Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 4, April

Agency Launches HazCom Initiative
One week before the Senate's OSHA oversight subcommittee scheduled a hearing on material safety data sheets (MSDSs), OSHA announced a new program designed to improve compliance with the hazard communication standard (HCS). The agency's initiative...
Benchmarking Safety Efficiency: A New Study Finds That Less Can Indeed Be More When It Comes to Health and Safety Staff Performing Safety Activities
Benchmarking helps organizations compare what they do to what the best performers do. That's the reason companies are eager to sign on to projects such as the study recently completed by Best Practices LLC on safety and health staffing and practices....
Building Your Occupational Emergency Medical Care Program: A First Aid Expert Examines What It Means to Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency in Your Workplace
Preparedness is on everyone's mind these days. Aside from the daily possibility of routine medical emergencies such as heart attack or workplace injury, there is additional urgency to be ready due to the current political state of the world. The constant...
Data vs. Experience: The Human Factor in OSHA's APF Proposal; Many Welcomed OSHA's Decision to Add Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) to Its Respiratory Protection Standard. but a Key Part of the Proposal Has Aroused Intense Controversy over the Use of Scientific Findings
The public hearings to amend OSHA's respiratory protection standard (29 CFR1910.134), stretching over three days in January, were filled with enough technical data, acronyms and recondite debate to baffle an educated layman. There was general agreement...
Environmental Management: Senators Criticize EPA 2005 Budget
Democrats and a lone independent ripped into the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed 2005 budget priorities during the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee hearing March 10. The administration is proposing a 7.2 percent cut...
Ergonomics: Many Shift Workers May Be at Risk of Injury
New research has determined that ergonomic issues are different for the 24 million Americans who work nights. Limited employee involvement in schedule selection, long work days and an excess of consecutive work days are all linked to increased risk...
Getting Started with Managed Fall Protection: A Proposed ANSI Standard Offers Companies a Effective Framework for Preventing Injuries and Deaths from Falls
Since the late 1980s, when OSHA and ANSI introduced standards for fall protection, companies have been tackling the issue of fall hazards. Initially, companies thought fall protection equipment was the sole method to protect their workers against injuries...
Has Cal/OSHA Lost Too Many Inspectors?
The OSH Act requires that state plans be "at least as effective" as the federal program, including the development and enforcement of standards. It is not clear how federal OSHA assesses this provision: no state program has ever been abolished solely...
Listening to Experience: 10 Steps to Successful Online Training; How Do You Reap the Benefits of Online Training While Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Derail a Program? A Safety Training Expert Offers a Proven Strategy for Success
The environmental, health and safety industry continues to undergo a technological transition in the delivery of employee training. As technology advances, training delivery options are increasing. More organizations are exploring computer-based delivery...
Protecting Vulnerable Workers: Vulnerable Workers-Young Workers, Older Workers, Women and Immigrants-Are at Higher Risk of Injury. Eefforts to Protect These Workers Are Yielding Results, but More Needs to Be Done, Say Experts
A 17-year-old bagger employed at his family's grocery store was asked for ground beef by a customer. None was available, so he decided to operate the grinder, despite the fact that workers under the age of 18 are prohibited by OSHA from operating meat...
Study Examines Relationship of Disabilities to Total Benefits Costs
CIGNA has released the findings of a new study that reveal integrating disability with health care programs has the potential to lower employers' total benefits costs and help disabled employees get back to work sooner and stay at work. As a result...
Vulnerable Workers in the Global Economy: Following a Shift in the Global Economy, Many U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Have Moved Overseas. Workers in the Developing World Are Finding Themselves Exposed to Chemicals, High Noise, Unguarded Machinery and Other Safety Hazards
Manufacturing in the global economy has made a dramatic shift in the last decade from relatively well-regulated, high-wage, often unionized plants in the developed world to very low-wage, basically unregulated, nonunion production facilities in the...
Worker Wins Lawsuit for Popcorn Flavoring-Induced Lung Disease
Eric Peoples can breathe a little easier, after a jury awarded him and his wife $20 million for lung damage he suffered as a result of his employment at the Gilster-Mary Lee microwave popcorn factory in Jasper, Mo. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Peoples,...
Work Zone Safety Week: Roadway Work Zones Bring Together a Dangerous Mix of Construction Workers and Motor Vehicle Operators. These Resources Can Help You in Your Efforts to Reduce Injuries and Fatalities in These Hazardous Workplaces
Writers and philosophers teach us that true happiness lies in the journey, not the destination. Yet few of us find joy when the highway of life passes through a road construction work zone. And many are blinded to danger by their need for speed. ...