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Professional Safety

October 2014

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 SH&E 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

Incident Investigation: Our Methods Are Flawed

By Fred A. Manuele

An earlier review of incident investigation reports revealed an enormous gap between established reporting procedures and actual practice. Supervisors are commonly assigned responsibility for incident investigation, but most are not qualified to offer recommendations for improving operating systems due to a lack of hazard identification and risk assessment knowledge. This article presents a sociotechnical model for hazards-related incidents. Such a system stresses an interdependent relationship between humans and machines, and accommodates the needs of both the system's output goal and workers' needs. 


Safety Culture Peer-Reviewed

From Compliance to Compassion: Comparing BBS to AC4P

By E. Scott Geller and Bob Veazie

Employees' expectations, person-states, attitudes and behaviors must be considered when analyzing the hierarchy of injury controls of compliance. An actively caring for people (AC4P) mind-set helps people develop the confidence and skills to take care of each other before injuries occur and to be continuously proactive. The real purpose of behavior-based safety 
is to increase the frequency and improve the quality of AC4P behavior, 
en route to cultivating a genuine culture of interpersonal compassion 
and caring.
Program Development Peer-Reviewed

Confined Space Incident Reconstruction: The Future Depends on Understanding the Past

By Neil McManus and Assed N. Haddad

Incident reconstruction based on narrative summaries is the primary resource for performing research on confined space entry injuries and fatalities. Formal, guided inquiry can increase the amount of information extracted from these summaries, but the process requires broad-spectrum knowledge and experience regarding the circumstances of work. This approach is an important means of transforming data into information, information into knowledge and knowledge into action.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

2014 - ASSE President Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM

PS Asks

Frank White

Leading Thoughts

Leading Practical Mindfulness, Part 1: Minding What to Watch & What to Avoid

Best Practices

Selling Safety to Management

Safety Photo Gallery

A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.

Etc. Etc. Ec.
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