Charles Schwab 2017-10-25 02:01:53
Safety is about You Ask any safety professional, insurance actuary, or medical doctor, and they will say that the risk of injury is an inherent part of life, and the small decisions we make every day can affect our safety and well-being. However, when we leave for work in the morning, we assume that we’ll come home safe at the end of the day. That also applies to travel?we expect to arrive at our destination whole and unharmed. Those expectations are not unrealistic, but some effort is needed to achieve them. That is especially true for the industries served by ASABE. Production agriculture is hazardous, but ASABE safety professionals believe in the goal of zero agricultural fatalities. The safety advances that we have made toward this goal have been astounding, and the rates of injuries and fatalities have been declining for decades. These safety advances have been achieved by professionals in many fields, and you are likely one of them: Whether you provide your expertise as a standards developer to ensure safe machine operation, ... or as a structural designer to protect tractor operators from being crushed in rollover accidents, ... or as an innovator in assistive technology to help farmers with disabilities keep doing the work they love, ... or as a researcher to develop a better understanding of how to recognize risks and avoid hazards, ... or as an ergonomist to apply new technology that provides real-time feedback on worker health, ... or as an educator to assemble and train a coalition of volunteers to spread the safety message, you are part of the larger safety team. As Dee Jepsen said in the First Word for this special issue of Resource, safety is both a means to an end, and the end of a means. Make sure you are always participating in safe behaviors, accept safety challenges when they arise, and consider the role of safety in every project. As educators, we can emphasize safety as it relates to our course topics, we can elevate safety to a graded component, and we can require safety considerations in our students’ Capstones. As engineers and manufacturers, we have developed standards for guidance, and we continually update those standards as new technologies are introduced. No matter what we do, safety is a concern. And it’s not just our professional role. In life as in work, we are all responsible for safety?our own safety and the safety of others. Ensuring that one more person makes it home at the end of the day is a proud accomplishment. As an ASABE member, you are part of a diverse team making that basic difference in people’s lives. The goal of zero fatalities is still in front of us, and it’s achievable. ASABE member Charles Schwab, Professor and Extension Safety Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, USA, email@example.com.
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