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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 5/28/2013.

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On the Practice of Safety continues to be an unparalleled resource on best safety practices. It supplies the reader with the core information that everyone who is in the safety field must know. Each chapter is written in a self contained unit that can be used on its own to cover a topic. The new edition updates all of the chapters from the previous edition while adding new material. Topics in these new chapters include sustainability, lean concepts, management of change/pre-job planning, leading and lagging indicators, and indirect and direct accident costs.

Author Biography

FRED A. MANUELE, CSP, PE, is President of Hazards, Ltd., the company he founded after retiring from Marsh & McLennan where he served as managing director. His books Advanced Safety Management: Focusing on Z10 and Serious Injury Prevention and On the Practice of Safety have been widely adopted for graduate and undergraduate safety degree programs. Mr. Manuele is a Fellow of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a recipient of the National Safety Council's Distinguished Service to Safety. Mr. Manuele also served as chair for the development of the new American National Standard on Prevention through Design.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 On Becoming a Profession 11

2 Defining the Practice of Safety 27

3 Principles for the Practice of Safety: A Basis for Discussion 43

4 Academic and Skill Requirements for the Practice of Safety 63

5 Transitions Affecting the Practice of Safety 80

6 Acceptable Risk 102

7 Superior Safety Performance: A Reflection of an Organization’s Culture 125

8 Improving Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention 148

9 Management of Change/Prejob Planning 173

10 Reviewing Heinrich: Dislodging Two Myths from the Practice of Safety 234

11 Indirect-to-Direct Accident Cost Ratios 257

12 On Leading and Lagging Indicators 277

13 Systemic Socio-Technical Causation Model for Hazards-Related Incidents 293

14 Incident Investigation: Studies of Quality 316

15 Designer Incident Investigation 329

16 Safety Professionals and the Design Process: Opportunities 354

17 Guidelines: Designing for Safety 367

18 Prevention through Design: The Standard 388

19 System Safety: The Concept 408

20 Applied Ergonomics: Significance and Opportunity 428

21 On Quality Management and the Practice of Safety 453

22 Lean Concepts: Opportunities for Safety Professionals 471

23 Sustainability 491

24 Operational Risk Management Audits 511

25 Measurement of Safety Performance 535

26 A Short Course on Financial Management 562

Index 579

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