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...
New research by the Department of Labor & Industries' (L&I) has shown that a common chemical used in commercial carwashes can endanger the health of people who work with it. SHARP, an occupational safety and health research program at L&I, closely examined 12 years’ worth of workers' ...
Last month the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa reported the death of technician who specialized in bathtub refinishing; the worker died from inhaling vapors from a paint stripping product. The Center for Disease Control designates this as an instance of fatal exposure to Methylene...
The Department of Labor and Industries reports that a Bellevue firing range is being charged with 17 violations of health and safety regulations following a construction project and lead-salvage operation where dozens of workers were exposed to dangerous levels of toxic lead. The Seattle Times repor...
Reports out of the Hague indicate that a growing number of international scientists are aiming to reduce one of our planet’s most widespread forms of environmental waste by labeling certain types of plastic “hazardous.” The group is headed by two American scientists, who included the followin...
Yesterday a federal court awarded furniture salesman Wayne Watson over $7 million in a lawsuit against a microwaved popcorn maker as well as the grocery store that sold it to him.  He claims that the microwaved popcorn caused serious respiratory illness. (Learn more about workers’ compensation an...
According to manyAlaska Airlines flight attendants, the company’s new uniforms are making them physically ill. And this has nothing to do with unfashionable style. In a recent letter to the president of Alaska Air, union representatives speaking on behalf of 2,800 flight attendants said ten perce...
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they and BP Oil have resolved 409 citations issued by the agency in October 2009 for willful violations of safety management standards at BP's refinery in Texas City. Under this agreement, BP will pay ...