CDC recommends immediate use of updated information statements for Td and Hib vaccines

Vaccine information statements (VIS) that explain the benefits and risks of tetanus/diphtheria (Td) and Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) vaccines have been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because both statements include changes in the adverse events section (“problems that can happen after any vaccine”), health officials advised healthcare providers to […]

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Labor Department files whistleblower lawsuit in Ohio

In another example of heightened enforcement of whistleblower protections, the U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Ohio Bell Telephone, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) reported today. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, alleges 13 employees were disciplined and given one- […]

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U.S. Safety Datapalooza – a potpourri of projects

The Obama administration launched a Safety Data Initiative in 2012 that is intended to make government data relating to every aspect of public and product safety more accessible and help consumers and employers make smarter, safer choices. This week, the White House and agencies including the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture convened the […]

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New NIOSH workers’ compensation primer applies to public health, worker populations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies has released Workers’ Compensation Insurance: A Primer for Public Health. The primer is designed to encourage work-related injury and illness prevention research among public and private sector partners. The agency says workers’ compensation insurance records can be used as a resource for […]

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NIOSH updates strategic plan to protect nanotechnology workforce

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce: NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan, 2013–2016, which updates its 2009 plan. Nanomaterials are found in hundreds of products including cosmetics and clothing and in industrial and biomedical applications. The strategic plan will be used to advance understanding of […]

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Private sector employers paid record $372.1 million to resolve workplace discrimination claims in FY 2013

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports it received a total of 93,727 private sector charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2013. It resolved 97,252 charges, nearly 14,000 less than in FY 2012. The decline in resolved cases is largely attributed to staffing and resource constraints the agency faced in FY 2013, including job […]

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