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Professional Safety

February 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...

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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

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Safety Conversations: Catching Drift & Weak Signals

By Rosa Antonia Carrillo and Neil Samuels

Drift and weak signals, clues to potential incidents, are often hidden. Even when known, strong sociocultural barriers prevent people from talking about them. This article explores research that supports the need to encourage, equip and coach managers and supervisors on the art of conversation with their employees as the most influential form of communication. The research areas include social neuroscience, relationship psychology, information management through relational coordination, and the role of leaders in managing and influencing behavior. The authors combine these concepts into a direct approach to managing the human/organizational factors of safety performance.

 

Features


Program Development Peer-Reviewed

Safety Training: Enhancing Outcomes Through Virtual Environments

By Shoji Nakayama and Ge Jin

Online training is challenged to reproduce the hands-on element that is critical to adult learning. Since most adults learn better when they manipulate objects in a real environment, a virtual environment can help replicate the physical training environment while maintaining effectiveness. This pilot study focused on the use of 3-D virtual safety exercises to enhance online training and found promising results.

 

Professional Development Peer-Reviewed

Outcomes-Based Accreditation: Advancing the OSH Profession

By James D. Ramsay, Elbert Sorrell and Wayne E. Hartz

As a distinct profession, OSH should have professional boundaries characterized by a standardized set of educational outcomes that represent the knowledge, skills or abilities/behaviors required by practitioners. Without an accepted set of educational outcomes, the discipline risks being diluted. This article focuses on why program-level accreditation is critical to securing a specific body of knowledge and the ongoing maturation of the OSH profession.

 

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Effective Safety Leadership: Understanding Types & Styles That Improve Safety Performance

By Dominic Cooper

Several characteristics of effective leadership result in safety culture excellence. By understanding several recognized leadership types and styles, OSH practitioners and operational managers can improve safety performance and influence business outcomes.

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Columns & Other Sections

PS Asks

Rick Ingram on the oil and gas industry's STEPS Network

Leading Thoughts
Keystone habits

Best Practices

Debunking rescue plan myths

Best Practices

Fall protection rescue plans

Standards Insider

Walking/Working Surfaces

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

Etc. Etc. Etc.

All in a day's work

Resources

 
 

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