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Archived Since:November 9, 2008

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Memorable moments from Labor Secretary’s confirmation hearing

President Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary provided a peek during his confirmation hearing on his approach to running the Labor Department. Several things he said made me ask myself: “will employees at the Labor Department challenge Alex Acosta to keep his word on that?”

Occupational Health News Roundup

California farmworkers living in fear of deportation; Ontario health care workers call on officials to address violence in the workplace; West Virginia legislators consider dramatic loosening of mine safety standards; and thousands of workers get ready to strike on May 1.

Worth reading: US healthcare, Iowa pollution, and Texas maternal mortality

Recent pieces address US healthcare, pollution enforcement in Iowa, maternal mortality in Texas, and more.

Beyond the numbers: What’s it like to have an unplanned pregnancy?

There’s a lot at stake for women’s health in the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, which eliminated out-of-pocket costs for birth control and has been highly successful in breaking down barriers to affordable family planning. The cost-sharing changes alone are saving individual women hundreds of dollars each year on their choice of contraception.

Call to action on worker safety for future Labor Secretary

Labor Secretary nominee Alex Acosta is schedule to appear next week before a Senate Committee for his confirmation hearing. Senators should formulate their questions for him by reviewing a just released platform on worker safety. Protecting Workers’ Lives & Limbs: An Agenda for Action makes dozens of recommendations to improve occupational health and safety policies and…

Insurance losses under proposed ACA replacement a matter of life and death

As the Republicans push forward their abysmal Affordable Care Act replacement, much of the talk surrounding its impact focuses on insurance numbers and premium hikes. Those things are certainly important. But this is more important: The Republican plan will cause unnecessary suffering and preventable death.

Exaggerating the cost of workplace safety penalties, instead of limbs, lungs, lives saved

It bothers me when politicians try to rile up employers by exaggerating the cost of OSHA penalties.

AHCA would slash Medicaid while giving tax cuts to the rich

The House Republicans' healthcare bill's Medicaid provisions would cut federal contributions and shift substantial healthcare risks from to states and low-income families.

Fatal work injury that killed Rick Simer, 64, was preventable, OSHA cites K.B.P. Coil Coaters

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Simer, 64, could have been prevented had K.B.P. Coil Coaters, Inc. followed worker safety regulations.

More soda tax success: Study finds Mexico’s tax reduced sugary beverage buys two years in a row

Another day, another study that shows soda taxes work to reduce the consumption of beverages associated with costly chronic diseases in children and adults.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Former head of the federal Wage and Hour Division talks about efforts under Obama, challenges under Trump; news releases on OSHA enforcement actions disappear from its website; Texas lawmakers propose bills to improve farmworker housing conditions; and congressional Republicans vote to roll back OSHA reporting rules.

Health organizations warn about “regulatory reform” bills sweeping Congress

The American Public Health Association, the American Lung Association, and other health protection organizations have put Members of Congress and the Trump Administration on notice: dismantling regulations and slashing agency budgets will have dire consequences for Americans. Show More Summary

Proposed Medicaid changes would shift risks to the most vulnerable

A policy brief about the Republicans’ bill to replace the Affordable Care Act has two Medicaid provisions that could prove seriously detrimental to public health and states’ finances.

Study: Seven-fold increase in antibiotic-resistant infection among children

Most news on the dangers of antibiotic-resistant infections focus on adults. But children are very much at risk too. In fact, a recent study found that U.S. children have experienced a 700 percent surge in infections caused by particular bacteria that’s both resistant to multiple antibiotics and responsible for growing numbers of serious bacterial infections in kids.

Labor-Enviro-Community coalition wins stronger California oil refinery regulations and showcases a winning strategy for worker and community health

Last month, California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) proposed revised and stronger regulations for oil refineries in the state after a 4½-year joint campaign by labor unions, environmental and community organizations.  The...Show More Summary

Researchers identify thousands of fracking spills, highlight why data is critical to prevention

In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report finding 457 fracking-related spills in eight states between 2006 and 2012. Last month, a new study tallied more than 6,600 fracking spills in just four states between 2005 and 2014. But, as usual, the numbers only tell part of the story.

Worker’s death at demolition site a “freak accident”?

Cirilo Banuelos Reyes, 50, fell four stories to his death at a demolition site. His boss called it a "freak accident." OSHA will likely find it could have been prevented.

Scientific Integrity Act: Protecting the government science that protects all of us

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), joined by 26 of his colleagues, has introduced the Scientific Integrity Act (S 338), which would require agencies that conduct or fund scientific research to develop and enforce scientific integrity polic...

Study: Fast food packaging contains chemicals harmful to human health, environment

Earlier this month, news broke of a study that found potentially health-harming chemicals in a variety of fast food packaging. Upon hearing such news, the natural inclination is to worry that you’re ingesting those chemicals along with your burger and fries. Show More Summary

“Diseases of distress”: Can we estimate the component that is work-related?

Case and Deaton's analysis of increasing mortality rates among white middle-age Americans made a connection to economic phenomena, but their analysis didn’t discuss specific pathways that might lead from one to the other. A group of doctoral students at UMass Lowell's Work Environment Program set out to explore those causal pathways.

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