Category: Month: April 2020

Healthy Work Now Newsletter No. 6 – A Note Marnie Dobson & Peter Schnall 

A note from HWC Co-Directors, Marnie Dobson & Peter Schnall The world has vastly changed since our last newsletter (December 2019) as we face an unprecedented global pandemic. The coronavirus (specifically COVID-19, named after the year it was discovered) has changed our personal lives dramatically as we try to slow its spread, or “flatten the curve,” in order to prevent an overwhelming load of hospitalizations and deaths. For those families who have lost loved ones,…

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How to protect “essential’ working people from COVID-19 Epidemic

To protect the vulnerable from Covid-19 requires active, assertive and comprehensive identification of 1) those at risk; 2) those infected (but not symptomatic); 3) those with active symptoms; and 4) those who have been infected and now have immunity and can safely return to work. Groups 2 and 3 above pose great danger to our essential workers on the front line of the battle against this epidemic. To provide adequate protection to health workers…

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Workers Memorial Day April 28, 2020

At 11am this morning the world stopped to recognize International Workers Memorial Day (April 28) and remember the tens of thousands of workers who die on the job every year and especially those who have died this year from COVID-19. We at the Healthy Work Campaign also recognize the hundreds of thousands of workers who die yearly from preventable chronic illnesses related to work stressors, including hypertension and CVD, as well as suicides and…

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MassCOSH COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide for Essential Workers

The Massachusetts Coaltion for Occupational Safety and Health is maintaining “Health and Safety Protections and How to Make Them Happen” for essential workers. Although there are feedback links, this is a read-only Google doc.         This guide was compiled by the MassCOSH Health Tech Committee, a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and is updated regularly to reflect the most recent information available in the field….

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Our New Webinar: Identifying and Preventing Work Stressors to Reduce Chronic Disease

On March 11, 2020, HWC team members, Drs. Paul Landsbergis, Marnie Dobson and Peter Schnall presented Identifying and Preventing Work Stressors to Reduce Chronic Disease: The Healthy Work Campaig n, a webinar hosted by the Center for Healthy Work, University of Illinois, Chicago, a Total Worker Health® Center of Excellence. See slides here. The full webinar – voice and slides- will be posted shortly. The Healthy Work Survey project is progressing. We are now working…

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What We Are Reading Now

Here’s what we are reading now “Chris Cuomo, Stay in Bed” (Politico, April 6, 2020) “Gaps in Amazon’s Response as Virus Spreads to More Than 50 Warehouses” (NY Times, April 5, 2020) “The Amazon Warehouse Worker Who Can’t Stay Home” (GEN/Medium, March 24, 2020) “Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines” (NY Times, March 30, 2020) What are you reading?…

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