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Archived Since:November 9, 2008

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Private foundations fund another year of Colorado’s successful family program

A group of foundations has provided another year of funding for a program that has greatly expanded access to IUDs and allowed the state's teen pregnancy rate to plummet. Will the Colorado legislature start picking up the tab next y...

Study: Black workers in public sector hit hardest by job loss during the recession

Sociologist Jennifer Laird was researching unemployment among Mexican immigrants when she came upon some interesting numbers on black workers in the public sector and employment effects of the Great Recession. It piqued her interest and so she decided to keep digging.

Law firm’s scare tactics to poultry companies about OSHA

Myths about OSHA rules and inspections are nothing new. The latest misinformation comes from a law firm raise ire of poultry companies.

His fault, her fault, their fault…anyone but DuPont’s fault

DuPont has filed a litany of excuses to challenge OSHA's findings about violations related to the November 2014 death of four employees.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Women in the trucking industry face severe sexual harassment, rape and retaliation; advocates call out chemical giant DuPont on their safety consulting business; home health care workers gain new wage protections; and Texas cities take action on living wages.

Returning to work two weeks after giving birth

Last week, an In These Times piece by Sharon Lerner presented an alarming statistics: Nearly one in four employed US mothers return to work within two weeks after giving birth.

OSHA’s beryllium proposal as reality check on anti-regulatory rhetoric

I've been reviewing OSHA's proposed rule to protect beryllium-exposed workers. In the agency's 262-page Federal Register notice, I see an Administration that has gone above and beyond when it comes to assessing the proposals costs to employers.

Poll: Most Americans support new school nutrition standards, believe healthy school foods are good for kids

With national school nutrition standards up for reauthorization in Congress, a new survey finds that most Americans support healthier school meals.

Worker database documents 1,073 occupational deaths so far in 2015: ‘Every one of these deaths is preventable’

More than 1,000 U.S. workers have died due to job-related events in the first seven months of 2015, according to new data from the U.S. Worker Fatality Database. Researchers estimate that total fatalities will likely reach 4,500 by the end of the year, which would mean that the nation’s occupational death rate experienced little, if no, improvement over previous years.

Not an “accident”: Davide Nascimento, 28, suffers fatal work-related injury in Longmeadow, MA

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Friday, July 31, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Congressional budget proposals slash OSHA funding, push back on silica exposure standard: ‘These cuts and these riders are unconscionable’

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is no stranger to budget cuts — the agency is already so underfunded that it would take its inspectors nearly a century, on average, to visit every U.S. workplace at least once. In some states, it would take two centuries. Show More Summary

US uninsurance rate keeps dropping, especially in medicaid expansion states

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has published an early release of findings on US health insurance coverage from January – March 2015, and the numbers show a continued decline in the number of US residents without health insurance. The report presents findings from the National Health Insurance Survey, and the headline estimate is…

Occupational Health News Roundup

Republican proposal to ban unions at the IRS could mean trouble for other federal employees; ExxonMobil refinery in California cited for violations in February explosion; OSHA fines poultry company for "outrageously dangerous" conditions; and a strip club dancer calls for the same protections and respect afforded to other workers.

Protecting kids is another reason that OSHA regulations are important

There are plenty of lawmakers who criticize OSHA regulations. Perhaps some of them might think differently if they realized the importance of workplace safety regulations for children's health.

New report: No evidence that the Affordable Care Act is a ‘job killer’

One of the big criticisms that opponents of the Affordable Care Act love to trot out is its impact on the economy — one phrase you often hear is “job killer.” In fact, in 2011, Republicans in the House actually introduced legislation officially titled “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” That bill didn’t make it far. Show More Summary

Worth reading: Poverty, family planning, and problems in San Francisco

Recent pieces address why only the rich can afford to write about poverty, the crisis in federal funding for family planning, CDC's plea for funding to address antibiotic resistance, and how San Francisco politics make its housing so unaffordable.

Workplace hazard pricing: On paying the cost of unsafe workplaces

What a liberal (me) hears from her spouse (an economist) about financial motivations to address workplace hazards.

Obama Administration takes next step to protect beryllium exposed workers

OSHA is proposing a new health standard to protect workers who are exposed to beryllium from a debilitating respiratory disease and lung cancer.

Not an “accident”: Ascencion Medina, 44 suffers fatal work-related injury in Greenville, SC

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Nigeria has gone one year without a reported polio case

Last week, Nigeria met an important milestone: An entire year without a reported case of polio. This leaves just two countries where polio is endemic.

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