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H&M Needs To Deliver On Its Worker Safety Commitments

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.

On Wal-Mart's Watch: A Seemingly Endless Health and Safety Catastrophe

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Charlene Obernauer

While finally agreeing to stop appealing a $7,000 fine after a worker died on Wal-Mart's watch is a step in the right direction, it is a puny step down a prolonged path towards creating healthier, safer, and more just jobs at Wal-Mart. They have a long way to go.

A Totally Cool New Way to Look at Worker Health

Robin Hardman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Robin Hardman

The goal is to convince employers to think of on-the-job health and safety as just one part of an integrated whole that also includes worker wellness and well-being.

Community Policing and Child Development: Averting Traumatic Disorders

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

After a trauma, over time, a child's functioning at school or home deteriorates as attention wanes and distress becomes paramount. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and related disorders appear, often months later, and can include withdrawn or aggressive behaviors, difficulties with sleep and eating, stomach pains and headaches, tearfulness or severe anxiety.

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.

Dan Froomkin

Cass Sunstein's Resignation Encourages Advocates For Health And Safety | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein is stepping down after failing to advance federal health and safety rules nearly as much as Ob...

Public Health and the Illusion of Your Autonomy: Kill the Umpire?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I won't speak for my friends and colleagues in public health, although I suspect they feel the same; I'll just speak for myself. I am nobody's nanny. But as you play with the military-industrial establishment with your health on the line, I don't mind being a referee.

'Catastrophic Failure' Led To North Sea Helicopter Crash

PA | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home

Operators of a North Sea helicopter had been planning to replace its main rotor gearbox a week before the unit suffered a "catastrophic failure&q...

Halloween and the Scaremongering Health-and-Safety Brigade

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted 12.28.2011 | Parents
Nathalie Rothschild

The medieval roots of the door-to-door candy-collection tradition have all but been forgotten. These days Halloween is just an excuse to dress up as zombies, witches, vampires and other scary figures and to have a silly, cosy and fun time.

Who Are You Calling Names?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Blaming immigrant workers for our economic catastrophe is like blaming shrimpers for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.