Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 61, No. 5, May

Airborne Dangers
Knowing the facts about airborne particulates can make you more effective in managing the hazards they present. Industrial hygiene is the practice of identifying and controlling health risks in the workplace. This article will discuss particulates...
Ergonomics Is Driving Quality
Automobile manufacturers NUMMI and Ford view ergonomics as a means toward reaching their corporate goal: making quality vehicles without lost time, lost expertise, and lost resources. Venerable Ford Motor Company and New United Motor (NUMMI), a...
Food Lion Becomes Rising Star
Food Lion has joined the EPA's Energy Star Buildings and Green Lights Partnership Program and will reduce its energy consumption and air pollution emissions by installing more energy-efficient equipment. "I wish to congratulate Food Lion for its...
Glass Capillary Tubes Dangerous
OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH) and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have produced a joint advisory notice on the use of glass capillary tubes. Designed...
Going Global at the AIHCE
Industrial hygienists prepare to meet the challenges the globalization of the profession brings to their workplaces. The theme of this year's American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHCE), held June 5-11 in Toronto, is "Going Global."...
High Prices for Workers' Health
A recent study conducted by the MEDSTAT Group, Ann Arbor, Mich., and American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC), Houston, showed that employers spend more than $8,000 annually per employee for health care expenses and workers' compensation costs....
Office Ergonomics for Maximum Performance
Are your company's offices helping or hindering your employees? These checkpoints can help you keep office workers healthy and productive. Workplaces and workstations should fit the people who do the work so they can do their jobs to the best of...
Organizational Culture and Safety Performance
Does your corporate culture promote safety? How can you make safety part of the corporate culture? An organizational culture that supports safety is essential for the prevention of injuries and illness. Management systems and programs can provide...
Professional Advice 101
Talk is cheap, but good advice can be priceless. This month, a new section appears in Occupational Hazards. It is called "Field Check," and it features the responses of safety, health and environmental professionals to a different question every...
Safety by Design
Mother was right: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Safety and health begins, and belongs, in design. Hazards identified during the design of a product or process can be eliminated or controlled through judicious design decisions...
Safety Committees: A Smart Business Decision
Far from being just another overhead function, effective safety committees make financial sense by preventing costly accidents. Effective safety committees prevent accidents, increase compliance and improve teamwork, productivity, communication...
Sustainable Development
Business Without Footprints EH&S Managers take steps toward building business value while preserving the environment It's hard to believe that corporate America is embracing a concept more in line with Native Americans than Donald Trump,...
The Hazards of Heat
Too much heat on the job can be more than just uncomfortable -- it can be potentially fatal. Here are some tips on sizing up your workplace's heat load and keeping workers healthy. Are members of your workforce suffering from impaired mental awareness,...
The Hierarchy of Controls: An Alternative to Behavior-Based Safety
Are you taking advantage of all the tools available to protect your workers? The Hierarchy of Controls can help you determine the most effective way to obtain a safe and healthy workplace. Read any safety periodical, and one is likely to encounter...
Too Much Stress?
In a fast-changing global economy, researchers focus on a new threat to employee health -- the organization and pace of work itself. If things are going so good, why do I feel so bad?" With the Dow bursting through the 10,000 mark and unemployment...
Will Worlds Collide or Merge?
AIHA President-Elect Jim Thornton aims at bringing the health, safely and environmental worlds closer together The occupational safety and health world might be fairly small, but that hasn't stopped it from also being fragmented. If Jim Thornton,...
Working Outdoors
Can Be irritating Expert advice can help workers prevent annoying poisonous plant rashes. The colorful red and berries and leaflets may appear harmless on the outside, but it's what's son ivy, oak and sumac that causes problems. In many area...
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