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Fundamentals of occupational safety and health
Kohn, James P.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Rockville, Md. : Government Institutes, [2001]

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xxvi, 457 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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T55 .K635 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This revised edition of a best-seller provides new students and safety professionals with a thorough and up-to-date overview of the occupational-safety-and -health field and the issues safety professionals face today. This Second Edition contains information on key issues in the field and includes new chapters on behavioural safety and construction safety and multi-employer work sites. There are up-to-date discussions on ergonomics, systems safety, and accident investigation. All major topics are covered in this comprehensive introduction, from safety-related laws and regulations to hazardous materials and workplace violence. The authors provide a solid philosophical foundation for the study of occupational safety and health, and they organize their material to reflect the American Society of Safety Engineers' new standard, the Scope and Function of the Professional Safety Position. Filled with practical information, this new book examines technology, management, and regulatory compliance issues and provides proven information for daily use.Explanations of the 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926 Subparts are also included to help you determine which sections of the regulations apply to your business.

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This updated edition (5th ed., 2010) of an introductory textbook on occupational safety and health (OSH) provides comprehensive coverage of laws and regulations, safety and ergonomics, human factors, terrorism and violence, hazardous materials, and other workplace dangers. Friend (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.), a safety specialist with extensive background in business management), and Kohn (deceased; formerly, industrial technology, East Carolina Univ.) espouse the philosophy that occupational illnesses and injuries are preventable. The historical survey in chapter 1 is excellent. Particularly strong chapters are "Workers' Compensation and Recordkeeping" and "Ergonomics and Safety Management." The latter is detailed and reflects the authors' backgrounds and expertise. Chapter 9, "System Safety," is sufficiently detailed to be useful in program development, including setting up and conducting a job safety analysis and basic skills for an OSH practitioner. Discussions of legal and economic issues are interspersed throughout. Overall, the book is strongest in safety topics, with excellent coverage of accident response and investigation. It is weakest in toxicology and health effects, with confusing dose-response graphics. The text of OSHA standards (appendix A and B) is useful, but anthropometry data (appendix C) is less so. This is a workable textbook for a one-semester course, although supplemental resources in toxicology are needed. Summing Up: Recommended. All students, faculty, and professionals/practitioners. --Michael Gochfeld, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School