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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, February

A Browner Shade of Green
Outlining the Clinton Administration's environmental agenda for the next four years, Carol Browner told a Senate committee that pollution prevention, market incentives, and development of new technologies will be her top priorities at EPA. Testifying...
Collapse on Construction Site
Was there a link between a twice-collapsed parking deck at a construction site and the caliber of safety training? That question surfaced in the case of Secretary of Labor v. Atlanta Forming Co. A complaint, stating that several workers were injured...
Confined Space Safety Standard Finalized
Some 17 years in the making, a confined space standard for general industry was recently finalized and released by OSHA. The final 102-page document was announced on Jan. 13 and published in the Jan. 14 Federal Register. It is scheduled to take effect...
Designing Managed Care for Workers' Compensation
Anybody involved in health care has probably heard the term "managed care." Managed care, at least in theory, is a coordinated, systematic approach to the delivery of medicine to provide the right care cost-effectively and in a quality fashion. Certainly,...
Environmental Compliance: You Better Know Your ABCs
Activity-based costing (ABC) can help your company determine when not being green is putting you in the red. During tough economic times, corporations are constantly thinking about developing operational improvements that will decrease costs and improve...
Inspection Vital for Crane Safety
Following an accident, OSHA inspected the construction worksite in Conshohocken, Pa., of Carson/Kent. The inspection resulted in a citation alleging a serious violation of CFR 1926.550(a)(5) for failure to designate a competent person to inspect a crane...
Is Literacy Training a Form of Rehab?
Paz sustained a compensable back injury while lifting beef at his employer's beef-packing plant in Nebraska in October 1989. His accident inflicted a 10 percent permanent partial disability and a 30 percent loss of earning capacity. On Apr. 11, 1991,...
Lead: A Weighty Issue in Construction Safety
With lead poisoning rampant and concern about lead abatement growing, Congress puts pressure on OSHA and EPA to increase protections for workers and communities. No one would debate that workers need protection from lead. Occupational lead exposure...
Occupational Infectious Diseases: A Call to Action
Using the same tools and techniques that they rely on to manage toxic chemical exposures, occupational safety and health professionals can successfully tackle the challenges of infectious agents in the workplace. When the chief executive officer of...
OSHA Investigates Fatal Accident
In 1989, following a fatal accident, OSHA inspected the worksite in question, a drilling rig south of Crane, Tex. Based on its findings, OSHA issued a citation to Allen's Casing Crews Inc., the employer of the accident victim. The citation originally...
Protecting Your Audits from Compelled Disclosure
OSHA has spent much of the last decade preaching the gospel of "voluntary compliance." The agency has forcefully argued that improved worker safety and health is not something that can be achieved primarily through the government's efforts to issue and...
Renew Emphasis on Education and Training
Now is the time for safety and health professionals and all others who are concerned about controlling hazards in the workplace and the environment to put greater emphasis on safety education and training. Over the past 20-plus years, we have seen federal,...
Seeing the Value of Eye Protection
When it comes to finding a champion for safety eyewear, there's no one as effective as a worker whose sight has been saved by his safety glasses. By most all accounts, workers like Dave Lutterman, Ricky Potter, Fritz Dusel, and Brian Hayes are reliable,...
Time for an OSHA Nominee?
By early February, the Clinton Administration will have announced its choice to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to several Washington sources. According to their scenario, once Robert Reich, the Secretary of Labor-Designate,...
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