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Articles from Vol. 69, No. 12, December

Become a Safety Leader: We're All Players on the Field, Not Bench Warmers!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Developing safety leaders in your business can mean the difference between marginal and world-class results. It long has been accepted that successful programs push the responsibility for safety down into the organization,...
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Corrective Actions: Three Disciplinary Actions, of ANY Kind, Will Result in Immediate Termination, but Get Six and You're Promoted to Supervisor
This business practice may sound hypocritical, even unorthodox, but it is common across the business landscape. Many will be tempted to assert the administrative law implications of such a policy, but there is a much larger risk resulting from this...
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Designing the Age-Friendly Workplace: Every Year, More Wrinkles Are Showing Up at Work as the 80 Million Americans Born between 1946 and 1964 Are Entering Their 60s with Many Potentially Productive Years Still Ahead
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Whether we call it the baby boom, the Age Wave (1) or the Generational Storm (2), there are growing numbers of seniors at work. The trend toward earlier and earlier retirement seems to have ended, with more workers intending...
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House Letter Asks for OSHA's Cintas Investigation Status
Democratic members of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections recently sent a letter to OSHA, pressing the agency to deliver more details on its investigation into safety hazards at all industrial laundries, including those owned by Cintas...
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Lost-Days Injuries Continue to Decline in 2006
According to the 2006 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Nov. 8, there has been a 6 percent decrease in the rate of lost-time occupational injuries and illnesses and a 4 percent reduction...
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Making Your "Neighborhood" a Positive Place: Think of the Workplace as Your Neighborhood and Your Coworkers as Neighbors and See How Quickly Attitudes Change-For Better or Worse
I live in an urban neighborhood. As with any urban neighborhood, it is diverse, loud, colorful, crowded and not always polite. We have issues, chief among them that the neighborhood rapidly is changing, going from a tightly-knit enclave of long-time,...
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OSHA Issues Final PPE Rule
After 9 years of anticipation and union lawsuits, OSHA issued a final rule on employer-paid personal protective equipment (PPE) on Nov. 15. The rule will force employers to pay for PPE, removing the financial burden from employees. [ILLUSTRATION...
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Plant Safety Tuneup: Make the Most out of Your Safety Audits by Following Up on Findings and Using Your Audit Results to Tune Up Your Plant Safety Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Once upon a time, checking off a box on an inspection checklist may have been enough for companies to determine that their safety equipment and machinery--as well as their safety processes--were in order. That doesn't cut...
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Safety: Between a "Roc" and a Hard Place: How to Handle the Call for Change and Get around the Rocks Placed in Your Way
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It happens every year: It's Oct. 2 (Happy Birthday, Larry!), and the CEO--having just returned from the annual board of directors' "Performance Improvement Strategy Session" (interesting acronym)--calls a staff meeting. ...
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Safety Roundtable: Looking Inside the EHS Crystal Ball: Occupational Hazards Asked a Panel of Industry Leaders to Give a Forecast of What's to Come in Workplace Safety
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Predicting the future may be an uncertain art, but OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS cleared some of the haze by asking leading professionals what they think will affect the EHS community in the coming years. The discussion revealed...
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Survey to Fill in Gaps on Truck Driver Health and Safety
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Because there are "significant gaps" in data needed to link crash-related deaths among truck drivers to job-related fatigue and other health concerns, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is asking...
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The Effective Safety Leader: Leadership Style & Best Practices
In the last column we proposed a model of safety leadership that defines how leaders drive the performance of the larger organization. The center of the model describes the personality, values and emotional commitment of the leader. The next ring of...
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Watertown Wastewater Plant Plugs into Safety and Savings: A Wisconsin Wastewater Treatment Plant Has Found a Solution to a Safety Problem That Is Improving Safety and Saving Time
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Water and live power are two things you don't want to mix. Just ask the safety-conscious Employees at the Watertown Wastewater plant in Watertown, Wisc. The $23.6 million facility serves Watertown, a city of about 23,000...
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Welding Safety: Ventilation Is a Breath of Fresh Air: Choosing the Proper Ventilation Necessary to Protect Welders and Others from Airborne Particles Is a Challenging Task Requiring the Right Information about Hazards
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tom, a welder for 20 years, has encountered many workplace health issues throughout his career. "I know a lot of welders who have suffered from emphysema from inhaling fumes," he says. "There used to be airborne particles...
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Work Hours: No Spinning Zone?
Only 31 percent of office workers exercise during work hours, according to a survey of 700 workers conducted by Steelcase. A big part of the reason: just one-third of workers have access to fitness equipment provided by their company or work in an...
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