Professional Safety

June 2015

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.

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Cover Story

Hearing Protection Peer-Reviewed

Noise Exposure: The Need for New Measurements on Aircraft Carriers

By Gary A. Morris, Justin Bryant, Kim Kleine and Amanda Dean

Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious threat to Navy personnel. New noise exposure data are needed to determine noise exposure across multiple Navy ratings and identify steps toward noise reduction. Past noise level research conducted aboard aircraft carriers is inadequate due to potential electromagnetic interference that may have affected data; the lack of data collection for 24-hour exposure periods; and the lack of task-based noise exposure information. The authors recorded noise doses and assessed operations aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Exposure groups were created for further study and operations were identified for noise-reduction efforts.


Construction Safety Peer-Reviewed

Improving Construction Safety: A Team Effort

By John W. Mroszczyk

The number of fatalities in construction work is disproportionate compared to the size of the workforce. This article reviews the statistics, hazards and causal factors related to construction incidents. A strategy to improve construction safety is presented as well. It involves a team effort between design professionals, owners, contractors and workers.

Ergonomics Peer-Reviewed

Proactive Ergonomics: Stopping Injuries Before They Occur

By Catherine M. White

The main goal of an ergonomics program should be to design the human-machine interface to maximize an operation's productivity, efficiency, quality and comfort. Reactive ergonomics consists of acting in response to an issue that has already become a problem, while proactive ergonomics is about discovering potential problems before they take place. Eliminating risk and engineering out a potential physical stressor are two effective methods of a successful ergonomics program.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

Mentoring Helps Shape Our Profession's Future

PS Asks

Nancy Grugle & Ron Schaible

Best Practices

Understanding Changes to NFPA 70E : Mitigating Worker Risk

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



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