Industry groups

Industry groups


Hotel housekeepers are repeatedly injured on the job.

Cutting Back on Housekeepers' Heavy Lifting

August 02, 2011

Cry Wolf Quotes

Our feeling was and still is that there is no scientific reason for not relaxing regulations. [Easing lead rules would] save billions of dollars in the balance of payments and also of million of barrels of crude oil a year.

Dr. Jerome F. Cole, director of environmental health for the Lead Industries Association. The New York Times.

No manufacturer can possibly continue in business except by the grace of the officials in Washington.

An unnamed pharmaceutical industry lawyer’s prediction.

Panic decisions on regulatory matters, inspired and promulgated by today’s abundant supply of instant ecologists, legal opportunists, activists with or without cause….Many of these people know not what they do, let alone what they say.

R.E. Naegele, manager of Dow Chemical’s agricultural department, Testimony, House Committee on Agriculture.

Such a label would surely spell the demise of a number of major product lines of the industry....there is no doubt that our competitors will attempt to take advantage of the situation by encouraging the public to avoid asbestos-containing products because of the potential health hazards implied in the warning label, even though to the customer no such hazard exists.

Matthew M. Swetonic, Executive Secretary of the Asbestos Information Association. [OSHA would place a label on every product containing more than 5% asbestos by weight reading: “Do not breath dust--may cause asbestosis and cancer”.]
03/15/1972 | Full Details | Law(s): OSHA's Asbestos Standard


Backgrounders & Briefs

The Short-Handled Hoe Hearings: 1973- 1975

In 1972, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) petitioned the Industrial Safety Board of California’s Division of Industrial Safety to prohibit the use of the 12-inch short-handled hoe. The hearing transcipts are online here.