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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.
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Injury Prevention Peer-Reviewed
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
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
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.