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Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Safety Climate: How Can You Measure It & Why Does It Matter?

By Yueng-Hsiang (Emily) Huang, Susan Jeffries, George D. (Don) Tolbert and Marvin J. Dainoff

Safety climate refers to how employees perceive the company’s commitment to safety as it is lived out, or not, every day. Safety climate can be used to predict safety behavior and safety-related outcomes in many settings. This article discusses a study designed to better understand safety climate in the lone worker environment and its potential impact on safety performance. The authors developed and tested the validity of a safety climate survey geared toward lone workers, then developed surveys designed for trucking and utility workers.

Program Management Peer-Reviewed
Optimizing Safety Engineering, Systems, Human Factors: Part 1

By Vladimir Ivensky

Part 1 of this article reviews misbalances that can occur among the major elements of a comprehensive safety program (engineering controls, management systems, human factors), potentially affecting that program’s effectiveness in preventing serious incidents.

Legal Issues Peer-Reviewed
Expert Safety Witness Role: Use of the OSH Act as Standard of Care in Common-Law Negligence Cases

By Greg Gerganoff

In 2002, the Colorado Supreme Court recognized the admission of the OSH Act as evidence for identifying standard of care in common-law negligence cases. A logical application of the act could include written opinion and testimony of a safety expert who can explain the hazard of a given situation or condition and describe the suitable safety regulations given the facts of the case.

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