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Safety Professional's Reference and Study Guide

2nd Edition

By W. David Yates

CRC Press

872 pages | 126 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2017-08-09
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While there are numerous technical resources available, often you have to search through a plethora of them to find the information you use on a daily basis. And maintaining a library suitable for a comprehensive practice can become quite costly. The new edition of a bestseller, Safety Professional's Reference and Study Guide, Second Edition provides a single-source reference that contains all the information required to handle the day-to-day tasks of a practicing industrial hygienist.

New Chapters in the Second Edition cover:

  • Behavior-based safety programs
  • Safety auditing procedures and techniques
  • Environmental management
  • Measuring health and safety performance
  • OSHA’s laboratory safety standard
  • Process safety management standard
  • BCSPs Code of Ethics

The book provides a quick desk reference as well as a resource for preparations for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and the Construction Health and Safety Technologist (CHST) examinations. A collection of information drawn from textbooks, journals, and the author’s more than 25 years of experience, the reference provides, as the title implies, not just a study guide but a reference that has staying power on your library shelf.


"Solid, detailed and a text worthy of use by experienced safety professionals as well as those entering the field. As a possible single source of comprehensive information, the Safety Professional’s Reference and Study Guide is worthy of inclusion on the bookshelf of anyone interested in or working in the field."

—Daniel G. Hopwood, MPH, ARM, CSP, Cuyamaca Community College, El Cajon, CA

"Written in simple language, easy to understand the concept in occupational health and safety practice; quite a number of helpful examples to illustrate the problems. A comprehensive reference book or text for a training course in OSH as well as for revision for preparation of the CSP examination."

—TSIN Tai-wa, Hong Kong Institute of Occup & Env Hygiene

"This book captures the field experiences of the author over a long career in HSE. The book highlights personnel safety requirements in industry and provides a near complete source of information and knowledge for HSE professionals and potential HSE students. The book is essentially a 1 stop shop for H&S knowledge. This in my view along with the rich experiences and easy writing style of the author, makes this book stand out."

—Dr. Chitram Lutchman

Table of Contents

The Safety Profession Regulations

Math Review Particulates and Gases Toxicology

Industrial Hygiene for the Safety Professional


Noise and Hearing Conservation Program Biological Hazards

Fire Protection and Prevention

Thermal Stressors

Personal Protective Equipment

Safety Statistics

Electrical Safety


Hydrostatics and Hydraulics


Engineering Economics

Management Theories

Accident Investigations

Workers Compensation


Construction Safety

Risk Management

Hazardous Materials Management

Radiation Safety

Behavior Based Safety Programs

Self-Auditing Procedures and Techniques Environmental Management

Safety Metrics (Leading vs. Lagging Indicators)

About the Author

Dr. Yates has extensive knowledge and experience in hazardous materials management, safety programs management, indoor air quality, ventilation, noise and sound, and industrial hygiene sampling and analysis.

He was born in Morton, Mississippi, and lived most of his childhood in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Services from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, a Master of Science Degree in Hazardous Materials Management from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. He served ten years in the United States Navy as a Preventive Medicine Technician and currently serves in the Army National Guard as a Safety and Occupational Health Officer.

In his civilian career, Dr. Yates has operated his own professional consulting firm, served as the Safety and Mission Assurance Manager for Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, the Corporate Safety Director for Bodine Services of the Midwest, Decatur, Illinois, and lead safety positions in mining and manufacturing. Currently, he serves as the Safety Manager for FMC Corporation, Green River, Wyoming, which has both MSHA and OSHA facilities. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety