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Health Issues in the Workplace

Your Health in the Workplace

Is your office, shop or workplace making you sick? Do you know what to look for, the rights you have and the questions to ask? Let's face reality: your employer is most likely far more concerned with makign money than he is providing a safe workplace. You need to be knowledgeable about the issues to protect your own health at work. These pages focus on preventing pollution at the workplace, and raising awareness of health and safety issues

You can download a free PDF booklet of federal worker rights here:

Workers' Rights Booklet Revised in 2018 (OSHA 3021 - 2018)
(or Worker Rights in Spanish: PDF OSHA 3473 - 2018)

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Ergonomics Information on the Internet
Typing Injury FAQ
University of Nebraska-Lincoln RSI
University of California Ergonomics Program
University of Virginia Ergonomics and Training Homepage
CTD News
University of Texas at Austin Ergonomics Task Force
Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury

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Health and Safety

Worker Health

Indoor Air Quality in Large Buildings - Learn about the roles of building managers and occupants in maintaining good indoor air quality.

Do You Suspect Your Office Building has an Indoor Air Problem? - This document identifies significant indoor air pollution sources and explains how they interact with ventilation systems.

Secondhand Smoke - The health risks to children and adults from secondhand smoke are discussed at this site, with links to a number of publications.

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Worker Safety

Pesticide Programs on Worker Safety - This site presents the EPA Worker Protection Standard which helps protect agricultural workers from pesticide poisoning and injuries.

Worker Protection Software - This software program presents the 1992 Worker Protection Standard in interactive form.

Index of ToxFAQs - ATSDR ToxFAQs is a series of summaries about hazardous substances. Each fact sheet provide answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about exposure to hazardous substances and the effects of exposure on human health.

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Pollution Prevention

In An Office

Energy Efficient Office Equipment and Energy Efficient Lighting - These sites discuss the ENERGY STAR and GREEN LIGHTS programs which promote development of energy-efficient office equipment and lighting.

Preventing Global Warming: Office Options - This document lists many ways for your office to reduce the effects of global warming.

How to Start or Expand A Recycling Collection Program (pdf) or (ascii text version) - This document provides information on how businesses can reduce the volume of waste they produce, and how they can generate revenue from sales of recyclable materials.

The Hazardous Waste Permitting Process - Briefly defines hazardous wastes and hazardous waste management facilities in nontechnical terms. Lists laws and regulations governing treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs). Describes permitting requirements, steps in the permitting process, and public participation.

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On A Farm

Ag Center Home Page - The National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center (Ag Center) provides comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about compliance that are both environmentally protective and agriculturally sound. Contains major laws and programs that could affect farmers.

Managing Water Pollution from Agriculture - describes how agricultural nonpoint source pollution contaminates ground water and degrades wetlands.

Farmstead Risk Assessment Software - These DOS programs (based on the Wisconsin Farm*A*Syst program) feature interactive questionnaires to help you evaluate your risk of polluting ground water.