The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks yesterday highlighted the health problems that many rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers and volunteers are facing. Articles in the New York Times, Newsday, and the New York Sun highlighted workers who’ve developed severe disease over the past six years and lawmakers’ proposals to address the surge in illnesses. Also, if you didn’t see it yesterday, David Michaels’s post here explains how the government has developed special compensation programs in the past and advises how it should proceed in addressing 9/11-related health problems.
On 9/11/07, OSHA issued a request for information “to evaluate what action, if any, the Agency should take to further address emergency response and preparedness.”
Abel Pharmboy at Terra Sigillata has re-posted a moving remembrance of John Michael Griffin, Jr., the Director of Operations at the World Trade Center who died helping dozens of workers escape. If you’ve been moved by other blog posts or news stories in memory of workers who died on 9/11, feel free to post links in the comments section.
In other occupational health and safety news:
Herald News (New Jersey): U.S. child labor laws don’t always seem to make sense, and experts say their long and politically laced history is to blame.
Occupational Hazards: The American Industrial Hygiene Association has expressed concern that asbestos legislation introduced by Senator Patty Murray only addresses new uses of asbestos and does not address concerns with the millions of pounds of asbestos already in use that continue to pose a health threat.
International Labour Organization: The ILO has released its fifth edition of “Key Indicators of the Labour Market.” Among its findings: one-third of the world’s working-age population is “potentially underutilized” – that is, either unemployed or a member of the working poor, and half of all employed men and women are vulnerable to poverty (via AFL-CIO Weblog).