Defending Science News

Winning Safer Workplaces: New Manual Rich with Policy Reforms for State & Local Advocacy to Reduce Worker Deaths, Injuries, and Illnesses

June 26, 2014: A new advocacy manual from the Center for Progressive Reform envisions that future progress on worker safety issues is likely to come at the state and local levels, far from the general dysfunction in Washington. Written by a team of public-health researchers and lawyers with extensive experience in the health and safety arena, Winning Safer Workplaces: A Manual for State and Local Policy Reform offers state and local advocates a series of policy proposals — some new, some tried and true, but all ripe for enactment by state legislatures, city or county councils, or state or local agencies.

On Labor Day, Looking Back at the Year in U.S. Occupational Health and Safety

September 2, 2013:  A new report prepared by researchers at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services highlights the noteworthy publications and activities in occupational health in the U.S. over the past year. The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2012 – Summer 2013 is now available online.

A Troubling Omission from DC's Paid Sick Leave Law

In a Washington Post local op-ed, "Your meal shouldn't come with a side of the flu," Celeste Monforton and Liz Borkowski criticize the District of Columbia's paid sick leave law for excluding tipped restaurant workers. 

White paper and policy brief address occupational injuries and illnesses among low-wage workers

A new white paper quantifies the numbers and costs of occupational injuries and illnesses to the U.S. low-wage workforce, and a companion policy brief summarizes the findings and explains their importance to policymakers.

A New Labor Day Tradition: The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety

September 3, 2012:   A new report prepared by researchers at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services highlights the noteworthy publications and activities in occupational health in the U.S. over the past year  The Year in U.S.

Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster Report Describes Event as "Failure of Basic Coal Mine Safety Practices"

Celeste Monforton served on the Governor of West Virginia’s independent team investigating the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, which killed 29 coal miners.

Celeste Monforton Suggests Additions to National Prevention Strategy

In public comments on draft goals for the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, Celeste Monforton suggests additional opportunities for promoting worker health.
 

Celeste Monforton Testifies in House

On Workers Memorial Day, Celeste Monforton testified at the House Education & Labor Committee’s Workforce Protections Subcommittee hearing on the Protecting America's Workers Act

Scientists in Government Report

Strengthening Science in Government: Advancing Science in the Public's Interest describes the results of research by the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy's (SKAPP) Scientists in Government project and provides recommendations for strengthening government science.

Download full report (3/26/10)
Download executive summary (3/3/10)

SKAPP Releases Results of Scientists in Government Research

SKAPP's new report Strengthening Science in Government: Advancing Science in the Public’s Interest identifies concrete steps that agencies and the executive branch can take to strengthen federal science.
 

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