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. Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2011 – Summer 2012 is now available online. It features papers published in the peer-reviewed literature, including studies of poultry plant workers conducted by Wake Forest University researchers, analysis of the impact of inspections on workers' compensation costs by Washington State researchers, and the cost of work-related injuries and disease by researchers at University of California Davis, as well as reports in the grey literature issued by the National Council of La Raza, the National Employment Law Project, and the Center for Progressive Reform. "In looking back over the year's publications, we were struck by how much of what these scientists and experts produced is directly relevant to policy issues that lawmakers and agency officials should be tackling," said report co-author Liz Borkowski.
The 42-page report also recaps activities at the federal, state and local level. Over the past year this includes efforts to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide better protections for homecare workers and employed children, and partisan legislation which would make it more difficult for regulatory agencies like OSHA to fulfill their statutory mission, to new laws in Massachusetts to rein in abuse of temporary workers and in Washington State to protect healthcare workers from hazardous medications like anti-neoplastic agents.
"We want it to be a resource for activists, regulators, researchers, and anyone else who values safe and healthy workplaces," said report co-author Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH. "We plan to make the release of this annual report a Labor Day tradition."