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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 Bruce K. Lyon, Georgi Popov and Kevin Hanes
Ergonomic risks occur in most workplaces and can negatively affect safety, quality and overall operational success. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) result from such risks, making ergonomics a necessary core competency for SH&E professionals. Although prevalent, ergonomic risks are often missed in standard risk assessments. This article discusses a practical ergonomics risk assessment model that companies can implement to better manage the risks and reduce MSDs.
By Walt Rostykus, Winnie Ip and James Mallon
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are considered a leading cause of loss in today's workplaces. Strategies used to manage MSDs vary widely from reactive to proactive and are based on various approaches. This article reviews five approaches commonly used to manage musculoskeletal injuries and examines the pros and cons, effectiveness and industry application of each approach.
By Glenn Trout and Chuck Haling
OSHA's adoption of GHS provides consistency to the classification of and communication about dangerous chemicals in the workplace. This brings the U.S. closer to unifying its system for international trade purposes, and it also helps elevate the rule from a right-to-know to a right-to-understand standard. The agency's revised GHS-aligned HazCom Standard went into effect May 2012, and with deadlines approaching, compliance questions are arising. This article answers 10 frequently asked questions about how the changes will affect employers and employees.