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DOT Proposed Rule Will Protect Airline Passengers from Being Exposed to Voice Calls

Airlines would have to disclose in advance if they allow voice calls on flights.

NTSB Holding Hearing on Texas Balloon Accident

The July 30, 2016, crash in Lockhart, Texas, killed the pilot and 15 passengers. The board's Dec. 9 hearing will examine the circumstances of the accident and the larger issues involving the safety of hot-air ballooning, including commercial balloon operations, training and decision-making, regulation and oversight, and medical factors.

Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Up Sharply

"Sadly, this report reconfirms that opioids such as heroin and fentanyl -- and diverted prescription pain pills -- are killing people in this country at a horrifying rate," DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said this week. "We face a public health crisis of historic proportions."

Central Transport LLC Agrees to Enhanced Safety Measures

The company has pledged to fix forklift hazards.

WorkSafeBC Offers Dairy Farm Safety Guide

The 108-page guide developed in partnership with AgSafe and the BC Dairy Association covers various hazards, including confined spaces, working with electricity, livestock and animal medicines, mobile equipment, ergonomics, PPE, respiratory protection, and fall protection.

22 Safety Violations Discovered at Texas Feed Manufacturer

The company manufactures feed and sells used agricultural machinery.

Law Enforcement Urged to Wear Body Armor by JOEH

A study says those who wore body armor were over twice as likely to survive a shooting.

CKE Restaurants CEO Picked as Labor Secretary

The immediate speculation is that Andrew Puzder, if confirmed, will abandon the Department of Labor's rule that would raise the salary threshold for eligibility for overtime. A federal judge enjoined DOL from enforcing it as planned Dec. 1, 2016, and the Obama administration then appealed that injunction.

New Chief of ICAO Air Navigation Commission Appointed

Hajime Yoshimura will serve a one-year term as president of the ICAO Air Navigation Commission beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. It is the UN civil aviation organization's main technical body.

WHO Approves HCV Rapid Diagnostic Test

WHO acceptance of the test comes at a time when direct acting antivirals, new and highly effective medicines for HCV, are becoming increasingly affordable and available in low- and middle-income countries.

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma

Trump Picks Oklahoma Attorney General for EPA Post

Pruitt has been a fierce and outspoken challenger of environmental actions taken by President Obama's administration.

The rule will require employers to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or an employee

OSHA Sets Meeting on Standard to Prevent Violence at Health Settings

The agency issued a Request for Information on whether to propose such a standard and also scheduled the public meeting for Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Workers Exposed to Machine Hazards at Metal Stamping Company

NN Metal Stampings has been cited for nine serious and two other-than-serious safety violations.

Roofing Company Fails to Provide Adequate Fall Protection for Workers

Joiner Sheet Metal & Roofing has been cited for 1 willful and 2 serious violations.

California Legislator Files Superbug Tracking Bill

State Sen. Jerry Hill says his bill would set up the first system in the nation to track antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths.

EPA Moves to Ban Some Uses of Trichloroethylene

"For the first time in a generation, we are able to restrict chemicals already in commerce that pose risks to public health and the environment," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

NIOSH Director Marks Miner's Day

The day was established in 2009, with Dec. 6 chosen for the Monongah, W.Va., mining disaster, the worst loss of life in a single day in the history of U.S. mining: At least 362 coal miners died in the explosion on Dec. 6, 1907.

Nearly 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled

National Steak and Poultry has recalled ready-to-eat chicken products due to a possible undercooking.

U.S. Driving Tops 2.4 Trillion Miles in First Nine Months of 2016

Gains were shown in nearly every state, according to a FHWA report.

NTSB Meeting on 2014 Freight Trains' Collision

The August 2014 collision of two Union Pacific Railroad freight trains in Hoxie, Ark., prompted the safety board to issue urgent safety recommendations to help ensure that electronic alertness devices ("alerters") work as intended on trains.

After clearing up the snow, make sure to check regularly on high risk areas to ensure there is no ice. Arguably, it may be more cost-efficient to invest a little more in maintenance than to have to manage a lawsuit.

Tips for Winter Safety and Reducing Liability

It is a good idea to check for leaks before there is snow and ice but, remember, water expands when it freezes and there is a chance of bursts once the winter season has come in. If there are areas with leaks, try to fix them as soon as possible.

Big Penalty Proposed Against USPS

The willful violations relate to the employer's failure to have an implemented, written bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, including performing an exposure determination and offering exposed employees the Hepatitis B vaccine.

OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Construction OSH Programs

The recommended practices are flexible and can be adjusted to fit small and large construction companies handling short-term or multi-year projects, according to OSHA.

Study Finds Lower Blood Flow to Brain in Marijuana Users

"Open use of marijuana, through legalization, will reveal the wide range of marijuana's benefits and threats to human health. This study indicates troubling effects on the hippocampus that may be the harbingers of brain damage," said Dr. George Perry, editor in chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

FMCSA Final Rule Establishes Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

The database will service as a repository for records of violations.

Cirque Du Soleil Co-founder's Son Dies in Accident Before Show

Olivier Rochette was struck by a lift and died from his injuries.

The Fisher Phillips forecast predicts President Trump probably will undo the controversial OSHA electronic reporting rule that isscheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

What's Ahead for Safety and Health in 2017?

Donald Trump has bigger priorities than OSHA when he takes office in January 2017, but he has promised to reverse some of its 2016 actions.

Washington L&I Light Duty Program Tops 20,000

According to L&I, as of Nov. 29, more than 4,500 employers had used the program to offer light-duty jobs to help thousands of workers return to work as part of their recovery from a workplace injury or illness.

Assess your workplace environment and identify which momentary thermal hazards exist. Remember, it is very possible to have multiple thermal hazards. (Justin FR photo)

Not All Momentary Thermal Hazards Are Equal

One of the biggest mistakes made in the workplace is in believing that, because a garment is flame resistant, it must be safe for all hazards. This simply is not the case.

Safety methodologies similar to those used with other robotic applications need to be devised and implemented, referencing the new RIA and EN ISO standards while adopting a more sophisticated approach. (Rite-Hite Machine Guarding photo)

Protecting Workers from Automated Machine Operations

Plan ahead by providing proper machine guarding equipment sooner rather than later; if not to prepare for future regulations, do it to keep employees safe.

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