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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 1, January

A New Day
We're making changes at Occupational Hazards in the year 2000, but our commitment to sewing our readers and customers remains the same. You still there? We're taking a giant leap of faith, according to some sources, in believing that the first issue...
Are On-the-Job Injuries Rising?
Insurance rates and the number of on-the-job injuries will rise, and the way employers approach how to insure their workers will change, predicts Jeffrey Berkman, M.D., CEO of Industrial Health Care, a Connecticut-based occupational health care services...
Behavior-Based Safety and the Missing Links
Forging a strong behavior-based safely program requires attention to these two critical elements missing in many organizations. There is no question that behavior-based safety (BBS) is 1) in vogue, 2) ef-fective in reducing injuries and illnesses,...
California Seeks Big Hike in Workers' Comp Costs
California's insurance commissioner has recommended an 18.4 percent increase in workers' compensation premiums in 2000 after several years of little or no increases. State Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush is calling for the large increase...
CSB Chair Misses First Public Meeting
One side's version of a dispute over the internal governance of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) dominated the first public meeting of the 2-year old panel held Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C. The conflict pits CSB Chair...
EHS Pros Face Big Challenges
What is the most important issue confronting environmental, health & safety managers? Participants in Occupational Hazards' recent National Safety Survey had a variety of responses when asked to list their most important workplace issue. Answers...
Ford Rouge Accident Affects UAW Contract
The fatal explosion at the Ford Rouge Complex power plant in Dearborn, Mich., played a role in the company's union contract agreement with United Auto Workers (UAW). Ford spokesperson Ed Miller said the accident, which resulted in six dead and 14...
Getting Employees Comfortable with PPE: You Can Do It!
Safety managers highlight seven strategies for getting employees to accept personal protective equipment (PPE) as a necessary, beneficial part of the workplace. You can buy the best personal protective equipment in the world and still have an ineffective,...
High-Performance Lockout/Tagout
This lockout/tagout strategy goes beyond compliance to help ensure the elimination of serious injuries while encouraging high productivity Continuous advances in machine, equipment and process technology are making companies more efficient, productive...
If the Shoe Fits the Hazard, Wear It
Matching the correct footwear to a specific work environment can improve safety and reduce risks. When it comes to safety footwear, one size does not fit all. Just as with other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), many work environments...
Is What You Are Doing Contributing to Your Success?
Incompletions are hazardous to your health. Here are some time management principles that can help you cope when your inbox is overflowing. Time management continues to crop up as a key source of aggravation and stress among safety, health and environmental...
Letters
To the Editor: Your article, "Recordkeeping Rule Set for 2001," ("OSHA," November 1999) certainly addresses OSHA's proposed Form 300 reality. I disagree [with them]. It is not set for anytime. Unfortunately, the title of the article serves only...
OSHA Releases Ergonomics Plan
The epic struggle to complete an ergonomics standard is far from over, but for one day in November, OSHA could ignore its critics and control the debate on what could be one of the most far-reaching workplace rules of the decade. Not the politics...
Putting Optimism into Your Safety Program
Behavior-based safely initiatives help workgroups develop "optimistic" skills. This article details some recent research into the workgroup effects of pessimism and optimism. That research shows that pessimism is correlated with poor performance,...
Safely Blending Style & Protection
When it comes to protective eyewear, it's safely first, and that means careful attention to fit and quality. The design of safety eyewear has become increasingly influenced by fashion and price. Unfortunately, following the trends set by major sunglass...
The Injured Worker
Safety and health professionals must remember that workers are individuals, not statistics, and their protection is a primary duty. A worker [*] has been injured! Two broken wrists. Oh, that isn't serious. How often do occupational safety and health...
What Constitutes Voluntary Use of Respirators?
Do you need a respiratory protection program if exposures are below the OSHA PEL? A look at voluntary respirator use and the revised OSHA standard The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has always required employers to have a complete...
What's Wrong with Hearing Conservation?
After 15 years of OSHA-mandated hearing conservation programs, experts say many of the employees in the programs are still developing hearing loss. More than 30 million Americans have hearing loss, and noise in the workplace is by far the biggest...