Bloggers had a lot to say about the health, safety, and healthcare of workers:
- Christine Rampolla at AFL-CIO Weblog explains how 12 years of work by union members culminated in New Jersey’s paid family leave act, which the governor just signed into law.
- What if … America Had a Healthcare System That Worked? explores the problems with veterans’ healthcare and proposes three solutions (via Health Beat).
- Ernest Delmazzo at BlueOregon criticizes Oregon OSHA’s record on workplace inspections and penalties, and Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood responds in the comments section.
- Kane at OSHA Underground offers an insider’s perspective on whether and why OSHA’s Compliance Safety and Health Officers stick around.
- Theo Francis at WSJ’s Health Blog reports that every percentage-point increase in unemployment translates to another $3.4 billion in state and federal healthcare spending as workers lose health insurance along with their jobs.
Revere at Effect Measure updates on us the benzene-in-soda problem.
Amanda at Enviroblog has good and bad news about the EPA’s new proposed limits on lead emissions.
Terrance Berg at DeSmogBlog hopes that ducks trapped and dying in toxic tailings ponds will mobilize more opposition to the Alberta oil sands project.
Matt Madia at Reg Watch explains how the White House has interfered with a rule designed to protect endangered right whales.
Marsha Johnston at EnviroWonk considers the chances of Governor Schwarzenegger signing California e-waste legislation.
Roy M. Poses MD at Health Care Renewal updates us on the problems with heparin – apparently, “some dude” is to blame for the contamination of the anti-coagulant that’s implicated in 21 deaths.
Christine Gorman at Global Health Report introduces us to the Health Eight (or H8), a group of organizations working to stimulate a global sense of urgency for reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals.