Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Draft Paper Criticizes OSHA's Approach to Safety

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Draft Paper Criticizes OSHA's Approach to Safety

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OSHA, since its inception 35 years ago, has failed to meet its promise of giving "every working man and woman in the nation safe and healthful working conditions," according to a draft paper written by a University of Washington (state) professor.

"Getting Home Safe and Sound? OSHA at Thirty-Five" was written by Michael Silverstein--a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Washington and a former director of policy for OSHA from 1993 to 1995--in the hopes of stimulating discussion about the future of workplace safety and health in the United States.

The Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP), a public health think tank based at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C., posted the draft documents on its Web site.

In an online introduction on a public health Web log, Silverstein discusses how he spent several months talking to people with experience in worker health and safety to gather ideas about how workers can be better-protected. …

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