New Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee to Meet Jan. 29

The first meeting of the Department of Labor’s Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) will convene Jan. 29 in Washington, D.C., to make discuss, among other recommendations, improving regulations governing OSHA investigations. The WPAC was created in 2012 to advise, consult with and make recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of OSHA’s whistleblower protection programs. “Protecting workers who identify wrongdoing is an essential cornerstone of the U.S. Department of Labor’s worker protection enforcement efforts,” said Solis. “The members of the whistleblower committee, who represents the interests of labor, management and […]

Talking to Teens about the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Parents should emphasize the importance of safe, cell-phone-free driving to their teens, according to Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program coordinator at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The only call teens should make while behind the wheel is in emergency situations – and only then after they’ve pulled over and turned off the engine. Otherwise, they may put their lives and others at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,092 people were killed in 2010 due to crashes involving a distracted driver, and an estimated 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Recent studies show that cellular […]

Oh, My Aching Back!!

I research and write about musculoskeletal pain and injuries several times a year, so you’d think I’d know how to avoid pain related to overuse, both on and off the job. As someone who could not stand up straight this morning, I obviously do not take my own advice. I’m not exactly a weekend warrior. I don’t go out on Saturdays and play flag football or broom hockey. Like many people, I’m active in the summer – gardening, walking, hiking, swimming – and much less so in the winter. Inspired by a New Year’s marathon of Extreme Hoarders episodes, I decided to organize the attic. When we first moved in, […]