Professional Safety

October 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

Emergency Responce Peer-Reviewed

Workplace Emergency Medical Responders: An EMT License Is Not an Advanced First-Aid Card

By Cameron Helikson and Scott Gunderson

Workplace emergency medical responders can operate under various levels of training, from basic first aid to emergency medical technician (EMT). Companies with EMTs must comply with several requirements, including licensing, registration and medical direction that are not required for programs with only basic first-aid responders. This article introduces these requirements and discusses the decision criteria and program development issues associated with a workplace emergency response program with EMTs.


Emergency Preparedness Peer-Reviewed

Fire, Water & Books: Disaster Preparedness for Academic Libraries

By S.D. Allen Iske Jr. and Linda G. Lengfellner

Preparing any business for disaster involves identifying possible hazards, mitigating their effects and identifying response measures before those hazards become active threats. Academic libraries have received little attention in this area. While most academic libraries fall under the emergency preparedness umbrella of their parent institution, a library can develop a self-help program to improve its policies and procedures. This article discusses the various considerations when developing such a program.

Health Hazards Peer-Reviewed

Argon-Related Fatigue: An Investigation in an Aluminum Shipbuilding Environment

By Neil McManus and Assed N. Haddad

This article examines the role argon played in causing unusual fatigue among workers at ambient conditions. Occupational hygiene has long considered argon to be physiologically inert, yet the diving literature indicates that argon produces effects even at low gas pressure used at shallow depths. Exposure to argon was estimated from 33,600 minute-by-minute measurements of oxygen during gas-shielded welding and related work. Exposure to argon varies with job title, and work location and orientation. This study provides a starting point for discussion about setting an occupational exposure limit for argon under ambient conditions.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

The rise of the young professionals

Best Practices

Workplace violence

Leading Thoughts
Increasing your team’s productivity

Standards Insider
ANSI/ASSE Z117, confined spaces

Safety Photo Gallery

A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.



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