Editor's Note

Editor’s Note: A new year

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As 2022 begins, the Safety+Health team remains committed to bringing occupational safety and health professionals news and knowledge to help prevent worker injury and death.

I’ve written about this before, but: The National Safety Council library contains every issue of S+H since it was first published as National Safety News in 1919. Whether I’m looking through a magazine from 1920 or 2020, many of the topics haven’t changed. Safety pros still wrestle with convincing workers to wear personal protective equipment. Workers are still injured by falls. And as we know, the list of OSHA standards that make up the agency’s annual “Top 10” ranking of most cited violations rarely changes.

That’s why, this month, S+H Associate Editor Kevin Druley writes about preventing slips, trips and falls; and S+H Associate Editor Barry Bottino takes a look at the challenge of keeping lone workers safe, and why “planning, communication and stop-work authority are key.”

At the same time, new hazards are emerging. So are solutions. In his article this month, S+H Associate Editor Alan Ferguson speaks with experts about how artificial intelligence can be used to provide “deeper insights, continuous observations and real-time alerts to help employees avoid unsafe situations and organizations respond to incidents quicker.”

And, of course, I’m not forgetting about the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to producing feature articles, Alan, Barry and Kevin write the news found both in the monthly print publication and daily on the S+H website. That includes coverage of pandemic-related regulatory and legislative actions, as well as the latest recommendations surrounding this ongoing public health crisis.

Count on us to keep you up to date. Here’s to a safe 2022.

Melissa J. Ruminski The opinions expressed in “Editor’s Note” do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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