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New yearbook highlights worker health and safety research from the last year

Scholars at research institutions and non-profit organizations had a busy year publishing their findings on the impact of work on health. The final section of “The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety” offers our picks for the best publications from the peer-reviewed and grey literature.

Exceptional reporting by journalists featured in worker safety yearbook

Journalists played an important role last year in bringing attention to the human toll of workplace hazards. One section of “The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety” is devoted to the best reporting from national and regional reporters.

New yearbook recaps worker safety highs and lows at the federal level

At the federal level, worker safety and health policies swung from high points to low points over the last 12 months. Those highs and lows–from new OSHA protections issued by the Obama administration to proposed rollbacks of funding and regulations by the Trump administration. Many of the highs and lows are described in the sixth edition of The Year in U.S. Occupational Health and Safety.

For the sixth year in a row, we present “The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety,” our attempt to document the year’s highs and lows as well as the challenges ahead.

Across the country, federally qualified health centers provide a critical safety net, delivering needed medical care regardless of a person’s ability to pay. And so it’s worrisome when researchers document a sharp increase in dissatisfaction among the clinicians and staff who make those centers run.

Sandy to Harvey: will lessons from day laborers be learned or forgotten?

Day laborers who rebuilt neighborhoods following Superstorm Sandy shared their expertise to ensure that future disaster clean-up activities are done safely. Will the lessons they provide be learned in Houston?

Popeyes, KFC’s supplier has sanitation problem, Senator takes notice of unsafe conditions

Case Farms poultry has a sanitation problem. Workers don’t have access to the bathroom when they need to use it.

The idea that the Affordable Care Act is a job killer is one of those regularly debunked talking points that won’t disappear. So, here’s yet more evidence that the ACA has had very little impact on the labor market.

Syphilis prevention vs. politics

It’s not surprising to see a syphilis outbreak after years of cuts to public health funding. How much worse will it get now that funding cuts are coupled with increased antagonism toward the health of women and LGBTQ people?

Occupational Health News Roundup

Reporters investigate the deaths of five workers at Tampa Electric; OSHA removes worker fatality information from its home page; more workers sue Fraser Shipyards for hazardous lead exposures; and the Secret Service runs out of money to pay its agents.