WORKPLACE SAFETY TARGETED BY MULTI-AGENCY GROUP
Believing that dangerous workplaces and dangerous environmental practices
often go hand-in-hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a select group
of Justice Department prosecutors will form a team to crack down on
workplace safety violations.
According to The New York Times, this group—from agencies
not used to working in such a coordinated fashion—will pool existing
laws, including environmental laws, criminal statutes most often used
in racketeering and white-color crime, and corporate reform laws,
to prosecute the most flagrant workplace safety violators.
The group’s efforts are intended to significantly increas in
the number of prosecutions brought against dangerous employers, particularly
in cases involving death or injury.
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS NO LONGER MAN’S
Laptop computers with fabric shells instead of the plastic or metal
outer surfaces; cell phones with matching cases and charms and headphones
that won’t hurt the hairdo more and more, experts say, it’s
women who are driving the changes in consumer electronics today.
The Consumer Electronics Association, Arlington, VA, last year found
that 88 percent of women believe they have at least equal influence
on household technology purchases, and more than half of those women
say they have the most influence on these purchases.
Not only is this statistic changing the look and features of consumer
electronics, it’s changing how they are sold. A New York-based
research firm, NPD Group, says women want ease of use and they want
to understand how technology products will help make their lives better.
TRAVELERS REST ASSURED
Hilton Hotels this spring unveiled “enviro-rooms,” an experiment
aimed at travelers with allergies or asthma.
Everything was removed from the existing rooms including floor coverings,
wall coverings, draperies, bedding and furnishings. In their places
went hardwood floors, non-vinyl wallpaper, wood blinds, all-cotton
bedding and wood furniture in addition to chemical filters on the
showerheads, fragrance-free toiletries, air purifiers and air quality