Firefighters struggle with considerable mental health tolls, face high suicide rates; Vermont dairy farm workers report improvements after Milk With Dignity agreement; unions win big wage boost for Disneyland Resort workers; and Vox offers a new tool to search which employers require mandatory arbitration.
OSHA issued citations yesterday to three firms for hazards related to an oil rig explosion that killed five workers. OSHA’s findings tell me that the disaster could have been prevented.
Helping journalists, staffers stealthily collected dust samples from a busy hallway in an urban elementary school in Philadelphia. When sky-high asbestos results came back from the lab, the journalists, both Pulitzer Prize winners, faced an ethical and moral dilemma unlike any other they had encountered in their long careers.
The comment deadline on the Trump administration’s Title X gag rule is Tuesday, July 31. If implemented, it will severely damage a successful program that used to enjoy bipartisan support and that has helped millions of low-income people access high-quality reproductive healthcare.
Another day and yet another study on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and what we risk losing if Trump and the Republicans get their way. This time it’s a study on the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, which researchers say is actually working as an employment incentive for people with disabilities.
Last week, EPA held a hearing about its proposed rule to restrict the research it can use in regulating, and scores of public health advocates attended to speak out against it.
It’s not often that epidemiologists file lawsuits. But state epidemiologists who focus on work-related injuries and illnesses have stepped forward into litigation to preserve an OSHA injury reporting rule.
Over the last seven years, in response to high rates of worker deaths and injuries, OSHA launched two localized efforts to improve working conditions on dairy farms. Today, a new study finds the efforts made a positive difference, with farmers describing the intervention as a catalyst for reducing workplace dangers.
Eleven workers employed in the mining industry have suffered fatal injuries this year. Five of the fatalities occurred at stone and sand quarries, including three in Texas.