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- Eat poultry? Data reveals brands that self-inspect under controversial USDA program May 25, 2016Dozens of poultry plants no longer have a team of USDA personnel inspecting chicken and turkey carcasses. A food safety group used the Freedom of Information Act so the public can know which brands are partaking in this public-health deregulation.
- Occupational Health News Roundup May 24, 2016A 'hidden' workforce of foreign workers at a Tesla plant in California; Illinois legislators pass a domestic workers bill of rights; Congress uses a spending bill to weaken safety rules for truckers; and lawsuits over workplace leave policies spike way up.
- In the fight for a rest break, Dallas construction workers find their voice: ‘This is not the end, but a stepping stone to something bigger’ May 23, 2016Last summer, 25-year-old Roendy Granillo died of heat stroke while he installed flooring in a house in Melissa, Texas, just north of Dallas. His tragic and entirely preventable death marked a turning point in advocacy efforts to pass a rest break ordinance for local construction workers.
- Blame the railroad industry and lobbyists, not the Amtrak engineer May 19, 2016One member of the NTSB challenged her colleagues' proclivity for citing "operator error." Her remarks came during this week's hearing on the May 2015 Amtrak train derailment that killed eight passengers.
- Maryland’s Contraceptive Equity Act reduce barriers for women and men May 18, 2016Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law the Contraceptive Equity Act, which puts the state at the forefront of efforts to reduce insurance-plan barriers to accessing multiple forms of contraception.
- Report: Lower wages, labor violations part of the ‘race to the bottom’ world of subcontracting May 18, 2016Hardly a day goes by lately without another story on companies like Uber and their model of classifying workers as independent contractors while treating them more like traditional employees and sidestepping traditional employer responsibilities. It’s a model that has serious implications for workers’ rights and wages. However, there’s another form of employ […]
- Catching up with the times, new OSHA injury reporting rule May 16, 2016The FAA updates its website daily with aircraft safety incident reports linked to ownership data. MSHA promptly posts injury, illness, and close-call incidents reported by every US mining operation. OSHA's plan for 2018 to post annual injury data for a fraction of US workplaces is just the agency trying to keep up with the times.
- Industrial hygienists in Puerto Rico fight to protect their role in worker safety May 13, 2016It’s been 15 years since worker safety advocates in Puerto Rico first began fighting against a proposal to dilute the qualifications associated with being a professional industrial hygienist. As part of their efforts, such advocates developed their own proposal to protect the livelihoods of those with the knowledge and experience to properly protect workers. […]
- With mosquito season around the corner, Congress drags its feet on Zika funding May 13, 2016With near constant news on the threat of Zika virus and a quickly growing evidence base detailing the virus’ devastating impact on fetal brain development, you’d think Congress could get its act together to make sure our public health system is fully prepared and equipped to confront the mosquito-borne disease. Sadly, you’d be wrong.
- “Holding it”: Tyson, Perdue workers denied bathroom breaks May 11, 2016Imagine if employees are your local grocery store or restaurant weren't given access to the bathroom when they needed to use it. Employees soiled themselves while stocking shelves or working at the check-out counter. That's what is happening where we can't see: behind the walls of poultry processing plants.
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- Better water management could halve the global food gap sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/… 3 months ago
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