Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 1, January

Defining the Boundaries of Safety
When it comes to machine safety, operator protection and machine access get a large share of attention, but perimeter guarding of a hazardous machinery area is just as important. Manufacturing operations in today's plants increasingly require machinery...
Does Your Company Have a 'Green Wall?'
How to help employees and managers integrate and value health and environmental activities. In December 1995, a survey of North American businesses conducted by Arthur D. Little asserted that a "green wall" existed between environmental and business...
Do Your Workers Need High-Visibility Apparel?
If your company is not following ANSI 107-1999, your employees may not be as safe as you think. Fred Rasmussen was convinced that road construction workers with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOT) wore vests that made...
Ergonomics Rule Faces Hurdles
After close to 20 years of work, OSHA's final ergonomics standard is scheduled to take effect Jan. 16, but the fight over the rule is far from over. Industry opponents are mounting serious legal and political challenges to the standard that could delay...
Letters
Motivated By Injuries to Speak Up I am a safety director for a small manufacturing plant in Illinois. Recently, I had an idea that might reduce minor and major accidents in plants. We have alcohol and drug programs that feature people who experience...
Lockout/Tagout
Promulgated in 1989, OSHA's standard for the control of hazardous energy (1910.147), better known as lockout/tagout, is designed to prevent the accidental start-up of machines or other equipment during maintenance and servicing. Under the rule, hazardous...
Selling Protection
Our job is worker protection, say safely equipment manufacturers, as they take new steps to ensure that personal protective equipment is accepted and used in all workplaces. Safety and health directors have been hearing for several years that they...
Stadium Project Boasts Record Low Injuries
The number of injuries and illnesses at the Paul Brown Stadium construction project in Cincinnati, Ohio, is significantly below the national average for such projects, and area workplace safety experts are crediting a voluntary construction safety...
The Ergonomics Rule: A Tale of Two Provisions
In the final ergonomics standard, OSHA made major revisions to work restriction protection and the grandfather clause. So far, industry reaction to the changes has been mixed. Here's why. When OSHA released its proposed ergonomics rule in November...
To Stay or Not to Stay
At press time, industry groups were still debating whether to ask OSHA to "stay" the rule; that is, delay its implementation and enforcement while the lawsuit runs its course. Persuading a court to agree to a stay is tough, according to Stephen...
Using Contract Specification to Build Leverage
OHS measures should be a significant component of contracts because it is good business practice. Occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals are always looking for ways to influence decision-makers to invest in implementation of hazard controls....
Why Are Indoor Air Quality Problems So Prevalent Today?
An environmental engineer who has earned a national reputation for resolving complex indoor air quality problems explains why a web of social and technological changes has caused an increase in concerns about indoor environments. I often hear the...
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