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Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) — Research for Safe Work

Getting the word out about occupational safety and health

If you have knowledge about an industry or a best practice, consider publishing in a trade journal. Trade journals serve a targeted audience, making them perfect vehicles for short, industry- or job-specific stories. SHARP has worked with health care, construction, and other industries to increase injury-prevention activities in Washington State and many of SHARP's research findings have been succinctly communicated in trade journals or union association newsletters.

Trade publications can help you communicate directly with people who can make immediate changes – safety and health managers, company owners, and even the workers in the field — so that they have the information they need to make the right decision.

See these articles by SHARP staff


Peregrin Spielholz, "The Danger of Tractor Rollovers and Use of Protective Structures in Washington State," Wheat Life Magazine produced by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, October 11, 2007 (contact SHARP for copy).

Collision repair

Steve Whittaker, Robert Anderson, and Carolyn Whitaker, "Your Lungs, Your Skin, Your Life Many collision repairers still aren't properly protecting themselves from isocyanates. It's time that changed (" Body Shop Business, October 1, 2006.


Carolyn Whitaker, "Stilts Injuries in Construction (," Construction Dimensions, September 2005.

Electrical professionals

Carolyn Whitaker, "Electrical Best Practices: Reducing the Risk of Injuries". Electrical Safety and Arc Flash Handbook, Vol 9, pages 46-49, 2012. Published by The Electricity Forum, Pickering, Ontario. Available at The Electricity Forum (

Naomi Anderson and Carolyn Whitaker "Electrical burns and mental health: Facts about the injuries that you don't see" (, Electrical Source Magazine, May/June 2012 vol 8 issue 3, pages 30 – 33.

Carolyn Whitaker and Tom Sjostrom, "Preventing On-the-Job Injuries: Industry research project identifies practical strategies to reduce injury risk in the field (," Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M), June 1, 2007.

Carolyn Whitaker, "Prevent carbon monoxide poisonings-Emissions from forklifts can be reduced through maintenance and testing, but the best strategy is to use electric lifts (" Good Fruit Grower, October 1, 2006.

FACE program

WA State FACE Program, ""L" rack user alert" (www.GlassMagazine) Glass Magazine, December 6, 2011.

WA State FACE Program, "Commercial carpet cleaning: Safety first" ( CleanFax Online, July 7, 2011.

WA State FACE Program, "Watch your step" ( Cranes Today Magazine, June 6, 2012.

Food processing

Jena Pratt and David Bonauto, "Cuts cut productivity: Blade safety programs can enhance profits" Meat & Poultry. Feb 2005; pp 19 – 20 (contact SHARP for a copy).


Barbara Silverstein and Ninica Howard, "Lift that Patient, Spare that Back (1013 KB PDF / 3 min) (," Northwest Public Health, Fall/Winter 2006.

Coming soon: Ninica Howard, "Moving Towards Safety: Common Misconceptions about Safe Patient Handling," American Nurse Today.

Operating engineering

"Report cites construction fatalities, offers recommendations (10,730 KB PDF / 31 min) (," International Operating Engineer, Summer 2009, p. 18.


Caroline Smith, David Bonauto, and Christy Curwick, "Young man seriously burned while cleaning deep fryer," The Front Burner produced by the Washington Restaurant Association, March 1, 2008 (contact SHARP for copy).

Saw mills

Christy Curwick, "Clearing the Air: Questions and Answers about Western Red Cedar and Asthma (" Timber West: Journal of Logging and Sawmills, Nov/Dec 2004.


Jena Williams, Han Kim. "Don't Jump" ( Transport Topics, November 7, 2011.

Jena Williams. "Risk: Part of the job" (85 KB PDF) ( As appeared in The Route, September 2010.

Jena Pratt, "Opinion: Even on Foot, Trucking Is Risky Business" (, Transport Topics, June 8, 2009, p. 7.

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