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Archived Since:November 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“His boss never told OSHA”

A powerful storm last week in eastern Texas illustrate why a new OSHA injury reporting requirement can stimulate prevention.

Occupational Health New Roundup

The Department of Labor proposes new rule to help miners with black lung disease; federal lawmakers propose new hike to minimum wage; Houston workers safety outreach highlight impact of new reporting rules; and new museum to open in honor of coal miners' struggles.

Senators pushing TSCA reform bill that’s missing the law’s poster child

Public health researchers, agency officials and scholars describe the Toxic Substances Control Act as a defective, outdated law. They often use EPA's failed effort to ban asbestos as a poster child for the broken law. A TSCA "reform" bill currently has traction in the Senate, but it's left behind the poster child.

Names and faces featured in Worker Memorial Day reports, new database

Community organizations in Massachusetts, Knoxville, Houston and elsewhere issued reports this week to commemorate International Workers' Memorial Day. All of the reports featured the names, faces and stories of victims of work-related fatalities.

Names and faces featured in Worker Memorial Day reports, new database

Groups in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Houston and elsewhere released reports this week to mark International Worker Memorial Day. In contrast to sterile BLS data with an annual tally of work-related injuries, these reports feature the victims' names and stories to the numbers.

Study: Families struggling with financial burden of dental care costs

The association between financial hardship and medical care isn’t new. Even in wealthy countries such as the U.S., medical bills contribute to a large percentage of personal bankruptcies. Now, a new global study finds that dental care can also contribute to families falling into poverty and being left with fewer financial resources for basic necessities.

Worker health and chemical safety reform: ‘What we’re looking for is to first do no harm’

Today, Maine’s legislature held a hearing on the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act, a proposal to require employers to identify harmful chemicals in the workplace and replace them with safer alternatives. It’s the perfect exampleShow More Summary

The Post and Courier wins Pulitzer for series on “a state where the deck is stacked against women trapped in the cycle of abuse”

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Public Service went to South Carolina’s Post and Courier for the chillingly effective series “Till Death Do Us Part,” about the state’s inadequate response to domestic violence.

Chemicals at work taking their breath away: work-related asthma

A Massachusetts company that manufacturers industrial floatation devices for the off-shore oil/gas industry exposed its workers to toxic dust. Nine cases of work-related asthma among its employees were reported to the state health department.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Oregon mill workers describe a workplace rife with dangerous hazards; thousands of fast food and low-wage workers take to the streets for higher wages; labor advocates file worker retaliation complaint against Walmart; and new media workers start to organize.

Fixing Medicare physician payments

Last week, President Obama signed long-awaited legislation that will put an end to periodic panic at the prospect of massive, sudden cuts to Medicare physician payments.

CDC: American youth now use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product

In just a year, electronic cigarette use has tripled among American teens. And considering that no one really knows what the related health impacts are and any regulatory framework is lagging far behind the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, public health advocates say it’s time for action.

Labor group outlines significant flaws in chemical reform bill, joins growing list of opponents

The AFL-CIO joins a growing list of organizations which have raised serious concerns---or outright oppose---the Vitter/Udall bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Not an “accident”: Ronald Lee MacKnight, 39, suffers fatal work-related injury in Farr West, UT

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on April 13, in Weber County, UT.

Long road for a new worker safety regulation, wait may finally be over

More than two decades have passed since OSHA promised to issue a rule to protect construction workers from confined space hazards. What did OSHA do during that time to fulfill that promise?

Poorer health, shorter lives and lower incomes: ‘We don’t really appreciate the magnitude of the problem’

Low income and poor health tend to go hand in hand — that’s not a particularly surprising or new statement. However, according to family medicine doctor Steven Woolf, we have yet to truly grasp the extent to which income shapes a person’s health and opportunity to live a long life. Show More Summary

Worth reading: Better condoms, government handouts, and online violence

Recent pieces address condom innovation and approval, government handouts to the rich, online violence against women and girls, and more.

Researchers: Texting and driving bans reduce crash-related hospitalizations

Today, nearly every state in the country has a law that bans texting while driving. But do these laws make a difference?

One in three workers have carpal tunnel syndrome at Maryland poultry plant

Yet another study tells us that poultry workers develop painful and disabling musculoskeletal injuries.

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