Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


we discuss the importance of considering human variability in the design process. Please discuss an instance when you felt a product was not designed to fit your personal body type. Share this product and how it failed to meet your needs. What recommendations do you have for the designer?



Only Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards are legally enforceable in facilities that are regulated by OSHA. However, many of the OSHA standards are severely outdated and can be based on scientific research from the 1970s or earlier. Other organizations, like the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), publish guidelines that are based on more recent scientific research. What are your thoughts on whether a facility should only worry about complying with the OSHA regulations or go beyond compliance and use the stricter requirements of either OSHA regulations or other guidelines? Please include any personal experiences you might have.




Many argue that the successful application of each of the five Es of fire prevention—education, economic incentives, enforcement, engineering, and emergency response—may be enough to prevent a major loss of life fire. However, organizations often lack adequate funding to fully support all of the five Es.

Identify a local organization (i.e., an organization where you serve or an organization serving the community in which you reside). Reflecting on the organization that you have chosen and the five Es, which of the five Es do you feel would be the most effective at preventing a large loss of life fire? Which one do you feel would be the least effective at preventing a large loss of life fire? Why?

Your response should be grounded in applying knowledge gained to improve public safety within the community you serve or reside.


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