Functional gastrointestinal disorders affect 35% to 70% of people at some point in life, women more often than men, according to the Harvard Medical School’s Mental Health Letter. These disorders have no apparent physical cause â€” such as infection or cancer â€” yet result in pain, bloating, and other discomfort.
OSHA has issued 22 citations against AAR Summa Technology for exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its Huntsville plant, according to an agency press release. Proposed penalties total $191,500.
The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has tripled in two years to nine states in 2009, according to a CDC Vital Signs report. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more. The report, “State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults â€” United States, 2009,” also finds no state met the nation's Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) press release states.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Dept. announced in a recent press release that CF Industries, Inc. has agreed to spend approximately $12 million to reduce and properly manage hazardous wastes generated at its Plant City, Fla. phosphoric acid and ammoniated fertilizer manufacturing facility.
The use of cigarettes in combination with other forms of tobacco is linked with higher nicotine addiction, the inability to quit using tobacco, and increases chances of tobacco-related health problems, such as stroke, heart disease, and tobacco-related cancers, according to an analysis of data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), says a recent press release from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
At a public meeting in June in Portland, Connecticut, the Chemical Safety Board voted to issue 18 urgent recommendations to various recipients, including OSHA, aimed at halting the dangerous practice of releasing large quantities of flammable gas in the presence of workers and ignition sources during cleaning operations.
“In a July 19 letter to OSHA staff, Assistant Secretary David Michaels wrote: "After forty years, OSHA needs a fundamental transformation in the way we address workplace hazards, and in our relationship to employers and workers." His letter outlined the goals (identified by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis) for which OSHA shares responsibility with other Department of Labor agencies, i.e., securing safe and healthy workplaces, particularly in high-risk industries; and ensuring workers' voice in the workplace, and attached a list of strategies formulated by the Secretary for reforming worker protection at the Labor Department.”
This week a panel of government scientists released a report which said that the vast majority of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has either evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered from the wellhead or dispersed much of which is in the process of being degraded. A significant amount of this is the direct result of the federal government’s aggressive response to the spill, according to Heather Zichal, the deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change
OSHA today cited three construction companies and 14 site contractors for 371 alleged workplace safety violations, and proposed $16.6 million dollars in penalties, following an investigation into the causes of February's deadly natural gas explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems LLC power plant construction site in Middletown, Conn. The explosion took the lives of six workers and injured 50 others.