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Safety Across Cultures: Understanding the Challenges

By Michael A. Flynn, Elizabeth Castellanos and Augusto Flores-Andrade

Culture shapes how humans understand their world; as a result, it affects the work of safety professionals. This article discusses how, in an increasingly global economy, safety professionals must be able to address culture-related issues to be effective and marketable. Whether working at home or abroad, safety professionals must be aware of culture’s impact on their work. Cross-cultural understanding is essential for safety buy-in, but OSH professionals are rarely explicitly trained in cross-cultural competency.

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Online PPE Training: Developing a Pilot Program for Secondary Schools

By Koshy Koshy, Derek G. Shendell, Lindsey J. Milich and Alexa A. Patti

Young workers in high-hazard industries need career-cluster-focused PPE training. Online PPE training for high-hazard career clusters is an effective use of limited resources as well as an effective delivery mechanism. This article presents the development of a pilot PPE training program, which the authors found to be a good refresher for adult OSHA outreach training.

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