10.805J / ESD.136J Technology, Law, and the Working Environment

As taught in: Spring 2006

Photo of Gramercy Works Alumina Plant Explosion.

Gramercy Works Alumina Plant Explosion. (Image is taken from the Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration Web site.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. Charles Caldart

Prof. Nicholas Ashford

Course Description

This course addresses the relationship between technology-related problems and the law applicable to work environment. The National Labor Relations Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, state worker's compensation, and suits by workers in the courts are discussed in the course. Problems related to occupational health and safety, collective bargaining as a mechanism for altering technology in the workplace, job alienation, productivity, and the organization of work are also addressed. Prior courses or experience in environmental, public health, or law-related areas will be useful.