Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 8, August

2005 National Safety Survey: Focusing on Employees; Can Safety Professionals Build Successful Programs in an Era of Tight Resources? the Answer Depends on Whether They Have the Skill to Engage Managers and Employees in the Process
Safety and health doesn't come without its share of headaches. Asked what was the biggest obstacle to getting his job done, one senior safety engineer complained about "employees and management second-guessing safety decisions." A safety advisor cited...
Construction Safety and Health Advisory Committee Discusses Successes, Frustrations
Members of the silica, noise and trenching work groups of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) called their recent meetings productive, but complained that because no OSHA officials were in attendance, some of their questions...
CSB: Alarms Failed to Alert BP Operators of Dangerous Conditions
Equipment malfunctions may have played a role in the March 23 explosion at BP's Texas City, Texas, oil refinery that killed 15 workers and injured more than 100, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). [ILLUSTRATION...
Driving-The Forgotten Side of Safety: Is Your Company Taking Steps to Prevent the Leading Cause of Injury and Death for American Workers?
Lockout/tagout, head and ear protection, slips, trips and falls, hazmat and ergonomics. They are all important safety terms and issues easily recognized by safety professionals. Less easily recognized are escape route driving, scanning 360 degrees,...
Expanded Wellness Program Helps Control Costs
After years of double-digit increases in health care costs, Lanco International achieved the seemingly impossible. The Chicagoland crane manufacturer recently lowered its health care spending by about $150,000, without reducing employee benefits. ...
House Passes Four Business-Friendly Bills to Change OSHA
The U.S. House has approved measures that would allow small employers to recover legal fees whenever they successfully challenge an OSHA citation, give companies more time to contest OSHA citations and expand the size and authority of the Occupational...
Immigration Agents, Posing as OSHA Trainers, Arrest Workers
It was exactly what many undocumented immigrant workers fear when they show up for safety training sessions offered by OSHA. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, posing as OSHA trainers, arrested dozens of undocumented workers in North...
Ohio BWC under Fire for Investments, Hospital Payments
It's been a tough year for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). The agency has come under fire for a string of revelations that it has lost several hundred millions dollars through questionable investments in recent years, and a study...
Organizing Life's Complexities: An Outline Processor Provides a Powerful Ally in Organizing a Move
We've moved to Mississippi. The move wasn't in our plans for 2005. But I couldn't resist the opportunity for an interesting job in someplace new. Life became adventurous again. Maybe too adventurous. Our days were filled with the stressful job of...
Overcoming Executive Resistance to Active Safety Leadership: These Tips Can Help You Anticipate and Address Common Objections to Taking Steps to Improve Your Safety Process
Someone once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." I'd hope this would be true, but I do know that, in the corporate world, with increasing power comes greater attempts to reach and persuade. We live in a world where attention is...
Realistic, Cost-Effective Ergonomics for Real People: Using a Simpler Approach to Ergonomics and Stressing Design That Fits Actual Workers Can Reduce Costs and Result in a Safer, More Productive Workplace
To reduce the costs associated with injuries and wasted effort, ergonomic principles should be applied to every possible work area to boost productivity and efficiency, and to improve human well-being. A cost-effective, practical approach to ergonomics...
Taking the Headache out of Small Spills
Big spills often have the misfortune of becoming front-page news, but what about those little spills that happen at facilities every day? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Taking a closer look at these more common spills can help facilities be better prepared...
The Alternative Work Force: Safety Challenges When Employees Work Remotely; with More Employees Than Ever on the Road or Working from Home, Safety Managers Need to Ensure That Their Companies Have a Strategy for Ensuring the Safety and Health of This New Breed of Employee
It is estimated that between 30 and 40 million people in the United States are now either telecommuters or home-based employees. Sales and service personnel, working in primarily non-supervised situations, also constitute a large percentage of our...
VPP: What It Takes to Be a Star; the Companies That Participate in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs Have Some of the Best Occupational Safety and Health Programs in the Country. What Does It Take to Join VPP, and What Does It Take to Stay a Star?
It's a little ironic. John Storm wants to take time out of his schedule to talk about his facility's participation as a Star site in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs, but he's busy--very busy--he explains via a preliminary e-mail. [ILLUSTRATION...
Which OSHA Do You Know? OSHA the Ogre or OSHA the Dedicated Public Safety Agency-Which Identity Is Real? Our 2005 National Safety Survey May Shed Some Light
The recent debate in the U.S. House of Representatives over H.R. 742, the bill introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., illustrates the continuing schism over OSHA, an agency that is 35 years old but remains an ideological lightning rod. The Norwood...