HHS Advisors Urge Full Speed on H1N1 Vaccine Production
An expert panel that advises the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today supported the idea of moving quickly on pandemic H1N1 vaccine production with a goal of having "tens of millions of doses" available in September instead of October.
Hispanic Worker Deaths Up 76% Since 1992
from USA Today
The number of Hispanic workers who die on the job has risen, even as the overall number of workplace deaths has declined, according to federal statistics.
Calif. Rejects Tough Heat Rules to Protect Workers
from The Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle
California worker safety officials have rejected new emergency rules aimed at strengthening and clarifying protections for people who work outside this summer.
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Chemical Skin Hazard Strategy Revised by NIOSH to Provide More Useful, Detailed Notations
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced a new strategy it will use to help employers, workers and others to better identify the occupational hazards posed through skin contact with chemicals in the workplace, and to take effective precautions.
European Agreement on Injuries to Health Workers Caused by 'Sharps'
from The Medical News
Unions and hospital employers have signed a Europe-wide agreement to set minimum standards for preventing injuries to health workers caused by 'sharps', including needles.
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Mental Health Issues Among Veterans Increase Dramatically
from Medical News Today
A new study finds more veterans being diagnosed with mental health issues. The study was posted Thursday on the Web site of The American Journal of Public Health.
Two Major Companies Could Join Wal-Mart in Backing Employer Mandate
from The Medical News
Target, the second-largest U.S. discount retailer, and Kelly Services, a temporary worker agency, said "they may support Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s call for mandatory medical insurance by large companies as part of a proposed overhaul of U.S. health care," Bloomberg reports.
Evidence-Based Prevention is Goal of Largest Ever Study of Suicide in the Military
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced that an interdisciplinary team of four research institutions will carry out the largest study of suicide and mental health among military personnel ever undertaken, with $50 million in funding from the U.S. Army.