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Workplace Safety: Hazard Identification and Management Responsibilities


On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with human factors experts Jim Wellman and Phil Buckley, presented a free, one-hour, interactive webinar,Workplace Safety: Hazard Identification and Management Responsibilities, for all legal professionals.

Safety Management Systems identify hazards that lead to corrections involving engineering to design out the hazard, guarding to protect against the hazard, warnings/labels about the hazard and training of those potentially exposed to the hazard. Guidance on “safe” solutions for each of these areas is provided by many relevant standards. While the use of a standard does not guarantee a “safe” product, it is generally a starting point in determining whether basic safety has been engineered into the product. Those who ignore the use of appropriate standards do so with possible serious consequences.

During this webinar, the presenters discussed some of the standard-generating bodies, how they develop and promulgate standards, their motives and methods, and through the use of an example, understand how a machine guarding standard can be used to engineer a barrier to guard against the hazard of moving components.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 3.3 million serious work-related injuries and about 4,500 fatalities occur each year with direct cost of over $53 billion in U.S. workers’ compensation costs, averaging more than $1 billion per week.

Over the years, OSHA has noted a strong correlation between the application of sound management practices in the operation of safety and health programs and a low incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses. Where effective safety and health management is practiced, injury and illness rates are significantly less. As a result of this awareness, OSHA continues to increase emphasis on management practices.

Most successful injury and illness prevention programs are based on a common set of key elements. This webinar will describe the key components of a Safety Management System, and how a Safety Management System impacts regulatory compliance performance.

Key Learning Objectives of this webinar include:
  • The utility of standards
  • Intent and methods of standards organizations
  • How one standard is used to design a machine guard
  • Why Safety Management Systems are important
  • Key components of a Safety Management System
  • How you can determine if a company “gets it”

About the Experts

Jim Wellman brings over 27 years of experience in Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) Management Systems in culturally diverse multi-national organizations. Jim is a proven leader in defining business-integrated HSE strategies, building effective safety management systems, and leading large matrix organizations. He also has a proven track record in integrating HSE accountabilities, driving performance turnarounds, assembling new organizations and reengineering existing ones. In addition to HSE Management Systems, Jim also has significant expertise in many specialized safety areas such as root cause analysis, safety regulations & compliance, recordkeeping, accident investigation, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, and robotics safety, OSHA, DOE, and behavior-based safety management. Jim has a BS in Industrial Safety and a MBA. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at the OHSA Training Institute, a Certified Safety Consultant and a member of ASSE.

Phil Buckley has nearly 40 years of experience in mechanical engineering, engineering systems and technology applications. Phil has applied his broad knowledge in such areas as new product development, concept and prototype development, accident reconstruction, failure analysis, vehicular systems, control systems, test & evaluation, manufacturing, machine design, materials, regulations, codes, standards, guidelines, and safety hazard mitigation. He has also developed tooling methods, processes, and equipment. Phil has specialized expertise in a diverse number of industries including publishing, graphics, renewable energy, defense, recycling, manufacturing, construction, automotive, and litigation support of complex technical issues involving product liability, personal injury, premises liability and vehicular systems. Mr. Buckley has a BSME and MSME. He is a Professional Engineer, ACTAR certified, a member of SAE, and holds several patents.
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