Occupational Health & Safety

Category archives for Occupational Health & Safety

After nearly a decade of hoping state legislators would pass an earned paid sick time law, advocates in Massachusetts decided it was time to put the question to voters. Now, in November, voters will have the chance to help improve the lives of nearly 1 million workers who can’t earn one, single hour of sick leave and are often left to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one, paying the bills or losing a job.

Dying from heat at work, acclimation lacking

Failing to get the time to acclimate to a hot work environment can be deadly. That’s the message I took away from an item in last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). “Heat illness and deaths among workers — U.S. 2012-2013” reports on 13 occupational heat-related fatalities investigated by federal OSHA.  Nine of the…

Crystalline silica, hydrofluoric acid and formaldehyde. Those are just three of the dozens of air toxic chemicals that oil companies have used thousands of times in southern California in just the past year.

Ridiculous redactions by the Labor Dept’s mine safety agency

A reporter’s request for an MSHA citation is probably the worst case of redaction overkill that I’ve seen.

Not an “accident”: Jason Nolte, 31, suffers fatal work-related injury at Aurora, Colorado company

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality. This one occurred on June 21 at a window manufacturer in Aurora, Colorado.

Assistant fatally burned in UCLA professor’s lab, not an obstacle in receiving NIH grants

A UCLA chemistry professor’s website announces his lab’s award of an NIH grant. I wonder if we’ll also see an announcement explaining the settlement of the criminal charges against him for the work-related death of Sheri Sangji?

“Decide to be safe” is not an answer to workplace hazards

Workplace safety slogans, speeches and programs are misdirected when they point fingers to blame workers.

The heath effects of occupational solvent exposure don’t always fade with time. A new study has found that years — sometimes even decades — down the road from their last workplace exposure, some workers are still experiencing very real cognitive impairments.

A investigative Houston Chronicle piece exposes the dangers of the tank cleaning industry; North Carolina lawmakers back fracking secrecy with jail time; and Wal-Mart contractor settles in wage theft case.

BLS estimate of work-related amputations grossly understates magnitude of the problem

Yet another study that calculates the extent to which BLS’ data on work-related injuries understates the incidence.