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Professional Safety

December 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 OSH 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

Professional Development Peer-Reviewed

The Evolution of OSH Curricula: Four Decades of Advancing the Safety Profession

By John W. Wells Jr.

Today’s OSH professionals face greater challenges than their predecessors. As the global marketplace evolves, workplace demands continue to challenge their abilities and skills. Over the past century, OSH has shifted from a reactive effort to reduce incidents to a proactive focus on developing safe working conditions. OSH professionals are becoming strategic business partners, demonstrating their ability to affect the bottom line. Their future success will demand a higher level of professional commitment. 


Professional Development Peer-Reviewed

Onboarding OSH Professionals: The Role of Mentoring

By Wanda Minnick, Steve Wilhide, Rich Diantoniis, Tom Goodheart, Simeon Logan and Ross Moreau

A team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania undertook an empirical examination to assess whether a relationship exists between formal mentoring initiatives and an OSH professional’s intent to stay with a company long term. The team also assessed whether a relationship exists between formal mentoring initiatives and the safety professional’s learning curve as a new employee. The article also summarizes what safety professionals perceive to be important elements of effective mentoring programs and presents a suggested mentoring model for safety professionals.  

Incident Investigation Peer-Reviewed

Incident Records: Understanding the Past to Prevent Future Hazardous Energy Incidents

By Neil McManus

Incident summaries are the primary source of information about injury-producing events involving contact with hazardous energy sources. This article describes a disciplined process for extracting information from these summaries and discusses the implications of such information for incident reconstruction. The article identifies sources of historic information; discusses processes for extracting information from incident summaries; discusses current practices; advocates for coherence, organization, comprehensiveness and completeness of information to be collected and stored in the future; and suggests actions needed to achieve this goal.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

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

Leading Thoughts
The A-B-Cs of leading a safety culture

Best Practices

A capabilities-based approach to lab management

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

Etc. Etc. Etc..

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