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    CSHS Helps Propel New Global Protocol on Human Capital in Business

    Aug 28, 2018
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    The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability is helping to push forward a new global protocol that aims to improve the measurement and value of human capital in corporate decision making and government policy. The protocol is driven by the Social and Human Capital Coalition.
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    Data Gathering: Setting the Foundation for Successful Risk Assessment

    Aug 27, 2018
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    Risk assessment, like many processes, begins with gathering data. Data gathering allows safety professionals and others to develop an understanding of what hazards and risks exist within a facility and how they affect employee safety.
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    Study Finds Elevated Levels of Opioid Use in Massachusetts Construction Workers

    Aug 27, 2018
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    A recent study by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that a disproportionate number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015 involved workers in the construction and extraction industries.
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    Five Things You Need in Your Marijuana Policy Now

    Aug 27, 2018
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    Twenty-seven states have legalized the use of medical marijuana, and it poses a significant challenge for companies. These five things are part of every effective workplace marijuana policy, and can help safety professionals navigate this evolving issue.
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    Acing Your Interview: Five Tips for Safety Professionals

    Aug 27, 2018
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    Whether you’re a young person looking for your first position or a seasoned safety professional seeking to take that next step, here are five tips to keep in mind when preparing for an interview.
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    ASSP Publishes Risk Management Book and Sets Webinar

    Aug 24, 2018
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    A new risk management book published by ASSP is available on the Society’s website for occupational safety and health professionals looking to strengthen their operational risk management abilities. ASSP will conduct a corresponding webinar in September.
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    ASSP Certification and Accreditation Institute Debuts

    Aug 22, 2018
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    The new ASSP Certification and Accreditation Institute LLC has begun working with companies to certify their workplace safety and health processes to established standards. The institute’s certification mark reflects a company’s investment in occupational safety and health management and is expected to provide a competitive advantage in the industry.
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    Five Safety Training Pitfalls to Avoid

    Aug 22, 2018
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    If, like most employers, you’re concerned that the safety training opportunities you offer aren’t helping your workers learn and grow, here are five common problems to identify and solve.  
  • Registration Opens for ASSP’s Immersive Safety Education Event

    Aug 20, 2018
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    Learning must be immersive, engaging and relevant to your job. That’s why ASSP’s annual Seminarfest is a leading source for education among workplace safety professionals everywhere. Registration is now open for Seminarfest 2019, set for Jan. 24-31 in Las Vegas.
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    Keeping Workers Safe During Trenching and Excavation

    Aug 14, 2018
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    Excavation and trenching are some of the most dangerous activities in construction, but the hazards are preventable. By taking the proper steps, contractors and workers can have confidence that they can conduct excavation and trenching operations safely.
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    OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for Beryllium Standard

    Aug 09, 2018
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    OSHA is extending the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. The extension maintain essential safety and health protections for workers, the agency states, while giving it time to work on a proposal that would clarify certain provisions of the standard and address employers’ compliance burdens.
  • ASSP Encourages Involvement in Safe + Sound Week

    Aug 08, 2018
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    ASSP is encouraging involvement in the second-annual Safe + Sound Week held Aug. 13-19. The nationwide campaign – spearheaded by OSHA and co-sponsored by ASSP – aims to build a stronger connection between safe workplaces and sound businesses.
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    Seven Reasons Virtual Reality Isn’t as Scary as You Think

    Aug 08, 2018
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    Want to use virtual reality to train your employees? Starting with a goal and understanding the upfront costs can dramatically mitigate the risk. Those first steps can also help safety professionals convince high-level stakeholders that VR isn’t just an expensive trend.
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    The Top 10 Fall Protection Misuses and What to Do About Them

    Jul 31, 2018
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    A peer-reviewed article by Craig Galecka, P.E., CSP, and Shawn Smith, CSP, titled “Fall Protection: Top 10 Misuses & What to Do About Them,” highlights common mistakes that are made when using fall protection equipment, and ways to avoid them.
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    OSHA Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

    Jul 30, 2018
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    OSHA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that it says will better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be reidentified with a particular individual. This rulemaking would remove provisions of the agency's current recordkeeping rule.
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    How to Recognize and Prevent Occupational Heat Stress

    Jul 29, 2018
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    It’s tougher to beat the heat on job sites than at backyard barbecues this summer. Donald J. Garvey, CSP, CIH, ARM, a construction technical specialist for 3M’s Personal Safety Division, has tips for recognizing and preventing occupational heat stress.
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    Technical Q&A: What A10 Standards Apply to Construction and Demolition Safety Management?

    Jul 23, 2018
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    We've received several questions lately asking what A10 standards address safety management for construction and demolition operations. Four standards and our latest technical report offer guidance to help improve safety management in construction.
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    New Academic and Research Council to Advance Safety and Health Profession

    Jul 17, 2018
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    ASSP has created the Council on Academic Affairs and Research, its first new council in 20 years. Among its objectives, the new council will develop and maintain a research agenda that supports the OSH profession, and encourage the translation of research to practice. The group will also work to bring more students into the profession.
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    ASSP Introduces Jennifer McNelly as New Executive Director

    Jul 16, 2018
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    ASSP will welcome Jennifer McNelly as its new executive director on Aug. 16. She was introduced to staff July 16 at ASSP headquarters and will become the Society’s eighth executive director since ASSP was founded in 1911. McNelly brings 30 years of association, government, regulatory and business experience.
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    Why It’s Time to Rethink Cargo Truck Tank Safety

    Jul 12, 2018
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    Confined space hazards in cargo truck tanks are an afterthought for many employers. A new article by Daniel J. O’Connell, CSP, ASP, CET, outlines the unique risks presented by these environments and provides guidance to help safety professionals.

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