Issue One

A Letter From SHIFT's Managing Editor

In our ever-evolving workplace, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) practitioners know the importance of continuing education. We know that industries, technology, and the general work environment are continuously changing, and with those changes come new hazards and risks for employees. This is why it is so crucial for EHS practitioners to stay up to date on emerging trends and ideas in the safety profession. Our dynamic work environments were the inspiration behind SHIFT: Global EHS Research to Practice,  a publication and tool that can be utilized by EHS professionals at any level of their career to stay current on the latest industry trends.

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Angela Giotto PhD, MPH, CSP
Managing Editor
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Applied Ergonomics Risk Assessment

Ergonomic risk factors are leading contributors to occupational injuries and illnesses in the form of workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and injuries from human error.  Identification, assessment, and treatment of ergonomic risk factors should follow the established risk management process in ANSI/ASSP/ISO 31000 and 31010. 

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Novel Noise Monitoring Prototypes to Measure the Impact of Two-way Radio Earpiece Noise

Current noise exposure measurement techniques fail to account for the noise emitted from a two-way radio earpiece and are impractical for highly variant and physically demanding work environments. Two novel prototypes were created to adapt a standard noise dosimeter for measuring noise levels when a two-way radio earpiece was used.

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The Association of Gender, Book Bag Style, and Back Pain Among University Students

The purpose of this cross-sectional study is to identify risk factors associated with book bag carriage among college students and discuss strategies for prevention.

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