Environmental Safety and Health

Another Big Defeat for Johnson & Johnson in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case FairWarining Reports

Another Big Defeat for Johnson & Johnson in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson suffered a second straight legal defeat in defense of its signature talc products on Monday when it was ordered to pay $55 million in damages to a woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the use of Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. After about 10 hours of deliberations, a state court […]

Darrell Whitman, former whistleblower investigator for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration FairWarining Reports

Federal Agency That Protects Whistleblowers Accused of Retaliating Against One of its Own

For nearly five years, Darrell Whitman was a federal investigator who probed whistleblowers’ complaints about being fired or otherwise punished for exposing alleged corporate misconduct. He wanted to help whistleblowers, viewing them as a crucial line of defense against employers who violated health and safety standards or wasted taxpayer dollars. But now Whitman, 70, is […]

Worker exposed to silica dust while cutting concrete. (Getty Images) FairWarining Reports

After Long Delays, Feds Unveil Tougher Rules to Protect Workers From Silica Dust

After years of inaction, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration today unveiled tougher standards, widely opposed by industry, to protect workers from exposure to silica dust. Commonly found in sand, concrete and stone, silica has long been recognized as a critical workplace hazard when pulverized into dust. Miners, stonecutters and other laborers who have […]

Worker exposed to silica dust while cutting concrete. (Getty Images)

After Long Delays, Feds to Unveil Tougher Rules to Protect Workers From Silica Dust

After years of inaction, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to unveil tomorrow tougher standards, widely opposed by industry, to protect workers from exposure to silica dust. Commonly found in sand, concrete and stone, silica has long been recognized as a critical workplace hazard when pulverized into dust. Miners, stonecutters and other […]

Kim Harley, a reproductive epidemiologist at the University of California-Berkeley FairWarining Reports

Study Links Cosmetics Use to Altered Body Chemistry

A new study released today suggests that consumers can quickly reduce the amount of hormone-disrupting chemicals in their bodies by switching personal care products. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley asked 100 teenage girls in Salinas, Calif. to stop using their normal makeups, soaps and shampoos and instead use products free of common ingredients that […]

Dueling Labels Seek to Anoint Products Free of Toxic Chemicals FairWarining Reports

Dueling Labels Seek to Anoint Products Free of Toxic Chemicals

Internet entrepreneur and branding consultant Amy Ziff says she had to become a “weekend toxicologist” five years ago when she discovered her twins were allergic to diapers, baby wipes, creams and lotions. She found herself researching the ingredients of consumer products to see if they could give her children rashes or blotchy skin. The experience […]

Jacqueline Fox FairWarining Reports

Johnson & Johnson Dealt $72 Million Courtroom Loss in Talc-Ovarian Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson has suffered a major courtroom defeat in the first in a wave of lawsuits claiming that talc products marketed by the company for feminine hygiene use caused ovarian cancer. A jury in St. Louis late Monday night ordered the health care products giant to pay $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages […]

Campground near The Castles, a massive rock formation in the Sioux District of the Custer National Forest in South Dakota (photo courtesy of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health). FairWarining Reports

Report Renews Concern About Asbestos-Like Minerals at Sites in Arid West

Recent research is focusing new attention on an asbestos-like mineral, blamed for staggering rates of a deadly cancer in Turkey, that also is found in the rocks and soil of 13 Western states. The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 95 sites where the mineral, erionite, exists. And a recent hazard assessment at one of the […]

California Measure Takes Aim at Use of Antibiotics to Fatten Livestock FairWarining Reports

California Measure Takes Aim at Use of Antibiotics to Fatten Livestock

See update at bottom of story. With the threat of antibiotic-resistant germs on the rise, California Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to sign tough restrictions on administering antibiotics to livestock. Some public health experts contend that the overuse of antibiotics in cattle, pigs and other farm animals has contributed to the worldwide spread of bacteria […]

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The Hard Truth About the Softest Mineral

Tougher Testing Sought to Detect Asbestos in Talc

We use talc in many up close and personal ways: to powder babies’ bottoms, as an ingredient in cosmetics, a filler in capsules and pills–even as a food additive. In a world of ominous, unpronounceable chemicals, could anything be less scary than talc? Yet talc, the softest known mineral, is dug from the ground, where […]