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Document ID (ISN)111389
CIS number 11-0013
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kriebel D., Jacobs M.M., Markkanen P., Tickner J.
Title Lessons learned - Solutions for workplace safety and health
Bibliographic information Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Ave., Kitson 210, Lowell, MA 01854, USA, 2011. iii, 129p. Illus. Bibl. Ref. Price: USD 40.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
Internet access Lessons_learned.pdf [in English]
Abstract This report presents six case studies that illustrate systemic failures to protect workers, communities and the environment such as: immigrant workers killed and severely burned in house fires caused by the chemicals used to refinish wood floors; health care workers, hotel housekeepers, as well as meat and poultry workers disabled by back injuries and other musculoskeletal strain from long hours of awkward postures and repetitive movements; long and avoidable delays in the scientific and legal proceedings used to set health standards protecting workers from cancer-causing chemicals. The report identifies seven high-priority strategies for making workplaces safer. While improved regulations and enforcement are clearly needed, there are many other opportunities to improve workers' health and safety. A key conclusion is that work-related injury and illnesses could be prevented if chemicals, production processes and technologies were designed with worker health in mind. "Prevention through design" initiatives are now being used to design buildings that eliminate hazards and make jobs, products, and materials inherently safer.
Descriptors (primary) USA; labour inspection; enforcement; role of government; disobeying safety instructions
Descriptors (secondary) flammable substances; musculoskeletal diseases; housekeeping and restaurant services workers; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; migrant workers; meat industry; health care personnel; hotel industry; fatalities; case study; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work
Hotels and restaurants
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services
Food industry
Workplace health promotion