Occupational Health News Roundup

The feds grant billions in contracts to shipbuilders with serious worker safety lapses; Texas lawmakers want to undo an Austin initiative that protects construction workers; Chevron agrees to highest fine in Cal/OSHA history after refinery fire; and Democrats hope to ban a dangerous pesticide after EPA fails to act.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:34+00:00 July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Uber's new insurance plan won't do much to protect its injured workers; investigation finds 1,000 additional black lung cases in Appalachia; Washington state welcomes a new paid family leave law; and St. Louis workers face a pay cut after state legislators overturn the city's minimum wage hike.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:44+00:00 July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Five-part series investigates worker safety and lax accountability at nuclear facilities; workers at port trucking companies in Southern California report conditions mirroring indentured servitude; seventh journalist murdered in Mexico since beginning of 2017; and a new farmworkers union is born in Washington.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:37+00:00 June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Zika remains a serious threat. Federal funding cuts will make the problem even worse.

Last year’s emergency Zika funding is about to run out and there’s no new money in the pipeline. It’s emblematic of the kind of short-term, reactive policymaking that public health officials have been warning us about for years. Now, as we head into summer, public health again faces a dangerous, highly complex threat along with an enormous funding gap.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:09+00:00 June 13th, 2017|1 Comment

Trump’s budget is a disaster for public health: ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu’

When you ask public health advocates about President Trump’s recent budget proposal, you typically get a bewildered pause. Public health people don’t like to exaggerate — they follow the science, they stay calm, they face off against dangerous threats on a regular basis. Exaggerating doesn’t help contain diseases, it only makes it harder. So it’s concerning when you hear words like this about Trump’s budget: “devastating,” “not serious,” “ludicrous,” “unfathomable.”

By | 2018-01-14T15:37:45+00:00 June 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Paris and profits

A small number of industry-funded groups have shaped the US political process in ways that ensure they can continue profiting -- even though it will cost millions of lives worldwide.

By | 2018-01-11T08:41:16+00:00 June 6th, 2017|0 Comments