Occupational Health News Roundup

Sanitation workers in the meatpacking industry face life-threatening dangers on the job; number of OSHA inspectors down under Trump; truckers feel the pressure to work while sleep-deprived; and despite increased demand for sexual harassment training, there's little evidence it actually works.

By | 2018-01-16T09:26:30+00:00 January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Industry schooled by Appeals Court, rejects its challenge to workers safety rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled late last month to uphold an OSHA rule to protect 2.3 million workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica. A three judge panel was not convinced by any of the arguments to reject the OSHA rule that were made by attorneys for the National Association of Home Builders, American Foundry Society, and other industry groups. The judges’ 60-page opinion had this bottom line: “We reject all of Industry’s challenges.”

By | 2018-01-16T14:51:45+00:00 January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Worth reading: The census, sexual assault, and “Trump’s disdain for science”

Recent pieces address how Trump administration moves threaten the census response rate, AIDS prevention efforts, and other crucial work that depends on science; delve into statistics on sexual assault in the US; investigate the working conditions behind Ivanka Trump-branded clothing and accessories; and consider how human bodies and healthcare systems maintain themselves.

By | 2018-01-08T09:56:02+00:00 January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

CDC instructed not to use seven words, including “evidence-based,” in budget documents

We’re fully into Orwellian territory now. The Washington Post’s Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin reported Friday evening that a group of CDC employees were told not to use seven words in official budget documents: “vulnerable,” “fetus,” “transgender,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.”

By | 2017-12-18T13:38:02+00:00 December 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

An Oklahoma rehab center funnels forced free labor into private industry; the National Labor Relations Board reconsiders Obama-era union election rules; farmworkers at risk from California's wildfire smoke; and domestic workers organize for greater labor rights in Seattle.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:21+00:00 December 13th, 2017|0 Comments