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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 5, May

Breathing New Life into OSHA's Respirator Rule
BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO OSHA's RESPIRATOR RULE In 1985, OSHA officials circulated a draft proposed revision of the agency's respiratory protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. It was no secret that the agency's standard, adopted from a 1969 ANSI consensus...
Employee Involvement Yields Improved Safety Record
EMPLOYEE INVOLVEMENT YIELDS IMPROVED SAFETY RECORD In 1982, the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. factory in La Vergne, Tenn., was faced with declining production and employment numbers, and was planning to close in early 1983. The plant had been "shrinking,"...
Hazcom's Growing Pains
HAZCOM'S GROWING PAINS After an 18-month struggle, OSHA announced on February 15 that all provisions of the hazard communication standard are now in effect for all industries. The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...
Industrial Hygiene Auditing: Allied Signal Takes the 'Extra Step.'
INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE AUDITING: ALLIED-SIGNAL TAKES THE 'EXTRA STEP' For more than 10 years, Allied-Signal, Inc., the diversified Morristown, N.J.-based company, has included industrial hygiene auditing in a comprehensive effort known as the Health,...
Industry Seeks Hazcom Review in Supreme Court
INDUSTRY SEEKS HAZCOM REVIEW IN SUPREME COURT The hazard communication standard (HCS) is currently the subject of four petitions for review by the Supreme Court. The petitions all stem from a decision last November by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals...
McMillan Appointed Acting OSHA Chief
McMillan appointed acting OSHA chief On April 1, Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole appointed Alan C. McMillan as deputy assistant secretary of OSHA, and designated him as acting assistant secretary for the agency. The announcement followed immediately...
Meatpackers Attack Safety Shortcomings
MEATPACKERS ATTACK SAFETY SHORTCOMINGS No one familiar with the business of slaughtering and processing meat ever regarded the work as anything other than tough, tiring, and potentially dangerous. Witness this account by a veteran labor union official:...
Neutralizing High-Frequency Noise
Neutralizing high-frequency noise Thermal spray coatings applied by General Plasma to a variety of parts help them resist wear and tear. But, while the more than 200 thermal spray and plasma transferred-arc coatings are the backbone of the company's...
OSHA Issues New Standard
OSHA issues new standard OSHA's hazardous waste site and emergency response standard, issued in February, was hailed by then OSHA-Chief John Pendergrass as "the first comprehensive approach to protecting public and private sector employees involved...
Preview: The 1989 American Industrial Hygiene Conference
PREVIEW: THE 1989 AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE CONFERENCE Where can you sharpen your industrial hygiene management skills, get an update on OSHA's regulatory activities, and take a cruise down the mighty Mississippi? For more than 7,000 industrial...
Seeking a Cure for Sick Building Syndrome
SEEKING A CURE FOR SICK BUILDING SYNDROME Air pollution. Toxic chemicals. Biological hazards. The list might sound like a description of a toxic waste dump, but in fact, it describes some of the problems being discovered in ordinary office buildings....
Was Machine Guard Feasible?
Was machine guard feasible? In response to an employee complaint, an OSHA compliance officer inspected. Crown Zellerbach Co.'s paper mill in South Glens Falls, N.Y. OSHA issued a citation alleging a violation of 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1), for failure...
Why the 'Safety' Function?
WHY THE 'SAFETY' FUNCTION? Do we really need "safety"? Could we not get along without it? Must there be such tremendous emphasis on "safety," while excluding other equally important management considerations? What happens if we scrap "safety"? ...