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Occupational Health and Safety

Dave Jamieson

Safety Program That Lets Companies Police Themselves Has Huge Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Labor Department says it has found flaws with a program that excuses U.S. businesses from certain safety i...

Lynne Peeples

The Poison Risk You Might Not Be Aware Of

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green

In a letter to a friend dated July 31, 1786, Benjamin Franklin wrote of lead's "mischievous" effects on workers. He cited his own encounters with the ...

Dave Jamieson

Workers Pay A Steep Price For Your Cheap Chicken

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A recent government study of workers at a poultry plant in South Carolina determined that four out of 10 showed signs of the painful han...

"Enough is Enough": Labor Rights Advocates Call for Change Over Mounting Death Toll in Bangladesh

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Elizabeth Grossman

Coupled with current employment practices that rely heavily on temporary workers rather than full-time employees and on migrant labor, the result is a work environment that has kept these workplaces "virtually union-free."

Lynne Peeples

Further Fracking Fears: Sand May Threaten Health For Drillers, Communities

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.16.2012 | Green

The first time Bill Ferullo saw the white plumes drifting from a natural gas fracking site, he got out of his car to take pictures. "I didn't know ...

Feds Blame Department For Deaths Of Two Chicago Firefighters

NBC Chicago | Posted 11.23.2011 | Chicago

A federal investigation into the blaze that killed two Chicago firefighters last December says lack of communication, lack of radios and lack of a vac...

The Great Leap Backward

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

Do we really want to roll back regulations and look more like China? It's worth considering what environmental and working conditions in China actually are, first.

Bad News from Korea: Young Samsung LCD-Factory Worker Suicide -- Second in Two Weeks

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

Kim Joo hyun's suicide is but the latest deeply disturbing news coming from Samsung's Korean manufacturing plants.

What will it take to make every workplace as safe as the corner office?

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

Labor Day, its picnics, parades, and speeches have now come and gone. But as I wrote on The Pump Handle, despite the vast improvements in workplace sa...

Were They Canaries? The Too Short Lives of Park Ji-Yeon and Yu-mi Hwang

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

This is what we know happened. On March 31, 2010, Park Ji-Yeon, who worked at Samsung's On-Yang semiconductor plant in South Korea, died of leukemia at age 23.

"We hope people have gloves" - Health and safety questions persist for Deepwater Horizon responders and Gulf Coast communities

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

Pictures of oiled pelicans are in the news. Less photogenic and less obvious are potential adverse health impacts to responders or to Gulf Coast commu...