1981 SMALL-BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS is designed to provide small businesses with official contacts in the Department of Defense and major civilian agencies for the sale of services and products. The 64-page paperback is available for $15 from Danbury Press, P.O. Box 613, Suffern, NY 10901.

SOCIAL SECURITY INTEGRATION RULES are complex and can be difficult to understand. A brief description of these rules has been prepared by Segal Associates, benefit and compensation consultants in New York. Write: Communications Department, Segal Associates, 730 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019; (212) 586-5600.

MACHINE-RELATED INJURIES -- crushed hands, severed fingers, blindness -- can often be prevented by proper safeguards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a 73-page manual, Concepts and Techniques of Machine Safeguarding, for employers and workers interested in controlling common mechanical dangers in the work-place. A copy is available for $0.75 from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Washington, DC 20402. (Specify stock number 029-015-00058-9.)

PHILANTHROPY IS OFTEN TIED TO THE WHIM of the chief executive officer. If his pet project is, say, the YMCA, that's the organization that gets funded. Why not appoint a committee of the board or a management committee to distribute your corporate donations instead. How much should a firm give? A rule of thumb in many businesses is between.6% and 1% of net profits.

CORRECTION-DATE: September, 1981

CORRECTION:

In July's Ideas (page 110), we incorrectly entitled the 1981 Small-Business Directory of Government Contacts. Note that the 72-page book, which is designed to provide small businesses with official contacts in the Department of Defense and major civilian agencies for the sale of services and products, is a directory of "contacts," not "contracts," as we stated. The directory is available for $15.75 from Danbury Press, P.O. Box 613, Suffern, NY 10901.