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September 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

Pyramid Power: A New View of the Great Safety Pyramid

By Dave Rebbitt

Safety pyramids date back more than 80 years, and with H.W. Heinrich's introduction of his safety pyramid, a ratio concept of incidents was born. Some interesting discussion exists on whether Heinrich's safety pyramid has meaning today, as some base safety systems around it while others question the entire concept. The validity of the early safety pyramid ratios is doubtful, but the original concept has been overlooked, and although an old idea, it may still have merit.


Professional Issues Peer-Reviewed

Sustainability: The Role of SH&E Professionals

By Michael G. Knott, Joseph Rosenbeck and Michael Burnham

With the publication of ISO 26000, American corporations are examining corporate social responsibility (CSR) as never before. Yet, roles and responsibilities for professionals in various functions have not been defined. Two surveys were conducted to gain insight about perceptions of CSR and environmental stainability. This article reviews the extent to which safety and health professionals believed they could play a role in sustainability as well as what other professionals believed that role should be.

Wellness Peer-Reviewed

Prolonged Sitting: Current Concepts on the Physiological - Effects of Seated Postures at Work

By Christopher D. Studebaker and Brian P. Murphy

Preventable lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity are on the rise in the U.S. Evidence suggests that sitting may affect many such disorders. The shift toward more sedentary work and away from manual labor may be combining with an increased amount of sitting during leisure hours to adversely affect public health. The business and healthcare industries have begun to combat the adverse health effects of sitting by raising awareness and encouraging increased physical activity in the workplace and at home. This article reviews literature on the topic and describes potential solutions.


Columns & Other Sections

President's Message

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

PS Asks

International Window Cleaning Association's Stefan Bright

Leading Thoughts

The real impact of leadership

Best Practices

Mercantile safety

Safety Photo Gallery

A collection of safety photos featured each month in PS.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Art of Toys