Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor

Keep up the Good Work

I want to complement the Waste Age staff on the content and the look of the magazine. Since acquiring the publication from us (EIA), you have done an excellent job with it.

I just completed reading the February 2000 issue — I made copies of four separate articles for distribution to my staff.

Keep up the good work.

Tony Ciofalo COO

Wellesley Montvale, NJ.

Thanks for the Story

Thank you very much for the Business Trend article on WasteCap Wisconsin “Recycling: From Haulers to Architects,”[Waste Age January 2000, page 10].

Already, we have received several calls from business people who read the article. It’s a great article and a great magazine.

Jenna Kunde

Executive Director

WasteCap Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wis.

Editorials Right on Target

You’re doing a great job with Waste Age. It has a great look, quality content, and Bill Wolpin’s editorials are right on target.

Mike Kogutkiewicz President

Crane Manufacturing Equipment

Tulsa, Okla.

Pro-Active Efforts

Thank you for the opportunity to share our recycling data management efforts with your readers in “Recycling Data Collecting: Learning How to Count” [Waste Age June 1999, page 12].

Many have commented on the article and have come to realize how proactive we have been to address these challenges. Thanks again for the opportunity.

John Frederick

Executive Director

Public Recycling Officials of Pennsylvania

Bellwood, Pa.

Employee Ergonomic Issues

I found the article by Joseph Catanese, “Ergonomic Standards Aim To Aid Aches,” [January 2000, page 14] very interesting, but like most articles on this subject, it ignores the area of employee responsibility

Many employers have a statement somewhere in their personal policies that it is the employees responsibility to arrive for work in adequate physical condition to perform their job.

Generally this is not a problem when an employee first is hired, but during the course of their careers, employees deteriorate physically. Sometimes from neglect of their physical conditioning, through accidents or conditions having little or nothing to do with the employee’s work and sometimes through the normal aging process.

An employer may choose to respond affirmatively to some of these conditions, but barring things outside the employee’s or employer’s control, how do we hold the employee accountable for maintaining her physical conditioning at a level that allows them to do their job without accident or “ergonomic incident?”

Distress or injury may very well occur as a result of poor physical conditioning and still be included in statistics for L&I claims that reflect poorly (and perhaps inaccurately) on the workplace environment.

It would be interesting to see if anyone is able to get a handle on this issue.

Robert Jones

Solid Waste Supervisor

King City, Wash.

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