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A sociological analysis of the reduction of hazardous radiation in uranium mines.
Salt Lake City, UT: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 75-171, 1975 Apr; :1-144
A report on the responses of companies, unions and government enforcement agencies to the problem of excessive radiation in uranium mines resulting in respiratory cancer in Colorado chiefly between 1950 and 1959, focusing on the organizational actions which ultimately solved the hazard and the non-technological factors that prevent an earlier solution of the problem. The greatest reduction in hazardous radiation in mines followed inspection and sanction activities by an enforcement agency. Results indicate the need for policies related to health and job safety that emphasize periodic inspections which carry a threat of punishment for employers who knowingly violate standards.
Radiation-hazards; Mining-industry; Radioactive-metals; Industrial-relations; Safety-measures
NTIS Accession No.
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 75-171
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
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