Re: Safety manuals and credentials

Subject: Re: Safety manuals and credentials
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 14:19:28 -0700


The normal procedure would be for the client to hire a consulting safety
engineer with a PE license and whatever other certs are required to
"stand up in court." The safety consultant would review the company's
processes and documents (at a rate anywhere from 2X to 5X that of a
technical writer) and depending on the consultant's capabilities and
workload and the client's budget, would either write or revise the
company's documents (no writer gig here) or deliver a set of markups of
existing documents for the company's less expensive writer/s to revise
and then review and sign off on them prior to release. Safety engineers
who lack the time or talent to do the writing but have good contacts and
clients with deep pockets might sub out the writing at writer's rates
and then bill it to their clients with a markup.

My answer to thg question of whether I as a writer have any
safety-related credentials that would stand up in a court of law is an
automatic 'no," If I did have them, I'd be hanging out my shingle at
consulting engineer rates and wouldn't go anywhere near a contract at
writer rates, and if writer gigs were all there were likely to be, I'd
let my certs lapse before taking any. In most states, just having the
credentials opens you up to all the associated liabilities whether they
are a part of your contracts or not.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Do I hear an "amen" from all the editors and engineers on the list?


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