HealthandSafetySpring2010

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Health and Safety By: Wilmer Arellano
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Overview References Introduction Health Safety Product Liability Safety Design Rules Safety Design Behaviors Health and Safety Issues of EMR
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References Excerpts from the book: John Dustin Kemper.(1993) Introduction to the  Engineering Profession. 2 nd Edition. [Printed]. Oxford  University Press
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Introduction A few years ago, the Discovery Channel's “Discovery Journal”  series aired an hour long program called  “The Price of Profit.”  It was  about a Texas border town and the Mexican town on the other side  of the U.S. - Mexico border. All towns along the border were, and  still are, being tragically impacted by pollution caused by U.S.  companies that moved just a few hundred yards south of the border  to take advantage of Mexico's lack of environmental regulations.  The “Price of Profit” showed that  many of the people in the largely  female workforce for the Kemet electronics factory in Matamoros,  Mexico were gravely ill.  This factory used very toxic chemicals. Birth  defects were common in the workers' children and a few workers  were finally speaking out, even though it meant that their jobs would  be at risk http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/oct2003/2003-10-31g.asp
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Health According to the World Health Organization  “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and  social well-being and not merely the absence of  disease or infirmity“ We can affect Health if we don’t design for  sustainability or if our designs are not safe.
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Safety Safety is the ability to enjoy life without fear of harm, danger, or  threat Safety is generally interpreted as implying a real and significant  impact on  risk of death, injury or damage to property . In response to  perceived risks many interventions may be proposed with: Engineering responses and Regulation being two of the most common. Probably the most common individual response to perceived safety  issues is insurance, which compensates for or provides restitution in  the case of damage or loss Risk management is the systematic application of policies,  procedures and practices to the tasks of establishing the context,  identifying, analyzing, evaluating, treating, monitoring and  communicating risk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety
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e-waste Cadmium,  which in municipal waste mostly  comes from nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries,  can cause: Birth defects  Cancer Kidney and liver damage Anemia Flu-like symptoms Loss of smell
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e-waste Lead,  in municipal waste mainly found in the form of  leaded glass in cathode ray tubes (CRTs) of computer 
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This note was uploaded on 07/23/2011 for the course EEL 4920 taught by Professor Arellano during the Spring '10 term at FIU.

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