety in the workplace. Her winning innovation is a driver safety management system called Intellisense.

06/19/2017 7:15 PM

ASSE and Sinopec partner to advance workplace safety globally

ASSE and Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation today signed a bilateral agreement for cooperation during Safety 2017 in Denver. The signing ceremony was part of the annual Global Presidential Reception attended by ASSE’s Board of Directors and international attendees from more than 40 countries.​

06/19/2017 5:45 PM

House of Delegates supports ASSE’s new name while keeping current logo

A significant step was taken toward a new name for ASSE when its House of Delegates voted in favor of a title that better reflects its diverse membership. The proposed new name is the American Society of Safety Professionals, which now heads to an electronic membership vote that spans 45 days.

06/19/2017 5:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 2016, Lockout, Tagout & Alternative Methods Standard

During his session on Tuesday, June 20, during ASSE's Safety 2017, Master Lock's Todd Grover will offer an insider's view on the ANSI/ASSE Z244.1-2016 standard: The Control of Hazardous Energy: Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods. In this guest post, he offers a preview of the key changes he'll be highlighting.

06/19/2017 3:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: Fatigue Risk Management

Do you yawn repeatedly, slap your own face to wake up or even catch yourself taking a micronap while driving? Chances are you or others you know have experienced symptoms of sleep debt and, ultimately, fatigue. It seems to be an emerging issue and one that is garnering more and more attention.

06/19/2017 1:00 PM

Insights From Safety 2017: How'd You Get So WISE?

It's a rare opportunity in life to be presented the opportunity to be a part of a force, a movement or organization that has momentum, enthusiasm and hearts in the right places. I've had a couple of such opportunities in my life, and right now, the biggest one is ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group.

06/16/2017 6:30 PM

NIOSH-OSHA Update Heat Safety App

The updated OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App calculates the heat index at outdoor worksites using a smartphone’s geolocation capabilities to pull current weather conditions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellites.

06/16/2017 4:00 PM

What to Know About Summer Storm Safety

Along with fun in the sun, summer also bring the increased threat of dangerous storms. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 5 office offers several tips for reducing lightning risk while outdoors.


Government Affairs Update

ASSE's 2017 professional development conference is breaking records before it begins, hitting all-time highs for attendance and exhibitor registration. More than 5,000 safety professionals will assemble June 19-22 in Denver, CO for safety's premier learning and networking opportunities.

06/16/2017 1:25 PM

Managing Heat Stress: The Role of Fitness in the Workplace

Safety managers are well aware of the dangers of heat stress. Most also are aware of the appropriate measures for preventing and responding to heat-related illnesses, including acclimation, pacing, rest, hydration and cooling. But what about a worker’s physical attributes? How do these intrinsic factors affect an individual’s tolerance to heat stress?

06/16/2017 11:15 AM

CSHS names Advisory Council chair and new member

The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability names Darryl C. Hill as its new Advisory Council chair, and Malcolm Staves as its newest Advisory Council member. Hill succeeds Zack Mansdorf, whose term is ending. Mansdorf had chaired the council since the Center’s inception in 2011 in addition to serving on its Board of Directors.

06/15/2017 9:45 AM

ASSE developing global network of safety instructors

Occupational safety and health professionals worldwide face changing demands and expanding roles that require continuing education and skills updates. Through its new Global Instructor Program, ASSE is taking a major step toward addressing this need by authorizing its first group of global instructors at Safety 2017 in Denver.


Joint Employment Changes at DOL May Affect Safety

On June 17, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. The effect on OSH is unknown at this early stage.


Young Professionals Digest – Administrator Update and Safety 2017 Updates

A message from the incoming YP Administrator and updates on Safety 2017 including volunteer opportunities, ICYMI, and how to find the YP leadership team.


Military Branch welcomes over 400 members of the US Air Force

Military Branch welcomes over 400 members from the US Air Force. New members can find out how to get involved.

06/12/2017 1:00 PM

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease Vary Considerably by Occupation, Study Finds

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease “vary considerably” by occupation, says a new study by NIOSH and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Overall, police and firefighters were most at risk for cardiovascular disease, followed by service occupations (e.g., food preparation, building and groundskeeping, cleaning, hairsyling), and sales, office and administrative support.

06/08/2017 12:36 PM

Canadian Workplace Fatalities Lowest Since 1999

Canadian workplaces have the lowest rate of occupational fatalities since 1999, according to 2015 workplace fatality statistics from Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC).

06/07/2017 1:00 PM

Governor Declares Florida State of Emergency for Opioid Epidemic

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order on May 3, 2017, declaring a public health emergency due to the opioid epidemic across Florida.

06/06/2017 2:35 PM

What a Stanley Cup Champion Can Teach Us About Safety Leadership

With the 2017 Stanley Cup finals underway, Select International's Shawn Wilhelm takes a look back at Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup winning season to see what it can teach about the importance of leadership and safety. Hockey may not be your favorite sport, but there are some nice parallels to consider.


WISE News Digest

News on WISE members and other resources of interest to members.


The SPALW Guide to Safety 2017

Attending Safety 2017? Download your copy of the SPALW Guide to Safety 2017 today!


The Young Professional's Guide to Safety 2017

Attending Safety 2017? Order your very own YPs in OSH conference T-shirt and download your copy of the YP Guide to Safety 2017, designed to help you navigate the conference, connect with peers and make the most of your PDC experience.


Technical Update - ANSI/ASSE Z10 Article and Management Review of an OHSMS

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training has been active with the ANSI/ASSE Standards Development Program and is a member of the Z490 Training Committee.


BISE News - Administrator and Asst Administrator Messages

Special messages from outgoing BISE Administrator Patricia Reed and incoming Administrator Kevin Slates.​


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Z359.1 Fall Protection Standard

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Z359.1 Fall Protection Standard. With the approval of Z359.1 on June 4, 1992, for the first time, a voluntary consensus standard provided guidance for the manufacturers of fall protection equipment, and offered employers a way to gauge how well a device would protect its workers.


Oil & Gas Practice Specialty Networking Event at Safety 2017

The Oil & Gas Practice Specialty invite you to join them at their Networking Event at Safety 2017.

06/01/2017 1:15 PM

Safety 2017 to deliver record attendance, insightful programs in Denver

More than two weeks before Safety 2017 in Denver, ASSE already knows this year’s turnout will rank No. 1 in the event’s 56-year history. Registrations have climbed to 4,730, and the event has a chance to exceed 5,000 attendees. ASSE’s previous record crowd occurred at Safety 2011 in Chicago, which attracted 4,535 participants.

06/01/2017 5:01 AM

Hail & Farewell

"Serving as ASSE president this past year has been an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am grateful that members entrusted me to lead this great organization," writes 2016-17 ASSE President Tom Cecich in his final message to members.


FY18: NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed

NIOSH in the crosshairs, CSB set to shutter, OSHA mostly unscathed


Proposed Changes in 2017

As your Delegate from the Training & Communications Practice Specialty, the Administrator Michael Coleman would like to hear from you on the pending Society branding and dues changes.


Administrators Message to Members of the Oil & Gas Practice Specialty

Message from the Oil & Gas Practice Specialty Administrator regarding OGPS events going on at Safety 2017. Please join us for as many as you can.


Utilities Practice Specialty Administrators Message

Message to members of the Utilities Practice Specialty featuring events at Safety 2017, Awards and Recognition, Regulatory Updates, changes in leadership, and more.

05/30/2017 3:27 PM

NIOSH Finds Certain Job Factors Relate to Fair or Poor Health in U.S. Workers

Occupation, lack of paid sick leave and multiple psychosocial factors are related to workers’ own perceived low health status. That's the key finding of a new NIOSH study. “Knowing which aspects of a person’s job can lead to poor health can help public health and employee wellness professionals develop tailored workplace interventions to advance worker well-being," says lead researcher Sara Luckhaupt.​

05/25/2017 3:27 PM

Impact of the Trump Administration’s Budget on Federal OSH Programs

The Trump Administration sent its Taxpayer First budget for FY 2018 to Congress. From funding levels provided in the 2017 continuing resolution (CR), OSHA would receive a surprisingly small cut; MSHA remains about the same; NIOSH is neutered with a 40% cut and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is given enough funds to close its doors.

05/24/2017 1:00 PM

Utility Contractors to Hold Trench Stand Down

As part of its alliance with ASSE, OSHA shares information about safety activities of its many alliance partners. Doug Kalinowski, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, reports that National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) will hold a Trench Safety Stand Down, June 19-24, 2017.

05/23/2017 11:30 AM

ASSE to bestow Fellow designation on two longtime members

ASSE is bestowing the honor of Fellow on two longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. Fay Feeney and C. Gary Lopez are the 2017 recipients of the Society’s highest honor. "Fay and Gary are highly deserving of this special designation," said President Tom Cecich.

05/22/2017 5:08 PM

OSHA Suspends E-Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA has suspended the rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically. The rule took effect Jan. 1, 2017, and included a July 1 submission deadline, but according to a statement on its website, the agency is not currently collecting data electronically and expects to extend the deadline.


New Book Published by ASSE – Written by E. Scott Geller - Actively Caring for People

OSH Professionals historically have great interest in books and materials written by Dr. E. Scott Geller. ASSE just published his newest book and we think this should be of interest to many of you.

05/22/2017 1:45 PM

View From the OSH Bar: Petition to Reopen Silica Rule Unneeded

On May 3, 2017, a coalition of construction industry associations formally petitioned OSHA to begin a limited reopening of the agency’s March 25, 2016, final rule setting requirements for reduction of respirable crystalline silica in general industry, construction and maritime workplaces. Reopening the silica rulemaking does not make sense at this juncture. The standard’s validity is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals, and a ruling is expected soon.

05/19/2017 3:30 PM

The Status Quo: Congress Funds Federal OSH Programs through September

On April 30, Congress agreed to a funding bill to keep the government open through Sept. 30, 2017. According to Adele Abrams, ASSE's federal representative, funding levels will remain relatively the same for OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH and CSB.


BISE Guide to Safety 2017 and Member Recognition

Download the BISE Guide to the PDC and learn about a BISE member's achievement.


WISE Safety 2017 Guide and High School Outreach

Download your WISE Guide to the PDC and learn more about how you can do high school outreach by reading about one member's activities.

05/19/2017 1:00 PM

Closing of the Research Institute for Safety a Loss for OSH

Liberty Mutual is closing its Research Institute for Safety in June 2017. The institute has long been a prime source of scientific workplace safety data and peer-reviewed OSH research. Former director Tom Leamon, shares some history on the institute and its impact on the OSH profession and worker safety.​


Employer & Job Seeker Opportunities at Safety 2017

As part of Safety 2017, ASSE will host a Career Center for college students, young professionals and experienced practitioners seeking new employment opportunities. The career room will be located in the Colorado Convention Center, Room 501 and open on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m.


ASSE’s Suggestions for OSHA Reform

ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs Jim Thornton reviews key elements of ASSE's new Blueprint for OSHA Reform. "ASSE’s recommended changes can help us all get off the plateau of safety and health outcomes on which we seem stuck," he says.

05/18/2017 10:00 AM

Hot off the ASSE press: Actively Caring for People’s Safety

A new behavior-based safety guidebook published by ASSE is now available on the Society’s website. "Actively Caring for People's Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother's/Sister's Keeper Work Culture" features lessons on the fundamental principles for cultivating an actively caring culture in any organization.


Call for Authors for the ASSE Book "EHS Leadership & Professional Development"

You are invited to contribute technical contents, relevant to your area of specialty, to the ASSE Book Publication of "EHS Leadership & Professional Development", edited by Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D, CEP, CSP and Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP.


Announcing: Actively Caring for People's Safety

ASSE is happy to announce the publication of Actively Caring for People's Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother's/Sister's Keeper Work Culture, by E. Scott Geller and Krista S. Geller. This behavior-based guidebook is designed for self study or group training, with lessons that focus on the fundamental principles of cultivating an AC4P culture in your organization.


Construction Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting – May 19, 2017

Construction Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting for Members. Find out what's going on in the CPS, activities planned at Safety 2017 and join us for a special presentation on Fatigue Management, including criteria in developing an effective fatigue management program.


Manufacturing Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting - May 25, 2017

Open Web Meeting for all members of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty. Join us for a special presentation on "Machine Safety in 2017." How are companies embracing all the changes that have taken place in standards and technology over the past decade? Learn ways of moving forward with this ever changing challenge.


Update on the proposed ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 - Virtual Training

ASSE launched a standards development project addressing virtual training (BSR/ANSI/ASSE Z490.2-201X). A draft is being developed and the initial subgroup work is taking place. Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is on the subgroup and recently wrote an update article on the initiative that should interest those OSH Professionals working with virtual training

05/15/2017 2:15 PM

ASSE statement on closure of Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

The American Society of Safety Engineers releases a statement regarding the planned closure of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, a leading researcher in the occupational safety and health field. The statement is attributable to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH.


Revoking the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Order

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order (EO) 13782 that revoked former President Obama’s EO 13673 (the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order) that was originally signed into law on July 31, 2014. Worker safety advocates supported the rule, and see the revocation as a clear sign that Congress and the administration are focused on business interests and not worker safety.

05/11/2017 9:45 AM

ASSE crafts OSHA Reform Blueprint to improve workplace safety and health

ASSE has crafted an “OSHA Reform Blueprint” that details its priorities and vision for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a time of political change. The eight-page proposal calls for reforms to emphasize the management of risk, sharpen the agency’s focus on productive policies, and fill legislative and regulatory gaps.

05/09/2017 3:45 PM

Society’s election results highlighted by Smith’s move to president

ASSE has completed the 2017 Society elections and congratulates its new leaders, whose terms begin July 1. Jim Smith, M.S., CSP, will become ASSE’s new president for 2017-18. The succession of candidates from senior vice president to president-elect, and from president-elect to president, is automatic.​


Administrators Message to the Environmental Practice Specialty

Administrators Message to the Members of the Environmental Practice Specialty.


Informative Update Article on the ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2017 Standard for Managed Fall Protection

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wrote an informative update article on the ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2017 Standard for Managed Fall Protection.


Government Affairs Assessment Survey

ASSE is reviewing its government affairs priorities and policies. What do you want your government affairs program to look like?


SPALW News - SPALW SPY Announced and Safety 2017 en Español

Congratulations to Jose A Perez, CSHM, CET, OHST, CSHT, STS on his selection as SPALW Safety Professional of the year!


Three Highlights - Revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 Managed Fall Protection

There is a great deal of interest from OSH Professionals about newly revised ANSI/ASSE Z359.2 Standard, which addresses managed fall protection programs. The new standard was approved at the end of Calendar Year 2016 and was recently published in 2017.


WISE News - Congratulations to WISE Members Elected to Society Office!

WISE congratulates members newly elected to Society office and ascending to the ASSE Presidency.

05/05/2017 1:00 PM

ISO 20400 Guides Sustainable Purchasing

All organizations purchase things, and many are looking for guidance to help them make informed decisions when it comes to the effect those purchases have on an organization, its employees and the environment. ISO 20400, Sustainable Procurement–Guidance, is the first international standard on this topic.​

05/04/2017 1:00 PM

Inadequate Crash Scene Reports Hamper Safety Efforts

In a new report, "Undercounted Is Underinvested: How Incomplete Crash Reports Impact Efforts to Save Lives," National Safety Council (NSC) suggests that too little is known about the key driver behavior factors in motor vehicle crashes. This underreporting, NSC says, detracts from prevention efforts across the U.S.

05/03/2017 3:00 PM

Record attendance taking shape for Safety 2017 in Denver

ASSE is busy preparing for its biggest event of the year, and it may turn out to be the Society’s most-attended event in its 106-year history. Organizers say registration is on a record-setting pace for the Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Denver. Attendance has topped 4,200 and will continue to rise.

05/02/2017 1:00 PM

ASSE Working on Proposed Standard for Automated Vehicles

The subgroup developing a proposed American National Standard addressing automated vehicles is working on developing the content and identifying next steps. The subgroup (Z15.3) is part of the ANSI/ASSE Z15 Accredited Standards Committee that focuses on safety requirements for motor vehicle operations. The proposed standard aims to help organizations define and develop policies, procedures and management processes to control risks and exposures associated with the operating autonomous vehicles.


Get Involved in OSH Campaigns

ASSE's “Is Your Loved One Safe at Work Today?” poster highlights national campaigns that focus on worker safety. Download your copy today!


Proposed ANSI/ASSE Z15.3 Standard Moves Forward American National Standard - Automated Vehicles

ASSE recently proposed an American National Standard addressing automated vehicles and the subgroup (Z15.3) recently met for the first time to discuss the content of the standard and how to move the document forward.


YPs in OSH Lunch & Learn: "OSHA Outlook & Impact of Regulatory Reform" featuring Adele Abrams, 5/16

Join us for a Lunch & Learn on 5/16/17 1 PM Central time featuring Adele Abrams, who will share insights on the OSHA outlook and the impact of regulatory reform in the new administration. new Administration's impact on OSHA and MSHA.


PDC en español!

ASSE is proud to offer a Spanish track for the 4th year in a row at our annual PDC. 10 exclusive technical sessions in Spanish for those bilingual OSH professionals working with the Hispanic workforce or international attendees from Spanish speaking countries! Spanish track attendees will have the opportunity to connect with more than 4,000 OSH professionals from more than 40 countries and attend one of the largest OSH expo. Learn more at


WISE News - Register for the WISE Retreat and Call for Mentors

A digest of this week's news - mentors are still needed for the WISE mentoring program, and information on accessing WISE Lunch & Learns.


Manufacturing Practice Specialty Open Call with Presentation on Machine Safety 2017

The Advisory Committee of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty invites you to join us in our open web meeting. Find out what’s going on within the practice specialty and learn how you can get involved. The meeting will also include a special presentation by guest speaker Jeff Winter on Machine Safety in 2017. We hope you can join us.


Upcoming Change to the Mining Practice Specialty

Merger of the Mining and Oil & Gas Practice Speicalties


Upcoming Change to the Oil & Gas Practice Specialty

The Oil & Gas Practice Specialty and the Mining Practice Specialty will merge into the Oil, Gas, Mining, and Mineral Resources Practice Specialty with the abbreviated name being OGM Practice Specialty. This change will take effect July 1, 2017.

05/01/2017 1:00 PM

Fatigue Prevention Requires Robust, Vigorous Approach

Technology and night-shift work are common elements in the U.S. workplace. Both factors can create fatigue hazards on their own, and when combined, the prevalence of sleep deficiency becomes anything but deficient. A myriad of factors causes fatigue, which is why Susan Murphy, principal consultant at DEKRA Insight, says a vigorous and robust fatigue risk management system is necessary.

05/01/2017 5:01 AM

Time for a Change?

ASSE's Board of Directors approved two recommendations 1) Change the organization’s name to American Society of Safety Professionals. 2) Adopt a new logo. Both of these changes will now go before the House of Delegates for a vote on June 19.

04/28/2017 3:45 PM

ASSE statement on new Secretary of Labor

The American Society of Safety Engineers releases a statement regarding the confirmation of Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The statement is attributed to ASSE President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH, on behalf of ASSE's membership of 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals.

04/28/2017 11:45 AM

Popov and Rajendran named ASSE’s 2017 Outstanding Safety Educators

Georgi Popov and Sathy Rajendran, highly regarded educators within the OSH profession, have each been selected to receive ASSE's 2017 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award. The two educators will be honored during ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Denver.


April GA Update: 21% / 100 Days / 3 Months

President Trump released his “America First” budget blueprint last month, asking Congress for a 21% reduction in the Department of Labor's budget and the complete elimination of the Chemical Safety Board. ASSE supports the Chemical Safety Board and has signed onto letters in support of level-funding OSHA, NIOSH, and the CSB for FY2018.


Administrator's Message to Members of the Ergonomic Practice Specialty

Message from the Administrator to the members of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty.

04/26/2017 2:30 PM

Bethancourt named ASSE’s 2017 Safety Professional of the Year

Jeremy Bethancourt, government affairs chair of ASSE's Arizona Chapter, has been selected as ASSE's 2017 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year. He plays a lead role in getting billboards posted throughout Arizona to bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving and the hazards of heat stress.


Arizona ASSE Chapters Government Affairs Help to Organize Distracted Driving Summit

More than four hundred concerned people from across Arizona (including some guests from Illinois and Texas) came together at the Arizona State Capitol on January 25th for the first Distracted Driving Summit. The Summit brought together victims, law enforcement, advocates, legislators and others to learn about the issue.

04/25/2017 3:01 PM

Build an Effective Safety Stand-Down Campaign

OSHA's National Safety Stand Down is 2 weeks away. ASSE has compiled a list of free materials to help OSH professionals build an effective campaign.

04/25/2017 1:00 PM

How & Why to Use Die Safety Blocks

Die safety blocks are called by many names: safety blocks, ram blocks, die blocks or prop blocks. Regardless of the term, die safety blocks all have the same purpose: ptotect employees working in the die area from a free-falling upper die/slide.


Control of Hazardous Energy - OHS Article on ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 - Technical Information and Update

We thought you would be interested in the attached article and technical information addressing the control of hazardous energy


Update - The ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Standard - The Fall Protection Code

Member interest continues to grow since the newly revised version of the ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Standard, The Fall Protection Code, has been released and will be completely in effect during the Summer of 2017.​

04/24/2017 12:35 PM

Zika Virus Not a Worry to Americans, Gallup Says

More than 90% of adults in the U.S. think they are not likely to get the Zika virus, says a Gallup Poll conducted March 10-11 of 1,025 Americans. The report made comparisons to previous Gallup surveys during two other high-profile viruses in recent U.S. history—Ebola and H1N1/swine flu.


Short Survey for Environmental Practice Specialty Members

Environmental Practice Specialty is conducting a short survey of its members to help set the direction of the group.


BISE News - New Administrator and Member Achievement Spotlight

Learn about your new incoming Assistant Administrator and about BISE member achievements - including how you can share yours!

04/21/2017 6:00 PM

Resources to Combat Violence Against Female Workers

Homicide is the second leading cause of injury death among female workers, CDC says. Approximately 43% of women fatally assaulted while at work in 2015 were killed by relatives or partners; for men, the corresponding figure was 2%.

04/21/2017 1:30 PM

Asbestos Still a Threat, CDC Says

A total of 445,221 people died from asbestos in the U.S. from 1999 to 2015, according to CDC. The report says that the occurrence of mesothelioma deaths has increased, particularly among younger populations, at a greater rate than previously projected by the CDC.


Looking for a few good ... safe and sound companies

OSHA wants companies to submit Safe + Sound Week safety events for their interactive U.S. map online.​


ASSE Updates A1264.1 on Walking/Working Surfaces

An interesting article on our ANSI/ASSE A1264.1 Standard, which should interest many of you. Any OSH Professional with an interest in the safety of walking/working surfaces should have interest in this article


Update ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 Standard for Motor Vehicle Operations - Current Status

OSH Professionals are actively involved in safety practices impacting motor vehicle operations. The Society is currently finalizing a revision to the existing standard and we expect to see a newly revised standard during Summer 2017. Due to this interest there have been a number of inquiries addressing implementation of the standard.

04/20/2017 1:00 PM

NIOSH Publishes Skin Notation Profiles: Ethyl p-nitrophenyl phenylphosphorothioate

A critical component of modern OSH programs is to understand the hazards related to skin contact with chemicals, NIOSH says. The agency has created a Skin Notation Profile that provides the SK assignments and supportive data for ethyl p-nitrophenyl phenylphosphorothioate.

04/19/2017 1:04 PM

Celebrate Hearing Protection With the Safe-in-Sound Awards

Do you work with or for (or know of) a company that has adopted noise control or developed innovative approaches towards hearing loss prevention? Consider nominating the company for a Safe-in-Sound Award. The deadlines for nominations are: June 2, 2017, for third-party nominations and July 15, 2017, for self-nominations.


Open Web Meeting for all members of the Construction Practice Specialty

Invitation to find out what's going on in the Construction Practice Specialty and hear Paul Colangelo of ClickSafety speak on Fatigue Management.


Administrators Message to Members of the Public Sector Practice Specialty

Administrator's Message to members of the Public Sector Practice Specialty

04/17/2017 5:03 PM

ASSE Encourages Members to Get Involved in OSH Awareness Campaigns

This year, ASSE created the “Is My Loved One Safe at Work Today?” poster to help members and others in the OSH community to engage employers, workers and the public in five upcoming campaigns to keep every person safe and healthy on the job.


2017 Society Election Results

The 2017 Society elections are complete and ASSE congratulates its new leaders, whose terms will begin July 1, 2017. The Society thanks all the candidates and all members who voted in this important election process. Visit ASSE’s 2017 Society Election Results web page to view the newly elected leaders.​


Administrator's Message to members of the Training & Communications Practice Specialty

Administrator's Message to the members of the Training & Communications Practice Specialty


ASSE Updates A1264.1 on Walking/Working Surfaces

Keith Vidal, M.S., P.E., CXLT, is chair of the ANSI Accredited A1264 Standards Committee. He recently spoke with ASSE about the ANSI/ASSE A1264.1-2017 standard, which addresses walking and working surfaces. This should interest you due to the impact of slips, trips, and falls on the economy and the occupational safety and health profession.


ASSE Encourages Members to Get Involved in OSH Campaigns

ASSE's “Is Your Loved One Safe at Work Today?” poster aims to help members and others in the OSH community engage employers, workers and the public in five national campaigns that focus on worker safety.​


Support SPALW!

Learn more about how you can support SPALW programs!

04/13/2017 8:25 PM

ASSE Considering Name & Logo Change

As the OSH profession continues to evolve, it encompasses more disciplines, roles and industries than ever before. To help members meet these demands, the Society is evolving, too. ASSE is considering a new name and logo to better reflect the diverse makeup of the Society's membership and to ensure relevance among future OSH professionals.

04/13/2017 8:45 AM

ASSE urges involvement in safety campaigns to reduce work-related injuries

There is one overlooked question that people across North America should ask themselves: “Is my loved one safe at work today?” This spring, ASSE is building on that critical question and encouraging people to get involved in one or more of several workplace safety campaigns that can make a difference in reducing risks.

04/12/2017 6:43 PM

NIOSH Seeks Comments on Occupational Exposure Banding

NIOSH is seeking feedback on its draft Current Intelligence Bulletin that outlines its occupational exposure banding process. This process intends to help OSH professionals make “timely, well-informed risk management decisions about chemicals that lack occupational exposure limits.” Comments are due June 13, 2017.

04/12/2017 11:00 AM

ASSE considering new name and logo to reflect diverse membership

ASSE is considering a new name and logo after more than 100 years of being at the forefront of the occupational safety and health field. If approved by members, the new name would be the American Society of Safety Professionals. "Our name should reflect the diverse makeup of our membership," said ASSE President Tom Cecich.


Earth Day 2017 is almost here.

Earth Day is April 22, 2017.


Technical Update Article - Color Coding Machine Guards

This update addresses color-coding of machine guards and discusses the applicable American National Standards that would assist. The Society has gotten a number of inquiries on this issue and this update should help answer this question along with directing interested parties to where they can order the impacted standards.


Administrator's Message Risk Management Practice Specialty

Message from the Administrator to the members of the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty

04/10/2017 2:04 PM

MSHA Workplace Exam Rule Delayed, Challenged in Court

In a March 27, 2017, Federal Register notice, MSHA proposed to delay the effective date of its Workplace Examination final rule for surface and underground metal/nonmetal (MNM) mines from May 23 until July 24, 2017. The delay is connected to the Trump Administration's order on reviewing pending regulations as well as litigation initiated by several industry groups.


Technical Update - ISO 31000 Risk Management and Assessment Interviews

ASSE member interest continues to grow in the ISO Risk Management and Assessment Standards, (ISO Technical Committee TC-262). This committee is responsible for ISO 31000, 31010, Guide #73, and the ISO 31004 Implementation Guide. Dr. Frank Herdmann of Germany is very active on the ISO TC-262 Committee and also served as the Head of the German Delegation.

04/10/2017 11:15 AM

Media Advisory: Journalists invited to Safety 2017 in Denver

Journalists are invited for free to ASSE’s Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition, a global safety event with people from more than 40 countries participating as presenters, exhibitors and attendees. It will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver from June 19-22.


Special opportunity at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore!

The ILO is taking submissions for the SafeYouth@Work Media Competition. Learn more about this contest and how it could take you to Singapore!


Video Update - Application and Implementation of the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard for Tower Construction and Demolition

There have been a lot of questions about the new ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard, (Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communications Structures).​


Webinar Invitation to join us to learn ISO 39001: 2012 - Road Traffic Management Systemv

BS ISO 39001 sets out the minimum requirements for a Road Traffic Safety Management System. Governments, road authorities, safety groups and private companies were keen to develop such a standard due to the rising number of people killed or injured on the road each year. This webinar describes the salient features of the standard for Road Traffic Safety ISO 39001:2012. This standard has been accepted worldwide for demonstrating effective implementation of road traffic safety in any organization.​

04/07/2017 1:53 PM

Effects & Non-Effects of Congressional Action on Volks Rule

Legislation directed at OSHA seldom makes it through Congress or makes national news, so when an OSHA bill is signed into law, it gets attention and generates questions. And so it has been with H.J. Res. 83, the “resolution of disapproval” of OSHA’s so-called Volks rule that passed both houses of Congress last month and was signed by President Trump. Guest poster Gary Visscher answers some of those questions.

04/07/2017 12:45 PM

To Reduce Fatigue, Subdue Blue Hues

In the hours before bedtime, the blue light from electronic devices antagonizes the circadian clock from synchronizing daily sleep rhythms to external time cues. Even small amounts of this blue light transmitted from many electronic devices, such as smartphones or televisions, inhibits the brain from producing melatonin, the chemical responsible for coaxing the body into sleep.

04/06/2017 8:06 PM

OSHA Delays Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction

OSHA is delaying enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017.

04/05/2017 8:59 PM

President Trump Axes Volks Recordkeeping Rule

President Trump signed H.J. Res 83 into law, blocking the so-called Volks rule that would have allowed OSHA to cite employers for failures to record or for misrecording workplace injuries or illnesses that occurred up to 5 years prior to when the citation is written among other provisions.


American Society of Safety Engineers, Environmental Practice Specialty, Administrator’s Message

Message to members of the Environmental Practice Specialty from the Administrator.


Update - ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Standards

We sent out an announcement on our four recently published new/revised Z359 Fall Protection Standards. You are all well aware of the impact these standards have so the announcement is available at the URL below for those with an interest.

04/05/2017 9:15 AM

ASSE Foundation awards record amount of scholarships and grants

Thanks to a growing group of generous donors, the ASSE Foundation is celebrating a record year by awarding more than $303,000 in scholarships and grants to 116 students and society members. The Foundation announces its annual recipients every April in support of the occupational safety and health profession nationwide.

04/03/2017 2:09 PM

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch’s Dissent in the Freezing Truck Driver Case: What Does It Mean for OSH Professionals?

Guest poster Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP, examines a worker-safety-related case ruled on by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and what it means to OSH professionals.

04/03/2017 11:00 AM

Last Chance to Apply for 2017 Innovation Award

Applications for the 2017 ASSE Cintas Innovation Award are due April 7, 2017. The award will be presented at Safety 2017in Denver, CO, and the recipient will receive a plaque and $3,000; honorable mention recipients will receive $500.

04/01/2017 9:11 PM

The Challenges Facing OSH

I was recently asked by Safeguard, a New Zealand publication, to share the U.S. perspective on key challenges facing the OSH profession. I’d like to share those thoughts with you as well.


Construction Practice Specialty Open Web Meeting - May 19, 2017

Invitation to the Members of the Construction Practice Specialty to join the open web meeting on May 19, 2017.


Utilities Practice Specialty Administrator's Message

Message from the Administrator to the members of the UPS.


WISE Lunch & Learn Feat. Adele Abrams 4/28

WISE will hold a "Lunch & Learn" on 4/28/17 1 PM Central Time featuring Adele Abrams, who will share insights on the new Administration's impact on OSHA and MSHA.


Environmental PS Member Survey

The Environmental Practice Specialty is asking its members to complete a short survey to help set the direction of the community.

03/30/2017 1:00 PM

Making the Right Choices for Safety

Terry Hughes does not have any letters behind his name. However, Hughes has a message for OSH professionals and delivers it with passion. “My definition of safety is the elimination of human suffering,” he says. “We have to make the right choices so that we do our job the right way every time. We have to make safety a full-time job and not a part time practice,” he says.


Welcome to the Crossroads

RM/I Practice Specialty Admin Message

03/29/2017 1:00 PM

OSH Professionals Influence Community Safety, Too

Guest poster Chris Laszcz-Davis reminds ASSE members that they can also influence community OSH issues. "I believe that public safety is part of our broader domain, not necessarily industrial hygiene or occupational health, but certainly emergency response. The public is often the first line of defense in crisis situations."

03/29/2017 12:00 PM

ASSE’s Nigeria Safety Summit demonstrates that safety is a universal language

As a global organization, ASSE works with its members from more than 80 countries to elevate the safety profession and help protect workers through education, advocacy and standards development. Its latest success was the 2017 Nigeria Safety Summit held March 21-25 that included sessions led by ASSE President Tom Cecich.


The ASSE Young Professionals Present: John McBride on “Your Resume: Ferrari, Fiat or Flat Tire”

Worried about putting together a great resume? Register to learn resume strategies from a top safety recruiter!


U.S. Chemical Safety Board Reports Positive Finding on ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Space Standard

Greetings All: ASSE got a nice finding from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board impacting our ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard.For those OSH Professionals working with confined spaces hazards and exposures this update might interest you.

03/28/2017 4:15 PM

NIOSH Network Occupational Safety and Health Network Now Tracks Sharps Injuries & Blood/Body Fluid Exposures

NIOSH's has added two modules to the Occupational Health Safety Network (OHSN) that allow for the tracking of sharps incidents and blood and body fluid exposures among healthcare workers. Healthcare facilities use OHSN voluntarily to share injury data, track injury trends and devise effective interventions.​

03/27/2017 1:00 PM

First Responder Stress Is Cause for Concern

First responder suicides are a growing concern in the U.S. ASSE professional member emeritus Don Garman, a veteran first responder shares some insight on the topic.

03/24/2017 12:00 PM

ASSE recognizes anniversary of factory fire that spurred workplace safety

ASSE encourages workers across the country to pause on Saturday, March 25, and join the society in paying tribute to the workers who lost their lives in the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire 106 years ago that day. The safety of the American worker has increased progressively since that tragedy.​

03/23/2017 4:06 PM

ASSE Updates A1264.1 on Walking/Working Surfaces

Keith Vidal, M.S., P.E., CXLT, is chair of the A1264 Accredited Standards Committee. He recently spoke with ASSE about the A1264.1-2017 standard, which addresses walking and working surfaces.


ASSE Update – Status of the proposed ISO 45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

We posted an update on the proposed ISO 45001 Standard, written by leadership of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ANSI, (Vic Toy and Kathy Seabrook). You can read the full report via the ASSE 45001 site under “What’s Happening Now”: ASSE also did a shortened summary recently posted on the homepage at: ​


United States Chemical Safety Board - Recognition of ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard

The United States Chemical Safety Board released a positive comment/update on a recommendation they submitted to ASSE addressing future revisions of the ANSI/ASSE Z117.1 Confined Spaces Standard.

03/21/2017 1:40 PM

ASSE stands behind U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – representing more than 37,000 occupational safety and health professionals across the globe – supports the mission of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and is deeply troubled that the CSB is targeted for elimination in President Trump’s budget blueprint for 2018.

03/20/2017 7:37 PM

Update on the Proposed ISO 45001 Standard on OHS Management Systems

It seems like it’s been a long time since work began on the proposed ISO 45001 standard for OHS management systems. Read on to learn more about the latest developments.

03/17/2017 2:49 PM

Reporting on OSH Metrics to Advance Organizational Decision Making

Safe Work Australia, a national policy body in Australia, has published a report that explores the processes for gathering and communication workplace safety and health performance information to guide organizational decision making. This work ties in well with the work being conducted by Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS), which advocates for integrating occupational safety metrics and performance into an organization’s business model and thinking.


Technical Article - ANSI/ASSE Z359.16 Standard (Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems)

We believe OSH Professionals will have interest in the newly released ANSI/ASSE Z359.16-2016 American National Standard (Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems).


Update – ANSI/ASSE Z359.16 Standard is Published - Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems

We believe OSH Professionals will have interest in the newly released ANSI/ASSE Z359.16-2016 American National Standard (Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems). This is an issue/concern faced by many of you and we believe this standard will help in preventing worker fatality and injuries. Ladder risks and exposures are always a significant safety issue and this document should help address this issue from the perspective of fall protection and arrest.


Bresnahan Standards Medal Update

Greetings: Just a notice that we are soliciting candidates for the Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal. Information on the award is below – nominations need to be submitted electronically to Tim Fisher (TFisher@ASSE.Org) by April 7th. The form is below, and a reminder that a complete and detailed packet of no more than three pages should be submitted for review by the ASSE Standards Development Committee. The selection process is very rigorous and the competition for the Medal is formidable.

03/16/2017 5:09 PM

Trump Administration Releases First Budget, Safety Takes a Hit

The Trump Administration’s budget blueprint for FY2018 is out. It’s mostly an outline with some specifics. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is eliminated off the bat.

03/13/2017 7:06 PM

Regulatory Reform Shakes Up DC

Leadership President Trump is 45 days into his first 100 days. Secretary of Labor nominee Alexander Acosta needs to pull together his paperwork before the Senate HELP Committee will schedule his hearings. Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez has been elected Chair of the Democratic National Party.

03/13/2017 1:33 PM

Research to Assess Effectiveness of OSH Education Programs

Researchers are seeking to determine the effectiveness of current OSH education programs at community and technical colleges. The project is being conducted by researchers from UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and West Virginia University and funded through a grant from CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training.

03/13/2017 1:00 PM

UK Lawmakers Debate High Heels Petition, Say Workplace Policies Present Safety Hazard to Women

The British Parliament debated a petition to make it illegal for a company to require women to wear high heels at work on March 6, 2017. The petition, which received more than 152,000 signatures, was created by Nicola Thorp after she was she was sent home without pay for refusing to wear high heels between 2 and 4 inches high while at work, causing a revolt across Britain on discrimination and women's rights' to health and safety.

03/08/2017 8:13 PM

Risk Assessment Institute Video Examines Bowtie Diagrams

ASSE's Risk Assessment Institute has released it's latest video, Bowtie Methodology. The video offers a brief overview of bowtie methodology, which is a tool used to visually map and analyze causal relationships in complex workplace risks.

03/08/2017 5:41 PM

Combustible Dust: Avoid These Three Oversights

Combustible dust is a recurring yet often overlooked hazard in many industrial facilities. For many, it can be hard to understand how something called dust can pose dangers. Other oversights include underestimating the hazards present and having an apathetic attitude toward them.

03/07/2017 9:31 PM

Are You Getting Enough Sleep? CDC Examines Sleep Duration by Occupation

A CDC study published in this month's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found significant differences in short sleep duration (less than 7 hours a night) among occupational groups. “Short sleep duration has been linked to various negative health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, as well as to safety issues related to drowsy driving and injuries,” says study author Taylor Shockey, M.P.H., of NIOSH.

03/07/2017 3:59 PM

Senate Votes Down Worker Safety Rule for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that would have required contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations in order to compete for federal contracts. A similar measure already passed in the House, and it is expected that President Trump will finalize the move.

03/07/2017 2:17 PM

ISO Aiming to Make 31000 Risk Standard Easier & Clearer

ISO 31000:2009 on risk management principles and guidelines (adopted in the U.S. as ANSI/ASSE Z690.2) is being revised to make the standard easier to apply and clearer in its guidance. The revision is now at the draft international standard (DIS) stage and is available for public comment. The next step will be the final DIS stage. ISO expects to publish the new version of ISO 31000 in late 2017 or early 2018.

03/06/2017 10:27 PM

Five Things You Need to Include in a Risk Assessment

Everyone knows that you need to do a risk assessment before starting anything. The next bit is the tricky part, though. What do you actually have on a risk assessment? In this post, guest blogger David Cant shares a list of five essential points OSH professionals must cover on any risk assessment.

03/06/2017 5:00 PM

App Promotes Young Worker Safety

A new mobile app aims to educate young workers about workplace safety by awarding users with basic safety knowledge certificates. The young workers can then present the certificates to current or potential employers as a way to demonstrate their ability to be a safe worker.

03/04/2017 4:31 AM

Steep Rise in U.K. Safety, Health Fines, FOIA Report Reveals

A Freedom of Information Act request has revealed a steep rise of U.K. safety and health fines imposed in 2016. According to IOSH’s report, there were 19 fines of £1 million (about $1.25 million at press time) or more in 2016, whereas in 2015, there were only three fines for £1 million or more. In 2014, no such large fines were imposed.

03/03/2017 2:00 PM

Raising the Profile of Human Capital in Sustainability

Most companies today are involved in sustainability in some way, be it basic recycling programs, waste reduction efforts or comprehensive global supply chain initiatives. These efforts all contribute to corporate performance, but one factor often overlooked in sustainability initiatives is workers themselves. The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability is working to change that.

03/02/2017 3:49 PM

NIOSH Wants Your Feedback on PPE Info Database

NIOSH is seeking public comments on PPE-Info, a draft web-based database that contains a collection of national PPE information. The database enables users to conduct general- or advanced-criteria searches of relevant standards, associated product types, target occupational groups, basic conformity assessment specifications and related information. Comments are due by April 13, 2017.

03/01/2017 2:25 PM

OSHA Delays Effective Date of Beryllium Rule to May 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a second delay in the effective date of its Occupational Exposure to Beryllium rule, from March 21, 2017, to May 20, 2017. The announcement follows a White House memorandum issued Jan. 20, 2017, that directed the department to undertake a review of any new or pending regulations and temporarily postpone the date that they would take effect.

02/28/2017 6:56 PM

Position Yourself to Win

For safety professionals, what does preparing to win look like? It means we continuously build our business skills and technical capabilities. We establish what we do well and understand what uniquely prepares us for the next opportunity. We determine what we need to do to make ourselves most valuable to our organizations or to potential new employers.

02/28/2017 4:14 PM

Tattooists' Occupational Pain Prevalent, Studies Say

Professional tattooists have a high prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints about back pain, says a survey of 448 tattoo workers across France.

02/24/2017 2:00 PM

Shortcuts Are Killer

Most people have the necessary skills and knowledge to do our jobs well, and most of us don’t want to hurt ourselves or anyone else. So why do we take shortcuts that set up us and others for injury?

02/22/2017 7:33 PM

Representative Byrne Seeks to Rescind OSHA Volks Recordkeeping Rule

Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chair of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, has introduced a Congressional Review Act resolution to block an OSHA rule expanding recordkeeping requirements for injuries and illnesses. The so-called Volks Rule that would have given OSHA the authority to cite employers for failures to record or for misrecording workplace injuries or illnesses that occurred up to 5 years prior to when the citation is written.

02/22/2017 3:12 PM

Labor pains, confirmation machinations, and Congress takes the week off

Secretary of Labor nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration late last week hours after reports surfaced that six Republican Senators were hesitant to support him.


Call for Awards Nominations

Each year the Practice Specialties (PS) and Common Interest Groups (CIG) are requested to award one of their members as the Safety Professional of the Year for their PS or CIG. If you know of a member within your PS or CIG whom you believe is worthy of this award, please feel free to nominate him/her. You may also nominate yourself if you wish.


Please join us for our Open Web Meeting (It's Free)

Wednesday , December 7, 2016 (60 minutes) 1:00 pm EST; 12:00 pm CST; 11:00 am MST; 10:00 am PST Find out about the new programs and initiatives in your Practice Specialty. This is a perfect opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas as well.


Keene State WISE Students Offer Active Shooter Training

By Jamie Ingalls I am so proud of the work the students did to put this together! We had 58 people in all register, and 50 in attendance! Not bad for our first event. There is a future for the student ASSE WISE group at Keene State.


WISE Member Coauthors OSH Textbook

WISE member Rosalene Graham, CSP, recently coauthored a textbook, Occupational Safety and Health. According to American Technical Publishers, the introductory text provides an overview of potential workplace hazards, safety practices and how various processes need to be managed to maintain a safe workplace.​


Tarheel Chapter WISE Clothing Drive

At the Tarheel Chapter November monthly meeting, the Tarheel ChapterWISE team sponsored a clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success, whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.


Making Training Fun and Effective - Part 2

Chris Vochoska presented Part 2 of Making Training Fun and Effective at the Bakersfield WISE Professional Development and Networking meeting on October 20th.


WISE Mentoring Program - New Matches!

Thanks to our smart and savvy mentors and dedicated and enthusiastic mentees, we kicked off the Fall Session with 14 matched pairs and 3 "re-ups"!


WISE Sponsors Needed

Invest in women in safety by sponsoring WISE.


Foundation - Consider making WISE part of your giving!

WISE offers a $1000 professional education grant each year through the ASSE Foundation.


Administrator Message

"Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be." -Marsha Petrie Sue Welcome 2017! Today is another chance to make things better and that’s what we do every day as part of our WISE mission. I am honored to be, once again, at the helm of WISE, this time as the Administrator.

02/21/2017 2:02 PM

Wayne Jones: 1,005 Members ASSE Recruited & Counting

Wayne Jones, Ed.D., gives new meaning to the title "top recruiter." A professional member of ASSE's Southwest Chapter, Jones recently became the first-ever ASSE member to recruit more than 1,000 colleagues to join the Society.

02/15/2017 3:00 PM

ALI Designates March Ladder Safety Month

More than 300 people die each year in ladder-related incidents, and improper ladder use is consistently on OSHA’s 10 most frequently cited violations. To raise awareness among employers, employees and the public, American Ladder Institute (ALI) has declared March as National Ladder Safety Month.

02/09/2017 6:17 PM

External Microphones Improve Sound Measurement App Accuracy

Calibrated external microphones greatly improves the overall accuracy and precision of sound measuring iPhone and iPad apps, a NIOSH study published in The Journal of Acoustical Society found. According to the study, external microphones remove most of the variability and limitations associated with built-in smartphones.

02/08/2017 9:45 PM

Campus Safety Challenges

ASSE’s Management Practice Specialty has started a Campus Safety Committee to facilitate opportunities for OSH professionals who work on some type of campus to connect. Jonathan Klane, who chairs the committee, wanted to try a different approach to explaining the range of challenges encountered in these environments. Read his post to learn more.

02/08/2017 7:04 PM

House Democrats Introduce Bill to Strengthen Worker Health & Safety Law

Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee reintroduced the Protecting America's Workers Act, legislation that would strengthen and modernize the OSH Act of 1970. The bill would also give OSHA tools to ensure that employers correct hazardous working conditions, protect whistleblowers and hold employers accountable for violations that cause death or serious injury to workers.

02/07/2017 9:00 PM

Trump Makes Moves, Puzder Waits in the Wings, Congress Readies for Battle

Government Affairs Update, American Society of Safety Engineers

02/07/2017 7:18 PM

Noise-Related Hearing Loss: Not Just a Work Problem, CDC Finds

One in four U.S. adults who think their hearing is good in fact have hearing damage. The latest Vital Signs report, “Too Loud! For Too Long!” from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a lot of this damage is from loud sounds encountered during everyday activities, such as using a leaf blower or going to loud concerts. These activities can damage a person’s hearing just as much as working in an extremely noisy environment.

02/07/2017 2:00 PM

EPA Issues Proposed TSCA Risk Evaluation Rule

EPA has proposed a rule about how the agency plans to conduct risk evaluations when determining whether a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment “without consideration of costs or other non-risk factors, including an unreasonable risk to a potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulation, under the conditions of use.”

02/06/2017 9:28 PM

NATE Video Promotes Safety in Communication Tower Industry

National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) has produced a video that highlights ANSI/ASSE A10.48. "This video is an outstanding resource for companies and workers,” says Josh Forrester of Vertical Limit Construction LLC in Wanamingo, MN. “Embracing and implementing the A10.48 standard into daily tower activities will enhance the culture of safety in the industry.”

02/06/2017 6:59 PM

Trump Signs 2-for-1 Executive Order to Reduce Regulations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Jan. 30 that will require agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new rule introduced.

02/06/2017 6:00 PM

Wyoming, Texas Rated Worst for Smoke-Free Workplaces

Wyoming and Texas are the worst states for smoke-free workplaces, says the American Lung Association’s 15th annual State of Tobacco Control report for 2017. Both states received ALA’s lowest possible score—a zero—for smoke-free public and private work sites. Illinois, Maine, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington all received the highest possible grades for these categories.


Safety Training: Gaining Employee Buy-In

Safety training is a leading tool implemented to promote incident and injury prevention. The objective of any training is to help people make safer decisions about actions they take in the workplace. "The catalyst to successful safety training is employee buy-in," says guest blogger Brei Richardson, "If employees are not sold on the information presented, they will not practice safer methods in the field."

02/01/2017 6:01 AM

Standards: Influencing the Practice of Safety

As we all know, OSHA standards are only a starting point for ensuring worker safety. Many are outdated and less protective than other measures. That is why voluntary consensus standards are so vital. The consensus process brings together diverse parties—companies, government agencies, academics, individuals and others—with a direct interest in the subject matter.


Mental Health Issues Adversely Affect Physical Health, Survey Says

More than 80% of workers who have experienced mental issues say their physical health has been adversely affected, according to a survey of more than 4,000 British adults.

01/30/2017 4:30 PM

Safety Tools, Checklists Aren't Enough to Save Lives

About 65% of workers say they have been in a situation where they had the proper safety tools to avoid a situation, but nobody listened to them. A recent ASSE webinar discussed new research surrounding psychological safety’s role in workplace safety.

01/30/2017 2:00 PM

Change Safety Climate to Initiate Culture Change

"Culture can form at a glacier-like pace and feel just as difficult to move as a mountain of ice. It’s impossible to change culture overnight," says Gary Higbee, president/CEO of Higbee & Associates and a senior consultant with ASSE Diamond Sponsor SafeStart. While that fact may be frustrating, OSH professionals can make progress by focusing their attention elsewhere. "Forget about trying to enact a cultural change and focus instead on developing a workplace climate that takes safety seriously,"​

01/27/2017 8:12 PM

Training Tips: ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 & Learning Objectives

In the January 2017 issue of PS, Jeff Dalto began a series of Training Tips articles that will analyze the recently updated ANSI/ASSE Z490.1, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training.


EU-OSHA Publishes Visual Tool on Aging Workforce

Nearly 27% of the EU population is expected to be over age 65 by 2040. To help understand OSH issues in the context of the aging workforce, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) carried out a 3-year project, “Safer and Healthier Work at Any Age,” to examine the safety and health of older workers and identify ways to ensure sustainable work.

01/27/2017 2:00 PM

5 Steps to Effective Injury Management

Companies that work aggressively to provide the right treatment at the right time following an injury-producing incident have lower injury costs, fewer recordables and workers' compensation cases, and more engaged, successful employees.

01/26/2017 6:14 PM

NPR, NIOSH Investigations Reveal Scope of Black Lung Disease is Bigger than Reported

The surge of black lung disease’s most progressive form, Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF), is significantly larger than what federal regulators report, two new investigations have found.

01/26/2017 3:22 PM

Shortened Workdays Bring Health, Happiness & Costs, Swedish Experiment Says

Sweden’s 2-year experiment for a 6-hour workday came to an end earlier this month with workers happy and pockets empty. The experiment was funded by the Swedish government to learn whether a shorter workday without payouts can boost productivity.

01/24/2017 5:00 PM

ASSE RegBrief Examines OSHA's Walking/Working Surfaces Rule

In latest ASSE's RegBrief, Adele Abrams, the Society's federal representative, reviews key changes made in OSHA's walking and working surfaces rule, shares key compliance dates and highlights other standards affected by the changes.

01/24/2017 1:49 PM

Trump Administration Freezes Regulations Pending Review

In an e-mail on Jan. 25, 2017, Bruce Lundegren, assistant chief counsel from the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, advised small business representatives about the Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, which was issued to heads of executive departments and agencies on Jan. 20. The memorandum "is designed to ensure that the President's appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations."

01/18/2017 2:00 PM

Solving Slips, Trips & Falls

Slips, trips and falls are a constant concern in many work environments. BLS reports that falls, slips and trips accounted for 27% (309,060 cases) of the total occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015, with falls on the same level being a leading type of event or exposure. In its Solving Slips, Trips & Falls Guide, ASSE Diamond Sponsor SafeStart reports that human factors, wet/slippery surfaces and housekeeping issues are the leading causes of slip/trip/fall incidents.

01/13/2017 2:00 PM

Incident Investigations: 15 Key Steps

Most every OSH professional has conducted an incident investigation. Here are 15 steps to follow to ensure a quality investigation.


ISO 45001: Anticipating March 2018 Publication Date

According to an article posted by The Auditor, the much-anticipated ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management systems may not be published until March 2018. Read on to see the latest timeline for publication.

01/12/2017 2:00 PM

Protecting Convenience Store Employees Against Robbery

Convenience stores are a frequest target of robberies, putting store employees at increased risk of being injured or killed. The Kentucky Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE) program issued a hazard alert advising convenience store employers and employees on robbery safety.


ASSE Applauds OSHA for Recognizing the Importance of Sustainability in the Workplace

This statement is attributable to ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH: “The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) applauds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for recognizing, in its white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Advancing Worker Safety and Health,” the great opportunity the corporate sustainability movement provides to encourage better commitment to worker safety and health."

01/11/2017 4:00 PM

Safety Climate: What It Means, Why You Should Measure It

What is safety climate and why should companies measure it. According to Emily Huang, lead author of the cover story in this month's Professional Safety, "Safety climate is one of the best leading indicators of future safety outcomes." She also notes that safety climate surveys help organizations identify benchmarks that provide insight into interventions.

01/11/2017 2:00 PM

OSHA & MSHA Regulatory Agendas Issued

On Dec. 23, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor issued its semiannual regulatory agenda, covering its agencies including OSHA and MSHA. This is the final agenda issued under the Obama administration, and its contents will be subject to revision by the incoming Trump administration. However, because that transition will take time, OSH professionals can view this as a non-binding work plan for the agencies.​

01/10/2017 4:00 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Becoming an Effective Independent Consultant

Deborah Roy is one of several SeminarFest speakers ASSE is featuring in anticipation of SeminarFest 2017, set to take place Feb. 9-16 in Las Vegas, NV. She recently talked with us about Becoming an Effective Independent Consultant, one of the seminars she will present at this year’s SeminarFest.

01/10/2017 2:00 PM

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Updates Reflect New ICAO Technical Instructions

Every day, about $18.6 billion worth of goods are transported by air. We take our laptop computers, cell phones, hair spray and even our duty-free liquor for granted. But each item poses significant hazards if mishandled, poorly manufactured or is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. No transport mode sees more dangerous goods regulatory changes than air transport. So it is essential to have a complete grasp of each year’s changes as soon as possible, writes guest blogger Neil McCulloch.​

01/09/2017 5:00 PM

OSHA Highlights Importance of Worker Sustainability in New White Paper

OSHA's "Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health" white paper supports the work of the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) by recognizing the sustainability framework as an opportunity to advance OSH. ASSE, AIHA, CSSE and IOSH founded CSHS to encourage organizations to consider the safety, health and well-being of workers as part of their sustainable business practice.

01/09/2017 2:00 PM

Distracted Driving: A Risk for All Businesses

Whether or not your company operates a fleet or employs professional drivers, distracted driving is a topic that should interest you. As ASSE Diamond Sponsor SafeStart explains, "Everyone drives or rides in a car. And that means distracted driving affects every single business in the world."


Open meeting

Free WISE Open Web Meeting Wednesday 1/25/17. Join us at 1 PM Central to hear what WISE is up to and get ideas for how to locally network, mentor, and do student outreach to increase awareness of our profession.

01/06/2017 7:33 PM

OSHA Final Rule to Lower Beryllium Levels

OSHA has issued a final rule that lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a metal material that can cause lung disease. The agency reports that beryllium can become highly toxic when it is processed in a way that releases airborne dust, fumes or mist into air that can then be inhaled by workers.

01/06/2017 5:06 PM

New Article Offers Deep Dive In Automated Vehicle Safety

The Liberty Mutual Research institute for Safety has released “From Research to Reality” a document discussing automated vehicles and the changing role of the driver

01/06/2017 2:00 PM

The Future of the ANSI/ASSE Z10 Standard

As the global ISO 45001 OHS Management Systems Standard continues to develop, some OSH professionals have wondered about the future of the ANSI/ASSE Z10 OHS Management Systems standard. Because Z10 is widely recognized and was a base document referenced in drafting ISO 45001, the Z10 Accredited Standards Committee has decided to reaffirm the 2012 version of Z10 and to begin revising the standard during 2017.

01/05/2017 5:00 PM

Let's Have a Conversation: Rethinking Communication in Today's Workplace

Guest blogger Stephen Hughes (@AskSafetySteve) advises that face-to-face conversations can help bridge communication gaps in the workplace.

01/05/2017 4:35 PM

ASSE Goes Global With Train-the-Trainer Program

An update on ASSE's continuing education outreach in UAE and Saudi Arabia, including information on the global train-the-trainer program.

01/05/2017 3:00 PM

Howard Identifies OSH Challenges of Temporary, Contract & Gig Workers

NIOSH Director John Howard penned an article in American Journal of Industrial Medicine that tackles safety and health concerns affecting workers in nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract or gig workers. A NIOSH Science Blog post highlights the article's key points.

01/05/2017 2:00 PM

Workplace Fatalities Highest Since 2008, BLS Says

Workplace fatalities were the highest since 2008, says the annual BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injury report, which was released last month.

01/04/2017 9:18 PM

EPA Amends RMP Regulations for Chemical Facilities

EPA has amended its Risk Management Program regulations to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities.

01/04/2017 3:45 PM

Marijuana Users Have Abnormally Low Blood Flow to Brain, Study Says

Marijuana users have abnormally low blood flow to the brain, a new, large-scale study has found. The researchers were able to reliably distinguish (95% accuracy) marijuana users from 100 healthy controls by low blood flow to the hippocampus, a major component of the brain responsible for long-term memory and emotional responses, using the SPECT scans.

01/03/2017 3:40 PM

Asbestos to be Banned in Canada by 2018

Canada plans to ban asbestos beginning in 2018 under new rules set forth by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

01/01/2017 6:01 AM

Safety Research: Show Me the Data

We must commit to being lifelong learners with curious and discerning minds. Furthermore, as a leading voice for the profession, ASSE must drive the expansion of our body of knowledge and push out the boundaries of what we know about the practice of safety. To achieve this, ASSE is working to establish an OSH research agenda.

12/21/2016 1:31 PM

OSHA’s Final Rule on Recordkeeping as “Continuing Obligation”

On Dec. 19, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule entitled “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” Read on for a brief explanation of the new rule.

12/20/2016 3:37 PM

OSHA Considering Workplace Violence Standard for Healthcare

OSHA is seeking public input on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The submission deadline for comments is April 6, 2017.

12/19/2016 2:00 PM

Small Employers Can Implement Quality Management Systems, Too

Small businesses interested in implementing a quality management system (QMS) have a new resource: ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises: What to Do? According to ISO, the guide offers practical advice and examples tailored specifically for small businesses; topics range from getting started to seeking certification.


OSHA Chief Discusses Injury/Illness Tracking Rule

In a post on the Labor Department's blog, OSHA chief David Michaels provides some additional explanation of OSHA’s final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The post also includes a whiteboard video that offers further insight into how injury tracking rule uses behavioral economics to "nudge" employers to do more to prevent worker injuries and illnesses.

12/16/2016 1:55 PM

Help Your Employees Recognize Cold-Weather Risks

CPWR, the Center for Construction Research and Training, issued a hazard alert for employees who work in cold weather. The alert describes the symptoms and risks of weather-related ailments such as hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot.


EPA Moves to Fast-Track Five Chemicals Under New TSCA Law

The Environmental Protection Agency is fast-tracking five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals under requirements established by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

12/14/2016 2:00 PM

OSHA's David Michaels 'Optimistic' About Agency Under Trump

In an article with Bloomberg BNA, current OSHA Administrator David Michael's tells reporter Stephen Lee that he "expects Trump to leave OSHA alone because many of the agency's initiatives have taken on lives of their own, meaning Trump couldn't rescind them even if he wanted to."

12/13/2016 2:00 PM

Study Says 4 to 5 Hours Sleep Imposes Same Risk as Drunk Driving

Drivers who get behind the wheel with 4 to 5 hours of sleep pose a similar risk as those by drunk drivers, a new study reports.

12/12/2016 5:00 PM

Database to Bring Transparency to Drug, Alcohol Violations in Trucking Industry

Truck drivers who fail a drug and alcohol test will now be listed on a national clearinghouse, set to be established by by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

12/09/2016 4:30 PM

OSH Professionals Are Key to Creating Sustainable Organizations

During International Labor Organization's 16th Asia Pacific regional meeting held this week in Bali, Indonesia, Vincent Ho, vice president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), spoke about the key role OSH professionals play in building sustainable organizations and highlighted the work being done by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS).

12/09/2016 2:00 PM

OSHA Proposes 18 Standards Revisions

OSHA has proposed 18 revisions to its recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards to address provisions that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary.

12/08/2016 4:59 PM

Trump Expected to Name Fast-Food Exec Puzder Labor Secretary

The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets are reporting that President-Elect Donald Trump will name Andy Puzder as labor secretary. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., which is the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's

12/08/2016 2:00 PM

Changes to NIOSH’s Coal Workers’ Medicial Examination Regulations Now in Effect

Coal miners became further protected against black lung disease Nov. 23 after a final rule took effect that establishes spirometry facility testing for coal miners’ health exams. The rule updates medical surveillance standards established in 1969.

12/07/2016 4:54 PM

Mining Deaths Fall to All-Time Low in FY2016

A record-low 24 deaths led the 2016 fiscal year to be the “safest year in mining history” says data published by MSHA. Mining deaths decreased by nearly 37% from 38 fatalities recorded in FY2015, MSHA says.

12/06/2016 5:52 PM

New Resources and Information for the Construction Industry Released

OSHA has just released the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction. The recommended practices are flexible and can be adjusted to fit small and large construction companies handling short-term or multi-year projects. Working with employees to implement a program offers benefits including improvements in production and quality; greater employee morale; improved employee recruiting and retention; and a more favorable image and reputation among customers, suppliers and​

12/05/2016 2:00 PM

Three Key Updates in the Z117.1-2016 Confined Space Standard

The newly revised ANSI/ASSE Z117.1-2016 Confined Space Standard contains significant changes in three critical areas: identification and evaluation of a confined space, non-permit confined spaces and training.​

12/05/2016 2:00 PM

OSHA's Anti-Retaliation Provisions Take Effect

With the anti-retaliation provisions in OSHA's injury and illness recordkeeping rule taking effect today, Dec. 1, 2016, ASSE has created an infographic that explains the provisions and offers some guidance on what OSH professionals and their companies should do to confirm that they are complying with the new requirements.

12/02/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Find a Few Risk Champions

Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, offers a few tips for OSH professionals looking to make the switch from compliance based to risk-based systems in her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems". Walaski recommends finding risk champions. “As we deepen our professional understanding of risk-based approaches, identify our organizations’ high-risk work and shift from compliance to risk thinking, OSH professionals should also identify like-minded people.

12/01/2016 3:11 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Moving Past Root Cause

Bob Edwards is one of several SeminarFest speakers ASSE is featuring in anticipation of SeminarFest 2017, set to take place Feb. 9-16 in Las Vegas, NV. He recently talked with us about the seminar he'll be presenting during the event.

12/01/2016 6:01 AM

We Are All Safety Leaders

When a safety vacuum occurs in an organization, either something bad is going to happen or someone will rush to fill the void, for better or worse. OSH professionals are uniquely qualified to ensure that safety vacuums do not exist. Doing so requires leadership, and we must be clear that as OSH professionals we are all safety leaders.

11/30/2016 2:57 PM

The Boy Scouts Are Right: Reflections on the Ties Between OSH & Emergency Management

The safety, security and emergency management disciplines share and compete for resources; attempt to protect the same clientele; struggle with a host of common issues; and lean heavily on the principles of risk management to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control both life and occupational risks. Ultimately, and at the 10,000-ft level, each discipline is about protecting people, property and the environment using mindful and economically sustainable strategies and countermeasures.

11/30/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Deep Dive Into the Data

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, offers tips for making a switch between systems. She says a deep dive into data is necessary and can help along in the process.

11/28/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Identify & Promote One New High-Impact Leading Metric This Year

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, offers tips for OSH professionals looking to make the switch. One tip is identifying and promoting one new high-impact leading metric within the year. Most organizations (including Walaski’s) still rely primarily on lagging indicators as the key measures of OSH program success.​

11/22/2016 2:00 PM

So You Want to Pass the CIH Exam?

Many different OSH certifications are available to increase your marketability to employers and clients. To help you better understand these options, the volunteer Advisory Committee of ASSE's Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty is developing a series of articles. This article focuses on the certified industrial hygienist (CIH) designation and shares study tips and links to useful free online resources.​

11/21/2016 2:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Stop Saying “OSHA Says"

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM, says OSH professionals must stop relying on compliance with regulations to ground recommendations to reframe the discussion between moving from system to system. Walaski says that avoiding starting off the conversation quoting OSHA regulations is best.


Micromanaging May Shed Years off Workers’ Lives, Study Says

New research suggests that workers with micromanaging bosses are more likely to die young. The research found that workers in highly demanding jobs with little control over their workflow were 15.4% more likely to die early than people with less demanding jobs. Meanwhile, workers with a high level of control in a high-demand job were 34% less likely to die early compared to people with low-demand jobs.​

11/17/2016 10:47 PM

OSHA Updates Walking-Working Surfaces Rule

OSHA issued a final rule to update its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section establishing employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

11/17/2016 2:00 PM

Keeping Young Workers Safe

Through video and a Young Worker website, OSHA shares the important message that young workers have a right to a safe, health workplace, and to be trained on job hazards and safe work practices.

11/14/2016 3:00 PM

Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems: Become The Expert

In her November 2016 Professional Safety article, “Moving From Compliance to Risk-Based Systems,” Pam Walaski CSP, CHMM offers tips for OSH professionals looking to make the switch.

11/09/2016 2:40 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Predicting Errors Using Human Performance Measurement Tools & Managing Disruptive Industries

Shane Bush CPT, President of BushCo, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID, will be presenting both “Predicting Errors Using Human Performance Measurement Tools” and Disruptive Safety: Managing Safety in an Industry Facing Changes Forced by Competition” at SeminarFest 2017.


Alleviating Job Burnout Can Improve Safety

Beth Genly takes a deep look into safety and job burnout in Professional Safety’s October 2016 issue. She lists five broad skills and behavior areas individuals can pay attention to when feeling burned out.


Three Tips to “Fall Back” into Fall

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 6. FEMA is reminding us that in addition to enjoying the extra hour of sleep, we can take a few simple steps to make our homes more disaster-resilient.

11/01/2016 5:01 AM

Reimagining Education at ASSE

Earlier this year, ASSE’s board of directors identified professional development as one of the Society’s strategic initiatives. We adopted the theme of “reimagining education” as a means of implementing that strategy.

10/28/2016 3:40 PM

Major Risk: Moving From Symptoms to Systems Thinking

In the October 2016 issue of Professional Safety, James Loud, CSP, CHMM, posits that major risk is an organizational problem, not a personal problem. In his article, “Major Risk: Moving From Symptoms to Systems Thinking,” he says that OSH must move from symptoms to systems thinking to effectively address major risk and achieve sustainable safety.

10/28/2016 3:16 PM

Exceed Expectations, Your Break From Average

Denis Baker, CSP, President of ASSE’s Oklahoma City Chapter and Vice President, Region III, recently spoke at the ASSE Leadership Conference as part of his presentation, “Exceeding Expectations, Your Break from Average”. In a recent blog post, Baker shared his 9 personal insights about expectations as well as 10 thoughts, tips and actions to help individuals exceed expectations. A few are listed below, be sure to visit Baker's blog for an in-depth list.


ASSE Statement on OSHA’s Updated Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs

"The best-performing companies employ occupational safety and health professionals to implement and manage safety and health programs throughout the U.S. and across the globe. These Recommended Practices can encourage more employers to embrace what ASSE members already know: applying the risk management principles inherent in safety and health management programs succeed in helping make workplaces safe and productive in companies of all sizes.

10/27/2016 7:34 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Report: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.


Top 5 Ways to Improve Safety: What Are Yours?

If you were to make a list of five ways to improve workplace safety and well being for employees, what would be on your list? Share your thoughts with us.

10/27/2016 12:33 PM

OSHA Video Examines Fall Protection

Falls once again top the list of violations cited most frequently by OSHA compliance officers. In addition to a web page dedicated to fall protection, OSHA has a video that details the dangers of falls in construction and reroofing.

10/27/2016 12:00 PM

CPWR's Work Safely with Silica Page Allows Visitors to Ask Questions

CPWR’s Work Safely with Silica page is a one-stop source on how to prevent silica hazards and protect workers. The page has resources on learning about a hazard, regulation requirements and offers users the ability to create a plan with a built in tool on the website. There is a new feature on the page available to those who may want to know more. The “Ask a Question” page allows users to ask a question of their own via form.

10/26/2016 1:00 PM

Charting Your ASSE Leadership Path

During ASSE's 2016 Leadership Conference in Oak Brook, IL, four current Society volunteer leaders shared how they became involved in ASSE. Their goal was to illustrate the many different ways members can help advance ASSE and support the OSH profession.

10/25/2016 1:00 PM

IOSH Guide Tackles Workplace Health

The mystery around the so-called “Cinderella to safety”—workplace health--is unpacked in a free guide from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

10/24/2016 5:45 PM

Case Study Demonstrates Shared Responsibility for Temp Workers

OSHA, American Staffing Association and National Safety Council recently partnered on a fictional case study that provides staffing agencies and host employers information to better protect temporary workers. The case study also provides an example for which party could be found responsible for injury recordkeeping of temporary workers.

10/24/2016 2:30 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Controlling Cognitive Bias & Uncovering the Causes of Catastrophic Events

Don Martin, M.P.H., CSP, CIH, senior vice president at DEKRA Insight, is presenting two sessions at SeminarFest 2017: “Cognitive Bias in Safety: Controlling the Consequences” and “Uncovering the Real Causes of Fatalities and Severe Loss.” Martin took some time to discuss the major role cognitive bias plays in safety and how to best analyze situations in which a catastrophic event has occurred.

10/21/2016 7:15 PM

The New Fall Protection Code, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016

The October 2016 issue of Professional Safety includes an article on the 2016 revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, Fall Protection Code. The article offers a brief history of the revisions to the voluntary consensus standard through the years, and explains why the 2016 revision is a landmark change for manufacturers as well as companies that employ workers at height.

10/21/2016 1:00 PM

OSHA Memo Explains Employee Involvement Provisions

OSHA has issued a memorandum to its regional administrators that provides further explanation of the employee involvement provisions of the agency's e-recordkeeping rule issued earlier this year. These provisions require employers to have a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and incorporates explicitly the existing prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

10/20/2016 5:26 PM

ILO Releases New Book Detailing Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoints

International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a new book titled “Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoints” that details practical improvements for stress prevention in the workplace.

10/20/2016 1:00 PM

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Employee Involvement Provisions of e-Recordkeeping Rule

OSHA has extended its enforcement delay for the employee involvement provisions of the rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Dec. 1, 2016. OSHA initially delay enforcement of these provisions until Nov. 10, 2016, to conduct additional outreach. The additional extension is in response to the request of a federal court hearing a challenge to the provisions.

10/20/2016 1:00 PM

Communication Skills Integral for OSH Professionals, SeminarFest Speaker Says

SeminarFest presenter James Boretti explains why communications skills are so important for today's OSH professionals--and how these skills can help them engage senior leaders in their efforts.

10/18/2016 4:35 PM

OSHA Releases Updated Safety & Health Program Guidelines

OSHA has published the long-awaited update to its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs guidance.

10/18/2016 1:02 PM

ASSE Joins National Conversation on Growing OSH Profession

The OSH Professionals Pipeline Work Group within OSHA's National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) is meeting today in Washington, DC. ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, and ASSE Vice President of Professional Affairs Jim Thornton, CSP, CIH, are representing ASSE, and Thornton will discuss some of the Society's initiatives to attract young people to the profession and support their career development.

10/17/2016 10:33 AM

Air Force Safety Center Hosts ASSE in New Mexico

The Occupational Safety Division of the Air Force Safety Center (AFSEC) hosted representatives of the American Society of Safety Engineers on Sept. 7, 2016, to discuss ways to continue building on the relationship through collaboration and development of safety professionals.

10/13/2016 11:21 AM

New Issue of NIOSH's Behind the Wheel At Work Now Available

The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety recently released a new issue of its quarterly eNewsletter, Behind the Wheel at Work.

10/12/2016 1:36 PM

EPA Guide Offers Compliance Help for Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

EPA and Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative have released a how-to guide that helps explain compliance to EPA’s revised Worker Protection Standard.

10/12/2016 12:21 PM

Hazards of Professional Cleaning

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 2.3 million workers in building custodial services occupations in the U.S.; that total is expected to rise to 2.56 million by 2020. Cleaning workers face all types of dangers and hazards when performing their regular tasks, especially in these five categories: biological, chemical, physical, indoor air quality and stress.

10/10/2016 6:12 PM

SeminarFest 2017 Preview: Strategic Thinking for Safety Professionals

Former ASSE President Trish Ennis, M.S., CSP, ARM, CRIS, is presenting two sessions at SeminarFest 2017 – “Strategic Thinking for Excellence in Safety” and “Effective Communications for the Safety Professional.” Recently, Ennis took some time to discuss why strategic thinking and effective communication are essential to OSH professionals.

10/10/2016 4:39 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Fifth of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

10/05/2016 3:02 PM

October Is National Protect Your Hearing Month

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month and National Audiology Awareness Month. Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the U.S. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million are exposed to ototoxic chemicals

10/05/2016 2:11 PM

NIOSH Study Shows Drivers' Sleep Patterns Are Connected to Driving Performance

A study done by NIOSH in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute examined sleep patterns of 96 commercial truck drivers during their non-work periods and evaluated the influence of these sleep patterns on subsequent performance during work periods. This was measured by safety-critical events (SCEs), which include crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant conflicts, and unintentional lane deviations.

10/04/2016 9:07 PM

Improving Safety Through Participatory Learning

Engaging employees in learning is one of the most effective ways to help them transfer skills learned in the classroom to the shop floor. It also helps if you enlist them in training their family members to be safe.

10/03/2016 9:11 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Fourth of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

10/03/2016 12:00 PM


ASSE President Elect Jim Smith, a WISE guy himself, encourages OSH professionals to consider signing up for the mentoring program offered by ASSE's Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group.​

10/01/2016 5:01 AM

The Business of Safety

As OSH professionals, we talk about incident rates, reportable injuries and illnesses, workers’ compensation losses and similar metrics. Our language is often confusing to business managers and executives. Their language is finance (or dollars, for short). as part of a management team, we must communicate in the language that corporate leaders understand. We cannot expect senior management to communicate in our terms.

09/30/2016 3:00 PM

Court of Appeals Disallows OSHA Revision of PSM Retail Establishment Exemption

The DC Court of Appeals recently vacated OSHA's July 22, 2015 memorandum on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Application of the Retail Exemption. Specifically, the Court of Appeals held the July 22, 2015, enforcement memo was a “standard” under the OSH Act and, therefore, required notice and comment in accordance with section 6 of the OSH Act.

09/30/2016 1:00 PM

OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable White Paper Aims to Reach Small Contractors

The OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable has published a white paper, "Proposed Strategies for the Occupational Safety and Health Community to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction," that aims to help OSH professionals reach small residential construction contractors.​

09/28/2016 1:00 PM

Zika Virus Resources

Using the online platform Storify, ASSE is providing an update with some facts about the Zika virus as well as links to the latest resources available from CDC.

09/27/2016 7:26 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Third of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

09/27/2016 1:00 PM

Get Onboard the ISO 45001 Train

ASSE member Sharon Kemerer, corporate OSH director for Baxter Healthcare, has been involved in helping the Society create its new ISO 45001 Certificate program. Read on to find a link to her video talking about the program.


ASSE President Thomas Cecich to Speak at 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing

American Society of Safety Engineers President Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH will participate in an executive panel discussion on protecting workers at the 8th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing Sept. 27-29, 2016, a three-day event that is attracting safety experts from across the globe.​

09/23/2016 4:49 PM

OSHA Awards $1.5 Million in Safety & Health Grants

OSHA awarded $1.5 million in 1-year federal safety and health training grants to 77 organizations. The awards were through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations for the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of workplace safety and health.


ASSE Foundation Seeks Applicants for $275,000 in Scholarships and Professional Educational Grants

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation is offering more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational grants to students looking to complete their studies in occupational safety and health or professionals seeking to continue their education in the field.

09/21/2016 6:58 PM

Hazardous Chemicals Toolkit Makes Up for Antiquated OSHA Standards

Tens of thousands of workers are made sick or die from occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals every year. How can we prevent this from happening? OSHA created a toolkit in 2013 to aid businesses in transitioning to the practice of safer chemicals.

09/20/2016 1:00 PM

NATE's Todd Schlekeway Talks Communications Tower Safety

ASSE's Professional Safety recently spoke with Todd Schlekeway, executive executive director of National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), about the newly released ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016 standard on communications tower safety.

09/16/2016 2:05 PM

Small Construction Firms Behind Industry in Safety Measures, Study Says

Small firms lag behind larger firms in most safety management and safety culture measures, says a new report by The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).


ASSE AND TIA Announce Effort to Raise Awareness Around Important New Communication Tower Standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are launching a joint effort to raise awareness of new standards that are important for all workers and companies that install, alter or maintain communication towers.

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Respiratory Protection Resources From OSHA, NIOSH & ASSE

Respiratory protection is an ongoing challenge for employers. OSHA, NIOSH and ASSE offer a selection of resources designed to guide the selection, use and care of a wide range of respirators, employee training and program development.

09/09/2016 6:07 PM

NIOSH's World Trade Center Health Program Helps Responders

As the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, OSH professionals should remember just how much NIOSH is involved in helping first responders and other victims of the events of that day, all in addition to its core mission as the only federal resource for OSH research and education support.

09/09/2016 1:43 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes Second of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

09/08/2016 2:00 PM

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals

EPA is establishing a Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC). The 14-member committee will provide independent advice and expert consultation on the scientific and technical aspects of risk assessments, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures or approaches.


ASSE to Offer Safety Certificates in Key Global Markets

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the longest standing occupational safety and health professional society in the world, is establishing opportunities for safety and health professionals around the world to earn the Society’s Global Safety Management and Risk Assessment certificates.


N95 Day: A NIOSH-Approved Holiday

Today is the 5th annual N95 Day, which focuses on respiratory protection awareness and proper use of N95 respirators. Read on for some ideas on how you can participate.


ASSE’s SeminarFest 2017 To Help Safety Professionals Enhance Their Skills

Occupational safety and health professionals looking to get ahead of the latest industry trends, prepare themselves for the adoption of the next global safety management system, or build on their professional certifications will be impressed with the content and experts lined up for the American Society of Safety Engineers’ SeminarFest 2017.

09/06/2016 1:41 PM

U.S., Canada Aligning on GHS

OSHA and Health Canada have developed a 2016-2017 Workplace Chemicals Work Plan that aims to aiign current and future requirements for classifying and communicating the hazards of workplace chemicals.


ASSE Webinar Offers Tips on Keeping Highway Construction Workers Safe

To share best practices on how employers and safety professionals can help keep these workers safe, the American Society of Safety Engineers is hosting a live webinar called Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

09/01/2016 2:03 PM

September Is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. What are your plans? Learn about resources available from FEMA to help you plan for and respond to emergencies.

09/01/2016 1:00 PM

Connecting Human Capital, OSH & Materiality

ASSE Fellows and former Society presidents Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, and Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, recently presented a webinar that examined the connection between human capital, OSH and materiality. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and the risks and opportunities they present are becoming increasingly important factors to the investment community.

09/01/2016 5:01 AM

Sustainability: Why You Should Care

How do we get more companies to include the protection of their human capital in their sustainability efforts? ASSE began to address this issue in 2009, when it formed a task force to examine how companies address OSH in their sustainability initiatives. As OSH professionals, we must promote the value of occupational safety and health in the global workplace for current workers, as well as for future workers

08/30/2016 4:08 PM

ASSE ErgoPS Publishes First of Five-Part Series: Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey

ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty (ErgoPS) polled more than 300 ergonomics practitioners to learn about the ergonomics training, skill and resource needs in the practitioners’ working area. Further, the group explored whether a good match exists between the practitioner and marketplace needs by conducting a comparison of current professional training and certifications available.

08/29/2016 7:47 PM

Register by Sept. 1 for Meeting on Center for Motor Vehicle Safety

CDC will hold a public web meeting to discuss future directions for NIOSH's Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS). The meeting will be Sept. 14, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT, and will be available only by remote access.


Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Guidance Published

On August 25, U.S. Department of Labor published final guidance on the Obama administration's Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order. This law aims to ensure compliance with labor laws for employers awarded federal contracts by helping the government identity responsible companies with a history of labor law compliance.

08/29/2016 5:14 PM

Nearly 14 Workers Die Each Day--Where's the Attention?

OSHA Administrator David Michaels has raised the issue of how the media and the public pay little attention to the nearly 14 deaths that occur each day in U.S. workplaces, especially when so much attention has been focused on the 14 deaths surrounding the Takata air bag scandal.

08/29/2016 12:59 PM

Brewing Up Safety

Craft brewers have carved out a unique niche in the beer industry, and the segment continues to grow. Recent data from The Brewers Association shows that independent craft brewers now have a 12% market share in the industry. As market share grows so, too, do the number of operating breweries, up 15% in 2015, according to The Brewers Association. With that growth comes the need to hire more workers, and with more workers comes an even greater need to focus on workplace safety.


DOL publishes final guidance on Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Order

On August 25th the US Department of Labor published final guidance on the Obama administration's Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

08/25/2016 3:54 PM

Interactive Infographic Explores Motor Vehicle Safety at Work

The latest CDC Foundation Business Pulse interactive infographic examines motor vehicle safety at work, paying particular attention to four challenges facing businesses: fatalities, cost burden, complex risk, international business travel.

08/23/2016 9:18 PM

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 Revision Approved for Fall Protection Standard

The revision of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components, recently received final ANSI administrative approval. Z359.1 underwent fundamental changes from the 2007 version. Essentially, it is a new standard with regard to technical content, not simply a revision of the requirements in the previous editions.


New Fall Protection Standard Makes Picking and Using Equipment Even Easier

In the world of fall protection, the amount of equipment available to prevent workers from being injured is as dizzying as the heights they climb do to their jobs.


ASSE Government Affairs Update -- June & July 2016

ASSE Government Affairs Update for June & July 2016

08/11/2016 3:56 PM

DOL, NIOSH Issue Noise Safety Challenge

OSHA, MSHA and NIOSH have partnered in a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs that the agencies hope will result in a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and hearing loss.

08/10/2016 1:37 PM

Final Rule for Drones Aims to Spur Job Growth, Advance Scientific Research

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created the first operational rule for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) weighing less than 55 lb that conduct nonhobbyist operations. FAA reports the regulations will create new innovations safely, spark job growth and help advance scientific research.


First Safety Standard for Working with Communication Towers Approved

A new standard aimed at protecting workers who install, alter or maintain communication towers offers the first comprehensive approach reducing injuries and saving lives in industry that has rapidly expanded in recent years, said the American Society of Safety Engineers.

08/09/2016 6:30 PM

MSHA’s Respirable Coal Mine Dust Rule Moves to Final Phase

MSHA is continuing its effort to prevent black lung disease among coal miners with its respirable dust standard, which took effect in 2014.


Remembering Jerry Ray, 1997-98 ASSE President

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE’s 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.

08/04/2016 5:24 PM

EPA Rule to Limit Formaldehyde Exposure

EPA has issued a final rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported to the U.S.


Remembering Jerry Ray, 1997-98 ASSE President

ASSE is sad to share news of the passing of Jerry Ray, ASSE’s 1997-98 President and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the occupational safety and health profession.


R. Ronald Sokol Appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

R. Ronald Sokol, a 29-year member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, was appointed to the OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which is charged with advising the agency on setting construction standards and policy matters affecting federally financed or assisted construction.

08/01/2016 5:01 AM

It’s All About Risk

The OSH profession is transforming. While regulatory standards will always be part of OSH programs, we deliver the greatest value to our organizations and clients when we use our technical knowledge to identify and assess risks, then apply our business skills to develop and communicate effective solutions. By doing so, we protect workers and ultimately contribute directly to our organizations’ success.​


Two Prominent ASSE Members Appointed to the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors

wo prominent members of the American Society of Safety Engineers were appointed to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors, a federal advisory committee formed to give the NIOSH director advice and guidance.

07/25/2016 1:50 PM

Work, Stress & Health 2017 Proposals Due Oct. 31, 2016

Presentation proposals for Work, Stress and Health 2017 are due Oct. 31, 2016. The conference will be held June 7-10, 2017, in Minneapolis, MN. Read on to learn more about topics of interest.

07/19/2016 2:45 PM

OSHA & MSHA Penalties Significantly Raised

On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interim final rule raising civil penalties by nearly 80% in some cases, for occupational and mine safety and health violations, and certain other types of employment law infractions. The stated goal for the increase in all agencies was to conform to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as amended in 2015.


Safety 2016 Poster Sessions Highlight OSH Research

Poster sessions at conferences offer students and academicians an opportunity to report on their research. At ASSE's Safety 2016, 31 posters were presented on topics ranging from employee involvement, emergency action plans and latex allergies to firefighter safety, modified risk assessment methods and culture change.


Steel Tank Groups Publish Guidance Document

Steel Tank Institute-Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI-SPFA) have published an educational brochure to help owners understand the risks created by poor operations and maintenance procedures for monitoring and removing water from storage tank systems.

07/18/2016 1:30 PM

New OSHA Reporting Requirements

On May 12, OSHA published the new injury and illness reporting rule. Under the new system, called “Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” OSHA will post on-line injury information from a vast number of employers. The agency says that Information about the injured worker will be removed.​

07/15/2016 4:30 PM

Pokemon Go Popularity Creates Public Safety Fears

The phenomenal success of Nintendo's Pokemon Go has brought with it an unexpected and likely unintended consequence--people placing themselves in danger.


Compliance Assistance Resources From OSHA

During the third quarter of FY2016, OSHA issued a wide range of compliance assistance resources.


Walking-Working Standard to OMB For Review

On June 22, OSHA sent final text of the walking-working surfaces rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for what is anticipated will be the last review before publication. This means the final rule could be published by late September.

07/13/2016 1:36 PM

Advance Your OSH Career Through Professional Certification

Are you considering getting a professional designation such as the CSP? BCSP offers a seven-step guide to help you navigate the necessary steps as well as an online safety calculator.

07/12/2016 1:31 PM

CDC’s 7 Decades of Firsts

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, CDC has created a timeline of the many firsts the agency has experienced in helping prevent diseases around the globe.

07/07/2016 2:57 PM

EPA Standard Protects Farmworkers & Their Families

In a recent EPA Forward blog post, EPA reminds farmworkers and their families of the protections provided by the agency’s updated Worker Protection Standard, revised last fall.


Shifting the Crisis Mind-Set

What does it take to implement a crisis-ready culture? An infographic from crisis management strategist Melissa Agnes offers a clear strategy for changing the organizational mind-set.

07/06/2016 9:52 PM

Researchers Develop Map to Predict Hazards of Chemicals

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has developed what the team calls a map of the world’s chemical landscape. Essentially, it is a catalogue of 10,000 chemicals for which safety data is available that can be used to predict the toxicity of some 90,000 other substances in consumer products for which no such information exists.


Understanding the Top 5 Laboratory Hazards

According to OSHA, more than 500,000 workers are employed in laboratories in the U.S.Many occupational incidents that occur in laboratories can be avoided or minimized with proper preventive measures. Workrite Uniform Co. offers a top 5 list of laboratory hazards and how to prevent these hazards from causing injuries and illnesses.

07/01/2016 7:00 PM

EU-OSHA Seeks to Improve Small Enterprise Safety

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a project designed to identify success factors of policies, strategies and practical solutions to improve OSH in Europe’s micro and small enterprises (MSEs), which tend to be at greater risk of workplace injuries and illnesses than their larger counterparts.

07/01/2016 4:05 PM

Meaningful Connections

ASSE's 2016-17 President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, shares his first message with ASSE members. His focus: making meaningful connections through ASSE.

07/01/2016 3:59 PM

NIOSH Curriculum Addresses Home Healthcare Risks

Home healthcare caregivers typically work alone and often do not have the same protections against workplace hazards as their counterparts in traditional healthcare settings. To help these caregivers and the agencies that employ them, NIOSH has developed a web-based training curriculum.

07/01/2016 1:49 PM

Bangladesh Accord Making Progress Slowly But Surely

he horrific images and stories published in the aftermath of the 2012 Tazreen Fashion factory fire and the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 caused public outrage, protests and angry declarations from all corners. But the tragedies did more than just turn the world's spotlight on the plight of workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh and other developing countries. They also have brought about needed reform and alliances aimed at improving workers' safety and better protecting workers' rights.

06/29/2016 1:00 PM

From Safety 2016: Right Time, Right Place – for Risk Assessment

Guest blogger Steve Minshall talks about his change encounter with Bruce Lyon at Safety 2016. Bruce has coauthored several articles in Professional Safety and now has coauthored the book Risk Assessment: A Practical Guide to Assessing Operational Risks. According to Minshall, it's a must-have for today's risk-focused OSH professional.

06/28/2016 8:35 PM

CDC Develops Epidemiology Game App

CDC has developed an application called Solve the Outbreak that lets users take a peek into the world of epidemiology by getting to the bottom of a disease related mystery. CDC scientists try to solve disease outbreaks every day to help save lives and protect the public by figuring out how the outbreak started to help prevent it from spreading.

06/28/2016 2:00 PM

From Safety 2016: The OSH Profession Comes Together

From guest blogger Chet Brandon: "Great opening day at Safety 2016! One of my favorite parts of the annual conference is the opening session. Most of the attendees are present in one big hall with a dramatically arranged stage. The large number of people, and the grand stage with our leadership owning it, gives a dramatic effect that helps me feel proud to be an OSH professional."

06/28/2016 12:00 PM

From Safety 2016: Done in a Flash (Session, That Is)

Guest blogger attended his first flash session at ASSE's Safety 2016. These sessions are 15 minutes long and are held in the exposition hall. His conclusion? "The sessions are a good idea: they hold your attention; don’t take too long; and are conveniently located in the expo hall. Give ‘em a try – find out for yourself."

06/28/2016 8:51 AM

From Safety 2016: How Opioid Abuse Affects the Workplace

The stories about the opioid abuse continue to grow, and the statistics are even more alarming. According to CDC, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999, and its estimated that 78 people die every day in the U.S. Katherine Schofield, Ph.D., CSP, ARM, CHST, CSRM, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, shared those facts in setting the stage for her presentation, “Preventing Opioid Overuse in Workers’ Compensation,” at ASSE’s Safety 2016 on Monday, June 27 in Atlanta, GA.

06/27/2016 6:23 PM

From Safety 2016: An Update on ISO 45001

Today at ASSE’s Safety 2016 in Atlanta, GA, several leaders of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ANSI for the standard shared the latest updates on its development.


From Safety 2016: Frans Johannson Inspires Conference Attendees

Frans Johannson, author of the best-selling The Click Moment, shared his unique perspective on what drives innovative ideas in an uncertain world during the open general session at Safety 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Johansson advised, "Find inspiration in industries, cultures and disciplines other than your own" to become the best innovator.

06/27/2016 2:18 PM

From Safety 2016: ASSE Is Leading the Profession

Guest blogger Jeff Camplin offers his key takeways from ASSE's House of Delegates meeting and Mike Belcher's comments on the "Golden Age of Safety."

06/27/2016 10:27 AM

From Safety 2016: An Attendee's Perspective

Guest blogger Chet Brandon, President-Elect of ASSE's Central Indiana Chapter and corporate safety officer and vice president, operations, at ATI Worksite Solutions, shares his experience from the first day at Safety 2016. "It is at this conference that I believe some of our profession’s best traits are on display: collaboration, inclusion and commitment," Brandon writes.

06/26/2016 8:00 PM

From Safety 2016: Members Honored, Society Year Reviewed During Annual Meeting

Today ASSE held its annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting to kick off Safety 2016 events in Atlanta, GA. During the meeting, members were recognized for their contributions to the Society, the ASSE Foundation and the profession. Delegates also heard from ASSE President Mike Belcher and incoming president Tom Cecich.


From Safety 2016: Conference Underway

ASSE's Safety 2016 is underway in Atlanta, GA. ASSE staff, members and exhibitors already have been busy setting up booths and conference registration, finalizing speeches for the annual House of Delegates meeting and mapping out their plans for the week.

06/24/2016 9:20 PM

Ergonomics Study Finds User Needs Vary for Standing Workstation Setups

A group of researchers set out to determine whether a study could help in the development of guidelines for the ideal setup of workstation components for a standing workstation similar to those for seated computer workstations.

06/24/2016 1:02 PM

CDC Takes Aim at Legionnaires' Disease

In the June 2016 Vital Signs, CDC focuses on Legionnaires' disease and how employers can prevent outbreaks by implementing water management programs.


Government Affairs at Safety 2016

Safety 2016 will feature many opportunities to learn more about government affairs


David Michaels charges NACOSH to provide recommendations for more OSH professionals; ASSE comments

During a meeting this week, ASSE spoke with the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) about the OSH profession. NACOSH is a Congressionally-established advisory body to OSHA and NIOSH. The discussion focused on the need for more qualified safety professionals in the field and how stakeholders such as ASSE can work with NACOSH to encourage the growth of the profession.​


ASSE Government Affairs Update – April & May 2016

Safety 2016: ASSE’s Professional Development Conference & Exposition takes place in Atlanta, GA from June 26 through June 29, 2016. GA highlights: Monday, June 27, 4:30 pm: NIOSH Director John Howard shares his insights into the world of OSH research in a blockbuster session in Exhibit Hall B-1; Tuesday, June 28, 1 pm: OSHA Administrator David Michaels leads a plenary session in Exhibit Hall B-1, includes a Q&A


ASSE RegBrief on OSHA Enforcement Activity

Federal Representative Adele Abrams, Esq. explains how businesses and safety professionals will be affected as OSHA ramps up on enforcement.

06/23/2016 1:25 PM

Tips for Protecting Young Workers in Retail

NIOSH recently developed a web page for young retail workers that includes safety tips for recognizing hazards and understanding the injuries they can cause.

06/20/2016 1:43 PM

NIOSH Releases Hazard Recognition Simulator for Aerial Lift Operators

NIOSH has developed an aerial lift hazard recognition simulator to help potential aerial lift operators acclimate to aerial lift operation and to identify the common occupational hazards that can be present during use, such as depressions, crushing hazards, tip over hazards and others.


ASSE Applauds OSHA’s Efforts to Explore How to Attract More Professionals to the OSH Field

The American Society of Safety Engineers applauds Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels for charging NACOSH with exploring how OSHA and NIOSH might encourage more professionals to enter the occupational safety and health field.

06/13/2016 1:06 PM

National Forklift Safety Day is June 14

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, is commemorating National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), on June 14, which recognizes and promotes the vital role everyone connected to the material handling industry plays in the creating and maintaining a safe working environment.

06/09/2016 6:30 PM

Congress Passes TSCA Reform Bill

On June 7, 2016, Congress sent President Barack Obama a long-awaited and often-delayed bill that would regulate thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday consumer products. Obama is expected to sign the legislation.


Better Injury & Illness Data Need for Meat & Poultry Industry

Injury and illness rates in the meat and poultry slaughtering and processing industry declined from 2004 through 2013, similar to rates in all U.S. manufacturing, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, yet hazardous conditions remain. Government Accountability Office recently issued a report specific to injury/illness data collection challenges in the meat/poultry industry that includes three recommendations for improvement


Update: International Delegates Meeting on ISO 45001

The international standards-development community is meeting this week in Toronto, Ontario, to address public comments on the draft international standard (DIS) ISO 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS): Requirements With Guidance for Use. ASSE is administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group under the auspices of ANSI, the ISO member body for the U.S.

06/03/2016 8:23 PM

Videos Explain NETS Electronic Novice Driver’s Road Map Tool

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) has released two videos that explain the Electronic Novice Driver’s Road Map (eNDRM), which helps adults teach teens how to become safe, focused drivers. The videos, available on YouTube, introduce the eNDRM and provide instructions on how to use it. NETS recommends watching the videos before using eNDRM.

06/01/2016 4:50 PM

CPWR Toolbox Talk: Lyme Disease

As more people head to the outdoors in these approaching summer months, Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) reminds workers to be aware of ticks and the diseases they carry, particularly Lyme Disease.

06/01/2016 2:33 PM

Workplace Well-Being Linked to Leadership Support

A survey from American Psychological Association shows that support from senior leadership is a primary ingredient to the success of workplace well-being.

06/01/2016 2:02 PM

New Article Details Brand Waste Reduction Innovations

A recent article from Fortune details what several brands are doing to eliminate waste.

06/01/2016 1:56 PM

TranBC's Annual Cone Zone Campaign Begins

TranBC, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Online for British Columbia, has launched this year’s version of its annual Cone Zone campaign highlighting roadside worker safety.

06/01/2016 5:01 AM

The Golden Age of OSH

The OSH profession is in midst of a golden age. Our profession is enjoying unprecedented levels of recognition, innovation, advancement and employment. We are making a significant positive impact on businesses around the globe as more organizations embrace safety as a core value. While much work remains, the future is certainly bright.


ASSE Board Appoints Dennis Hudson as New Executive Director

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Board of Directors has appointed Dennis Hudson as Executive Director effective June 1, 2016.

05/23/2016 3:35 PM

ASSE RegBrief on OSHA's e-Recordkeeping Rule

On May 11, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that will require employers in high-hazard industries to send their injury and illness data (which they must already collect) for posting on the agency’s website. To help members better understand what the rule will mean to them and their employers/clients, ASSE has published a RegBrief that presents an analysis of the final rule.


NIH to Host Telebriefing on Pathways to Prevention Workshop

On May 31, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be hosting a telebriefing on the final report from the NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Total Worker Health—What’s Work Got to Do With It? Independent Panel.

05/19/2016 2:00 PM

Safety & Health Management System Performance Measurement

Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) 
are receiving much attention in the safety community, as well as among regulators and consensus industry groups. “Safety Management Systems: Comparing Content & Impact,” by Joel M. Haight, Patrick Yorio, Kristen A. Rost and Dana R. Willmer, explores OHSMS in detail.


OSHA finalizes record-keeping rule

On May 12, OSHA finalized the new rule on electronic record-keeping, effective August 2016.

05/17/2016 1:16 PM

Fleet Safety: Developing & Sustaining an Effective Program With ANSI/ASSE Z15.1

"Fleet Safety: Developing & Sustaining an Effective Program With ANSI/ASSE Z15.1," by Brian S. Hammer, Stephanie G. Pratt and Peggy Ross, discusses the risk of work-related motor vehicle crashes and how they cut across all industries and occupations.