Worker Protection: Better Coordination Can Improve Safety at Hazardous Material Facilities

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DIANE Publishing, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 60 pages
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Work places that produce, use, store, or dispose of hazardous materials are often considered to be among the nation's most dangerous. This report reviews coordination among the federal agencies engaged in protecting safety and health at hazardous material work places. Specifically, it assesses: (1) the extent to which Federal agencies have overlapping statutory authority or procedures; (2) employers' and workers' experiences with multiagency efforts to protect work place safety and health at hazardous material facilities; and (3) the extent to which agencies coordinate their enforcement efforts and communicate to employers the nature and extent of their coordinated activities. Ill.

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