The biggest grocery chain in the U.S. will slowly phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans become more aware of their impact on ours oceans and other environments. Kroger Co. started last month at QFC stores around Seattle, aiming at a goal of no plastic bag use at those stores at some...
Shell Oil has been charged with $77,000 in fines by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for workplace health violations following an investigation into an extensive toxic release last February. L&I launched the investigation at Shell's Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes after disc...
In Washington State, truck drivers experience among the highest rates of workplace injuries, according to a new report from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Every year, 1 in 13 truck drivers suffers from a work-related injury serious enough to require missed days of work. The r...
Workers in jobs that pay the federal minimum wage make only $7.25 per hour, before taxes. Labor rights activists, lawmakers and employment attorneys across the U.S. state that this amount (and even slightly higher state-based minimum wage rates) don't pay workers enough to cover life's basic needs. ...
What is the role of medical providers in ensuring a successful recovery for injured workers? Many occupational medicine specialists consider  a positive outcome for workplace injury recovery to include maximum physical improvement and a speedy return to work. Yet those healthcare providers are gen...
Every day, workers in different industries across Washington State are injured by workplace hazards including: Slips, Trips, and Falls Falls from heights (ladders, elevations) Moving parts on machinery Strains and sprains (lifting, moving, reaching) Third Party Injuries Some of the more serio...
Last month during Bike to Work day, many cycling activists renewed the simple question of why all the wonderful bike sharing programs popping up across the U.S. don’t provide helmets as well as wheels. Of course there are a number of predictable reasons — cost, hygiene, liability — but one of ...
Seattle’s quest for the title of the first major U.S. city with a $15 minimum wage has hit a road bump: resistance from waiters and bartenders themselves. Worried about a drop in income from tips, many are contacting local politicians to say they support the status quo. In Washington state, tha...
We hear conflicting reports in the news about the health effects of coffee; some research studies say it increases tension, elevates blood pressure or gives people blotchy skin. But the truth is almost everyone either drinks it or tries it from time to time. Coffee is consumed everywhere in the wo...
Yesterday, CVS announced that it plans to stop selling cigarettes and all other tobacco products at its 7,500 stores by October 2014, making it the first U.S. drugstore chain to remove cigarettes from its shelves. Public health officials praised the decision of the second-largest drugstore in the c...