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Risk-Reduction Methods for Occupational Safety and Health

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Author: Roger C. Jensen

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2012, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Hardcover, 392 pages

Risk Reduction for Occupational Safety and Health covers system safety methods related to occupational health and safety (OSH). It argues for anticipating hazards, risk reduction strategies for hazard processes, and making sure that workers' tasks correspond to human capabilities. To this end, the book provides proactive methods for identifying hazards, assessing risk, analyzing hazards, using tools from system safety, conducting post-incident investigations, considering human errors, applying risk reduction strategies, and managing process safety. While emphasizing methods suitable for all countries, it includes references to U.S. military and Department of Energy documents, as well as a discussion of fault-tree construction.

The book is organized into five parts:

  • Part I. Background. This part sets forth the fundamental principles and defines key terms that are essential for understanding concepts that are explored throughout the book.
  • Part II. Analysis Methods. This section describes the essential system safety tools for occupational safety and health professionals.
  • Part III. Programmatic Methods for Managing Risk. This part explores the common components of occupational safety and health programs, synthesizing all risk-reduction tactics into nine core risk-reduction strategies.
  • Part IV. Risk Reduction for Energy Sources. This section examines hazards involving kinetic energy, electrical energy, acoustic energy, thermal energy, fires, explosions, pressure, electromagnetic energy, and weather and geological events.
  • Part V. Risk Reduction for Other Than Energy Sources. This part addresses workplace hazards, chemical substances, biologic agents, musculoskeletal stressors, and acts of violence.

End-of-chapter exercises help readers apply their newfound skills and knowledge to solving common OSH challenges.

Risk Reduction for Occupational Safety and Health can be used either as a textbook for OSH students or as a reference for OSH professionals, providing them with a new, streamlined approach to OSH risk reduction.

Roger C. Jensen, JD, PhD, is Professor in the Safety, Health, and Industrial Hygiene Department of Montana Tech of The University of Montana. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Professional Ergonomist, Certified Safety Professional, and Registered Attorney. Dr. Jensen was honored with a Best Paper Award from Professional Safety: the Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

ISBN: 978-0-470-88141-5

"In this incredibly well-constructed and ambitious book, Professor Jensen says his initial motive for writing it was to provide a textbook for the next generation of occupational safety and health professionals to learn systematic methods that will help them throughout their careers." RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal, 1 September 2012


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