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Ergonomics Peer-Reviewed

Managing Ergonomics: Applying ISO 45001 as a Model

By Walter G. Rostykus, Winnie Ip and Jennifer Ann Dustin

Current OSH management system models provide a common process for managing environmental and safety risk, including musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risks and ergonomics improvements. The draft ISO 45001 standard provides another model. Leveraging a process such as ISO 45001 can increase engagement and effectiveness of the ergonomics improvement process. This article describes steps for managing ergonomics improvements and MSD risk reduction using each element of the ISO 45001 model.


Fall Protection Peer-Reviewed
Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines: Calculating Fall Protection Clearance Distances

By Scott Wenholz and Thomas V. Rizzi

Miscalculating required fall clearance distances contributes to fatal falls in construction. The issue is further complicated when using leading edge self-retracting lifelines (SRL-LE) in situations in which the anchorage point is located below a worker’s dorsal D-ring. The problem stems from unclear or misleading equipment documentation, as well as training programs and literature that inadequately address the issue. As a result, many authorized, competent and qualified fall protection persons may not fully understand the equipment limitations or how to properly calculate clearance distance when incorporating an SRL-LE. This article highlights information that may be missing from equipment manuals and provides a more accurate method for calculating clearance distances when using SRL-LEs anchored below the dorsal D-ring.

Safety Culture Peer-Reviewed
Corrective Actions: Strengthening Safety by Addressing At-Risk Behavior

By Christopher A. Goulart

To optimize performance and promote a culture of safety excellence, safety professionals must provide feedback, assign accountability, discipline, coach or punish employees. Application of these approaches must be considered carefully; each has potential perils and benefits to both the organization and its employees. By understanding the available options, as well as when they should be used and their implications, safety professionals will be better equipped to determine the best course of action for addressing at-risk behavior and promoting a culture of safety excellence across their organizations.

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