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In the book Workers at Risk the authors Dorothy Nelkin and Michael S Brown interviewed a number of working class people The authors enticed workers to discuss their major concerns regarding occupational health and safety Almost all the interviewed workers had some complaints regarding the subject and some seemed quite upset in regards to their complaints The authors however did not interview management in order to receive responses to workers concerns Thus we have no concrete inside into this side of the issue However this paper will attempt to show how management may respond to the issue and will also decipher the major concerns expressed by the workers A general feeling one gets from reading the interviews is that workers feel that they only receive very limited information in regards to hazardous materials they are using Workers tend to feel that management has a paternalistic attitude towards them and that they know what is best for the worker Management on the other hand may suggest that there is a lack of information regarding many of the issues regarding health and safety and that a unwarranted panic may in- sue if information is released without sufficient evidence There also seems to be many suggestions that management feels that it is the workers own fault for many ill-effects That is workers are unwilling to use proper precautions or their life styles may play large roles in ill effects Workers also implied that once they are experiencing symptoms that without adequate proof they have no way of confronting management This in-turn caused many workers to keep quiet about their problems either because it was their problem or it was just part of the job Some workers even felt that reporting may lead to retribution But most just felt that their complaints would be disputed of dismissed As is evident by Joes laboratory chemical plant statement a couple of neurologist told me it was linked to phosgene
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