Archives for April, 2009

OSHA’s small biz list for diacetyl rule

Labor Secretary Solis announced today the next step in OSHA’s effort to propose a rule to protect workers exposed to the butter-flavoring agent diacetyl.  The Small Business Administration and OSHA identified 13 “small-entity representatives” (SERs, defined by SBA as companies with 500 or fewer employees nationwide) to serve on the panel which allows them to review the…

Risk Perceptions

by Kas Joe Biden was on NBC earlier saying, “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.” As examples of confined places, he mentions planes and subways. Mr. Vice President, would you ride the train to Delaware tonight?  Say it ain’t so, Joe. …

Swine flu: I beat a dead horse

by revere, cross-posted from Effect Measure A student once complained that no horse was too dead for me to stop beating it. Long time readers are familiar with that here. Over the years I have said that the best way to prepare for a pandemic — or any other grave threat to our communities —…

Workers Memorial Day in Words and Pictures

Here are a few articles and posts about Workers Memorial Day events. If you’ve got more, leave a link in the comments. Las Vegas Sun: Safety advocates testified on Capitol Hill, while Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis attended the groundbreaking for a new National Workers Memorial and vowed that “The Department of Labor is back…

UPDATE: Event photos are here Early this morning, a few dozen of us gathered in front of the Department of Labor headquarters to observe Workers Memorial Day by remembering those who were injured or killed on the job and by calling for changes that will protect others from the same fate. What made this event…

Swine Flu Update

The total number of confirmed US swine flu cases continues to rise: it’s currently at 64, with 45 of those cases in New York City. This is something that CDC Acting Director Richard Besser told us to expect. Because samples from flu patients have to be sent to a lab for analysis, there’s a lag…

Reminder: Workers Memorial Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow, April 28th, is Workers Memorial Day. Tammy at United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities has compiled an extensive list of events taking place across the US, and Hazards Magazine has links to events from around the world. Commenter Joan Lichterman also alerted us to an event at UC Berkeley. If you’re in the…

Swine flu: what did you expect?

by revere, cross-posted from Effect Measure Usually “What did you expect?” is a rhetorical question, but we have a more serious point to make. Let’s start with the familiar and move on to the less familiar. Many of you are coming here to find the latest news about swine flu. It’s an imprecise term that…

The U.S. government has declared a public health emergency over the swine flu. In a White House press briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano emphasized that this is analogous to the emergencies declared for the recent floods in Minnesota and North Dakota and for the inauguration – it allows resources to be freed up to…

Swine Flu Outbreak

A new strain of swine flu has been confirmed in 18 deaths in Mexico, and is suspected as the cause of another 63 deaths (for a total of 81) and 1,324 illnesses. Yesterday, 5,289 people showed up at health centers in Mexico’s Federal District (which includes Mexico City) with respiratory symptoms. CDC reports that 11…