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NSC Takes Aim at Workers' Fatigue with New Online Tool

The National Safety Council says fatigue in the workplace is one of its most significant new priorities.

Council Recognizes Five with Distinguished Service to Safety Awards

The honorees were chosen by Divisions, which are industry-specific National Safety Council volunteer groups.

NTSB Sets Meeting on Fatal Bus Crash

The board will vote on the probable cause of the July 2016 crash at a meeting scheduled for Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, investigators will review two other crashes involving migrant workers – a Nov. 6, 2015, crash in Little Rock, Ark., and a June 18, 2016, accident in Ruther Glen, Va.

Hot Topics at NSC 2017 Include Fatigue, Bullying, and Pain Meds

More than 15,000 safety professionals and more than 1,100 exhibitors are expected to participate in the NSC 2017 Congress & Expo in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Convention Center is across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo Courtesy of Lavengood Photography)

All Eyes on Indianapolis

The 2017 National Safety Congress & Expo has brought thousands of safety professionals and exhibitors from around the world to an eye-popping conference in this city's sparkling downtown.

TxDOT Says Website Invaluable During Hurricane Harvey

"We've always been proud of as a resource for guiding drivers across Texas, but we had never relied on it more than we did in the days following Hurricane Harvey," TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said recently. "During the storm, was visited by a record number of people trying to safely navigate to their destinations."

NSC Board of Directors Welcomes New Chairman

Mark Vergnano, CEO and president of The Chemours Company, has been elected chairman of the National Safety Council's board of directors and took over on Sept. 24 as eight new members joined the board.

Virginia Rebrands Workforce Training Program

The Workforce Credential Grant program will now be called FastForward: Credentials for A Career that Matters.

OSHA, Forest Service in Alliance for Montana and Dakotas

The alliance will be a platform to share information, resources, and industry best practices among Forest Service and OSHA officials.

Nationwide EAS Test Set for Sept. 27

This is only the third nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System; the first was conducted in November 2011 and the second was conducted in September 2016.

Harvey Affected About 75,000 Hospital Employees in Texas

Hospital employees who work inside the disaster areas designated by FEMA are eligible for assistance. Meanwhile, the Texas Hospital Association is asking the Texas hospital community for help to raise more donations.

Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Recalled

Death Wish Coffee Co. is halting production of Nitro Cold Brew until an additional step in the manufacturing process is implemented, and that Death Wish Nitro cans have been removed from the company's online store and pulled from shelves at Price Chopper/Market 32, Healthy Living Market & Café, and independent retailers at the company's request.

ACC, OSHA Sign Alliance Focused on Diisocyanates

The two-year Alliance has three primary goals: raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives; conducting training to educate employers, workers, and OSHA officials on safety issues; and developing effective outreach and communication efforts to increase the visibility of the partnership and its goals.

DARPA Meeting Looks at Biotech's Promise

"In areas such as memory enhancement, real-time health monitoring, living materials, and brain-machine interfaces, the barriers to entry are numerous, and many investors are hesitant to take a risk on an unproven idea. In pursuing its mission of gaining a deep understanding of new technologies' function and potential, DARPA eliminates many of those barriers and much of the risk," said Justin Sanchez, director of DARPA's Biological Technologies Office.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Testing Delivery Robots

In a pilot program, robots will transport spare parts and other material to elevator maintenance job sites. The company says cloud-based driverless systems could form complete supply and logistics networks.

Amendments to Canada's Motor Vehicle Safety Act Proposed

The most significant proposed amendments involve recalls of motor vehicles and equipment. One would authorize the Minister of Transport to be able to order a company to correct a defect or a non-compliance in a vehicle or equipment if the Minister considers it to be in the interest of public safety.

IAEA Getting Medical Linear Accelerator

"The new partnership will further enhance our capabilities to support Member States in the safe and effective use of linacs through the provision of dosimetry services and training of health care professionals working in radiotherapy," explained May Abdel-Wahab, director of human health at IAEA.

Affected Florida Counties Urged to Accelerate Debris Cleanup

Plans submitted to the department will be posted publicly on its website. All of the plans must include an estimated date of completion, and any county that plans to request reimbursement for debris removal following Irma must submit a plan.

WHO Launches Tool to Track Progress on Noncommunicable Diseases

Governments are making limited progress, according to the organization, and more action is needed to address them and the main risk factors to meet global targets for reduced premature deaths.

Pennsylvania Places Drug Take-Back Boxes at State Police Barracks

Sixty-five take-back boxes are now available at State Police barracks. "By providing convenient, easily accessed drug take-back boxes, we hope to continue to significantly reduce the number of prescriptions drugs being used for purposes other than those intended," Gov. Tom Wolf said Sept. 19.

Live From NSC 2017 Preview

The "Live From" page features an aggregated account of show activity, as well as live multimedia reporting from the show floor.

HHS Plans to Develop Nose Spray Treatment for Cyanide Poisoning

The agency announced a 17-month, $12.7 million agreement under which Emergent BioSolutions will develop an intranasal, stabilized form of isoamyl nitrite.

New CSB Bulletin Hits the Basics of Safety

"Our investigation found that these accepted practices were conducted without appropriate safety hazard analysis, needlessly injuring these workers. It is important to remember that good safety practices are good maintenance practices and good business practices," CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said.

NSC Dropped Object Session Set for Sept. 26

The Indianapolis presentation will focus on prevention best practices and provide an overview of a new industry initiative in development by ISEA and the Dropped Objects Solutions Committee that seeks to standardize solutions.

Rescuers Being Honored at Tacoma Conference

There are 27 workplace heroes and heroines being recognized Sept. 20 for their life-saving efforts, such as saving a drowning child, rescuing critically injured victims from car wrecks, providing first aid or CPR, or performing the Heimlich maneuver while at work.

Michigan Agency Preparing for Medical Marijuana License Applications in December

A non-refundable application fee to offset costs of a background investigation of those applying for licenses is expected to be in the $4,000 to $8,000 range, depending on the number of applications received.

Harvey's Insured Losses in Texas Counted at $19 Billion

The year already had brought higher-than-normal insured auto losses due to increases in the number of collisions and escalating repair costs, after last year's nearly $5 billion in auto and homeowner hail claims.

Coast Guard NY Security Zones in Effect This Week

The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 18 and end Sept. 23 include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge, according to the Coast Guard's posted announcement.

This screen shot is from underwater video of the sunken El Faro, discovered in 15,000 feet of water off the Bahamas in October 2015 after it sank during Hurricane Joaquin. (NTSB video)

December NTSB Meeting to Determine Why El Faro Sank

The U.S.-flagged cargo ship sank in October 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin, with the loss of all 33 crew members on board.

London's Fire Chief Calls for Sprinkler Mandate

"Now is the time to remind Government of life-saving recommendations we have been making for years," London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said. "We are calling for residential tower blocks to be retrofitted with sprinklers, and they should be mandatory in all new school builds and major refurbishments."

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