March 29, 2018 Garrett Brown

Under orders from Governor Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance, Cal/OSHA has begun cutting field enforcement inspector positions, reversing years of public and legislative efforts to bring California’s workplace safety agency up to the level of personnel and resources enjoyed by Federal and neighboring states’ OSHA agencies. 

March 27, 2018 Liz Borkowski

NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has funded a randomized trial comparing moderate alcohol consumption and abstention — but most of the money for the study is from the alcohol industry. Recent revelations about early communications between scientists and beverage companies make it harder to have full confidence in the study’s eventual findings.

March 16, 2018 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 1Comment

The CEO of an investment company with coal mine holdings has ludicrous ideas about worker safety. He thinks coal miners should rely on their natural instincts to be safe. He says emergency breathing equipment, rescue chambers, and proximity detectors are a waste of money.