Category: Peter Schnall

Job Posting (revised Feb 10 2020)

Job Posting (revised Feb 10 2020) Part-time Outreach Coordinator Needed for the Healthy Work Campaign @Center for Social Epidemiology and the Healthy Work Campaign The Center for Social Epidemiology (CSE) is a small, nonprofit organization located in Los Angeles, CA and the sponsor of the Healthy Work Campaign (www.healthywork.org). The HWC is a public health campaign focused on raising awareness in the U.S. about the impacts of (psychosocial) work stress on mental and physical health…

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Is the government giving up on protecting working people from Covid-19

It appears that the U.S. government is exploring the possibility of trying to get working people back on the job without providing them with adequate protection in the form of PPE or insisting on proper social distancing. Sending people back to work without protection is a very poor form of trying to achieve herd immunity by infecting the entire population. Unfortunately, there are a few problems with trying to develop herd immunity now in…

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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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Linking job characteristics to mortality

This past week, an article in the Journal of Applied Psychology of the American Psychological Association found that job demands affect employee health outcomes. In This job is (literally) killing me: A moderated-mediated model linking work characteristics to mortality, the authors used theories from the work stress and medical literatures to argue that job control and cognitive ability moderate the positive relationship between job demands and the probability of mortality. They do so via…

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Future directions needed for California Occupational Health Indicators

The State of California issued its annual report on Occupational Health Exposures at the workplace for 2019. The excellent report focuses on a # of occupational exposures but has no information on occupational psychosocial work hazards. It is very important that information on work stressors be added to future surveys as they consitute the bulk of risk for negative health outcomes among working people today. Psychosocial hazards are closely related to traditional workplace risk factors…

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Workplace conditions that are contributing to the Covid-19 epidemic

Workplace conditions for essential workers typically have three characteristics that contribute to increased risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus and, once infected, more severe illness:Enclosed spacesHigh population densityPersistent work stressors contribute to biological stress which in turn impacts the workers immune systemAs a consequence we have multiple, structurally imposed feedback loopsMany workers vulnerable to COVID19.Many workers exposed to covid-19 at work Many workers bring iCOVID-19 back to their communities. Living conditions for essential…

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CDC Reverses Itself Once Again. They are STILL WRONG.

The CDC has reversed itself once again about the transmissibility of the COVID-19 virus. On their website — updated yesterday — they said “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.” Unfortunately, this new recommendation is incorrect…

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New Case Histories re Bus Driver Interventions now available

Summaries of interventions to reduce job stress among urban bus drivers in Copenhagen and Stockholm are now available on our Healthywork.org website. The case histories describe efforts to identify various sources of stress bus drivers are exposed to while driving and provide solutions such as scheduling changes, etc. which were implemented with varying degrees of success. The case histories can be found here at https://healthywork.org/resources/healthy-work-strategies/…

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High levels of work stress among Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers experience high levels of work stress particularly when driving in crowded urban areas. The Center for Social Epidemiology has been working for the past 6 years with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the bus driver union SMART as well as the SMART-MTA-Trust Fund. This past year we worked with 400 LA Bus drivers to assess work stressors and their impact on driver health. Bus drivers have the highest prevalence…

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Work Stressors contribute to the following health outcomes

There has been a lot of work documenting the role of work stressors in contributing to illness in working people. The list of health outcomes is considerable. Work stressors such as job strain, imbalance between effort and reward (ERI) , threat avoidant vigilance (TAV), lack of social support at work, long work hours, job insecurity and many play a role in health outcomes. These outcomes include mental health outcomes such as AnxietyExhaustionBurnout Depression as…

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