Health en Consumer Group Questions EPA, Monsanto Collusion on Roundup Health Risks <div class="field-deck"> Previously-sealed documents call into question the health risks associated with glyphosate use and whether a high-ranking EPA official colluded with Monsanto to allow sales of Roundup. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Consumer groups and law firms are raising awareness for farm worker and consumer health after internal emails leaked this week show Monsanto&rsquo;s leading pesticide Roundup could cause cancer, and previous research showing no health risks was completed by company employees.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:59:00 +0000 53791 at Spring has Sprung: Five Habits That Can Irritate Allergies [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Outdoor and indoor workers alike are gearing up for the first day of spring, also known as the beginning of allergy season to many.</p> <p>According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), tree, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, and cat dog and rodent dander are among the most common allergies Americans face.</p> <p>Although facing them may seem just like another daily task to some, the AAFA estimates that&nbsp;allergies contribute about&nbsp;$17.5 billion in healthcare costs along with 6 million lost work and school days.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene Wellness Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000 53591 at The Federal Budget: What It Could Mean for Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment <div class="field-deck"> While the initial proposed budget is never the final budget, President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget has many in environment, health and safety worried. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calls &ldquo;FY 2018 America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again&rdquo; &ndash; President Donald Trump&rsquo;s first budget &ndash; &ldquo;fairly compassionate.&rdquo; But with a number of federal programs aimed at the elderly, children, workers and the environment facing deep cuts or complete elimination, environment, health and safety (EHS) professionals and others are concerned, particularly when combined with several Executive Orders signed since Trump took office.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment OSHA Health Safety Training Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:00 +0000 53571 at Thinkstock The Five Ws of Workplace Wellness [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.&nbsp;</p> <p>If he were alive today, Ben Franklin also may have added escalating healthcare costs to the list.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only are employees asked to contribute more to the cost of their healthcare policy, but employers are providing wellness programs and incentives to change behavior and ultimately improve employee health and reduce costs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Smart investments in wellness can work to bring costs down, as Franklin also said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Wellness Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:04:00 +0000 53551 at Engagement Is Key to Improving Safety, Ergonomics and Wellness for Aging Workers <div class="field-byline"> Scott B. Lassila, CSP, CSM, APS </div> <div class="field-deck"> Adjusting focus can reduce injuries, absences and improve productivity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>How effectively is your organization engaging its aging workers? The measures you take to understand and address the emerging needs of workers as they go through the aging process will go a long way to helping your firm meet its productivity objectives and achieve or maintain operational excellence.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Health Safety Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:24:00 +0000 53511 at Thinkstock Will Cities Take Lead Role on Climate Change? <div class="field-deck"> The National League of Cities vows to “preserve environmental goals that have directly improved the health, safety and welfare” of residents and communities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As the representatives of the National League of Cities (NLC) prepared to meet in Washington for their annual Congressional City Conference, NLC President Matt Zone, a city council member from Cleveland, Ohio, sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group&#39;s dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment Health News Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:10:00 +0000 53481 at <p>National League of Cities President Matt Zone (left) sent a letter to President Donald Trump affirming the group&#39;s dedication to environmental goals that protect their communities.</p> National League of Cities March Madness: Brackets Increase Workplace Morale <div class="field-deck"> A new survey conducted by Randstad US says worker productivity and office morale increases from the social interaction generated by betting pools. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>March Madness is underway, and those infamous brackets could be a way to increase worker productivity, a new study finds.</p> <p>Randstad US, who conducted the survey, found 9 in 10 workers agree office pools help build better team camaraderie.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health News Wellness Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:41:00 +0000 53471 at Thinkstock Environmental Ergonomics in an Office Workplace <div class="field-byline"> Marc Christian, Jeffrey Fernandez and Anand Subramanian </div> <div class="field-deck"> The definition of ergonomics has expanded to include not only the physical layout of workstations, but also the environment in which workers spend their workdays. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Think of how fortunate you are to have an office job. Only a century ago, office jobs were uncommon, reserved mainly for the elite. The majority of people worked at jobs that required tedious and strenuous activities for most of the day.</p> <p>It was during this time that the field of ergonomics (or human factors) was born. By applying simple biomechanical principles, early ergonomists were able to identify and combat the sources of many musculoskeletal disorders.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Wellness Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:29:00 +0000 53371 at International Women’s Day: Most Women Prefer To Work <div class="field-deck"> A new report from the International Labour Organisation and Gallup reveals that the majority of both women and men support women working at paid jobs. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new, landmark report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Gallup, &ldquo;Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men,&rdquo; examines the attitudes and perceptions of women and men regarding women and work.</p> <p>The results come from the Gallup World Poll, which was conducted in 142 countries and territories and surveyed almost 149,000 adults. It is representative of more than 99 percent of the global adult population.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:17:00 +0000 53291 at <p>Indonesian women celebrate International Women&#39;s Day on March 8 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. International Women&#39;s Day was first marked in 1911 and is celebrated each year on March 8 with thousands of events around the world.</p> Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images The Cost of Pollution: 1.7 Million Children Dead Each Year <div class="field-deck"> New Reports from the World Health Organization claims that one in every four deaths of children under age five are related to polluted environments. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Every year, environmental risks &ndash; such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene &ndash; take the lives of 1.7 million children under age 5, say two new reports from the World Health Organization (WHO).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Health News Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:23:00 +0000 53241 at <p>Burmese children live in squalor in small huts without proper sanitation in the slum area of Hlaing Thaya Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). The Burmese government spends only 0.3 percent of its gross domestic product on health, the lowest amount worldwide.</p> Paula Bronstein/Staff/Getty Images