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OSHA delays enforcement of respiratory rules for exposure to tuberculosis

OSHA announced Jan. 14 that it is giving employers six months -- until July 1, 2004 -- to adjust to several new respiratory protection requirements for workers who are potentially exposed to tuberculosis.

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Hewlett-Packard Cuts Ergonomics Risks
Employees who use computers for significant amounts of time are being asked to engage in a seven-step process.

In the middle of 2001, Hewlett-Packard made a decision to change the way it addressed ergonomics in its office environments. HP had two goals: decrease the rate of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) corporate-wide and create significant administrative efficiencies. HP's proactive implementation of its new program to almost 2,000 employees has significantly decreased the likelihood of RSIs for those who have participated in the program.

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Part I: Is Safety Really the No. 1 Priority?

The specific methods of accountability are important, but their success depends on the sincerity of the effort

It's time once again to consider how safety affects us, or, more precisely, how we affect it. The history of safety is littered with ideas and models on how to build a better mousetrap. Inspections, worker's compensation, OSHA regulations, machine guarding, behavior-based safety--all have tried to identify the magic bullet that will make our world simple and injury-free. We still have people injured every day. So, why have all our safety efforts failed? Have they failed? What's the magic bullet? What can we do?.

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