Writer: Joanna Lin

Joanna Lin is assistant editor of FairWarning.

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OSHA Criticizes Job Safety at Theme Parks, Entertainment Venues

A top federal job safety regulator said he was putting theme parks and entertainment venues "on notice" after a series of worker injuries and deaths, including at Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando. In a conference call with reporters, David Michaels, assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said [...]

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Increased Tobacco Use Among Women Suggests More Female-Targeted Ads

Tobacco use is growing among females, suggesting they are also increasingly the target of cigarette advertising, according to an analysis of a global tobacco survey. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials in Bangladesh, Thailand and Uruguay examined how tobacco use and marketing awareness varied among [...]


Oakland Hospital, Police Hit for Meningitis Exposure

California's job safety agency on Monday sought more than $135,000 in penalties against an Oakland hospital and police and fire agencies, accusing them of violating new state regulations aimed at protecting health workers and first responders from serious airborne diseases such as tuberculosis.

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Police, Medics Weigh Risk of Gadgets in Emergency Vehicles

Using cell phones and other gadgets behind the wheel, though considered distracting for drivers, is part of the job for thousands of police officers and paramedics who are required to use the high-tech devices, often at high speeds and in traffic, according to the latest story in The New York [...]

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EPA: Air Quality Bad for 40 Percent of Americans

Air quality nationwide has improved since 1990, but more than 40 percent of Americans still live in areas with unacceptable air quality, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Total emissions of toxic air pollutants dropped by about 40 percent between 1990 and 2005. The EPA attributes the reductions to tougher [...]

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FDA to Increase Criminal Unit Accountability, Prosecutions

Under sharp criticism from Congress and in a new government report, the Food and Drug Administration plans to increase prosecution of pharmaceutical and food industry executive as part of an effort to strengthen and hold its criminal division more accountable. The agency announced its plans in a letter to Sen. [...]

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Calif. Assemblyman Contests Plan for Ads on Freeway Signs

California Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, is urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw a plan to allow advertising on overhead freeway signs, saying the risk to public safety trumps potential revenue. Under the plan, billboard companies would replace digital displays that show Amber Alerts and traffic notices with sophisticated color [...]

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EPA Adds 10 Hazardous Waste Sites to Superfund Priorities List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added 10 new hazardous waste sites to its Superfund's National Priorities List. The sites pose risks to human health and the environment, and will be investigated for clean up, the EPA announced. There are now 1,279 sites on the Superfund priorities list. Among the most [...]

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States, Federal Officials Consider Digital Billboard Regulation

More states and federal officials are questioning whether digital billboards, seen by critics as dangerous distractions for drivers, ought to be regulated, The New York Times reports. About 2,000 of the nation's 450,000 billboards are digitized, and the industry expects that number to grow to tens of thousands. Images on [...]

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EPA Orders Safety Changes at SF Meat Processor

A meat processor in South San Francisco must address a number of safety concerns after its accidental release of a hazardous chemical last year left 17 people hospitalized, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. Columbus Manufacturing released about 200 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in August 2009, according to the EPA. [...]