In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary-Designee Tom Daschle, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) urged the new administration to emphasize the health of the workforce. Laura Walter writes in EHS Today:

ACOEM’s workforce-centered health reform plan is built on four principles that include investing in preventive health programs for workers; creating new linkages between the workplace, homes and communities to reinforce good health; providing financial incentives to promote preventive health behaviors among workers; and taking steps to ensure that more health professionals are trained in preventive health strategies that can be applied in the workplace.

(And if you missed it last week, check out Celeste’s post about recommendations from APHA’s Occupational Health & Safety section for protecting workers on the job.)

In other news:

Indianapolis Star: A new study by anti-smoking advocates and Purdue University researchers finds that air inside Indiana casinos, even in non-smoking gambling areas, doesn’t meet EPA standards for particulate matter.

Hattiesburg American: Following the death of three of its employees in a trench collapse, American Air Specialists will pay $39,500 in penalties – a sharp drop from the $65,450 OSHA first proposed.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell has signed that will prohibit healthcare facilities from forcing nurses to work mandatory overtime, starting in July. (via RWJF)

The Oregonian: Officials fear that as many as 52 soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard may have been exposed to hexavalent chromium at a water facility in Iraq. Last month, 16 members of the Indiana National Guard sued KBR, which was in charge of the site, for disregarding and downplaying dangers at the contaminated site.

International Labour Organization: As the ILO celebrates its 90th anniversary, “working for justice” describes both its past and its mandate for the future.