Category - No 5

Report from the Ann Arbor Chapter

The Ann Arbor chapter of Science for the People has been active in a number of projects since last September. A display board explaining the differences between the conservative, liberal and radical approaches to the food and population issue was constructed and set up in the Zoology department at the University of...

Report on Boston SftP-Sponsored Panel: Discussion on Research Ethics

On May 13, at Countway Library in Boston, a packed audience heard three panelists with various scientific backgrounds describe an ominous trend that seems to be turning scientific research into a “secular priesthood” lending its image as scientific “truth seekers” to those who would “cash in” on it.

Science Teaching Column: Teaching About Work

Throughout the past year Joe McDonald and I taught a course on work at Home Base School in Watertown Ma. I am a volunteer, and Joe is a regular salaried staff member. Home Base is a public alternative high school with 100 students drawn mostly from working-class families. It is informal and tries to involve students...

Occupational Health and Safety Resources

Some Worker-Oriented Projects Boston area: Occupational Health and Safety Project/ Urban Planning Aid. —this group provides free assistance to unions and organizers in trying to understand and correct health and safety problems. They have published many helpful fact sheets and pamphlets. Among the most useful of these...

Industrial Safety and Health in Puerto Rico

The caribbean island of Puerto Rico is one of the few colonies still existing in the world. The invasion of the island by USA military forces in 1898, during the U.S. war with Spain and Cuba, marked the beginning of this colonial relationship as well as one of the first imperialist adventures of the U.S. government.

XXX at Vinylex

The following article includes a critical discussion of a negative role played by representatives of the OCAW in organizing efforts at a small plastics factory in Tennessee. We wish to point out that the OCAW has been one of the more progressive U.S. unions, particularly in the area of occupational health. We hope the...

Report from Worker-Oriented Health & Safety Projects

The New Haven Occupational Health and Safety Project is a collective of professionals and students who have been working around issues of workers’ health in southern Connecticut since 1972. In this article we have discussed our approach, stressing one role highly skilled people can play in the fight for worker control...

Diagnosis: Work-Related Disease

This is an adaptation of an article which originally appeared in Mountain Life and Work—a publication of the Council of the Southern Mountains. It was expanded and modified for use here by a member of our editorial collective with the permission and cooperation of the authors.

OSHA Inspectors

Social programs find direct expression in the people who carry them out. Who are OSHA inspectors? Where do they come from? What can we expect them to do? Most OSHA inspectors, particularly industrial hygienists, are white males. Women inspectors are notably rare, apparently constituting less than 10% of the total...

Asbestos: $cience for $ale

For almost a decade exposes of worker deaths due to asbestos have commanded newspaper headlines. In 1972 the U.S. government held hearings on a new asbestos standard for the workplace. Yet today the human cost of asbestos exposure remains a public scandal.