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State, local public health loses critical funding because Congress fails to act on Zika: ‘Yes, we should be scared’

“In my darker hours when I’m sleeping at night, that’s where I go.” Those are words from Eric Blank, senior director for public health systems at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), talking about the enormous difficulties that public health labs faced in keeping up with the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. Show More Summary

Yellow fever, Zika virus, and lessons we have to keep learning

Federal investment in controlling infectious diseases has saved lives and averted economic losses in the past. But without sustained support for public health and preparedness, we’ll remain at risk.

Eat poultry? Data reveals brands that self-inspect under controversial USDA program

Dozens of poultry plants no longer have a team of USDA personnel inspecting chicken and turkey carcasses. A food safety group used the Freedom of Information Act so the public can know which brands are partaking in this public health deregulation.

Occupational Health News Roundup

A 'hidden' workforce of foreign workers at a Tesla plant in California; Illinois legislators pass a domestic workers bill of rights; Congress uses a spending bill to weaken safety rules for truckers; and lawsuits over workplace leave policies spike way up.

In the fight for a rest break, Dallas construction workers find their voice: ‘This is not the end, but a stepping stone to something bigger’

Last summer, 25-year-old Roendy Granillo died of heat stroke while he installed flooring in a house in Melissa, Texas, just north of Dallas. His tragic and entirely preventable death marked a turning point in advocacy efforts to pass a rest break ordinance for local construction workers.

Blame the railroad industry and lobbyists, not the Amtrak engineer

I heard the headline from CBS News on my car radio: “NTSB to cite operator error in deadly Amtrak derailment.” The news story came on the eve of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB)  public hearing regarding the May 2015 disaster outside of Philadelphia. The derailment killed eight passengers and injured 200 others. The subsequent…

Maryland’s Contraceptive Equity Act reduce barriers for women and men

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law the Contraceptive Equity Act, which puts the state at the forefront of efforts to reduce insurance-plan barriers to accessing multiple forms of contraception.

Report: Lower wages, labor violations part of the ‘race to the bottom’ world of subcontracting

Hardly a day goes by lately without another story on companies like Uber and their model of classifying workers as independent contractors while treating them more like traditional employees and sidestepping traditional employer responsibilities. Show More Summary

Catching up with the times, new OSHA injury reporting rule

The FAA updates its website daily with aircraft safety incident reports linked to ownership data. MSHA promptly posts injury, illness, and close-call incidents reported by every US mining operation. OSHA's plan for 2018 to post annual injury data for a fraction of US workplaces is just the agency trying to keep up with the times.

Industrial hygienists in Puerto Rico fight to protect their role in worker safety

It’s been 15 years since worker safety advocates in Puerto Rico first began fighting against a proposal to dilute the qualifications associated with being a professional industrial hygienist. As part of their efforts, such advocatesShow More Summary

With mosquito season around the corner, Congress drags its feet on Zika funding

With near constant news on the threat of Zika virus and a quickly growing evidence base detailing the virus’ devastating impact on fetal brain development, you’d think Congress could get its act together to make sure our public health system is fully prepared and equipped to confront the mosquito-borne disease. Sadly, you’d be wrong.

“Holding it”: Tyson, Perdue workers denied bathroom breaks

Imagine if employees are your local grocery store or restaurant weren't given access to the bathroom when they needed to use it. Employees soiled themselves while stocking shelves or working at the check-out counter. That's what is happening where we can't see: behind the walls of poultry processing plants.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Workers inside Donald Trump's Las Vegas hotel speak up about wages and conditions; New York's governor sides with farmworkers in right to organize; reporters investigate the lack of women coaches in college sports; and Uber agrees to a workers guild with very limited power.

Worth reading: Alzheimer’s, working moms, and conditions in Trump’s Las Vegas hotel

Recent pieces address how the US fails black women and girls; navigating the Alzheimer's transition; what has happened to some former workers from Trump's Las Vegas hotel after an injury or unionizing efforts; and more.

Not an “accident”: Henry William Gray, 56, suffers fatal work-related injury in Denver, IA

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Monday, May 2 in Denver, IA

More than 1 million mothers gain health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act

Just in time for Mother’s Day comes more good news from the Affordable Care Act: the rate of uninsured moms caring for kids younger than 19 has dropped to its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.

Fatal work injury that killed J.D. Jorgensen was preventable, Iowa-OSHA cites JRS Excavating

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Justin ‘J.D.’ Jorgensen could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Study: Where you live determines what you pay for medical care

If you’re pregnant and live in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s likely you’ll pay about $522 for an ultrasound. If you live about 60 miles south in Canton, Ohio, it costs about $183 for the same procedure, a recent study found. Why such a significant price difference? Researchers couldn’t single out one overriding factor. Show More Summary

Good news from CDC: Teen births decline, and disparities narrow

A study in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last week reported that the birth rate for US teens aged 15-19 declined by 41% nationwide from 2006 to 2014. But the persistence of disparities -- by geography as well as by race and ethnicity -- is still of concern.

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.

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