Professional Safety

April 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...

Professional Safety

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

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Targeting Zero: Eight Questions to Ask Before Using Zero as a Safety Target

By Michael Burnham

Achieving zero-injury targets requires the will to support perfection and the ability to recognize and change factors that could lead to an injury. Organizational conflicts and inefficiencies, and the realities of human cognition limit the capacity to identify latent hazards, so each must be overcome if perfection is to be realized. This article examines several real-world issues that make achieving perfect safety problematic, and it also offers alternate goals that may prove better at advancing a safety culture and its corresponding performance.


Skill Development Peer-Reviewed

Prevention Through Design: A Curriculum Model to Facilitate Hazard Analysis & Risk Assessment

By David W. Wilbanks

Hazard analysis and risk assessment are the keystones of ANSI/ASSE Z590.3, Prevention Through Design. OSH professionals must help personnel develop skills to facilitate these analyses and assessments. Academia is uniquely suited to develop novel approaches for industry’s ultimate use. This article discusses models for assessing training outcomes, and proposes a concept hazard analysis/risk assessment skill development model.


Eye Protection Peer-Reviewed

Safety Glasses: Preventing Eye Injuries From Carbide Tips

By Steven A. Sanders, Clifford C. Bigelow and Frederick E. Schmidt Jr.

For several incidents involving eye injuries due to fragments of carbide tips, testing shows that carbide tooth tips ejected from table saw blades during operation could not penetrate commercially available safety glasses and that the use of safety glasses, or in most cases, proper use of the saw blade guard, could have prevented the eye injuries sustained. In some cases, proper eyewear was neither selected nor used in accordance with ANSI standards. This article describes a method for selecting suitable protective eyewear.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

Research is the foundation of our practice

PS Asks

Three Fellows: Gary Barnett, Don Jones and Tom Cecich

Best Practices

The lockout exemption

Vantage Point

The new era of resilience engineering

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



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