Safety and Health Movement

Then and Now

Major Topics
Developments before the Industrial Revolution.
Milestones in the safety movement.
Tragedies that have changed the safety

Role of organized labor.
Development of accident prevention programs.
Development of Safety Organizations.
Safety and Health Movement Today.


Prepared By: Engr. Edie Boy M. Dela Cruz


An overly stressed worker may be prone to unintentionally forget safety precautions and thus may cause an accident. Edie Boy M. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Health is concerned with disease causing conditions.Safety Versus Health Safety is concerned with injury causing situations. Health deals with adverse reactions to prolonged exposure to dangerous but less intense hazards. Safety is concerned with hazards to humans that result from sudden severe conditions. Dela Cruz 3 .

Dela Cruz 4 .Causes of Improvement in Workplace Safety Improvements in safety have been the result of pressure for legislation to promote safety and health. and the professionalization of safety as an occupation. Edie Boy M. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Improvements in the future are likely to come as a result of greater awareness of the cost effectiveness and resultant competitiveness gained from a safe and healthy workforce. the steadily increasing cost associated with accidents and injuries.

“If a man had caused the loss of a gentleman’s eye. his own eye shall be caused to be lost. allowable fees for physicians. and monetary damages assessed against those who injured others.) contained clauses dealing with injuries. Edie Boy M. Dela Cruz 5 .” 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr.Code of Hammurabi The Code of Hamurabi (Babylonian king in 2000 B.C.

Dela Cruz 6 . Illinois steel plant. In 1892. the first recorded safety program was established in a Joliet. Edie Boy M. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. In 1869 the Pennsylvania legislature passed a mine safety law that required two exits from all mines.Development of the First Organized Safety Program When the industrial sector began to grow in the United States hazardous working conditions were commonplace. Factory inspection was introduced in Massachusetts in 1897.

productivity. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Dela Cruz 7 . and profitability. Edie Boy M. This connection between safety and management represented a major step towards broad-based safety consciousness.Federick Taylor’s Connection to the Safety Movement Around 1900 Federick Taylor began studying efficiency in manufacturing. His purpose was to identify the impact of various factors on efficiency. He drew the connection between lost personnel time and management policies and procedures.

this organization changed its name to National Safety Council (NSC). 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. NSC is now the premier safety organization in the United States. A year after the meeting of the CSC. Edie Boy M. As a result the first meeting of the Cooperative Safety Congress (CSC) took place in Milwaukee in 1912.Development of the National Safety Council The Association of Iron and Steel Electrical Engineers (AISEE) formed in the early 1900s. pressed for a national conference on safety. In 1915. Dela Cruz 8 . the National Council of Industrial Safety was established in Chicago.

07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. loss of a skilled worker due to injury or for any other reason created an excessive hardship.  During this period industry in the United States arrived at two critical conclusions: (1) There is a definite connection between Quality and Safety. Dela Cruz 9 .  For these employers.Impact of Labor Shortages in World War II on the Safety  From the end of World War I (1918) through the 1950s Movement safety awareness grew steadily.  This became clear to manufacturers during World War II when call-up and deployment of troops had employers struggling to meet their labor needs. (2) Off-the-job accidents have a negative impact on productivity. Edie Boy M.

07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. and work injury rates were rising. These laws applied to a limited audience of workers. Dela Cruz 10 .  These were the primary reasons for the passage of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970.Primary Reason behind the passage of the OSH  The 1960s saw the passage of a flurry of& legislation (Occupational Safety Health) promoting workplace safety. Edie Boy M.000 employees were killed annually in connection with their jobs. Act  According to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) more significant legislation was needed because the state legislated safety requirements only in specific industries had inadequate safety and health standards.  In the late 1960s more than 14. It represents the most significant legislation to date in the history of the safety movement. and had inadequate budgets for enforcement.

Dela Cruz 11 . Edie Boy M. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr.How workplace tragedies have affected the Safety Movement  Safety and health tragedies in the workplace have greatly accelerated the pace of the safety movement in the United States. and personal protective equipment are used to protect workers in a dusty environment. At Hawk’s Nest workers began dying in as little time as a year. Silicosis is a disease that normally takes 10 to 30 years to show up in exposed workers.  Hawk’s Nest Tragedy: Workers spent as many as 10 hours per day breathing the dust created by drilling and blasting a passageway through a mountain located in the Hawk’s Nest region of West Virginia that had an unusually high silica content. Today administrative controls. and 250 people die annually from silicosis. engineering controls. Approximately one million workers in the United States are still exposed to silica every year.

Dela Cruz 12 . factories. Union Carbide had to pay $470 million in compensatory damage. Edie Boy M. offices. schools . ships and filter of cigarettes.How workplace tragedies have affected the Safety Movement Asbestos Menace: In 1964 Dr. In the US it led to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. including hydrogen cyanide leaked into the northern end of Bhopal killing over 3000 people. It was found in homes. Selikoff linked asbestos to lung cancer and respiratory diseases. Bhopal Tragedy: In 1984 over 40 tons of Methyl isocyanate (MIC) and other lethal gases. In the 1970s and 1980s asbestos became a controlled material.

Role of Organized Labor in Advancement of Safety Organized labor has played a crucial role in Movement the development of the safety movement in the United States. From the Industrial Revolution time. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Edie Boy M. Many of the earliest developments in the safety movement were the result of long and hard-fought battles by organized labor. organized labor has fought for safer working conditions and appropriate compensation for workers injured on the job. Dela Cruz 13 .

Rubio 14 . Contributory Negligence. These employer biased laws were overturned in all states except in New Hampshire where the fellow servant rule still applies. the employer was not held liable. Alexis John M. and The Fellow Servant Assumption ofRule Risk held that employers were not liable for workplace injuries that resulted from the negligence of other employees. Contributory Negligence: If the actions of employees contributed to their own injuries.Fellow Servant Rule. Assumption of Risk: People who accept a job assume the risks that go with it. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Mr.

and The Engineering aspects of a safety program Enforcement involve making design improvements to both product and process to decrease potential hazards. rules. The Enforcement aspect of a safety program involves making sure that employees abide by safety policies. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Mr. and that safety is expected by management. practices and procedures.The three E’s of Safety Engineering. Rubio 15 . Alexis John M. regulations. why it is important to do so. The Education aspect of a safety program ensures that employees know how to work safely. Education. Supervisors and fellow employees play a key role in the enforcement aspect of modern safety programs.

Dela Cruz 16 .  Provide a broad database that can be used to compare health and safety problems experienced by different companies in the same industry.  Encourage accident prevention. Providing appropriate medical treatment for injured or ill workers.  OSHA reinforces the integrated approach by requiring companies to have a plan for doing at least the following:  1.  Provide a greater level of expertise in evaluating health and safety problems. Regularly examining workers who are exposed to toxic substances.Integrated Approach to Safety and Health  Learn more through sharing knowledge about health problems in the workplace. Having a qualified first-aid person available during all working hours.  Make employee health and safety a high priority. Edie Boy M. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr.  3. particularly those caused by toxic substances.  2.

Dust levels. test workers for level of exposure. Dela Cruz 17 . and implement decontamination procedures when necessary.Modern Industrial Companies may include the following Industrial Hygiene Chemist and/or Engineer: positions: Companies that use toxic substances periodically test the work environment. develop plans for handling radiation accidents. respond to radiation accidents. Unsafe conditions or hazardous levels of exposure can be identified and corrected or preventive measures can be taken. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Radiation Control Specialist: Companies that use or produce radioactive material employ specialists to monitor radiation levels to which workers may be exposed. Edie Boy M. ventilation and noise levels are also monitored.

07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. (Jobs with this one course) The complexities of the modern workplace have made safety and health a growing profession. Edie Boy M. accident investigation. and education and training. Dela Cruz 18 .Modern Industrial Companies may include the following Industrial Safety Engineer or positions: Manager: They are responsible for developing and carrying out the company’s overall health and safety program including accident prevention.

A safety team may include a safety engineer. Health problems in the workplace include lung disease in miners. redundancy and timed replacements. and lung cancer tied to asbestos. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Accident prevention techniques include fail safe designs. lockout.Summary A milestone in safety is the passage of OSHA in 1970. The asbestos menace. PPE. A leading safety organization is the American Society of Safety Engineers. Labor unions have worked to overturn anti labor laws inhibiting safety. and Bhopal disaster have changed the face of the safety movement. nurse. and dietician. Edie Boy M. Dela Cruz 19 .

Define the following terms: fellow servant rule. Explain the three E’s of Safety. 3. and assumption of risk. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. To what causes can improvement in workplace safety made to date be attributed? Explain the primary reasons behind the passage of the OSH Act. Edie Boy M. Dela Cruz 20 . 4. 2.Homework 1. contributory negligence. To be submitted next meeting hand written only.

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