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Donald J. Garvey
Worker Protection
September 2017
Fast-track projects make year-round work in adverse temperature conditions a common occurrence in construction. This article reviews multiple worker assessment methods, both instrumentation and observational, to help the frontline supervisor or OSH professional estimate worker risk to heat or cold stress injury. Based on the assessment, the OSH professional can select from multiple engineering, administrative and PPE controls to help maintain worker safety and health, as well as comfort during work in challenging temperature conditions.
Walt Rostykus and James Mallon
Safety Metrics
September 2017
Traditional safety metrics of injury rate and losses are poor measures of workplace ergonomics or predictors of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Current research and valid assessment tools allow reliable measurement of exposure to the risk factors that cause MSDs. Leading risk-based measures for MSDs enable sampling, predicting, preventive actions and verification of risk exposure.
Mikhail Golovkov, Holger Schau and Gavin Burdge
Worker Protection
September 2017
Part 3 of this three-part series discusses arc hazard assessment, limitation of arc rating and research on protective time current curves. It also identifies standardization misconceptions and associated challenges, and suggests improvements.
Connie Muncy
Health Hazards
September 2017
Workers in the power generation industry are exposed to many chemical, biological and physical health hazards. This article identifies examples of these hazards and discusses best practices for characterizing them. It also reviews the importance of implementing an effective continuous improvement cycle for controlling these health hazards.