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Introduction To Occupational Safety


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Introduction To Occupational Safety

  2. 2. WHAT IS IT? <ul><li>Part of larger discipline of Occupational Safety and Health </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which is part of Public Health </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aimed at preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace </li></ul>
  3. 3. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TEAM <ul><li>Safety Specialist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevention of accidents and injury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every facility should have someone dedicated to this position either full time in larger facilities or as one of their assigned duties </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Industrial hygienist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevention of occupational disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of chemical, physical (noise, heat, radiation, etc) and biological hazards arising in or from the workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not every facility needs a full-time IH </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TEAM <ul><li>Occupational Health Nurse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides treatment for minor injuries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps run the health and safety program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Occupational Health Physician </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides treatment as needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps run the health and safety program </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TEAM <ul><li>Other potential team member </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ergonomist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational Health Psychologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Resource Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toxicologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Epidemiologist </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. SOME BASIC TERMS <ul><li>Accident – an unplanned event that disrupts the completion of an activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Injuries may or may not be involved </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hazard – an existing or potential condition in the workplace that can result in injury, illness, death or property damage </li></ul>
  7. 7. WORKER – EQUIPMENT –ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM <ul><li>This is the system of job performance that leads to the completion of a task </li></ul><ul><li>Worker functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information processing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Controlling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equipment (and materials) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Should be properly designed maintained and used </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. WORKER – EQUIPMENT –ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM <ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housekeeping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conditions: lighting, temperature, humidity, noise, vibrations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These three components of the system interact to produce job performance and tack completion </li></ul>
  9. 9. WORKER – EQUIPMENT –ENVIRONMENT SYSTEM <ul><li>While we will look at accident theory in a little more detail later… </li></ul><ul><li>Accidents can often be linked to an imbalance in this system or a failure in one of the components </li></ul>
  10. 10. SOME PERSPECTIVE <ul><li>In the US and other developed countries occupational safety and health has come a long way </li></ul><ul><li>However in much of the world, the working conditions are still horrible. To wrap up this introductory module you will view a video on the shipbreaking industry and discuss it on the discussion board. </li></ul>