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Filed Under:Health / Epidemiology
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Archived Since:November 9, 2008

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Worker Memorial Day 2016: Names, Faces, Places, Data

If you attended any Worker Memorial Day events this week, The Pump Handle invites you to share with readers some highlights from it.

Shareholders push DuPont on worker safety, not $130 billion merger

DuPont's Board of Directors were challenged by shareholders to address the firm's defective worker safety program.

Occupational Health News Roundup

CDC investigates diacetyl exposure in coffee production facilities; Supreme Court rules in favor of workers' First Amendment rights; Latino workers still face the greatest fatality risks at work; and a job-seeking experiment finds women bear the brunt of age discrimination in the job market.

2016 Pulitzer Prizes Honor Watchdogs

Reading over the list of 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners makes clear just how essential journalism's watchdog role is to public health. In 2015, news organizations devoted considerable resources to researching, reporting, and commentingShow More Summary

Libby asbestos disaster far from over, millions have no clue of the danger

Reporter Andrew Schneider has written a sequel to his 2004 book "An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana Uncovered a National Scandal." The new book covers the unsuccessful criminal trial against W.R. Grace, and the legacy of a deadly form of asbestos from Libby that fills millions of attics across the U.S.

Fatal work injury that killed Tim Cooper, 49, was preventable, OSHA cites Independence Tube

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Tim Cooper, 49, could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Study: After an initial drop, school revenues from healthier meals and snacks rebound

When President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010, he also ushered in the first major nutrition changes in the school meal program in 15 years. Perhaps, not surprisingly, the changes received a good bit of pushback,...Show More Summary

Moans and groans about OSHA silica rule, but reality check by Democrats

“Bad math” and “slippery language” is how Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) characterized some of the testimony at this week’s congressional hearing on OSHA’s new silica regulation.

Researchers find a $15 minimum wage could prevent thousands of premature deaths

Just a few weeks ago, legislators in New York reached a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15. And while that’s certainly a big boost for incomes, it could also turn out to be a literal lifesaver.

Worth reading: Reckless executives, avian flu, and the relationship between money and life expectancy

Recent pieces address a reckless executive finally going to jail, the complex relationship between money and life expectancy, the looming threat of avian flu, and more.

Study: High levels of endocrine-disrupting activity found downstream from fracking disposal site

Lead isn’t the only toxin threatening the safety of community drinking water. A recent study on water located downstream from a West Virginia fracking disposal site uncovered levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals high enough to adversely impact the aquatic animals living there. And that means human health could be at risk too.

Vicious attacks: 80,000 US healthcare workers assaulted in a year

Healthcare workers are the most assaulted workers in the US. A report from the Government Accountability Office provides the numbers, notes which states have laws on the books to address the problem, and highlights the modest actions taken to-date by federal OSHA.

Not an “accident”: Joshua Halphin, 25 suffers fatal work-related injury in Springfield, MO

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Thursday, March 24 in Springfield, MO.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Reveal investigates fraud in California's workers' comp system; workers face unnecessary hazards in the recycling industry; anger over union exemptions in Los Angeles' new minimum wage law; and two miners win their retaliation case against Murray Energy.

Zika in the US: Resources from CDC, disappointing responses from lawmakers

As summer approaches, mosquito bites will become common, and the Zika virus could start spreading in parts of the continental US. Although public health officials are working hard to address this threat, the response from many lawmakers has been disappointing and, in some cases, erected barriers to successful research.

New York state approves country’s most generous paid family leave law

New York State's new budget deal includes a paid-leave program that will offer the most paid leave in the nation once it's fully implemented in 2021: 12 weeks of leave at up to two-thirds of pay.

What part don’t you understand? “Don’t expose people to asbestos!”

I'm marking Global Awareness Asbestos Week by shaming some companies in San Antonio, TX for exposing workers and the community to asbestos.

“We’ve been waiting for this day” — Blankenship gets prison time

It’s been six years and one day since 29 men were killed by a coal-dust explosion at former Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine. Today, U.S. District Judge Irene Berger sentenced the company’s former CEO Don Blankenship for his practices that contributed to the disaster.

Leaked poll shows business execs overwhelmingly support paid leave, higher wages and fair scheduling

You know how opponents of paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage always cite resistance in the business community? Well, in turns out that such resistance might be closer to a marketing gimmick rather than a genuine reflection of employer sentiment.

Study: Preterm birth price tag related to air pollution tops $5 billion

In debates over air pollution control, it’s always a tug-of-war between the cost to business and the cost to public health. Late last month, a study emerged with new data for the public health column: the cost of the nation’s nearly 16,000 annual preterm births linked to air pollution is more than a whopping $5 billion.

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