Professional Safety

November 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.

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Cover Story

Machine Safety

Working Safely With Grinders: 10 Proven Best Practices

By Jean Ndana

An abrasive wheel grinder is one of the most common pieces of machinery in use in maintenance shops and in manufacturing. Industry experience indicates that abrasive wheel safety needs greater attention from OSH professionals and employers. This article presents 10 best practices for their use that are based on several years of practice as a safety professional in many manufacturing plants in competitive, fast-paced arenas.


Risk Communication

Audience Analysis: Taking Employees From Awareness to Understanding

By Carolyn Kusbit Dunn

Hazard communication is the second most commonly cited OSHA violation, and it will likely remain high on the list in light of recent changes to the HazCom standard, which emphasize workers’ understanding of the risk, as opposed to mere risk awareness. Workers can only make the transition from awareness to understanding with the intervention of OSH professionals. Utilizing audience analysis, OSH professionals can deploy training and communication that enable workers to understand the hazards. This article explores how to use this process to craft risk communication that meets the needs of employees and the requirement of the new rules.

Health Hazards

Silica Contamination Control: A Gathering Storm?

By Jeremy Slagley

Silica is a known health hazard, and unconventional oil and gas development has placed it in the public eye. OSHA’s proposed standard includes provisions for regulated areas, cross-contamination and decontamination. HEPA vacuuming and wet methods are prescribed in the proposed standard, but air showers are another viable method. Direct-reading instruments may be part of employers’ arsenal for decontamination procedures as well.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

Global Trends in OSH

Leading Thoughts
Sustaining Leadership: Retaining, Reinforcing, Reinspiring

Best Practices

Contractors & Temporary Workers: Creating a Culture of Safety

Safety Photo Gallery

A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.



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