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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, March

2001: An OSHA Odyssey
Prepare to journey into the unknown world of OSHA in the Bush administration. Once OSHA managed to get its ergonomics standard on the books last year, the stage was set for new battles under a new presidential administration in 2001. What did...
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A Labor of Love
In some industries, OHS professionals in labor unions are the only ones in a position to influence workplace health and safely A small niche in our profession is that of the occupational hygiene and safety (OHS) professional who works for a labor...
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Amended DOE Workers' Comp Program Proposed
Thousands of current and former workers employed in nuclear weapons-related fields may soon receive workers' compensation benefits for the illnesses they acquired on the job. "For many years, the government promoted a legacy of neglect toward those...
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A Winning Approach to Employee Involvement
Nothing -- not production, not profits, not sales, not anything -- comes before safety." This motto, which appears on several signs hanging throughout the Rohm and Haas Morton Powder Coatings facility in Reading, Pa., is what health and safety director...
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Beyond Debate: Award-Winning Ergonomics Programs
Companies on both sides of the Atlantic are coming up with innovative ergonomic solutions. What do these programs have in common, and what light do they shed on the debate over OSHA's new standard? If you were a Martian listening to the ergonomics...
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Bush Reveals Vision of Government's Role in Worker Safety
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has released a letter from President Bush that lays out his views on OSHA and occupational safety and health. Notable by its absence is any mention of Bush's position on OSHA's ergonomics standard....
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Chao Dodges Ergo Bullet, for Now
As the Bush administration entered its third week, it was hard to find anybody in Washington willing to share even a rumor about who would succeed Charles Jeffress as OSHA administrator (see "Selection of OSHA Administrator Up in the Air"). By late...
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EPA Has Record Enforcement Actions in 2000
The release of EPA's 2000 enforcement statistics gave industry groups, long unhappy about overly aggressive enforcement strategies at the agency, one more reason to complain. Thanks to a huge increase in the number of administrative nonpenalty orders,...
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Fall Protection
Despite federal and state prevention efforts, falls continue to be the leading cause of fatalities and catastrophes investigated by OSHA each year. With the number of fall-related incidents at the workplace on the rise, employers, particularly those...
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Internet Fax
Internet fax services eliminate many of the headaches of computer modem faxing, rivaling dedicated fax machines. From fast-food and microwave dinners, to super highways and drive-thrus, to instant messaging and high-speed Internet access, our culture...
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Kroger's Six Key Elements: Recipe for Safety Success
Using behavior-based principles, Kroger internal consultants work closely with site personnel in bakeries, dairies and grocery products plants to reduce injuries. In 1997, Kroger Manufacturing launched a corporatewide Six Key Elements initiative...
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Make the Case for Hand Protection
Avoid severe hand and arm injuries by using gloves correctly and adhering to OSHA and voluntary standards, including the new ergonomics rule. Case 1: Joe is working on dry wall in a new office construction. A nail fired through the wall by another...
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Recordkeeping: A Rule Business Likes
Pity Charles Jeffress. He finally came out with a major new regulation that was welcomed by the business community, but the former OSHA administrator was out of his job before he could savor the warm, fuzzy feelings. The long-awaited recordkeeping...
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Risk Management Methods to Reduce Your Workers' Compensation Rates
Add these tools to your traditional safely practices and you could achieve significant savings for your company. Programs such as medical management and modified duty may not represent "traditional safety" in the sense that they prevent workplace...
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Scientists Confirm MSDs Can Be Attributed to Specific Jobs
Findings issued in a report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies shows that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the lower back and upper extremities can be attributed to particular jobs and working...
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Selection of OSHA Administrator Up in the Air
In early February, sources in touch with the Bush administration's effort to fill subcabinet posts at the Labor Department were saying it could be weeks or even months before a new assistant secretary of labor for OSHA is named. Among the reasons...
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Straightforward Communication Processes in EHS
Communication is a vital part of every EHS professional's job. This column begins a series on improving your communication skills. Part 1 focuses on platform presentations. Effectively communicating environmental health and safety (EHS) concepts...
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The Eyes Have It
Knowing the elements of an effective eye protection program can help you eliminate these costly, preventable injuries in your workplace. Eye protection does not eliminate the hazard posed by flying chips, corrosive liquids, hot sparks or caustic...
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What Ergonomists Think of OSHA's Rule
The OSHA rule may not be perfect, ergonomics experts concede, but it does provide a stimulus to companies to examine this important issue. If the OSHA ergonomics standard represents a full-employment act for ergonomists, they are showing remarkable...
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Whitman's EPA: First Offer Carrot, but Keep the Stick
As she begins work as the country's top environmental regulator, Christine Todd Whitman could hardly have stronger or more bipartisan political support. The Senate voted 99-0 to approve her as EPA administrator Jan. 30. The Senate vote is a tribute...
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