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Ergonomics Peer-Reviewed

Stretch & Flex Programs: Effects on the Reduction of Musculoskeletal Disorders & Injuries

By Sang D. Choi, Sathy Rajendran and Kwangseog Ahn

This study evaluated the impact of stretch-and-flex (SF) programs on construction worker safety and health by comparing construction firms’ safety performance/injury rates before and after the implementation of workplace SF programs. The authors analyzed information on pre- and post-SF program implementation and safety performance (i.e., number of MSDs, OSHA-recordable injuries, lost-workday injuries). Data suggest that work-related MSDs and injuries can be reduced by implementing SF programs.

Program Development Peer-Reviewed
Integrating Health With Safety: Now Is the Time

By E. Andrew Kapp and Ahreum Amy Han

An integrative approach to the safety and health of a workforce is good for both employees and the bottom line. A recent UL Inc./ASSE study has identified eight key practices that successful companies implement to achieve integrated safety and health, and reap the rewards from doing so.

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed
Unsafe Behavior: Rethinking the Concept

By Ron Gantt

The beliefs that “unsafe behavior” is a legitimate, objectively identifiable category of an incident cause and that most incidents are caused by unsafe behavior are misleading and should be abandoned. This article discusses alternative methods for analyzing, understanding and influencing human performance based on understanding everyday, successful work processes.

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