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- CDC: Health care workers report highest rates of asthma December 2, 2016More than 2 million U.S. adults may be living with workplace-related asthma, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- EPA beats Congress’ deadline, names first 10 chemicals for action under new law November 30, 2016EPA met its first major milestone under the new chemical safety law passed by Congress this past June. It announced its list for the first 10 chemicals for which it will prepare risk evaluations. Those evaluations could lead to restrictions on use or phase-outs of chemicals that presents an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment.
- Study: U.S. still lags behind on health care affordability and access November 30, 2016The percentage of Americans who reported cost-related barriers to health care dropped from 37 percent in 2013 to 33 percent in 2016 — a change that directly corresponds to insurance expansions under the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. On the flip side, Americans are still more likely than peers in other high-income nations to face financial obstacl […]
- Free on-line course on “decent work in global supply chains” offered by the Global Labour University November 29, 2016A free, two-month course on global supply chains is being offered on-line by the Global Labour University starting on January 12, 2017. The course is being taught in English by Penn State University Professor Mark Anner, one the leading labor-oriented researchers on the global economy.
- Even after the Rana Plaza disaster it is hard to get international clothing brands to do the right thing November 29, 2016A new report by four leading workers’ rights group shows just how hard it is to get international clothing brands to fix problems in their global supply chains despite the fact that 1,100 workers were killed in an instant in an unsafe garment factory in Bangladesh. Three and a half years after the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, five maj […]
- Teen birth rates drop nationwide, but more slowly in rural counties November 28, 2016New data from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show that the US teen birth rate dropped substantially between 2007 and 2015, but it has declined most slowly in rural areas.
- Occupational Health News Roundup November 23, 2016Advocates sound off on whether worker safety will survive under Trump; an intimate interview with a waitress highlights inconsistent income and sexual harassment; a court blocks Obama's overtime rule from taking effect; and United Food and Commercial Workers pushes for health and safety training for California's marijuana workers.
- An era of racism and xenophobia November 22, 2016Polling data and early appointment decisions suggest we're looking at worsening racism and xenophobia in the US.
- Butterball turkey plant: an “injury-free” workplace yet plenty of walking wounded November 21, 2016Writing for Slate, Gabriel Thompson spent time in northwest Arkansas investigating working conditions in a Butterball turkey plant. You would be wise to disregard the poultry industry's claims about record-low injury rates.
- Florida’s Stand Your Ground law led to sharp increase in homicides November 18, 2016In 2005, Florida legislators passed the nation’s first “Stand Your Ground” law, expanding legal immunity for residents to use lethal force when they believe they’re being threatened. A decade later, a new study finds that Florida has experienced a significant increase in homicides, while states without such laws have not.
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