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It was only a matter of time before the Right Wing smear machine set its sites on Obama’s nominee for Director of OSHA, Dr. David Michaels. And now that time has come. David is a friend and colleague and his name is not a stranger here (and here, here, here and probably other posts as…

Labor Day and The Ordinary Man

Today is a federal holiday in the United States, the one we call “Labor Day.” In most countries the labor movement celebrates on May 1 (May Day), but the origin of the US holiday ironically was in Canada where the fight for the nine-hour working day in the 1870s was celebrated at the end of…

It seems our enthusiasm for Obama’s nomination of epidemiologist David Michaels to be the next head of OSHA was noted over at the high profile Science Magazine blog, ScienceInsider by Jocelyn Kaiser. Ms. Kaiser is among an elite group of science reporters and she almost always gets things right. Recognizing the importance of this nomination…

Liz Borkowski at The Pump Handle has the scoop, but it’s a win for every worker: our friend and epidemiologist colleague and member of the Pump Handle blogger team, Dr. David Michaels, has just been nominated by President Obama to be the next head of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This is the…

You learn a lot when you move from investigator to subject. I just heard about Drive-by Tylenol for day-care and school age kids. This is the practice of stuffing a couple of Tylenol down the little tyke’s throat to bring down a fever just before entering the daycare center. The objective is to get 4…

You probably have never heard of the Chemical Safety Board (unless you are a specialist in that area — or you read The Pump Handle!). The CSB is an independent government agency that has a pretty low profile. Its mission, as its name implies, is to investigate industrial chemical accidents. The CSB is important enough,…

Pipe nightmare

There are plenty of tragedies in this story about a plant manager sentenced to almost 6 years in prison for criminal conspiracy, covering up safety violations that killed a fork lift worker, and polluting the Delaware River. Fifty-nine year old John Prisque worked for Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co., a company that two years…

Getting rid of dry cleaning solvent

If you have any of your clothes dry cleaned it’s more than likely you are being exposed to a chlorinated solvent called PCE (for perchloroethylene aka perc aka tetrachloroethylene/tetrachloroethene). You may be lucky enough to also get some in your drinking water, too (which means you are also breathing it and absorbing it through your…

The Weekly Toll is at once inspiring and heartwrenching, a record of unending and unnecessary death in America’s workplaces. We’ve posted about it a couple of times in years past (here, here; read some of the entries), but not for a while. The Weekly Toll appeared for some years on Jordan Barab’s superb health and…

Miracle at OSHA

When we started Effect Measure almost four and half years ago, there were few public health oriented blogs. One notable exception — and an exceptional exception it was — was blogger Jordan Barab’s Confined Space. It wasn’t just a health and safety blog. It was the health and safety blog. It was almost the only…