August 3, 2007 The Pump Handle 2Comment

Back in April we reported that OSHA, facing scrutiny over its failure to protect food and flavoring workers from exposure to the butter flavoring chemical diacetyl, had announced a National Emphasis Program for the microwave popcorn industry. Last week, OSHA published a directive (PDF) to launch this one-year program. OSHA’s effort will involve “inspection targeting, […]

August 3, 2007 The Pump Handle

There’s lots of pre-recess activity in Congress right now, and bloggers provide news and commentary: Joe at Climate Progress has been following CAFE standards in the House (here, here, and here) and has the latest on Senate climate legislation. Van Jones at Gristmill highlights the Green Jobs Act of 2007, which the media has largely […]

August 2, 2007 The Pump Handle

By Harrison Newton, National Nursing Centers Consortium (Lead Safe DC) The recent recall of top-selling toys made by Mattel Inc. because they “could” contain the neurotoxin lead should cause government, academia and the public to consider why we are still allowing lead to harm our communities. Can’t we do better? Of course we can, and the […]

August 2, 2007 The Pump Handle 5Comment

Our regular readers may remember that back in March, environmental advocates raised concerns about the National Toxicology Program contractor preparing a draft report on bisphenol A, because the contractor had ties to companies that manufacture this particular chemical. (Read past posts on the issue.) After investigating the allegations, the NTP fired the contractor, Virginia-based Sciences International. Now, Susanne Rust […]

August 1, 2007 The Pump Handle 1Comment

Two new studies highlight concerns about what some workers are inhaling on the job. An international study published in the Lancet (free registration required to view summary) found that occupational exposures account for a substantial portion of adults’ new-onset asthma, and that nurses have a significant excess risk of asthma. An Australian study published in […]

August 1, 2007 The Pump Handle

June and July 2007 has been a dangerous and deadly ones for 13 U.S. miners, and their families and co-workers left behind.  So far this summer, 6 mine workers have died at metal mining operations, 4 workers employed at stone quarries and 3 coal miners.  These 11 men were working at mining operations in 11 different States: Alabama, Alaska, California, […]

August 1, 2007 The Pump Handle

The Boston Globe, home town paper of  Senator Ted Kennedy, Chair of the Senate Health, Environment, Labor and Pensions Committee, ran two important commentaries on the FDA this week.  First was an editorial  yesterday strongly urging Congress to pass a strong FDA reform bill, including restricting financial conflicts of interests for advisory committee members. Today the […]