Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 10, October

Chemical Safety: Europe's Chemical REACH Worries U.S. Industry
Sometime this fall, two European agencies are expected to complete work on a proposal, known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals), which could have a profound effect on world trade, the chemical industry and occupational...
Delivering a "One-Two Combination" to Flatten the Cost of L.O.S.S.! Is Your Company Paying the High Price of Lack of Safety Strategy (L.O.S.S.)?
HOLD-ON!" ... here we go again! Workers' compensation insurance losses are heading up, and premiums have only one direction to go ... UP! The past soft market of intense price competition (aka creative underwriting) has slipped away, and we're now...
Getting the Safety Culture Right: Is the "Operating System" for Your Safety Programs Sound? This Safety Leader Offers a Model and Method for Measuring and Managing the Most Important Element in Successful Safety
We all know that organizational attitude will determine whether safety initiatives will be successful. The attitude flows directly from the culture. And: 1. Culture predicts performance. 2. Culture can be measured and managed. [GRAPHIC OMITTED]...
Have You Heard about Safety? Communications Can Make or Break a Safety Program. Here Is Expert Advice on Making Sure You Produce an Effective Safety Message
Safety is an idea. It can mean a department and a budget line to a CEO, an audit responsibility for a middle manager and a lingering back injury or requirement to wear protective gear to a line worker. Since communication is the art of expressing an...
Henshaw Outlines New Plan to Grow Voluntary Protection Programs
Hoping to make good on his vision of a tenfold expansion in the number of Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) sites, Assistant Secretary of Labor John Henshaw explained how he intends to grow the program at the opening session of the Voluntary Protection...
In the Courts: Prosecution of Parent Company for Safety Training Lapses
Is a holding company criminally liable for the alleged training inadequacies of employees who work for a subsidiary? That's the issue facing MYR Group Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary L.E. Myers co., according to Corey Rubenstein, a lawyer defending...
Laundry Workers: Cleaning Up an Industry: Women Make Up the Majority of Workers in the Laundry Industry-And They Face a Number of Serious Hazards in These Hot, Exhausting Jobs
Each day, laundry workers manually sort hundreds of pounds of dirty linens from hotels, hospitals, restaurants and other workplaces. Across the U.S., laundry workers are joining UNITE, the union that represents 40,000 laundry workers, as a way to make...
Make Intelligent Safety Light Curtain Choices: As Machinery Safety Standards and Safety Light Curtains Evolve to Meet New Application Demands, Users Are Faced with More Choices and Responsibilities Than Ever Before
A new breed of light curtain is gaining recognition in the United States. Developed in Europe and classified as "Type 2," it is a lower-cost, reduced-capability alternative to the more robust "Type 4" control-reliable safety light curtains typically...
Making Manufacturing a Safe Work Environment for Women Workers: Although Workplace Rules and Regulations Apply Equally to All Workers, Women Are Still Not Be as Well-Protected as Their Male Counterparts
In the United States, women make up almost half the work force, but in manufacturing, that number drops to 30 percent. Most machinery, workplace equipment and tools were designed for men. This was not something done deliberately but is due to the...
Mobilizing Supervisors as Safety Leaders
How do you mobilize supervisors and make them your company's biggest cheerleaders for safety? It's not as tough as you think, says Rob Russell of Strategic Safety Associates. Russell offered this advice at the National Safety Congress in Chicago:...
Revving Up the Review Commission: After W. Scott Railton Took over as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Last Year, He Learned That Scores of Cases Have Been Awaiting Review for Years. Newly Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a Four-Year Term, Railton Wants to Cut the Backlog
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Occupational Hazards: As chairman of the Review Commission, you are responsible for the agency's day-to-day operations, in addition to ruling on cases with the other commissioners. What goals do you have for the commission?...
Sound the Alarm! the Industrial Equivalent of Dialing 911 Continues to Evolve as Engineered Solutions for Emergency Equipment Become More Prevalent
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Numerous work-related injury and illness incidents in which people are exposed to hazardous materials occur each year in the United States. Often these exposures are to chemicals such as corrosives (acids and bases), oxidizers...
Using the Right "Tools" to Protect Women Workers: OSHA Doesn't Differentiate between the Genders, but There Are Occupational Health Issues That Particularly Impact Women
"To ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women." This was the mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 when it was enacted by Congress, and is still its mission today. To accomplish its goal, the federal...
We Can Do It: Protecting Women Workers
Perhaps one of the most powerful iconic images of the 20th Century is the poster of Rosie the Riveter, who symbolized all the women who entered the work force during WWII. These women became the backbone of the U.S. manufacturing industry after millions...
What Is a Safety Engineer? Though the Term Is Fuzzy, Safety Engineers Provide an Essential Service in the Battle against Workplace Hazards
The American Society of Safety Engineers has more than 30,000 members, and you might guess from its name that most of them are "safety engineers." You would be wrong. In fact, while its roster does not represent an absolute count of engineers in the...
Workstations for Flexible Manufacturing: Provide Ergonomic Benefits
Marshaled in the battle against foreign competition, flexible manufacturing is leading U.S. manufacturers to get the most out of their investments in equipment and facilities--and their employees, both at the management level and on the production...
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