Magazine article Occupational Hazards

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Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Letters

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Stress in Perspective

I would like to comment on the article, "Study: Workplace Stressors Impact Shiftworker Health"(December 2001, page 19), which revealed organizational stress affects workers. I hope a lot of U.S. tax dollars did not go into that one. Almost anyone in the work force could have told you that. Even if someone has a great job, the instability of the world makes them wonder if they will keep it.

Plus, the methodology of the study is an issue: "workers attributed a number of physical and psychological conditions to their work." Of course they did. Some employees tend to blame everything from denture breath to the threat of nuclear war on the company they work for. That is the human condition. Surveys, much like opinion polls, often merely reflect the bias of the pollster. Two hundred years ago, surveys in America would have said it is OK to enslave certain groups of people. Fifty years ago, surveys would have said black people should ride in the back of the bus. So much for surveys.

EHS issues are crucial, but they must be kept in perspective. Even though I work for a company that takes EHS seriously, there are other companies that apparently do not. That is why we need OSHA, EPA and DOT. …

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