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Every industrial hygienist (IH) knows this story. In the early 1920s, young women working at several U.S. Radium Corp. (USRC) plants across the U.S. and Canada painting glow-in-the-dark radium clock dials were becoming sick, some with grisly symptoms such as disintegrating jaws, horrible pain in their bones, and death from hemorrhages. Many developed massive sarcomas that riddled their bodies.
OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 15, 2017. It is important to note that the deadline to edit submitted data remains unchanged at December 31, 2017.
Forward-looking companies ORCHSE has worked with have implemented some of these practices. International Paper’s “It’s About LIFE,” or Life-changing Injury and Fatality Elimination, program has helped the company identify and focus on critical tasks.
ORCHSE integrates the degree of control and human and organizational performance factors into its risk assessment approach by developing a Severity/ Control Risk Matrix.
ORCHSE proposes a six-step solution to achieve a fatality and serious incident-free workplace. It is a new risk model that creates a separate track for addressing serious hazards.
Research conducted on human error, its causes, and consequences helps to elucidate this risk relationship. Human error is a symptom of trouble deeper inside a system, according to author Sydney Dekker. To explain failure, we must understand how workers’ assessments and actions made sense at the time given the circumstances that surrounded them. Workers themselves do not usually cause serious incidents.
It is important to realize that the causes of FSIs often differ from those causing less serious injuries. As author Dan Petersen observed in 1989, “Different sets of circumstances surround their severity.” Dan found that, unlike less serious incidents, FSIs tend to occur…