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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 10, October

Contractors and Clients: Equal Partners in Safety?
Contractors and Clients: Equal Partners In Safety? As a safety professional, I am sure you are aware of the recent major accidents that have occurred in the petrochemical industry. As a result of these accidents, the Department of Labor and OSHA directed...
Electromagnetic Fields: The Problem with Power
Electromagnetic Fields: The Problem With Power Do electromagnetic fields at lower frequencies pose a health hazard? If so, the implications are enormous, for EMFs are everywhere. Louis Slesin, Ph.D., editor of newsletters Microwave News and VDT News,...
Employee Involvement Key to Behavioral Safety Success
Employee Involvement Key To Behavioral Safety Success What does a behavior-based safety program have to offer? Two safety professionals who employ them -- Paul J. Mueller, director of safety and health for the Pillsbury Co., Minneapolis, and Paul...
Illiteracy and Right-to-Know -- Bridging the Gap
Illiteracy and Right-To-Know -- Bridging The Gap If you are like me, you've read dozens of articles on illiteracy in the workplace. Unfortunately, they all talk about illiteracy like we talk about the weather. There are lots of statistics and predictions,...
Risk Assessment: The Path of Uncertainty
Risk Assessment: The Path Of Uncertainty Expert observations on the strengths and limitations of risk assessment. Risk assessment slipped quietly into the lexicon of some occupational safety and health pros back in the 1970s when OSHA arrived...
Risk Communication: A Two-Way Connection
Risk Communication: A Two-Way Connection Once potential hazards have been analyzed and quantified through risk assessment, what's the best way to get that information across? Experts say a dialogue, not a monologue, is the answer. The 1980s could...
Shaping a Safer Workplace
SHAPING A SAFER WORKPLACE Rohm and Haas' industrial hygiene team is spearheading a corporate-wide ergonomics program. Improved quality, productivity, and safety and health are three of the reasons why. With OSHA expected to release ergonomic guidelines...
Strategic Safety Planning: A Systems View
Strategic Safety Planning: A Systems View In my book "Systems Methods for Managers," I urge caution in the use of systems methods and techniques. It is easy to fall into the trap of regarding systems approaches as a kind of philosopher's stone or...
The Psychology of Safety: Risk Perception and Safe Behavior
The Psychology Of Safety: Risk Perception And Safe Behavior If your organization has been wearing blinders when it comes to identifying job risks, a behavior-based safety program may offer new insights into accident prevention. It's ingrained in...
The VDT Riddle
The VDT Riddle What shows inconclusive evidence of being a health hazard, yet has occupied researchers and made manufacturers scramble for solutions? VDTs, of course, and 40 million users have a stake in the outcome. The uncertainty about possible...
Vista Chemical: Tuning in to the Community
Vista Chemical: Tuning In To The Community Robert Seymour, manager of the Vista Chemical plant in the small town of Aberdeen, Miss., can't walk through a downtown store without having someone stop to tell him how much they appreciate the open approach...
What a Good Risk Assessment Contains: Expert Panel Reports of One-Year Study
What A Good Risk Assessment Contains Expert panel reports results of one-year study Though risk assessments never lack for critics, few question their importance in contributing substantively to decisions regarding social policy. It was against...
Wired for Disaster: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Can Wreak Havoc on a Safety Program
Wired For Disaster Drug and alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on a safety program. Testing programs can help, but be aware of complex legal requirements. It's nearly impossible not to be aware of the pressing safety problems that workers -- impaired...
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