Articles by Dan Markiewicz, MS, CIH, CSP, CHMM

As your safety world evolves

Risk management may be indistinguishable from safety
September 6, 2012
Figure 1 illustrates that workplace safety continues to evolve by adding layers of concepts and activities to its sphere of influence.


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Make way for Germany’s MAK

Maximum concentration values should be used at U.S. worksites
August 1, 2012
Six reasons why Germany’s MAK — Maximum Concentration Values in the Workplace — should be recognized and applied in U.S. worksites


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The new heart of hazcom

Labels with mandatory phrases
July 3, 2012
For most workplaces, the heart of Hazcom has been the compilation of material safety data sheets (SDS) housed in 3-ring binders and made available to employees.


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Is it safe for pregnant workers?

You can help to reasonably reduce hazards
June 6, 2012
The EEOC received 53,865 charges alleging pregnancy discrimination over the past ten fiscal years — more than a 35% increase in charges from the previous ten years.


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An “unborn child’s” health and safety

Do you accept the responsibility?
May 3, 2012
OSHA’s modified hazard communication standard (HCS) mandates a highly controversial and divisive issue that was not addressed in the preamble.


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Dealing with the ultimate failure

After a worker’s death, don’t haunt yourself with “what if’s”
April 2, 2012
A death in the workplace is the ultimate failure of any safety and health program.


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Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals pose challenges

Many EDCs are harmful at low doses and safe at high doses.
February 2, 2012
In December 2011, EU REACH listed Octylphenol among its candidate list for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).


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How to assess reproductive risks

New standards will revolutionize best practices
January 4, 2012
In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court in UAW v. Johnson Controls established that employers have the obligation to fully inform a woman of workplace risks to pregnancy.


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Who “owns” EHS risk management?

New standards will revolutionize best practices
December 5, 2011
ANSI/ASSE Z690.2-2011 (Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines) and its companion standards, Vocabulary for Risk Management and Risk Assessment Techniques, were approved earlier this year.

 


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The U.S. unveils a wellness & prevention plan

How EHS pros fit into the national strategy
August 2, 2011
The National Prevention Council released the National Prevention Strategy in June 2011 as mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.


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