Occupational Health News Roundup

Workers suffering the 'lethal legacy' of a General Electric plant in Canada fight for compensation; OSHA looks into an Arizona commission that routinely reduces penalties for safety violations; advocates ponder the future of OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program; and millions of workers get a raise in the new year.

By | 2018-01-22T20:29:36+00:00 January 4th, 2017|2 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Farmworkers in south Texas continue to struggle 50 years after historic worker strike; Illinois governor signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights; Samsung Electronics accused of withholding deadly chemical exposure information from workers; and OSHA fines a Tyson chicken plant after a worker loses a finger.

By | 2018-01-16T14:57:14+00:00 August 16th, 2016|3 Comments

New report investigates chemical safety inside the fragrance industry, calls for stronger oversight and disclosure

Take a quick look around your home and chances are you’ll find at least one product with an ingredient simply described as “fragrance.” But what exactly does that mean and is there anything harmful in the ubiquitous chemical cocktails we refer to as fragrance? Maybe. But the real answer is that it’s hard to know for sure — and that, say advocates, is bad for public health.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:29+00:00 December 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Inspired by the modest mussel, scientists discover a naturally derived flame retardant

Flame retardants aren’t just found in your furniture. It’s likely you also have detectable amounts of the chemical in your body too, which is pretty worrisome considering the growing amount of research connecting flame retardants to serious health risks. Researchers have linked to the chemicals to reproductive health problems, adverse neurobehavioral development in kids, and endocrine and thyroid disruption. And so the question arises: Do the risks of today’s flame retardants outweigh the benefits?

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:31+00:00 October 21st, 2015|3 Comments

New study: Ubiquitous chemicals known as phthalates linked to childhood asthma risk

About one in every 10 U.S. children is living with asthma — that’s closing in on 7 million kids. And while we have a good handle on what triggers asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory symptoms, exactly what causes asthma in the first place is still somewhat of a mystery. However, new research points to some possible new culprits that are difficult, if not nearly impossible, to avoid.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:57+00:00 September 19th, 2014|3 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Conditions on Florida tomato farms improve thanks to the Fair Food Program; federal officials are developing a protective inhalation screening level for the West Virginia chemical spill region; and a Government Accountability Project expert testifies on whistleblower protections in observance of Workers Memorial Day.

By | 2018-01-16T10:01:19+00:00 May 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Stopping chemical catastrophes: Can we do better than calling for stronger storage tanks?

More than a month after the Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virginia, it remains unclear if Charleston's water is truly safe to drink and what the health consequences of exposure to these chemicals may be. Legislation has been introduced that calls for more inspections, better tank construction, overflow containment and emergency response. But why not go beyond and also call for safer chemistry?

By | 2018-01-14T17:40:24+00:00 February 25th, 2014|0 Comments