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Professional Safety

January 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.

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.



Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Aging Workers & Ergonomics: A Fresh Perspective

By Robert R. Fox, George E. Brogmus and Wayne S. Maynard

The number and proportion of older workers is increasing, and objectively assessing the magnitude of this increase and the implications to occupational safety is crucial to effective responses by ergonomists and OSH professionals. Most age-related performance declines are not work- or injury-relevant. Injuries to workers age 65 and older have favorable rates and costs compared to most other age ranges. This article provides key takeaways for employers, practicing ergonomists and OSH professionals in assessing an aging workforce.

Program Development Peer-Reviewed

Preventing Major Losses: Changing OSH Paradigms & Practices

By James M. Keane

Personal, business leadership and industry paradigms and practices contribute to the continued loss of life and permanently disabling injuries and illnesses being experienced in the U.S. and other industrialized nations. To improve these results, OSH professionals must challenge current safety paradigms and practices, change long-held beliefs and do things differently. Initiating a concerted effort to prevent major losses is one step in that process.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

2015 - ASSE President Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM

Leading Thoughts
Toward Global-Class Safety

Best Practices

Injury Management: Making a Difference One Life at a Time

Standards Insider

Walking/Working Surfaces

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

Etc. Etc. Etc.

A bit wordy



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