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Senate urges Surgeon General to warn Americans about asbestos

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution last night urging Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy to warn the public about risk of asbestos exposure.

Prevention message opportunities in media coverage of worker fatalities?

Instead of calling worker fatalities "accidents," could the press communicate how such incidents could be averted? A new paper published in the Journal of Agromedicine got me thinking about the topic.

First-of-its kind health center helps firefighters struggling with PTSD, addiction

Before Patrick Morrison worked for the International Association of Fire Fighters, he was a firefighter himself. He’s experienced the horrifying and profoundly saddening events that first responders see every day. And like many other firefighters, he turned to alcohol to deal with the accumulating mental trauma.

After GOPcare collapse, how will Trump administration respond?

The public seems to be lining up in favor of a government role in assuring health coverage is available and affordable, but many elected officials are not following suit.

The ACA is safe for now, but it’s still very much in danger

Yesterday, House Republicans failed to find enough votes to pass their Affordable Care Act replacement. It was a very good day for the millions of Americans projected to lose their coverage under the GOP plan. But let’s be clear: Obamacare is not safe.

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.

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