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Study uncovers occupational risks, injury trends among commercial bicyclists

Anyone who’s lived in a big, dense city is familiar with the sight of bicycle messengers weaving their way in between metro buses and taxi cabs, down side streets and around packed crosswalks, pedaling at impressive speeds and often with remarkable agility. Show More Summary

New EPA rule offers better protection from pesticides for US farmworkers

US farmworkers, many of whom move from state to state following crops, will now have better access to information about the pesticides used at the farms where they work. Among other things, a new EPA rule will require employers to provide annual pesticide-hazard training to farmworkers.

Volkswagen’s deceit: public health and my neighbor’s dilemma

My neighbor shares her thoughts about being part of VW's "clean diesel" charade, while a reporter estimates the premature deaths associated with the corporation's fraud.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Union fair share fees at stake in upcoming Supreme Court case; United Arab Emirates announces labor reforms for migrant workers; taxi drivers in Chicago stop service in protest of proposed Uber rules; and health privacy at risk in workplace wellness programs.

Hajj stampedes and the challenges of crowd control

The death toll from last week’s stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has passed 700; on Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry reported 769 deaths and 934 people injured. Basma Attasi reports for Al Jazeera that the stampede occurred when two waves of pilgrims collided — but that there are conflicting reports about why…

Scientists find high prevalence of Chagas disease in Texas kissing bugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers it one of five neglected parasitic infections in need of targeted public health action. And while it’s still considered rare in the U.S., it seems residents of Texas may be at greater risk than scientists previously thought.

Asbestos, disease burden, and TSCA reform

Senators should mark Mesothelioma Awareness Day (September 26) by considering asbestos as the litmus test for the adequacy of any TSCA reform legislation. They'll see that S.697 fails the test.

Report: Rich people live longer and reap greater entitlement benefits

In the U.S., the gap in life expectancy by income is getting wider. To be even clearer: Life expectancy for people with higher incomes has gone up over time, while life expectancy for people earning lower incomes has actually declin...

New study illustrates risk that climate change poses to safe drinking water, human health

For years, scientists have described climate change as a slowly emerging public health crisis. But for many, it’s difficult to imagine how a complex planetary phenomenon can impact personal well-being beyond the obvious effects of natural disasters, which climatologists say will happen more frequently and intensely as the world warms. Show More Summary

Fatal work injury that killed Alejandro Anguiana was preventable, OSHA cites Markman Peat

The fatal work-related injuries that killed Alejandro Anguiana could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.

Speak up! Health is created through collective efforts

We in the health field need to challenge the dominant narrative that an individual's health is a function of their own behavior. Health is created collectively and collective efforts are necessary to improve our health and well bein...

Business-school professors call for paid family and medical leave

Last week, 203 business-school faculty members from 88 institutions across the US wrote an open letter to members of Congress stating, "It is time to ensure that the entire United States workforce has access to paid family and medical leave."

“Tired of getting knocked on the head”

A worker's ingenuity to prevent a dumpster-related injury.

Not an “accident”: Terry Lakey, 51, suffers fatal work-related injury in Waco, TX

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Wednesday, September 16 in Waco, Texas.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Former employees at the Blue Bell ice cream plant in Texas report dangerous work conditions; federal health researchers announce new study of oil field workers; Democrats propose new labor rights legislation; and North Dakota legislators announce efforts to hold big oil companies responsible for worker deaths.

Are RCTs the best course of action in global health?

As most people in any empirical or scientific field know, the gold standard for experimenting and establishing causality is the randomized controlled trial (RCT). In an RCT, subjects are randomly assigned to one of two conditions: an experimental group or a control group. The experimental group receives the intervention or drug and the control group…

“Sharing happiness” is company motto, workers treated with “distrust rather than respect”

Poultry processing firm Allen Harim Foods' slogan is "Improving the Quality of Life and Sharing Happiness." It's difficult for me to see how either are achieved with its mismanagement of work-related injuries and the hazards that cause them.

Worth reading: Planned Parenthood, needle exchange policy, and Oliver Sacks

Recent pieces address the idea of shifting funds from Planned Parenthood to community health centers; the effectiveness of Washington, DC's needle exchange; the spread of tickborne diseases; and pieces by and about neurologist and author Oliver Sacks.

Yearbook on OHS profiles exceptional reporting by investigative journalists

The most memorable event in the last 12 months on workers' health and safety topics was the exceptional reporting by journalists. One section of The Year in US Occupational Health and Safety is devoted to reporters' contributions.

Worker health and safety yearbook: New science for healthier workplaces

When it comes to protecting workers, advocates often turn to science. Whether it’s research on the effectiveness of an intervention, new injury surveillance data or novel methods for pinpointing particularly vulnerable workers, science is key to advancing workplace safety. Show More Summary

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