Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 2, February

Add Value with a Comprehensive Approach to Ergonomics: Taking an Active Role in Improving Operations through Ergonomics Keeps Plants More Competitive and Helps Ensure That Safety Professionals Stay Employed
The International Ergonomics Association says ergonomics exists to "optimize human well-being and overall system performance". The efficiency, productivity, competitiveness and safety of our manufacturing plants can be much better with enough attention...
Agency Pursues Beryllium, Hex Chrome, Silica Rulemaking
OSHA is moving ahead on occupational health standards for hexavalent chromium, beryllium and crystalline silica, but no longer plans to issue new standards for occupational exposure to tuberculosis (TB) and glycol ethers. The moves came as OSHA released...
Construction Safety: Best Practices in Training Hispanic Workers; A Safety Training Program at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport Offers Hope in the Effort to Stem a Surge in Fatalities among Hispanic Construction Workers
Hispanics now comprise more than 20 percent of construction employees. "The Hispanic proportion of the construction industry work force has grown rapidly and we expect this will continue," says Justin Crandol, director of safety and health services...
Does OSHA Measure Up? It Is Difficult to Find a Balanced Scorecard for the Nation's Workplace Safety and Health Guardian
OSHA is slated to receive $460 million in fiscal 2004. When I see figures like almost a half billion dollars, I start to wonder what we are getting for our money. Asking how well OSHA is doing, however, can be akin to chain smoking in a gasoline storage...
Ergonomics for the Lean Supply Chain: At Every Stage of the Supply Chain, Ergonomics Can Be Used to Protect Workers and Streamline the Movement of Materials
Welcome to the world of ergonomics, logistics and retailing. Ergonomics can play a vital role in supporting materials management and the retail aspect of the business world. Ergonomics allows an employee to function at their highest level of productivity,...
Ergonomics: What's Next for the State of Washington?
Big bucks were spent to repeal Washington's ergonomics standard. Will workers and employers end up paying a high price in terms of injuries and costs? ********** The price tag of the campaign was steep--estimated at $1.5 million--but worth it,...
Government Suffers Workers' Comp Sticker Shock
Like other employers across the country, the federal government is struggling with rising workers' compensations costs. The federal government, with its 2.7 million workers, paid out more than $2 billion in workers' compensation costs in FY 2003, President...
Mining: Coal Mine Fatalities Rise, Total Mine Deaths Fall in 2003
The mining industry is safe and growing safer, according to the National Mining Association (NMA), although a closer look at the data suggests the safety picture may be a bit more complicated. According to Jack Gerard, NMA's president, 2003 set...
Nine Strategies for Successfully Playing Office Politics: Don't Make the Mistake of Believing You Can Ignore or Avoid Office Politics. Instead, Learn How to Navigate Them with These Helpful Tips
Political scientists have defined politics as the art of the possible. Employees often find coping with office politics to be an impossible art. When I started my career, I wanted to be above office politics and do what was right because it was...
Phishing Expeditions and Hard Drive Hygiene: How You Can Protect Yourself from E-Mail Fraud Schemes and Computer Viruses, Plus the Hidden Pitfalls of Your Hard Drive
Internet crime is a growing problem. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ifccfbi.gov) reported processing over 120,000 complaints in 2003, compared to 75,000 in 2002--a 60 percent increase. The most popular...
Protecting Chemical Plants from Terrorists: Opposing Views
There are approximately 15,000 chemical facilities that handle large quantities of toxic or flammable substances. How secure is the public from a terrorist attack against one of them? ********** More than two years after the terrorist attacks...
Reverse Tempering Emergency Equipment Water: With Advances in Emergency Shower and Eyewash Technology, Water Temperatures Are Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold ... Just Right
One could make a strong case that the invention of the emergency shower and eyewash were among the greatest advancements in industrial employee safety over the past 50 years. In fact, it's difficult to imagine how we operated prior to their introduction....
Targeting Your Eye Protection Program: Advances in Eye Protection Technology and Sharp Management Result in Workers Who Are Safer and More Likely to Wear Their Safety Glasses
While a generic eye safety program can bring a company some success, the most successful programs are carefully targeted to the specific hazards found in their company. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At Aearo Co., that means the use of personal safety...
Transportation Safety: Auto Injury Costs Skyrocketing despite Declines in Serious Injuries
Losses in auto injury claims are escalating despite the fact that the rate of serious auto injuries has decreased, news which is alarming to employers who have workers who drive as part of their job duties and who pay automobile insurance for those...
Workers' Compensation: Injured Workers in MA, PA More Likely to Return to Work
Workers in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are more likely to return to work after an injury than workers in Texas and California, despite similar pre-injury levels of health and function. According to a new report from the Workers' Compensation...