Professional Safety

May 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...


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

Liability Issues Peer-Reviewed

Multiemployer Sites in the U.S.: Project Control & Duty of Safety Care

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 contractor's management team, which should recognize statutory, contractual and control-generated duty of care to subcontractors. This article discusses the duty of safety care created by control over a subcontractor or over other project parties and the ways to mitigate the related liabilities.


Safety Training Peer-Reviewed

Using Stories to Teach Safety: Practical, Research-Based Tips

By Mitch Ricketts

Training and information can have a powerful impact on safety-related attitudes and behavior, especially when messages incorporate educational stories about particular workplace tragedies. Safety professionals can create customized messages based on injury cases that are freely available from various sources. This article includes research-based tips for selecting stories and telling them in ways that have the greatest impact.

Construction Safety Peer-Reviewed

Fall Protection: Structural Efficacy of Residential Structures for Fall Protection Systems

By Jeremy Bethancourt and Mark Cannon

In many U.S. regions, residential builders have pushed back on fall protection because of the perceived additional costs, including those related to hiring an engineer to modify and reinforce structures, and validate and certify the fall protection system. Some falls have been arrested due to fall protection systems installed according to manufacturer's instructions on unmodified structures. These cases indicate that engineering services are not always required. CPWR's Research to Practice Initiative aims to bridge the gap between research and workers. For this article, the authors dissect several arrested falls and provide the range of loads applied to the anchor and thereby the structure when the fall occurred.


Columns & Other Sections

President’s Message

Our Profession's Path

PS Asks

Michael Belcher

Best Practices

Throw a Spanner In the Works: Creating Toolbox Talk Content With Maximum Impact

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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