Safety and OSHA News

ASSE forming accreditation institute to recognize quality safety programs

An independent accreditation institute created by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will debut this summer.  [Read more…]

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12 ways to reform OSHA

The current regulatory approach toward safety and health in the workplace needs improvement, according to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).  [Read more…]

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Survey: Certification boosts safety managers’ salaries

Good news for safety managers who hold certification in the field: A new survey says you’re likely making more money than safety managers who aren’t certified. And safety manager salaries are up overall from two years ago.

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Getting employees to report more near-misses

It’s been estimated that for every lost time injury of more than three days, there are dozens of prior non-injury incidents. So why don’t workers report more near-misses so there are fewer serious injuries? [Read more…]

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Distracted driving: Safety group wants employer and government action

The American Society of Safety Engineers is calling on safety pros to support efforts to cut down on distracted driving since the leading cause of workplace fatalities is motor vehicle crashes. [Read more…]

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Proactive Safety Management symposium in November


DES PLAINES, IL (August 5, 2009) – In a unique approach, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) will be host to a two-day ‘Proactive Safety Management’ symposium this November 12-13 in Miami, FL, where attendees select from intensive interactive workshops based on the topics that best fit their skill-building needs on how to integrate safety into the business of their organization.

Attendees will learn how to use safety management processes and tools for implementation in their workplace as well as hear from leading authorities in the area of safety and business. Keynoting the education event will be Chairman and CEO of Mzinga Barry Libert.  Mzinga is a top provider of social software solutions and services for marketing, customer support and learning. Through a combination of enterprise-class technology, strategy and online moderation services, Mzinga social solutions help businesses work to increase revenue and lower costs by addressing brand visibility, workplace satisfaction, and customer loyalty. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Mzinga services more than one billion monthly page requests from 40 million unique visitors in 160 countries worldwide.

Libert will also lead a workshop examining practical aspects and applications for the use of social networking in safety management and how to evaluate an organization’s social readiness through examples from company success stories.  This workshop aims to help attendees learn how to use social technology to connect with co-workers; reinvent one’s safety effort; and, utilize steps for getting started.

Leading authority on safety management and past ASSE President Samuel J. Gualardo, MA, CSP, president of National Safety Consultants, Inc., of Salix, PA, will address the attendees and discuss how to overcome organization barriers to attain safety and health performance excellence.

“We all spend most of our time focusing on typical workplace hazards and reducing losses,” Gualardo said. “We must think about the numerous tangible and intangible organizational barriers that can also have a significant impact on safety and health performance. These can be managed so that we can overcome these challenges to attaining safety and health performance excellence.”

Attendees can select from several workshops on Thursday including ‘Aligning Safety with Business Goals’, ‘Cost Analysis for Safety and Health’, ‘Implementing the Z10 Standard’, and ‘Employing Social Networking Tactics for Safety Management’. The second round of workshops held the next day include ‘Making the Business Case of Positive Change’, ‘Techniques for Hazard Analysis Recognition’, ‘Leadership Tool Box’, and ‘Safety Training’. Presenting the workshops are safety and business experts from around the U.S. Attendees will receive continuing education credits.

The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, FL. Prior to the Nov. 12-13 symposium ASSE will be host to four seminars — the Math Review Certification Exams Workshop Nov. 8; Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Exam Preparation Workshops Nov, 9-11, the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Exam Preparation Workshop Nov. 9-11, and Corporate Safety Management Workshop Nov. 9-11 also at the Hyatt Regency.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please check ASSE’s web site at

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Where is OSHA targeting its inspections?

OSHA is two-thirds of the way through the federal 2009 fiscal year. How are inspections stacking up this year? [Read more…]

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Recordkeeping checks coming back


For the last eight years, OSHA has de-emphasized recordkeeping inspections. That’s about to change. [Read more…]

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Hundreds to showcase products at ASSE conference


DES PLAINES, IL (May 28, 2009) – Despite the economy, more than 375 leading organizations are scheduled to exhibit at the annual June 28- July 1 American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) professional development conference and exposition (Safety 2009) in San Antonio, TX.  ASSE officials expect this number to continue to climb in the next few weeks.

“The continued strong showing each year is a testament to the strength of this segment of the safety, health, and environmental industry and the consistent innovation and strong content found in the ASSE Conference,” ASSE President Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, said today. “As Safety 2009 heads to San Antonio a near-record number of exhibitors have already reserved booth space. At this point we have seen the second most, all-time participating organizations already committed this year as Safety 2009 prepares for another big event in San Antonio.”

The 98-year-old ASSE is the largest and oldest safety society and has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide. For several years its annual conference has set attendance and exposition records with attendees traveling from throughout the U.S. and more than 40 countries to the conference.

As for the exposition, of the 375 exhibitors more than 70 are new and will be showcasing their products and services for the first time.

“Having so many new organizations in addition to the industry leaders will offer attendees the breadth and depth of variety of products and services they have come to expect to see annually at this event,” Brown continued. “This helps attendees look into the future of workplace safety at the same time.”

Conference officials will highlight the innovations with a ‘New Product Showcase’ which will debut on the exhibit floor. It will highlight the latest and most advanced products and services in one convenient location. For the current list of exhibitors go to

As for the conference, registrants are signing up quickly for the 225 sessions being offered. The top sessions so far include 1) leaders in organizations with great safety; 2) slip, trip and fall prevention; 3) complacency, the silent killer; 4) helping corporate leadership take personal responsibility for safety; and, 5) core leadership skills for the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional.
U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jordan Barab will also participate in a special Plenary Session on the first day of the conference. This session will include his insights and an overview on the direction of the new Administration in safety and health.
The last day of the conference will feature an Executive Summit with top executives sharing their insights with attendees. Eighteen topic tracks including the new “Business Skills” track will also be available for attendees. Fox News Business and Financial Journalist Stuart Varney and Former Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders will provide key note presentations. Varney will discuss the state of global business and the economy and Sanders will discuss corporate social responsibility and green business practices.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  For more information and to register please go to


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12 common mistakes in slip, trip and fall prevention


Slips, trips and falls are routinely one of the top causes of injuries in workplaces. They also subtract from a company’s bottom line due to medical and workers’ comp insurance, lost productivity and retraining costs. [Read more…]

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