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Articles from Vol. 59, No. 12, December

Clamping Compensation Costs in 1998
Three companies offer strategies to reduce costs and improve employee relations through injury prevention, disability management and return-to-work programs. Every day, jammed between episodes of All My Children, Oprah and The Price Is Right, thousands...
Forklift Device Cuts Carbon Monoxide Emissions
In 1996, OSHA conducted an inspection at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte's manufacturing and warehousing facility in North Carolina. During the inspection, the agency found carbon monoxide levels in a confined work area of 70-80 ppm, spiking...
Jeffress Named OSHA Administrator
Charles Jeffress is the new assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. Jeffress, 49, is the former director of the North Carolina state OSHA program. He received bipartisan support on Capitol Hill during the Senate confirmation...
Making Better Safety Investments
Does it make sense to invest in safety and health? Intuitively, safety and health managers have long argued that working in a safe manner reduces the risk of injury and illness, and therefore saves on workers' compensation and a host of other personnel...
OSHA Proposes Tuberculosis Standard
A proposed tuberculosis standard, published in the Oct. 17 Federal Register, covers health care facilities, homeless shelters and prisons, but does not require general industry to comply with the provisions. The proposal mandates that facilities identify...
Pre-Employment Testing: Making It Work for You
Expert advice on how to make pre-employment medical testing a blessing, rather than a curse, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Increasingly, employees are holding their employers liable for injuries sustained while on the job. This responsibility...
Setting the Standards for Machine Safety
A leading expert on machine safety discusses the standards and best practices needed to keep operations running smoothly and safely. There is no doubt that progress has been made in eliminating debilitating amputations and other injuries from power...
Thumbs Down on Ohio Comp Reforms
One of the most comprehensive workers' compensation reform packages in the country was soundly defeated by Ohio voters on Nov. 4. "The people have spoken," claimed Donald Day, secretary/treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO. "The winners of this election are...
Visual Safety at Borg-Warner Automotive
This plant has learned how the Japanese concept of the Visual Workplace improves machine safety and overall worker protection. Think of the concept "visual safety," and you probably envision a pair of protective eyeglasses. But at Borg-Warner Automotive...
What's the Best Office Posture?
The quest for the ideal sitting posture in the office has been replaced by an emphasis on alternative postures, movement and mini-breaks. The typical reaction to a ringing phone is to pick it up to see if it is your mother, a telemarketer or an important...
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