Columbia News: Is Your Data Safe?

Columbia News: Is Your Data Safe?. “As technological and legal changes have hollowed out the protections that reporters and news organizations have depended upon for decades, information security concerns facing journalists as they report, produce, and disseminate the news have only intensified. From source prosecutions to physical attacks and online harassment, the last two decades have seen a dramatic increase in the risks faced by journalists at all levels, even as the media industry confronts drastic cutbacks in budgets and staff. As a result, few professional or aspiring journalists have a comprehensive understanding of what is required to keep their sources, stories, colleagues, and reputations safe.”

Washington Post: Covid cases and deaths grossly underestimated among meatpackers, House investigation finds

Washington Post: Covid cases and deaths grossly underestimated among meatpackers, House investigation finds. “More workers at the country’s top five meatpacking companies were sickened and died of the coronavirus than had been previously estimated, an investigation by the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis has found. At least 59,000 workers at Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods, JBS, Cargill and National Beef — companies that control the lion’s share of the U.S. meat market — were infected with the coronavirus during the pandemic’s first year, according to a report the subcommittee released Wednesday on its findings. At least 269 workers across these companies died of covid-19 between March 1, 2020, and Feb. 1.”

Route Fifty: Employers Have Been Offering the Wrong Office Amenities

Route Fifty: Employers Have Been Offering the Wrong Office Amenities. “I oversee the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard’s public-health school. Our research focuses on how indoor air affects cognition and other aspects of human well-being. (I should note that I also advise businesses, nonprofits, government leaders, and real-estate companies on ventilation and other healthy-building strategies.) In the United States, an engineering guideline known as ‘acceptable indoor air quality’ governs how much air is brought into a building. The problem is right there in the name: I don’t know about you, but I don’t want acceptable air quality; I want good air quality. Instead of being designed to meet a bare-minimum standard, buildings should optimize human health.”

Business Insider: A Missouri hospital is giving employees panic buttons to address rising attacks on healthcare workers during the pandemic

Business Insider: A Missouri hospital is giving employees panic buttons to address rising attacks on healthcare workers during the pandemic. “By the end of this year, staff who work in the emergency room and inpatient hospital rooms at Cox Medical Center Branson will be able to use a panic button that alerts security who can then track the employee’s location, the facility said in a Facebook announcement. In their post, the facility said that assaults on staff by patients have tripled in the past year. Total assaults rose from 40 in 2019 to 123 in 2020. Total injuries rose from 17 in 2019 to 78 in 2020, the facility said.”

Washington Post: Workers are putting on pants to return to the office only to be on Zoom all day

Washington Post: Workers are putting on pants to return to the office only to be on Zoom all day. “As many office workers head back to the office — even as the delta variant spreads across the United States — employees are facing a bizarre new reality: They’re still spending most of their time isolated and glued to their computers for Zoom meetings, email and Slack. With more companies implementing permanent hybrid working options — in which some employees work from home and others in the office — the virtual nature of work may far outlive the pandemic. And with it, so may the quirks of the new office environment.”

Safety+Health: New website offers health and safety resources for farmers and ranchers

Safety+Health: New website offers health and safety resources for farmers and ranchers. “Launched by the AgriSafe Network, an international nonprofit representing health and safety professionals, the website combines the organization’s learning management system, which includes fact sheets, webinars and safety information, with health topics such as COVID-19, heat-related illness, opioids and mental health.”

‘Scared to death’: Dozens of school bus drivers have died of COVID, fueling shortages (USA Today)

USA Today: ‘Scared to death’: Dozens of school bus drivers have died of COVID, fueling shortages. “[Natalia] D’Angelo is among at least 12 school bus workers in Georgia — including three in the Griffin-Spalding district — who have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year. In all, school bus drivers in at least 10 states have died of the disease since August, according to news reports and a Twitter feed called ‘School Personnel Lost to Covid.’”

Denver Post: Lamborn dismissed pandemic as hoax meant to derail Trump’s reelection, ex-staffer says in sworn statement

Denver Post: Lamborn dismissed pandemic as hoax meant to derail Trump’s reelection, ex-staffer says in sworn statement. “Allegations that U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, fired a staffer in retaliation after the staffer sought to protect himself and others during the pandemic are true, another former staffer said in sworn statements filed Friday. Those sworn statements come from Joshua Hosler, former chair of the El Paso County Republican Party and former district director for Lamborn. Attorney Les Alderman filed them in federal court as part of Brandon Pope’s lawsuit against the eight-term congressman.”

New York Times: We Studied One Million Students. This Is What We Learned About Masking.

New York Times: We Studied One Million Students. This Is What We Learned About Masking.. “For more than a year, we’ve worked with North Carolina school districts and charter schools, studying the rate of new Covid cases, the efficacy of mitigation measures such as masking and the increased risks of participating in school-sponsored sports. We have learned a few things for certain: Although vaccination is the best way to prevent Covid-19, universal masking is a close second, and with masking in place, in-school learning is safe and more effective than remote instruction, regardless of community rates of infection.”

KCRA: Thousands of COVID-19 safety complaints by teachers, parents being ignored by state. Here’s why

KCRA: Thousands of COVID-19 safety complaints by teachers, parents being ignored by state. Here’s why. “Are COVID-19 safety complaints made by teachers and parents being ignored by the state of California? It’s a question being asked as educators and students are set to return to classrooms as the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge. Michael Ferguson, an attorney and educator, is one of the people raising this question.”

The Verge: Amazon ordered to temporarily close facility near Toronto due to increase in COVID-19 cases

The Verge: Amazon ordered to temporarily close facility near Toronto due to increase in COVID-19 cases. “A public health authority has ordered Amazon to close one of its fulfillment centers in Canada for two weeks because of an uptick in the rate of COVID-19 infections at the facility. A public health investigation found that while the rate of COVID-19 infections has been decreasing in the area, the rate inside the Brampton facility, near Toronto, ‘has been increasing significantly.’”

Washington Post: Hundreds of covid cases reported at Tesla plant following Musk’s defiant reopening, county data shows

Washington Post: Hundreds of covid cases reported at Tesla plant following Musk’s defiant reopening, county data shows. “Tesla’s Bay Area production plant recorded hundreds of covid-19 cases following CEO Elon Musk’s defiant reopening of the plant in May, according to county-level data obtained by a legal transparency website. The document, obtained by the website PlainSite following a court ruling this year, showed Tesla received around 10 reports of covid-19 in May when the plant reopened, and saw a steady rise in cases all the way up to 125 in December, as the disease caused by the novel coronavirus peaked around the country.”

Wall Street Journal: OSHA’s Job Is Workplace Safety. In the Covid-19 Pandemic, It Often Struggled.

Wall Street Journal: OSHA’s Job Is Workplace Safety. In the Covid-19 Pandemic, It Often Struggled.. “The Occupational Safety and Health Administration faced one of the biggest workplace-safety challenges in its 50-year history when the coronavirus struck. It didn’t meet the moment. Instead of thoroughly investigating complaints of unsafe practices at workplaces, the federal agency and state OSHA agencies it oversees often took limited steps, OSHA records and state health data show, leaving workers more vulnerable to workplace outbreaks.”