Professional Safety

July 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.

Digital Subscribers please access here.

Cover Story

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Oxygen Levels During Welding: Assessment in an Aluminum Shipbuilding Environment

By Neil McManus and Assed N. Haddad

Oxygen deficiency is a major concern during use of inert gases such as argon and helium for shielding welding arcs. This article reports on nearly 15,000 minute-by-minute measurements of oxygen using shipbuilding worksite portable sampling instruments to determine the potential for oxygen deficiency relative to the commonly used regulatory limit of 19.5%. The results support ongoing use of continuous monitoring instruments to detect situations not anticipated in the work plan because oxygen-deficient conditions often lack warning properties.


Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Worker Protection: Moving Beyond Basic OSHA Compliance

By Vince Gallagher

This article reviews specific instances where simply complying with OSHA standards, such as those related to fall protection requirements, can leave workers exposed to danger. OSH professionals who work for companies that have a policy to do no more than what OSHA requires face a great dilemma and may face tough questions should an employee be injured and litigation arise. Ultimately, OSH professionals should advocate for controlling hazards even when not required by OSHA standards because it is good business and saves lives.

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Statutory Duty of Safety Care to Subcontractors: U.S., Canadian & U.K. Perspectives

By Vladimir Ivensky

OSH risks related to subcontractors are significant business risks encountered by contractors that employ other contractors. Mitigating these risks is an important task of a hiring contractorís management team, which should recognize statutory, contractual and control-generated duty of safety care to subcontractors. This article discusses the statutory duty of safety care to subcontractors and other project parties at multiemployer projects, comparing perspectives from the U.S., Canada and the U.K.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

ASSE's 2015-16 President Michael Belcher on maximizing our capabilities

Leading Thoughts

Building a Progressive Safety Culture: Five Crucial Tenets

PS Asks

Lisa Capicik on construction safety

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



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