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October 11, 2013

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When I’m not interviewing a researcher or working on an article for Safety+Health, I love seeing what other writers are exploring in the area of workplace safety and health. At least once a month, I’m going to compile some of the most thought-provoking pieces I’ve come across. Feel free to share your favorite occupational safety and health articles in the comments section.

The Dallas Morning News takes you “Through the fire” of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX, from the perspective of the volunteer firefighters who battled the blaze.

“You have a fire of that magnitude, your adrenaline’s rushing. You’re not thinking about this thing exploding,” he said. “You’re not thinking about how much ammonium nitrate is in there. Or what’s in there that’s combustible.”

The New York Times raises the issue of how much personal information employers should be able to solicit from employees for workplace wellness programs. Concerned about the potential for discrimination against workers, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to issue guidance on workplace wellness questionnaires.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed cube-shaped robots that can move themselves into different arrangements. Imagine the implications for workplace safety.

The opinions expressed in "Research Spotlight" do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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