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


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

Causes of Improvement in Workplace Safety Improvements in safety have been the result of pressure for legislation to promote safety and health. Dela Cruz 4 . the steadily increasing cost associated with accidents and injuries. 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. Edie Boy M. and the professionalization of safety as an occupation. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Silicosis is a disease that normally takes 10 to 30 years to show up in exposed workers. Approximately one million workers in the United States are still exposed to silica every year. Edie Boy M. Dela Cruz 11 . 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. At Hawk’s Nest workers began dying in as little time as a year.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.  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. and 250 people die annually from silicosis. Today administrative controls. engineering controls.

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

Edie Boy M.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. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Engr. Dela Cruz 13 . Many of the earliest developments in the safety movement were the result of long and hard-fought battles by organized labor. From the Industrial Revolution time. organized labor has fought for safer working conditions and appropriate compensation for workers injured on the job.

These employer biased laws were overturned in all states except in New Hampshire where the fellow servant rule still applies. Assumption of Risk: People who accept a job assume the risks that go with it. the employer was not held liable. Contributory Negligence. 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. Rubio 14 . Alexis John M. 07/04/16 Prepared By: Mr.Fellow Servant Rule.

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

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

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

and education and training. 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. Dela Cruz 18 . accident investigation.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.

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

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

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