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Worker Protection Peer-Reviewed

Fire & Ice: Protecting Workers in Extreme Temperatures

By Donald J. Garvey

Fast-track projects make year-round work in adverse temperature conditions a common occurrence in construction. This article reviews multiple worker assessment methods, both instrumentation and observational, to help the frontline supervisor or OSH professional estimate worker risk to heat or cold stress injury. Based on the assessment, the OSH professional can select from multiple engineering, administrative and PPE controls to help maintain worker safety and health, as well as comfort during work in challenging temperature conditions.

Safety Metrics Peer-Reviewed
Leading Measures: Preventing MSDs & Driving Ergonomic Improvements

By Walt Rostykus and James Mallon

Traditional safety metrics of injury rate and losses are poor measures of workplace ergonomics or predictors of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Current research and valid assessment tools allow reliable measurement of exposure to the risk factors that cause MSDs. Leading risk-based measures for MSDs enable sampling, predicting, preventive actions and verification of risk exposure.

Worker Protection Peer-Reviewed
Electric Arc: Protecting Against Thermal Effect
Part 3: State of the Art & Standardization

By Mikhail Golovkov, Holger Schau and Gavin Burd

Part 3 of this three-part series discusses arc hazard assessment, limitation of arc rating and research on protective time current curves. It also identifies standardization misconceptions and associated challenges, and suggests improvements.

Health Hazards Peer-Reviewed
Power Trip: Occupational Health Issues in the Power Generation Industry

By Connie Muncy

Workers in the power generation industry are exposed to many chemical, biological and physical health hazards. This article identifies examples of these hazards and discusses best practices for characterizing them. It also reviews the importance of implementing an effective continuous improvement cycle for controlling these health hazards.

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