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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 10, October

Chemical Sensitivity: Complaining Can Be A Good Thing
The first U.S. conference devoted to multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), held recently in Santa Fe, N.M., delivered a big boost to the effort to increase public awareness of the ailment. MCS is usually a permanent condition and affects millions,...
Common Safety Myths
These five powerful beliefs shape safely programs and decisions every day in countless workplaces. Too bad they're just not true. To be an effective consultant, I have found that it is usually necessary first to change some of the most strongly...
Companies, Supervisors Face Criminal Charges
Death and the ability to prove it was caused by "reckless negligence" are the key criteria for criminal prosecutions. Criminal prosecutions for workplace safety violations are rare in the United States. Recently, however, Michigan Attorney General...
Executives: Safety a Worthy Investment
Ninety-five percent of business executives report that workplace safety has a posi tive impact on a company's financial performance, according to the findings of The Executive Survey of Workplace Safety by the Liberty Mutual Group. Of these executives,...
Faulty Management of Change Can Be Fatal, CSB Says
Effective management of change (MOC) programs could have helped prevent two deadly fires that occurred in 1998, one in Maryland and the other in Washington, according to a safety bulletin released last month by the U.S. Chemical Safety Hazard and...
Hand and Arm Protection
Gloves, along with eye protection and hearing protection, are one of the most widely used types of personal protective equipment (PPE). They are used in many industries, from construction to food service, health care to manufacturing, semiconductors...
Letters
Behavioral Safety: Revisionists at Work? As the author of "Behavioral Safety: Looking Beyond the Worker" [October 2000] to which Thomas Krause refers in "Improving the Working Interface" [September 2001], I make these comments. I stand by its theme...
OSHA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
A look at where the agency is serving American workers and where it needs to improve. Yes, friends, like the Clint Eastwood movie, there are indeed three OSHAs. The good OSHA is the one that brings us wonderful things like the Web site. The bad...
Powering Up Palmtops
Two database programs help round out the software package needed to realize the full potential of Palm OS computers for EHS duties. It's true that the physical size of palmtop computers limits their hardware and software capabilities. Still, that's...
Recordkeeping: OSHA Tries to Make It Simple
While most employers welcome the added clarity of the new regulation, legal issues still dog OSHA's latest rulemaking. One of OSHA's goals was to get a recordkeeping rule that was a little simpler and a little clearer. I think they achieved that."...
Safety in a New Light
After the terrorist acts against the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon, safely takes on a heightened sense of urgency and substance. When we operate in a safe environment, we give little thought to safety. Other concerns take over and...
Shipping out Eye Injuries
Improved PPE and worker commitment help Gulf Marine Fabricators focus on eye safety. Prevailing 15 to 20 mile-per-hour winds, intense south Texas sun rays, blowing sand -- and those are just the natural eye irritants workers at Gulf Marine Fabricators...
Strategic Thinking for EH&S Pros
Do your present skills and education offer you a sustainable competitive advantage? What? No strategy? All this talk about it, but how does it apply to environmental health and safety (EH&S)? Strategy is a secret weapon. Webster defines stratagem...
Workplace Deaths Decline in 2000
A total of 5,915 fatal work injuries were recorded in 2000, a decline of about 2 percent from 1999, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The decline occurred even though overall employment increased last year. ...
Workplace Violence: Prevention Is Key
Three workplace violence experts speaking at this year's Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association conference in August in New Orleans stressed prevention as the method for dealing with potentially aggressive employees. Dr. John Byrnes,...
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