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July 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

USAF Aviation Safety Program: Gap Analysis Using ICAO SMS Guidance

By Kris A. Ostrowski, Darrin Valha and Karen E. Ostrowski

A safety management system (SMS) approach to aviation safety is being implemented by member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). A longitudinal gap analysis compared the regulatory states of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) aviation safety program in 2012 and 2013 after SMS adoption with ICAO safety management criteria. The results of this research suggest that the introduction of SMS marked a significant change in USAF aviation safety philosophy.


Risk Management Peer-Reviewed

Retired & Dangerous: Out-of-Service Equipment Hazards

By Robert Wasileski

The hazard identification and risk assessment process is a vital component to manage risks associated with process hazards. Common techniques applied to new designs include hazard and operability, analysis and failure modes and effects analysis. In addition, modifications that occur during the in-service life cycle are typically evaluated according to management of change practices. Yet, the dormant period that follows an in-service portion of the equipment life cycle generally receives less attention, but may continue to threaten a business with various risks. Without a robust and comprehensive out-of-service equipment (OOSE) program, process hazards can remain imminently present or slowly materialize over time. This article uses case studies to examine OOSE hazards and identifies an approach to manage risks in facilities.

Safety Management Peer-Reviewed

Control Systems: Insights on ISO 13849-1

By Bruce W. Main and C. Fred Hayes

While control systems on machinery are increasingly complex, control systems standards are also complex and not necessarily scientific engineering documents. Audits of existing machines and purchases of new machinery often involve reviewing safety control systems. Safety professionals must be aware of the issues surrounding control systems to guide decisions so that safety and engineering budgets may be expended most effectively. This article acknowledges the complexities of ISO 13849-1 and provides insights to some of its intricacies.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

2013-14 President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, EurOSHM

PS Asks

Lisa and Tom Reburn discuss Americans With Disabilities Act

Leading Thoughts

Leadership assessments

Best Practices

Focusing on a transformational Pareto analysis

Safety Matters

ASSE's sustainability symposium recap, heat awareness, road safety

Safety Photo Gallery

A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

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