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Prompted by the recent article in Civil Engineering on safety and last year's article on the same topic I've been curious as to ASCE's policy on this topic and any overarching guidance that's available to all members. The importance of safety is clearly annunciated in ASCE's mission statement. It's also addressed - well sort of - in the policy statements. I say sort of because I could not find anything on personal safety and keeping members safe. Is the lack of supporting guidance under the policy statements by design and if so why? Is the absence of a policy statement on member safety also by design or a possible omission?
I think your response just amplifies my point. When I think about safety in the context of civil engineering, the scope for me includes the office environment, our designs, the jobsite, and transportation. The office environment is not without hazards, think slips, trips, and falls as well as ergonomics. The use of codes and standards in our designs intrinsically addresses safety using safety factors or load and resistance factors developed by leading practitioners to provide safe outcomes; however, one needs to cognizant of deviations. Then there is the jobsite and getting to and from. The jobsite for civil engineers is much broader than physical construction and includes inspection, project engineering and management, clerk of the works, etc. Ideally, all these elements need to be addresses as part of an overarching safety policy/ policies. Furthermore, there should be no ambiguity as to the definition of workers.