Trust for America's Health (TFAH) recently recognized the crucial first steps taken by the Obama Administration to allocate the recent health reform Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, but acknowledged that in year one, half of the fund’s dollars were redirected outside the scope of its Congressional intent, according to a TFAH press release.
Two NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program industrial hygiene teams have conducted worker exposure monitoring for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including total hydrocarbons and specific VOCs identified on screening samples. Sampling is also being done to look for carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, benzene soluble particulates, diesel exhaust, and propylene glycol (a component of dispersant). Monitoring was conducted during offshore booming and skimming operations.
The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 23 at 10 am to examine how worker health and safety is regulated and enforced by various parties from oil rigs themselves to post-accident cleanup operations.
On Tuesday evening June 15 immediately following President Obama’s address on the Gulf oil spill disaster, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took questions submitted and voted on by the public during the course of the day. More than 7,200 questions were submitted. Below are answers to some of the most popular questions:
OSHA announced that the Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP) directive is effective June 18th, according to an agency press release. The agency announced in April that it was implementing the program to focus on employers who continually disregard their legal obligations to protect their workers.
Expensive gym memberships and bulky equipment are only two of the drawbacks that can deter men from exercise. But according to a publication by Harvard’s School of Public Health, exercise might be the one thing the body needs most. Also found to echo this research, The Spine Journal claims that exercise is a successful means to prevent back pain.
The 13,000 members of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance are calling for support of the Taxi Driver Protection Act to increase the penalty of an assault on taxi drivers and require warning signs in the back of taxis. The bill is the first deterrence to be implemented in the taxi industry in more than 20 years. The alliance says the Taxi Driver Protection Act will help keep 100,000 taxicab, livery and black car drivers safe on the job.
EPA is launching a new technical assistance program to help state capital cities design more sustainable communities, according to an agency press release. Greening America’s Capitals will assist state capitals, selected through a competitive application process, develop a vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure. This program is a new project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities between EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
EPA is proposing to revise a national primary drinking water regulation to achieve greater public health protection against waterborne pathogens in the distribution systems of public water systems, according to an agency press release. Waterborne pathogens can cause a variety of illnesses with symptoms such as acute abdominal discomfort or in more extreme cases, kidney failure, hepatitis or chronic concerns.
EPA is honoring five organizations with the agency’s 2010 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management, according to an agency press release. The recipients have demonstrated outstanding leadership in improving the health of people living with asthma. Twenty-three million people in the United States, including 7 million children, suffer from asthma, which is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and school absenteeism for children. One of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priorities is improving air quality, which has a substantial impact on people who suffer from asthma.