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. It describes research published in the peer-reviewed literature and reports by nonprofit organizations; action and inaction by Congress and executive-branch agencies; state and municipal laws and regulatory activities affecting workers’ health; and activism by the many workers behind our food – from farmworkers to fast-food chain employees to restaurant cooks and servers.

“We want this report to be a resource for activists, regulators, researchers, and anyone else who values safe and healthy workplaces,” says report co-author Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH. “We began this annual tradition last year, and it’s useful to be able to chart the progress between one edition and the next. For instance, last year, we reported that Seattle had passed a law requiring employers to provide paid sick days, and this year we report that Portland, Oregon and New York City have passed laws on paid sick days, too.”

“This year, we also included a special section on activism by workers from across the food chain, because that’s been one of the most visible bright spots over the past twelve months,” says report co-author Liz Borkowski. “From farmworkers coming to Washington, DC to urge better protection from pesticides, to fast-food workers walking off the job to demand livable wages, workers are reminding us that a sustainable food system must include fairness for those who pick, prepare, sell, and serve our food.” 
Related: The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2011 – Summer 2012