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Regulating Forklift Safety: Strategies to Prevent Injury & Improve Compliance

By Christopher A. Janicak and Tracey L. Cekada

Powered industrial trucks are a known hazard yet they continue to problematic. To best help employers protect their employees, OSH professionals must be familiar with relevant consensus standards, letters of interpretation and compliance directives so they can recommend strategies that will prevent exposures and improve compliance with OSHA standards. OSH professionals should also be aware of recent technological advances that employers can use to control hazards related to forklift operation.

Human Performance
Safety & Job Burnout: Understanding Complex Contributing Factors

By Beth Genly

Professional burnout is complex, and it has many implications for worker safety. As the details of this relationship emerge, so do risk management opportunities for safety professionals. This article provides the medical definition of burnout, highlights pertinent connections between workplace safety and professional burnout, and outlines interventions to improve both.

Professional Issues
Major Risk: Moving From Symptoms to Systems Thinking

By James Loud

The U.S. is suffering high incidence of catastrophic incidents and worker fatalities despite lower incident rates overall. Traditional worker-focused tactics and zero goals are not protecting against more serious incidents. Major risk is an organizational problem, not a personal problem. To effect significant change, the practice of OSH must move from symptoms thinking to systems thinking to effectively address major risk and help employers achieve sustainable safety.

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