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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.
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By Mike Williamsen
Identifying and investigating near-misses are key elements to finding and controlling risks before workers are injured or property is damaged. Some organizations struggle to make near-miss reporting part of their culture. To learn why, companies must identify barriers that affect near-miss initiatives. The author presents a practical process to help overcome resistance to near-miss reports as a useful tool to help an organization reduce injuries.
By Fred A. Manuele
Despite a substantial decrease in the occupational fatality rate per 100,000 employees from 1971 to 2005 (from 17.0 in 1971 to 4.0 in 2005), the reduction for the subsequent 5 years remained relatively stationary, ranging from 3.9 to 3.5 for 2006 through 2011. During that time, strategies to reduce the number of fatalities and the fatality rate have made little progress. This article argues that major and somewhat drastic innovations in the content and focus of occupational risk management systems are needed to improve fatality and serious injury prevention.
By Ruoyu Jin and Qian Chen
This article discusses an integrated safety culture model adopted as a holistic assessment framework for evaluating a contractor’s safety culture after the implementation of a new safety program. The calculated safety violation rates confirmed the reduction of unsafe behaviors among workers on the contractor’s job sites. Results from multilevel safety climate surveys are presented as well.