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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 7, July

Can Computers Improve Material Handling Safety? 21st-Century Computer Technology Promises Help for Workers Exposed to Longstanding Material Handling Hazards
There's no such thing as a virtual package -- someone's got to deliver it," says Dan McMackin, a spokesperson and former safety supervisor for Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS). Even in the 21st century, hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers...
Could New Rules Prevent Uncontrolled Reactions? (Reactive Chemicals)
This is one of the biggest questions confronting the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) after the agency's investigators unveiled the findings of a two-year study into reactive chemical incidents. In a May 30 public meeting...
Cut Costs and Increase Safety with Pre-Employment Drug Testing: A National Expert on Drug-Free Workplaces Makes the Business Case for Investing in Drug Screening
Maintaining a drug-free workplace is an important component of a safe working environment. In this year of major cost-cutting and shrinking budgets for occupational health and safety programs, however, how do you justify drug-screening initiatives?...
Head Protection: Don't Abuse the System; Hard Hats Protect the Body's Most Important Organ. So Why Do They Get So Little Respect?
Despite their status as the brain's body guard, hard hats suffer a lot of abuse. What other type of personal protection is regularly dropped, sat on or left to bake in the back of a truck? What other type of head gear, for that matter, is left so dirty...
Letters
Highway Work Zones In the sidebar "Partnership Pays Off in New Jersey" ("Conquering the Dangers of Highway Work Zones," May 2002), Todd Nighswonger touts a 5-year-old state safety collaboration that reduced work zone fatalities to zero in 2001....
More Ergonomics Guidelines, Controversy Due Soon. (OSHA)
OSHA's ergonomic program took another step forward with the announcement that the retail grocery store and poultry processing industries will receive guidelines to reduce ergonomic-related injuries. The June 10 announcement brings to three the number...
Moving at the Speed of Consensus. (Conference Roundup)
With the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) de-emphasis on regulations, consensus standard-setting organizations told attendees last month at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) in San Diego that they want...
New Facility Identification Upgrade Makes It Easier to Do It Yourself. (Show Guide the Premier Online Trade Show)
Brady Signmark is releasing a major upgrade of its popular Mark Ware facility-identification software. The graphical design program lets users make their own professional-looking signs, labels, and tags. The program runs on Microsoft Windows 95, 98,...
Protecting against Extreme Welding Hazards: From Intense Heat and Radiation to Fires and Explosions, Arc Welders Need to Understand the Dangers and Follow Proper Practices to Ensure a Safe Work Environment
Arc welding is a safe occupation when sufficient measures are taken to protect the welder from potential hazards. When these measures are overlooked or ignored, however, welders can en counter such dangers as electric shock, overexposure to radiation,...
Readers to OSHA: Ditch "Gotcha" Enforcement: NATIONAL SAFETY SURVEY Respondents Want OSHA to Help Them Achieve a Safer and Healthier Workplace, Not Beat Them over the Head with Regulations. (National Safety Survey)
When OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS' readers were asked what one thing OSI-IA could do to improve its relationship with the regulated community, their responses often reflected John Henshaw's goals as the federal agency's chief. Challenges facing OSHA, according...
Replacing Don't with Do: OSHA's John Henshaw Wants to Accentuate the Positive. Is It a Plan or a Pipe Dream? (Editor's Notebook)
At the American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) conference in Nashville last month, James Whiting, a witty and insightful Australian safety professional, said "don't" is the most commonly used word in the safety field. Every safety manager in the...
Safety and Health Excellence Proves Elusive. (National Safety Survey)
Regulatory compliance still gets the most attention from top management, so is it any wonder that only 20 percent of EHS professionals rate their safety and health programs as "excellent"? For the past several years, we have been told how internal...
Study: Hand Injuries Most Prevalent. (EHS News)
The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System reports that fingers and hands are the most frequent body parts injured at work and treated in hospital emergency rooms. Each year, 1.08 million people are treated for work-related finger and hand...
Taking the Hazards out of Hazmat Storage
Pre-engineered storage buildings for hazardous materials provide an important service in the workplace by containing spills, creating a controlled environment for stored materials and minimizing or containing the effects of fires. How times have...
The Future of Occupational Exposure Limits: With OSHA's PEL Process Stalled and Voluntary Exposure Guidelines under Attack, It Is Time to Look at Other Paths for Developing Scientifically Sound Exposure Limits
The processes for establishing voluntary occupational exposure limits (OELs) by nonprofit organizations have been legally and scientifically challenged recently. This follows a long history of legal challenges to the standards developed by the Occupational...
Threat of Terror Impacts Workplace Safety: Occupational Hazards' Readers Report That, as a Result of Sept. 11, the Demands on Their Time Have Increased, but So Has the Importance of Occupational Safety and Health. (National Safety Survey)
If the past several months are any indication, the complex job of the environmental, health and safety (EHS) professional is becoming even more demanding. Take Brian Goldman for example. As health, safety and environmental coordinator for a Shell...
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