GAO report urges OSHA action on persistent risks of infection for meat packing workers; infection risks up to 70 times higher than state averages
Herek L. Clack / June 21, 2023
The General Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report that urges the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to directly address risks faced by meat and poultry processing workers, that were amplified by the COVID pandemic.
Strikingly, the GAO report cites two studies conducted by OSHA’s Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing that concluded the risk of COVID infection among meat packing plant workers to be 56X to more than 70X greater than the average risk in their respective states. The key characteristics contributing to the higher risk delineated in the report are:
The next 10 years hold a 1 in 4 chance the world will experience another COVID-like pandemic - study
Herek Clack / May 14, 2023
Climate change, increased international travel, and other factors are what underlie the model projection by Airfinity Ltd. of a 28% chance of another pandemic as deadly as COVID-19 within the next 10 years. The risk drops to single-digit percentages if effective vaccines can be developed and distributed within 100 days - a far shorter period of time than was seen in the COVID-19 pandemic.