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Professional Safety

November 2014

Professional Safety

For more than 50 years, ASSE's Professional Safety journal has been sharing the latest technical knowledge in SH&E—information that is constantly being developed through research and on-the-job experience.

Each issue delivers practical guidance, techniques and solutions to help SH&E professionals identify hazards, protect people, prevent injuries, improve work environments and educate management that investing in safety is a sound business strategy.

In This Issue...


Cover Story & Features

Welcome to the Professional Safety articles section. Here you'll find this month's offering of articles that deliver cutting-edge information, lessons learned and practical guidance from practioners in the safety, health, and environmental profession.

Full-issue PDFs of Professional Safety (from January 2005 forward) are now available to members through ASSE's Members Only website. Each file contains interactive links to help members navigate through the file. We've also included links to ASSE, regulatory agencies and other sources, and the journal's advertisers. A reader simply needs to mouse over a link to be redirected.

Cover Story

Injury Prevention Peer-Reviewed

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome: Protecting Powered Hand Tool Operators

By Mark B. Geiger, Donald Wasserman, Steven G. Chervak, Craig M. Henderson,  Elizabeth Rodriquez-Johnson and Aimee Ritchey

The U.S. lags behind Europe in establishing regulations to address hand-arm vibration syndrome, a potentially irreversible neurovascular disease associated with intense and prolonged exposures to vibration, most commonly from powered hand tools. A collaborative project was initiated to influence federal government purchasing criteria to improve the availability of low-vibration tools and to increase general awareness through outreach and education. This has prompted additional efforts to develop a standard that will consider productivity, hand-arm vibration, other safety and health factors and life-cycle costs in procurement criteria for powered hand tools.


Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Prevention Through Design: Proven Solutions From the Field

By David L. Walline

Many life-altering and life-ending incidents are directly linked to design-related causal factors. To propel a prevention-through-design culture change, OSH professionals must strive to partner with design engineers to incorporate data-driven learning from past mishaps and proven (risk mitigation) solutions into new designs or redesigns. In addition, by helping to dispel myths surrounding safe design, OSH professionals will increase their value to organizations.
Program Development Peer-Reviewed

Safety Interventions: Strategies for Effective Design

By Earl Blair

This article explores concepts perceived to make safety interventions more effective. In developing strategies as advisors and consultants to their constituents, OSH professionals must understand the hierarchy of controls, explain the distinctions between soft-fix interventions and hard-fix interventions, and account for human factors and the human-machine interface.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

2014 - ASSE President Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM

Leading Thoughts
Practical mindfulness, part 2

PS Asks

Aubrey Daniels on safety culture

Best Practices

How safety professionals can address distracted, fatigued and impaired driving

Safety Photo Gallery
A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.

Etc. Etc. Etc..

Animal Instinct



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