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The politics of the worker-notification bill.
Ann NY Acad Sci 1989 Dec; 572:126-129
Political issues and actions concerning the Worker Notification Bill before Congress were described and discussed. The reasoning followed by General Electric in deciding to back the Worker Notification Bill was described. The legislation being considered would establish a Risk Assessment Board in the Department of Health and Human Services to identify employee populations at high risk of occupational disease, require that the Secretary notify members of individual populations, and require employers to monitor the health of notified employees when the exposure occurred in the course of their current employment. Opposition to the bills has arisen out of concern that their passage will create a new and unnecessary bureaucracy, mandate employee benefits, require transfer from hazardous jobs to less hazardous jobs at no loss of pay, and trigger thousands of multimillion dollar lawsuits. Invariably, however, the debate has been caught up in a larger clash between interest groups. Industry views the worker notification bill simply as one of many items on union agendas and links it with such unrelated issues as facility closings, parental leave, and mandated benefits. The author recommends that the worker notification bill be reviewed singly, separate and apart from all other issues.
NIOSH-Publication; Legislation; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-diseases; Industrial-hygiene; Industrial-hazards; Regulations; Risk-analysis; Worker-health
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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