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Articles from Vol. 57, No. 10, October

A Special Brew
Like the foam on a frosty mug of beer, safety has risen to the top of the priority list at Miller's Milwaukee brewery and has become part of the culture change taking place. There is something almost mystical about the culture which has risen...
Crowning the Champions
Choosing the first Champions of Safety was anything but an easy process. What started out as a simple plan to recognize companies with superior safety programs turned into a complex nine-month exercise in information exchange and analysis. In...
Does Your Plant Fire Whistle Meet OSHA Regulations?
Safety professionals frequently are asked to use their plant's existing resources to meet federal, state or local regulations. Capital constraints and/or lack of knowledge of specific regulatory requirements make that a reality of business life. But...
Ergonomics 101: The Value of Training
Comprehensive ergonomics programs are all the rage today, but their elements may not be equally important. In fact, ergonomics consultant Robert Andres maintains that one element is so important that it must be done well for ergonomics to succeed...
Ergonomics: Lost in the Mail?
Serious cumulative trauma problems at the U.S. Postal Service are prompting employee complaints, OSHA citations and a $500 million workers' compensation bill. Is it time for the nation's largest civilian employer to implement a comprehensive ergonomics...
Fit for Work: A Self-Defense Approach to Safety
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are the largest and most costly class of occupational injuries. According to a study performed by McGovern (Occupational Health Nursing, 1985), about 25 million workdays were lost from musculoskeletal injuries in the...
Flying High with Safety
The chief of safety for the 90th Missile Wing targets an improved safety record and uses communication and training to score a direct hit. When Lt. Col. Roger Forsyth took over as the chief of safety of the 90th Missile Wing at the Francis E. Warren...
Is the Great Indoors Making Workers Sick?
Hardly a day goes by without an article, newscast or regulatory agency action pertaining to the issue of indoor air quality (IAQ) problems. Also known as indoor air pollution and sick building syndrome, IAQ has become a major workplace issue of concern....
Making Safety Matter
Safety, like quality or re-engineering, is a term that is often used, yet most often underdefined. If you go into a company and ask management if they believe safety is important, you'll rarely hear "no." And yet, a quick survey of that workplace...
NIOSH under Siege
The world's leading occupational safety and health research agency is at the brink of extinction. What did tiny NIOSH do to make such powerful enemies? Ask National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Director Dr. Linda Rosenstock what she...
Phelps Dodge Corporation
Take a corporate staff of three, add 15,000 employees in 25 countries, blend in a healthy serving of some of the world's most hazardous industries, season with explosive growth, and mix well. That combination of ingredients could read like a recipe...
Power to the People
Past safety performance is water over the dam for TVA's Fossil and Hydro Power organization as it strives to be the best in the business. The 5,200 men and women who work for the Fossil and Hydro Power organization of the Tennessee Valley Authority...
Procor: Proud to Work Safely
Most company presidents would never acknowledge that their company had an "atrocious" safety record. Lorne Peppler, president of Procor Sulphur Services Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, admits just that, but at least for him, it's a distant memory....
Rust Industrial Cleaning Services
The employyees of a national industrial cleaning business band together to make safety a major priority. Sometimes, the road to becoming a Champion of Safety is complicated by a variety of changes, obstacles and logistical dilemmas. Overcoming...
Safe Quality Production
To understand just how successful the safety program at the coated paper mill in Rumford, Maine, is, you have to take a trip back in time to 1989. The contrast between then and now is instructive -- and dramatic. That year, OSHA conducted a wall-to-wall...
Setting Effective Goals and Objectives in Safety and Health Programs
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you want to be an astronaut, a police officer, a doctor or nurse? A professional basketball or football player? Each of us established goals, although perhaps not realistic, for our...
Some Thing(s) to Shout About
I've been extremely busy since July, hard at work on my first book, "Internet User's Guide for Safety and Health Professionals." The Guide is an attempt to eliminate any excuses readers may have for following along with the internet portions of this...
Steering a Safer Course
A hands-on approach and a fresh attitude helped Sherman Gandee and the company's safety committee change both the safety culture and performance at Steere Enterprises. Just three years ago, Steere Enterprises Inc.'s plastics plant in Tallmadge, Ohio,...
Winpak Portion Packaging Inc
An Illinois manufacturer -- led by safety coordinator Joe O'Connell -- gets serious about its safety program, and rolls up more than 1.3 million hours of injury-free work. Safety can be a matter of life and death, but no one said it had to be...
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