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Handbook of occupational safety and health
DiBerardinis, Louis J., 1947-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 1232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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Workplace safety and health is serious business. In work environments where the safety and health of employees is a significant issue, a major leadership challenge is to instill shared, companywide values that establish the safety, health, and well-being of each individual as a paramount concern of the business. Now in its second edition, the Handbook of Occupational Safety and Health, originally edited by Lawrence Slote, remains an essential first source for quick, practical answers on this pivotal workplace issue.

Concise chapters detail specific issues of biological, chemical, and physical hazards to workplace safety and health, and also address a broad spectrum of management concerns including training, workers' compensation, liability coverage, and regulatory matters. While adhering to the requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1971, the authors of this volume advocate a progressive approach that exceeds basic compliance with established regulations. Chapters emphasize not only worker protection through safe equipment and management supervision, but also the safety training of workers. Throughout, contributors stress the need to align safety and health concerns fully with a company's business objectives, offering insight into how these dual interests can be integrated.

With many chapters structured in an accessible "how-to" format, even those professionals inexperienced in occupational safety issues can rapidly gain a practical knowledge of the particular concerns of their industry. For launching or updating a comprehensive workplace safety program, or for assistance with confronting specific problems when they occur, the Handbook is an ideal starting point for assessing risks and initiating proactive measures to prevent accidents in any industry.

A new edition of the one-stop source for practical information on occupational safety and health.

Now expanded by more than 50 percent, this Second Edition of the Handbook of Occupational Safety and Health, originally edited by Lawrence Slote, demonstrates how to control hazards to safety and health in many types of work environments-and how to deal with injuries when they do occur. It features 30 concise chapters that enable even those not formally trained in occupational safety to get up to speed quickly, plus more than 150 helpful illustrations that complement the text.

With up-to-date contributions from occupational physicians, public health professionals, legal experts, and specialists in areas ranging from chemicals and radiation to noise exposure, this comprehensive Handbook presents a complete program of effective responses to a vast range of occupational safety and health problems. It includes:
* An overview of the field and its recent advances, with a clear explanation of managerial roles and responsibilities for safety and health
* Five sections on a variety of issues-safety evaluations, health assessment, control practices, physical hazards, and legal affairs-that make it simple to pinpoint information quickly
* How-to advice-step-by-step guidance on how to conduct an accident investigation, maintain a quality medical surveillance program, and much more
* Chapters on the prevention of specific hazards such as dermatoses, heat stress, radiation, respiratory illness,and infection
* Includes updated material based on chapters from Patty's Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Fourth Edition

Author Notes

LOUIS J. DiBERARDINIS, MS, CIH, CSP, is the Associate Director of the Environmental Medical Service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a visiting lecturer on occupational health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently serves as chair of the ANSI Z.9.5 Subcommittee on Laboratory Ventilation and is a former president of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene. He is the lead author of Guidelines for Laboratory Design (Wiley).

Table of Contents

Thomas M. DoughertyRosemary Colvin and Ray ColvinRobert Herrick and James StewartMartin R. Horowitz and Marilyn F. HallockThomas M. DoughertyThomas M. DoughertyMahmoud A. Ayoub and Stephen D. RobertsJerry Lynch and Charles CheltonJanet M. Macher and Jon RosenbergAlain J. Couturier and Robert J. McCunneyRobert J. McCunney and Alain J. CouturierPeter M. BochnakLisa K. Simkins and Charlotte A. RiceKenneth P. MartinPamela Greenley and William A. BurgessRichard J. NillHoward CohenBrad T. GarberDavid E. CohenPhilip R. MoreyAnne M. Venetta Richard and Ralph Collipi, Jr.Charles P. Lichtenwalner and Kevin MichaelGraciela PerezDonald L. Haes, Jr. and Mitchell S. GalanekMargie MagowanJames J. Paugh IIIRosemary Colvin and Ray ColvinRoy Deitchman and James DegenThea DunmireDonald M. Weekes, Jr.
Prefacep. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Part I Introduction
1. Occupational Safety and Health Managementp. 1
2. Management's Roles and Responsibility in an Effective Safety and Health Programp. 13
3. How to Locate Information Sources for Occupational Safety and Healthp. 33
4. Recognition of Health Hazards in the Workplacep. 53
Part II Safety Evaluations
5. How to Conduct an Accident Investigationp. 103
6. Risk Assessment Techniquesp. 127
7. How to Apply Computer Simulation to Occupational Safety and Healthp. 179
Part III Health Evaluations
8. Evaluation of Exposure to Chemical Agentsp. 239
9. Evaluation and Management of Exposure to Infectious Agentsp. 287
10. Biological Monitoring in Occupational Health and Safetyp. 373
11. How to Ensure Quality in a Medical Surveillance Programp. 415
Part IV Control Practices
12. How to Establish Industrial Loss Prevention and Fire Protectionp. 429
13. Hazard Communication and Worker Right-to-Know Programsp. 479
14. Health and Safety Instructionp. 517
15. Philosophy and Management of Engineering Controlp. 539
16. How to Select and Use Personal Protective Equipmentp. 601
17. Respiratory Protective Devicesp. 639
18. How to Apply the Microcomputer to Occupational Safety and Healthp. 677
Part V Physical Hazards and Special Topics
19. Occupational Dermatosesp. 697
20. Indoor Air Quality in Nonindustrial Occupational Environmentsp. 743
21. Heat Stressp. 791
22. Occupational Noise Exposure and Hearing Conservationp. 825
23. Ergonomics: Achieving System Balance Through Ergonomic Analysis and Controlp. 931
24. Radiation: Nonionizing and Ionizing Sourcesp. 987
Part VI Legal Affairs
25. How to Deal with the Troubled Employeep. 1017
26. Managing Workers' Compensationp. 1029
27. How to Evaluate Your Occupational Safety and Health Programp. 1081
28. Occupational Health and Safety Regulatory Affairsp. 1107
29. Occupational Safety and Health Legal Issuesp. 1149
30. How to Provide Liability Industrial Coveragep. 1163
Indexp. 1195