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

Inform employees of risks to unborn children

In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in UAW v Johnson Controls that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended by the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), forbids sex-specific fetal-protection policies.


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OSHA compliance questions?

Resolve with a letter of interpretation
To fully comply with OSHA requirements, you must understand the agency’s intent as well as letter of the law.


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Residential CO detectors: Good enough to use at your worksite?

Carbon monoxide, primarily as a by-product of combustion, is a colorless, odorless gas that may cause illness or death at sufficient concentrations.


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Calling all mentors

Have you found yours?
Early in my career as an EHS pro, my peers and I believed that joining an association such as ASSE or AIHA, obtaining credentials such as CIH and CSP, getting an advanced degree, followed by progressive increases in pay, usually by doing similar work in another organization, defined career success


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Paranoid about chemicals?

Many companies are overly cautious
OSHA’s December 1, 2013, HazCom/GHS training deadline means that within approximately one year the majority of America’s workforce will obtain a revised picture for precautions when working with chemicals.


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As your safety world evolves

Risk management may be indistinguishable from safety
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
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
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
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?
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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A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

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This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

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