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August 2014

Professional Safety

For more than 50 years, ASSE's Professional Safety journal has been sharing the latest technical knowledge in SH&E—information that is constantly being developed through research and on-the-job experience.

Each issue delivers practical guidance, techniques and solutions to help SH&E professionals identify hazards, protect people, prevent injuries, improve work environments and educate management that investing in safety is a sound business strategy.

In This Issue...

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Cover Story & Features

Welcome to the Professional Safety articles section. Here you'll find this month's offering of articles that deliver cutting-edge information, lessons learned and practical guidance from practioners in the safety, health, and environmental profession.

Full-issue PDFs of Professional Safety (from January 2005 forward) are now available to members through ASSE's Members Only website. Each file contains interactive links to help members navigate through the file. We've also included links to ASSE, regulatory agencies and other sources, and the journal's advertisers. A reader simply needs to mouse over a link to be redirected.

Cover Story

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Employees: A Problem to Control or Solution to Harness?

By Sidney Dekker

Safety interventions can target the human, or the technological and organizational environment. The choice means either fitting people into fixed systems or engineering systems so they are fit for people. Today, various factors seem to favor safety interventions that consider people as a problem to control, leaving safety to be measured mainly by the absence of negatives. Companies should view people as a solution to harness instead, and consider safety more as a presence of positive capacities, and move from vocabularies of control, constraint and deficit, into empowerment, diversity and human opportunity.


Program Development Peer-Reviewed

Proactive Safety: Designing & Implementing a Mobile Application

By Erich H. Fruchtnicht, Leslie D. Lutz, John W. Fellers and Clay D. Hanks

Texas A&M Health Science Center set out to develop a single access point to provide campus-specific safety and security information in an intuitive and user friendly manner across its geographically dispersed campus. The mobile-centric nature of the campus user population called for a mobile-friendly method. The research team used focus groups to develop icons and layout, and present information in a way that would be intuitive and easy to navigate without formal training.

Health Hazards Peer-Reviewed

Antigorite: Is It the Forgotten Asbestos?

By Sean M. Fitzgerald & Elizabeth A. Harty

The SH&E concerns surrounding antigorite and its asbestiform properties, as well as its use in products are becoming the focus of more questions from health researchers, academics and the geological community. The authors conducted some testing to determine what consumer products may contain antigorite. Fibrous silicate materials were found in all seven products tested.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

2014 - ASSE President Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM

PS Asks

Safety management systems

Leading Thoughts

Connecting coaching and love

Best Practices

Confined space entry training

Safety Photo Gallery

A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

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