Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 6, June

After Five Fatalities, OSHA Fines Formosa Plastics $300,000
In one of the largest settlement agreements of the year, OSHA has reclassified all three willful citations issued to Formosa Plastics Corp. following an April 2004 explosion at the company's Illiopolis, Ill., plant that killed five workers, seriously...
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After the Fall: Will Your Rescue Program Leave Workers Hanging? When Workers Are Suspended in Mid-Air after a Fall, Their Lives Hang in the Balance-Even If They Survived the Fall without a Scratch. Seconds Count. Does Your Company Have a Plan for Prompt Rescue?
In March 2004, OSHA issued a safety and health bulletin outlining the dangers of prolonged, upright suspension. The bulletin warned of the risk of "orthostatic intolerance" and "suspension trauma," which refer to some of the potential health hazards--death...
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BP Accepts Blame for Deadly Explosion
BP is blaming "a series of failures by BP personnel before and during the startup of the isomerization process unit" for the March 23 explosion and fire that killed 15 workers and injured more than 170 people in Texas City, Texas. Noting that the...
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Cal/OSHA: Fatal Gas Explosion Was 'Completely Preventable'
The California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has cited several companies for alleged violations that contributed to a Nov. 9, 2004, gas explosion that killed five workers and seriously injured...
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CDC Proposes Staff Cuts for NIOSH
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have decided to eliminate more than 13 percent of the maximum number of full-time positions (FTEs) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) next year. The cuts, contained...
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Congress Debates OSHA Enforcement Policies
Business-friendly legislation to change the OSH Act, introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., dominated the first hearing held by the newly constituted Senate OSHA oversight subcommittee, even though the panel's new chairman, Sen. Johnny Isakson,...
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Corporate Health Award Winners Reach beyond the Workplace
Corporate health programs now must address employees' health on and off the job in order to win the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's (ACOEM) most prestigious award, a recent change reflecting new trends in the field. ...
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Criminal Enforcement: Agency Looks beyond OSH Act
A new OSHA compliance directive (Instruction CPL 02-00-137) confirms comments made by Solicitor of Labor Howard Radzely at the American Bar Association's OSHA committee meeting in March that the Department of Labor is going beyond the OSH Act--and...
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Drug-Free Work Force Key to Success of Indiana Construction
Across the nation, companies are enforcing drug-testing policies. And while these policies have helped improve employee performance in most work settings, they are especially crucial on construction sites. There, workers need to be alert at all...
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Focusing on Health for High-Level Safety Performance: When It Comes to Improving Employee Safety and Health, the Sum Is Definitely Greater Than the Parts
Many safety professionals admit feeling frustrated trying to help others change their behavior in order to prevent life-threatening events. I've heard numerous pros wonder, "It's in their own best interests. Why won't they act safely?" We are not...
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Health & Safety Management Systems: Focus on Management: Health and Safety Management Systems Can Drastically Reduce Injuries, Illnesses and Their Associated Costs. in Developing These Systems, as This Article Explains, Leadership and Management Commitment Are the Most Critical Elements
Occupational health & safety management systems (OHSMS) are becoming the method of choice for "high-performance" organizations looking for excellence in their safety and health process. This article is focused on the management aspect of these...
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Making the Business Case for Integrated Health and Wellness: During Lean Times, EHS Director David Eherts Convinced Senior Management at Purdue Pharma LP They Would Save Money by Spending Almost $1 Million for New Onsite Clinics. Eherts Was Right-And He's Just Beginning
OH: Does the traditional EHS professional have a role to play in wellness programs? Eherts: I would argue the champion for integrated health and wellness should be EHS. There are huge synergies between health protection and wellness. OH: Before...
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Protective Clothing: Protection versus Comfort: In the Summer Months, Thousands of Workers Who Must Wear Protective Clothing Struggle to Stay Cool. Fabric and Garment Manufacturers Are Answering Their Call for More Comfortable Products and Designs
Louisiana in the summertime is a hot, humid place. Sit still and you sweat. Move and you sweat. Work outside for an hour or two and you understand the phrase, "Hotter than H-E-double hockey stick." Just ask the employees of Ford, Bacon & Davis...
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Reducing the Risk of Manual Materials Handling: Tasks Such as Carrying Boxes or Lifting Crates Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Injuries a Year. Here Are Some Steps You Can Take to Assess the Risks in Your Workplace and Reduce This Costly Occupational Hazard
In the workplace, we can view manual materials handling (MMH) as any process in which the human operator is asked or required to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or perform any other similar task in which an object is moved through space solely under...
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Safety Improvement Sparks Organizational Change at Alberto Culver: A Single Effort to Improve Safety through Employee Involvement Spawns a Global Movement That Provides Alberto Culver with a Rich Payback
There are many stories about the difficulties in defining a return on investment (ROI) for safety improvement initiatives. This is not one of them. In fact, back in 1999, when the newly formed Safety Action Team at Alberto Culver set out to improve...
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Take Advantage of the Network: When Jack Dobson Takes the Reins of ASSE Later This Month, He'll Be Promoting the Business Value of Safety and the Benefits of Active Association Membership in a Safety Manager's Career
Jack Dobson brings almost 40 years of safety experience to his impending duties as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Those experiences in both the private and public sector, in staff jobs and as a consultant, have shaped...
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The Importance of Site Supervisors to Safety: When It Comes to HS&E Excellence, Are You Ensuring a Group of Essential Players Are Directly Involved and Are Performing According to What Is Wanted and Needed?
I'd be willing to bet that if you ask your supervisors, especially with all the organizational changes that have been rampant throughout companies today, if they have enough to do, the answer would be an un-equivocal "Yes." But if their "To Do" list...
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