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Safety Hazards in the Office

Safety Hazards in the Office

In 1990 OSHA began a process that was supposed to end with the issuing of rules on workplace ergonomics to deal with many various forms of Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD). The issuing of these new rules has been stalled in Congress for 8 years by pro-business republicans and democrats.

So what is "ergonomics" and "CTDs" and since OSHA hasn’t issued these rules can we still file grievances over these type of health & safety problems?

Body Mapping

Body Mapping

Sara Watkins is the steward for the clerical unit at Haliburton Prevaricators Inc. In her job she gets to talk to many of the clerical workers who work in different departments. For the last month or so she noticed that there were more complaints about aches and pains, and there seemed to be people wearing wrist braces. She spoke to the company's health & safety person but she was told that there was no increase in injuries.

OSHA's VPP Program

OSHA's VPP Program

In 1982 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) started a new program called the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Under this program, if corporations met certain health and safety guidelines and had employee involvement programs, they could be exempted from random OSHA inspections. This idea was met with skepticism from unions and health and safety activists.

Fatigue and Shift Work

Fatigue and Shift Work

Issues

  • More and more employers, driven by their insatiable need for higher profits, are instituting some form of 24x7 "continuous production"  ... which can have a major impact on the health and well-being of workers
  • Among the issues to consider are workers' physical health ...
  • ... and the effect on worker's mental health ...

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