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Worker Safety Peer-Reviewed

Attention Interrupted: Cognitive Distraction & Workplace Safety

By Joseph Cohen, Cindy LaRue and H. Harvey Cohen

Different forces continually vie for workers’ attention. Trying to focus on one or even a few relevant fluxes of information can lead to errors. To add complexity, basic repetition and monotony can also degrade focus and produce errors. Thus, combating the potential catastrophic effects of distractions and interruptions is a challenge in many workplaces. By understanding potential interruptions and adopting a task-design-oriented approach grounded in ergonomics and human factors principles, OSH professionals can focus on aspects of the work environment that can be observed, measured and controlled like other hazards.

Risk Management Peer-Reviewed
Communicating & Managing Risk: The Key Result of Risk Assessment

By Bruce K. Lyon and Georgi Popov

By itself, risk assessment does not achieve its objectives. Risk communication is required to reduce uncertainty and manage operational risks. Safety professionals must be able to effectively communicate the risk to top decision makers. This requires understanding the nature of the decision to be made, and the specific information needed to help make an informed decision..

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed
Worker Fatigue: Understanding the Risks in the Workplace

By Susan Sawatzky

Fatigue can create a significant hazard in many workplaces because of the way it affects a worker’s ability to safely perform job duties. OSH professionals can use research findings on fatigue’s impacts to create a strong business case for the need to proactively address this OSH risk.

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