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11-Hour Day Raises Heart Disease Risk By 67% Compared To 8-Hour Day | Kivimäki et al. Annals of Internal Medicine 2011-04-04
If you work 11-hours a day average...your risk of developing heart disease will be 67% higher...[R]esearchers believe doctors should include data on a patient's working hours when listing risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking status, total body weight, diabetes, and blood pressure. <br />
[Analysis of 11 years of follow up on 10,000 civil servants, 7095 of whom began the study with no signs of heart disease, used data on heart attacks and development of other cardiovascular diseases, medical screening results every 5 years, and health and hospital records]. <br />
[Adding hours generally worked each week to a list of risk factors improved heart disease risk assessment by 5%.] <br />
Doctors commonly use the Framingham risk model to determine an individual's risk for developing coronary heart disease over a ten-year period. This risk model includes several factors, including blood pressure, smoking status, lipid levels, etc., but no psychological factors, such as workplace stress.
risk  heart  David.E  labor  workplace  culture  overtime  health  cardiovascular  stress  outbasket  earnest  outbox  factor  from delicious
may 2011 by Michael.Massing
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Women are 3 times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome...The dominant hand is usually affected first and produces the most severe pain. [Metabolic disorders that affect the body's nerves and make them more susceptible to compression increase risk].... <br />
[Carpal tunnel syndrome is most prevalent in workers on assembly lines—manufacturing, sewing, finishing, cleaning, and meat, poultry, or fish packing. C]arpal tunnel syndrome is three times more common among assemblers than among data-entry personnel. A 2001 study by the Mayo Clinic found heavy computer use (up to 7 hours a day) did not increase a person's risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. <br />
During 1998, an estimated three of every 10,000 workers lost time from work because of carpal tunnel syndrome. Half of these workers missed more than 10 days of work. The average lifetime cost of carpal tunnel syndrome, including medical bills and lost time from work, is estimated to be about $30,000 for each injured worker.
RSI  repetitive  strain  injury  risk  work  job  workplace  carpal  tunnel  syndrome  labor  NIH  from delicious
may 2011 by Michael.Massing
Tracking investigators' findings about on-the-job fatalities : The Pump Handle
Since July 2009, OSHA [posts a weekly summary] of worker fatalities and incidents in which three or more workers are hospitalized....OSHA needs to link these initial reports with its investigation results. If citations and penalties are proposed, they should be noted or [linked. Without this follow-up information, the] public is left in the dark...<br />
Responding to fatalities is one of OSHA's highest inspection priorities and its field staff devote substantial resources to responding to them. Only the harshest opponents of government programs would reject spending taxpayer dollars on worker fatality investigations. Determining for a family, for co-workers and a community whether safety rules were broken and led to a worker's death serves the common good in a civil society....<br />
[Each weekly report heading promises updates with inspection results and citation information. These] have yet to materialize.
government  OSHA  worker  workplace  safety  criticism  fatality  injury  catastrophe  from delicious
may 2011 by Michael.Massing
IT workers being bullied, says union - 3/24/2008 - Computer Weekly
How to deal with bullying<br />
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• Tell your manager the effect their behaviour is having on you.<br />
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• Speak to colleagues to see if they are experiencing the same thing.<br />
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• Keep a log of all bullying instances.<br />
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• Write a memo if you feel you cannot confront the bully.<br />
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• Keep copies of anything referring to your inability to do your job.<br />
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• Try to avoid being alone with the bully and try to get witnesses to incidents.<br />
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• Try making a collective complaint with colleagues.<br />
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• Check any new responsibilities you are given with a copy of your job description.<br />
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• If nothing changes, report the problem to HR.
labor  union  workplace  bullying  help  advice  from delicious
may 2011 by Michael.Massing
Sick Building Syndrome | Indoor Air | US EPA
A 1984 World Health Organization Committee report suggested that up to 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be the subject of excessive complaints related to indoor air quality (IAQ). Often this condition is temporary, but some buildings have long-term problems. Frequently, problems result when a building is operated or maintained in a manner that is inconsistent with its original design or prescribed operating procedures. Sometimes indoor air problems are a result of poor building design or occupant activities.
workplace  asthma  environment  air  cited  from delicious
march 2011 by Michael.Massing
Massey Energy & Don Blankenship: Million-dollar Tea Party sponsors | Crooks and Liars
[Don Blankenship and Massey Energy Company] spent over $1 million dollars along with other US Chamber buddies like Verizon to sponsor last year's Labor Day Tea Party, also known as the "Friends of America Rally".,,.,,
The Friends of America Rally featured...Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent, and Hank Williams, Jr., and was graced by Blankenship himself going off on a diatribe that seemed strange at the time, but has come to be commonplace these days. It concerned President Obama, Democrats, and any one who doesn't salute God, coal, and apple pie....
Blankenship and Massey Energy spend millions to defend unsafe workplaces....Massey ranks among the nation’s top 5 coal producers and is among the industry’s most profitable....The federal mine safety administration fined Massey a then-record $1.5 million for 25 violations that...contributed to the deaths of two miners trapped in a fire....Aracoma Coal Co. later paid $2.5 million in fines after [pleading] guilty to 10 criminal charges in the fire.
mining  corruption  extractive  industry  capitalism  funding  workplace  worker  safety  demagoguery  earnest 
august 2010 by Michael.Massing
Take Back Your Time - Time to Care Agenda
'Guaranteeing paid leave for all parents for the birth or adoption of a child. Today, only 40% of Americans are able to take advantage of the 12 weeks of unpaid leave provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
'Guaranteeing at least 1 week of paid sick leave for all workers. Many Americans work while sick, lowering productivity and endangering other workers.
'Guaranteeing at least 3 weeks of paid annual vacation leave for all workers...28% of all female employees and 37% of women earning less than $40,000 a year receive no paid vacation at all.
'Placing a limit on the amount of compulsory overtime work that an employer can impose[; giving] employees the right to accept or refuse overtime work.
'Making Election Day a holiday, with the understanding that Americans need time for civic and political participation.
'Making it easier for Americans to choose part-time work. Hourly wage parity and protection of promotions and pro-rated benefits for part-time workers.'
leisure  family  children  vacation  workplace  rights 
june 2010 by Michael.Massing
Sometimes a police baton is more than a police baton.
Rolando Negrin, a TSA worker at Miami International Airport, was arrested for aggravated battery after he assaulted a co-worker who made fun of his penis during a body-scanning machine training session. Negrin was insulted and embarrassed by a supervisor’s comments as he walked through the machine.

A police report obtained by NBC states that Negrin later attacked a colleague with a police baton in a parking lot, and told the victim to kneel down and say “sorry.” After being arrested, Negrin told police that coworkers often made fun of him.
penis  phallus  identity  police  baton  workplace  sexual  harassment  violence  TSA  genitalia  junk  joke 
may 2010 by Michael.Massing
Tiger Beatdown › 13 Ways of Looking at Liz Lemon
'11. Because if smart women who know how smart they are intimidate men (and they do), and beautiful women who know how beautiful they are intimidate men (and they do), there is, logically, nothing more intimidating than a woman who is fully aware that she is both smart and beautiful. I mean, maybe a room full of tigers with machine guns! That could be scarier! Or, a smart and beautiful lady who makes jokes.'
feminism  media  popular  culture  workplace  comedy  privilege  analysis  women  writing  screenwriting  stereotypes 
april 2010 by Michael.Massing
Workplace Depression Screening, Outreach and Enhanced Treatment Improves Productivity, Lowers Employer Costs
Employees who got aggressive intervention worked about two weeks more during the yearlong study than those who got the usual advice to see a doctor or a mental health specialist...More workers in the intervention group were still employed by year's end.
business  depression  treatment  economics  mental  health  cost  benefit  workplace  prevention  intervention  retainer 
september 2007 by Michael.Massing

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