Don't Eat The Daisies

Don't Eat The Daisies

Betcha didn't know that eating wallpaper could lead to constipation. Or that rubbing Metamucil in your eyes could irritate them. Neither do many employers, who are supposed to teach their workers such nuggets of wisdom; the government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not informed them of that obligation. Those who do know are in a fury.

This dustup, which is still tied up in court proceedings and renewed OSHA regulatory hearings, began reasonably enough. An OSHA ruling, effective in 1985, ordered manufacturers and importers of hazardous chemicals to inform workers of the dangers. In August 1987, under court order, the...

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