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Worth reading: Undercutting EPA and getting ahead in the South

Recent pieces address the problematic HONEST Act, why it's so hard to get ahead in the South, what motivates Dr. Willie Parker, and more.

ACA premiums are just beginning to stabilize. But they can’t withstand federal sabotage.

There was always an assumption that the Affordable Care Act would need time to find its sea legs. That’s why it included measures to shield insurers from the potential profit losses that inherently come with offering millions more people better health coverage at more reasonable prices. Show More Summary

Revolving door from chemical industry to EPA: No way to boost public confidence

The chemical industry rep said transparency will be public confidence in the EPA's chemical safety program. Trump's now appointed her to that office. How transparent will she be?

Formaldehyde, scientists, and politics

A commentary by CUNY School of Public Health professor Franklin Mirer describes the ongoing interference by Congress on the science behind the designation of formaldehyde as a carcinogen. His commentary, "What’s Science Got to Do with It?" is timed perfectly for this weekend's Marches for Science.

Occupational Health News Roundup

Immigrant workers who get injured at work now fearful about accessing workers' comp; women ironworkers win six months of paid maternity leave; many home health workers still going without health insurance coverage; and a health care union declares itself a sanctuary for immigrants.

More “severe violators” designated by OSHA

OSHA’s list of bad actors has two new members. An update of the agency's "severe violators" program shows two companies were added since President Trump took office.

Bill Maher’s smackdown of Trump on asbestos

While individuals were attending an international asbestos-disease awareness conference last weekend, HBO comedian Bill Maher was skewering Republicans for their defense of asbestos.

County Health Rankings: Drug overdoses driving turnaround in premature death rates

To get a clearer sense of just how bad our drug overdose problem has gotten, look no further than this year’s County Health Rankings. The annual report found that after years of declining premature deaths, that rate is on the rise and due primarily to overdose deaths. Show More Summary

House passes bills that will make it harder for EPA to protect public health

The House of Representatives has passed two bills that, if they clear the Senate and are signed by President Trump, will make it much harder for EPA to do the important work of analyzing, warning about, and regulating health threats in the environment.

Worker Revolt in Myanmar Smashes Garment Factory and Apparel Brands’ False Promises of a Better Life

In February 2017, garment workers in Myanmar, who were enraged by abusive and illegal working conditions, stormed their factory and smashed $75,000 worth of equipment. The worker revolt revealed the broken promises of international clothing brands that sweatshop apparel production would lead to better lives and “empowerment.”

Occupational Health News Roundup

Federal contractors receive billions in public funds despite wage violations; Alabama's auto industry putting workers' lives in danger; OSHA delays life-saving silica standard; and Maryland and Nevada legislators approve paid sick leave measures.

Single largest award in whistleblower case investigated by OSHA: a breath of fresh air

It was a breathe of fresh air speaking to a senior OSHA official who knows they have a job to do and they are doing it.

Playing politics with women’s health

With House Speaker Paul Ryan now stating that he’s going to try again on legislation to “replace” the Affordable Care Act, it’s worth looking at some of the ways the ACA has benefited women – and how actions from Congress and the Trump administration could affect women’s insurance coverage and access to care.

First study of Oregon’s seafood processing workers finds high rate of injury

As a PhD student, Laura Syron had been helping her advisor research workplace safety issues in the Pacific Northwest commercial fishing industry. The project got her thinking about worker safety throughout the seafood supply chain, from the boat to the processing plant. So she decided to do a study of her own.

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