Workplace Safety Quotes

If you lose your tooth at home, you can leave it under your pillow for the tooth fairy. If the dentist removes it, the tooth fairy will have to consult the Government for its exact site.

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Avrum R. Goldstein, a periodontist with a practice in New Haven, in an op-ed piece.

Right-to-Know: Much Pain, Little Gain [for Small Businesses]

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The title of an article by Kevin L. Bromberg, Assistant Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment at the Bush Administration’s Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. Only date available: September/October 1988.

[Mandating that businesses share trade secrets with the EPA is a] formidable burden [that may] ruin many businesses.

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From Joel R. Burcat & Arthur K. Hoffman, “The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986: An Explanation of Title III of SARA”. Only date available: January, 1988.

[Do we really need] strict regulations or to go in with fines?

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A spokesperson for the American Hospital Association.

[Requiring small businesses to report their toxic releases would] cost thousands of dollars for over 100,000 small business facilities, many of which have profits in the $10,000 range.

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George Bush’s Small Business Administration feared that the cost of the right-to-know law would be prohibitive.

[OSHA has] substantially overstated the risks of fires, explosions and other hazards…the costs of the rule greatly exceed the benefits.

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The Office of Management and Budget. The Miami Herald.

Research shows that no one level of dust is more hazardous than another -- it's a combination of factors… We think the record shows elevators of various size are using a variety of options to reduce explosions.

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The National Grain and Feed Association spokesman Randy Gordon, The Miami Herald.

We feel that [the court’s decision] is not the step in the right direction because the mushroom industry is faced with the dilemma of increased costs. It’s an economic crunch. We’ve been in that crunch for two, 2 _ years and here’s another cost factor.

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Charles Harris, executive director of the trade group of mushroom growers

The law would have us label every single container, and in our case that is burdensome and unrealistic.

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Testimony submitted by the Garden State Water Company, in regards to the New Jersey right-to-know law. Only date available: August/September 1986

It will require many small businesses to go through an additional costly and time consuming process of collecting and analyzing information. The benefits of doing so will not significantly improve the protection of human health or the environment.

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Eugene B. Humphrey, president of Humphrey Chemical Company and representative of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

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