Archives for February, 2009

Tainted Food’s Toll is Widespread

Revere points out that the peanut industry (and the food industry as a whole) is learning that poor regulation is bad for business. You might run your business according to the highest standards, that’s not enough. If one of your competitors cuts too many corners and people die as a result, the entire industry will…

Introducing Target Population

There’s a new voice in the public health blogosphere: Target Population, a blog by students from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The students are enrolled in Blogging Skills for Public Health, a class Celeste and I are teaching this semester. Although the blog is new, it already boasts several…

It doesn’t seem to have made the news yet, but President Obama has just taken a very important step for the health of our water, air, and workplaces. An executive order published in today’s Federal Register revokes EO 13422, by which President Bush gave the White House the power to interfere with regulatory agencies’ activities.…

Obama on Regulatory Review Process

President Obama issued an order on Jan 30 signaling his desire to improve the manner in which the Office of Management and Budget reviews federal agencies’ regulatory initiatives.  In his Memorandum to Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, the President noted: “For well over two decades, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at…

Occupational Health News Roundup

The first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for workers to fight pay discrimination. The Washington Post’s Richard Levy explains: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will give workers alleging pay discrimination more time to take their cases to court. It effectively reverses…

WANTED!: Labor Secretary Solis

I had high hopes that a new Secretary of Labor would hit the ground running on Jan. 20.  I had visions of bright beams of light and positive energy radiating from the Department’s Frances Perkins building, as an Obama crew under Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ leadership worked to restore DOL agencies’ dedication to workers.  I was ready to start…

OMG! MSDSs N.G. Rx?

By Myra L. Karstadt, Ph.D Whether you Twitter, IM, text or use plain old-fashioned English, here’s an important message for occupational health professionals: material safety data sheets (MSDSs) are deeply flawed, and something has to be done to change that situation. Steps are needed to improve the sheets and to ensure that the major OSHA…