May 15, 2010 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

I can’t keep up with Ken Ward Jr.’s coverage of the trouble brewing, battle, strong difference of opinion between Secretary Hilda Solis/MSHA Asst. Secretary Joe Main and the United Mine Workers (UMWA), family members of deceased coal miners and journalists about the Department of Labor’s decision to have closed-door interviews of witnesses as part of […]

May 15, 2010 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 3Comment

As I noted in “Perplexed by OSHA’s reg agenda,” I’ve made a habit of commenting on the content of the Dept of Labor’s semi-annual regulatory agenda [see links below]. I’ll be the first to admit that our system for protecting workers from well-known hazards with new regulations is onerous and anything but nimble. It needs […]

May 15, 2010 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

Beginning in December 2006, I’ve written five blog post commenting on the content of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory agenda for worker health and safety rulemakings. Most of my posts [see links below] have criticized the Labor Secretary and senior OSHA and MSHA staff for failing to offer a bold vision for progressive worker […]

May 15, 2010 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 1Comment

A month after the March 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, a small team of public health experts prepared a report identifying the potential health hazards and making strong recommendations for protective action for the cleanup workers. The team included Eula Bingham, PhD (former OSHA chief), Matt Gillen (now at NIOSH), Mark Catlin (now at SIEU), Don […]

February 26, 2009 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 1Comment

By Celeste Monforton Last August 28, Bill Oxley and Barry Withrow, 45 were working at the Bayer CropScience’s plant  in Institute, WV when a massive fireball erupted in an area where methomyl for the carbamate insecticide thiodicarb (Larvin) is produced.  Mr. Withrow was killed immediately in the blast, and Mr. Oxley died after 43 days in a Pittsburgh burn center.   When I first wrote about this disaster, […]

November 4, 2008 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 1Comment

by Liz Borkowski Tomorrow we’ll know who this country’s next president will be and what the next Congress will look like. Economic stimulus will be at the top of their priority list, so I hope they’ll all take a look at a handy chart from the Economic Policy Institute, which tallies the economic benefit of […]

October 2, 2007 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 7Comment

By Liz Borkowski Hundreds of nurses are on strike in Kentucky and West Virginia after contract negotiations with Appalachian Regional Healthcare failed. The nurses refused to accept a package that reduced their holiday pay and increased their insurance premiums (canceling out the proposed wage increase) and that failed to add staffing that would offset mandatory […]

November 20, 2006 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH

by Celeste Monforton From the Ground Zero construction site to an expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport, the tide seems to be turning for cleaner diesel engines, particulate filters and low-sulfur fuels.  As Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter Alex Frangos writes: “Instead of belching black smoke, the bucket loaders, cranes and other diesel-power behemoths” are […]

November 17, 2006 Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH 1Comment

by Celeste Monforton  Who was the most compelling speaker at last week’s 134th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association?  It wasn’t a scholarly epidemiologist warning about pandemic flu, or an emeritus professor presenting research on health disparities.  No, the superstar speaker was a petite grandmother, wearing a red “Hotel Workers Rising!” t-shirt.