Professional Safety

August 2015

Professional Safety

For more than 50 years, ASSE's Professional Safety journal has been sharing the latest technical knowledge in OSH —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.

Digital Subscribers please access here.

Cover Story

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Reporting & Recordkeeping Requirements: Their Influence on Safety Management in the U.S. & the U.K.

By Vladimir Ivensky

Under the recordkeeping regulations in the U.K.,employers must focus specific attention on high-potential near-hits and property damage events (dangerous occurrences). The same is not true for U.S. employers, since OSHA regulations do not place similar emphasis on this category of events. This factor may be contributing to the U.K.’s superior safety performance, including its lower occupational fatality rate.


Safety Culture Peer-Reviewed

Safety Awareness: Identifying a Need for Undergraduate Engineering Students

By Hanan Altabbakh, Mohammad A. AlKazimi, Susan Murray and Katie Grantham

Students with technical majors must take scientific laboratory courses and many apply their knowledge by engaging in various competitive technical design teams. This requires them to spend time in labs and/or workshops, which can be hazardous environments. In many cases, however, these students have had little safety training nor do they have a well-developed awareness of safety. Industry would benefit from a new breed of engineers and scientists with safety culture and awareness ingrained in them. Creating a safety-aware environment and exposing them to real incident scenarios during their college studies will direct their mind-set toward risk management and positively shape the safety attitude that they will carry with them into the workplace.

Prevention Through Design Peer-Reviewed

Construction Design: Its Role in Incident Prevention

By Mohammad Kasirossafar and Farzad Shahbodaghlou

Construction incidents affect social and environmental sustainability, slow project pace and add to overall cost. One effective way to prevent and control construction incidents is to minimize their likelihood during the design phase, commonly called prevention through design or design for safety. To fully realize the benefits of this risk-based approach, designers and contractors must better understand their roles in improving worker safety.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

A look at ASSE’s global initiatives

Leading Thoughts

Setting long-term safety goals

Best Practices

Leading organizational change with safety

Standards Insider

Machinery safety under ANSI B1

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



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