Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 8, August

A Management Plan for Legionella and Other Waterborne Pathogens: A Noted Expert Offers Steps for Reducing the Health and Legal Risks Your Facility Faces from Waterborne Hazards
Some attorneys still advise their hospital, hotel or industrial clients that a head-in-the-sand approach to Legionnaires' disease and other waterborne illness is the cost-effective way to manage related legal risk. But attorneys that have actually...
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Chemical Safety: CSB Says Chlorine Leak Resulted from Improper Safety Practices
In preliminary findings delivered in a community meeting in Glendale, Ariz., investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) say that a chlorine release at the DPC Enterprises Glendale facility resulted from the failure...
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Confined Spaces: Does Ventilation Control or Eliminate Atmospheric Hazards? Two Scenarios Help Answer This Apparent Conundrum
When I first read the preamble to the then new OSHA confined space standard, I was struck by an interesting paradox that appeared on page 4,487 of the Jan. 14, 1993, Federal Register. In one breath, OSHA said that continuous ventilation eliminated...
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Employers Tip the Scales of Weight Loss Success
While obesity remains a serious health condition affecting millions of Americans and costing U.S. businesses $13 billion annually in health care costs and productivity, a recent study commissioned by the American Association of Occupational Health...
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Environmental Management: Criminal Investigation Sought Following Whistleblower Claims of Pollution Violations
A former air quality engineer for Southwestern Electric Power Co. plants in Texas has blown the whistle on what he claims are years of violations of the Clean Air Act by parent company American Electric Power (AEP). In addition, Public Citizen's...
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Inside Story: Working for OSHA; What Do Agency Employees-Those Faceless Bureaucrats So Often Ridiculed by American Industry-Think of Their Jobs, Their Mission and the Institution They Work for? the Answers May Surprise You
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been around for more than 30 years. In that time, plenty of ink has been spilled writing about whether the agency is fulfilling its mission to protect American workers and debating the way...
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OSHA, You're Hired! in Building a New Trump Tower, a New York Building Construction Manager Partners with OSHA and Finds Working with the Feds a Major Advantage
Safety is a cut-and-dry deal," says veteran safety manager Harry Weidmyer matter of factly. "It's either done or not done. You are either providing training or you're not. You're doing recordkeeping or you're not." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] His...
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Regulatory Agenda Shows Progress on PPE Rule
OSHA has promoted to the "final rule stage" a standard that would clarify when employers are required to pay for their workers' personal protective equipment (PPE). The agency has been working on the PPE rule since the late 1990s and previously listed...
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Safety Incentive Programs: What Works? the Trend toward Implementing Incentive Programs Based on Safety Activities Rather Than Injury Results Pays off for Three Diverse Companies
Even as recently as 5 years ago, the vast majority of companies that offered safety incentive programs provided cash, prizes, awards or other forms of recognition to employees for performance related to "lagging indicators." That is, management tallied...
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Taking Control: What Do You Do to Protect Workers from Hazardous Materials That Have No Existing Exposure Limits? Control Banding Offers a Simplified Technique for Establishing Controls That Both Safety and Health Professionals and Company Managers Can Utilize
Protecting workers against exposure to hazardous materials isn't easy. Only a small fraction of the estimated 650,000 chemicals have exposure guidelines or regulatory exposure limits. Many regulatory exposure limits are so old they may not protect...
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The Five Biggest Traps to Avoid When Leading a Diverse Team: Are You Dealing with an Increasingly Diverse Work Force or EHS Team in Your Organization? If So, Being Aware of These Traps Could Help to Dramatically Improve Your Safety and Health Efforts
Today's leader must motivate and retain talent, that talent being perhaps the most diverse it's ever been. The differences are of many kinds, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual preference, lifestyle, physical and mental...
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The National Safety Congress: Celebrating Safety in New Orleans
The National Safety Council plans to jazz it up in New Orleans from Sept. 10 through Sept. 17 at the 92nd annual National Safety Congress and Expo. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The education program includes more than 200 sessions, ranging from broad-based...
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What Every Employer Should Know about Drug Testing in the Workplace: Think You Don't Have a Problem with Drugs in the Workplace? Think Again
American business has a drug problem. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 8 million Americans use some type of illegal substance. As many as 73 percent of all illicit drug users in this country are employed. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
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Young Worker Safety: Group Calls for Reform of Laws Governing Teen Employment
The National Consumers League (NCL) issued a list of the 2004 Five Worst Teen Jobs, and Darlene Atkins, NCL's vice president for Fair Labor Standards Policy, called for the White House and Congress to initiate child labor reform to save the lives of...
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