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Commenters Support OSHA Violence Standard for Health Care

Many commenters also support expanding the agency's definition of workplace violence.

Port Planning/Investment Toolkit Developed

"AAPA recognized the infrastructure project needs and funding concerns faced by America's ports," said Kurt Nagle, AAPA's president and CEO. "The capabilities to handle the mountains of freight that move through America's seaports each year require costly investments."

IARC Classifies Welding Fumes and UV Radiation as Group 1 Carcinogens

“Substantial new evidence” lead to the change.



HHS Awards Grants to Combat Opioid Crisis

The agency will administer $485 million to all 50 states.

Data Increasingly Useful to Fire Service, NFPA Survey Finds

Collection has grown far beyond incident data, and a comprehensive approach to connect all fire activity data is needed to ensure that departments work with data that truly accounts for the full picture of their activities.

DOE Announces More Small Business Collaborations

The new collaborations are focused on advanced manufacturing, buildings, bioenergy, solar, fuel cells, geothermal, vehicles, water, and wind energy.

Canada Boosts Oversight of New Drugs

Included are far tougher new penalties for unsafe products, including jail time and new fines of up to $5 million per day instead of the current $5,000.

UK Opens Competition for New High-Speed Trains

"Britain's new railway will carry over 300,000 people a day, improve connections between our great cities, free up space on our existing rail lines, generate jobs, and help us build an economy that works for all. But what will make HS2's reputation from day one will be its trains," Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said.

Campylobacter and Salmonella Caused Most Bacterial Foodborne Illnesses in 2016

CDC has published preliminary data for 2016 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

FAA to Hold Airspace Improvement Workshops in Las Vegas

Three workshops on proposed airspace improvements will be held this week.

DOL Awards More than $1.6M to Silicon Valley Workers Affected by Layoffs

The money has been awarded to the NOVA Workforce Board.

NTSB Holding Second Roundtable on Distracted Driving Next Week

The April 26 event is being presented in Wsahington, D.C., in collaboration with Stopdistractions.org, DRIVE SMART Virginia, and the National Safety Council.

Michigan's Governor Thanks Utility Linemen

"As we saw with the destructive windstorm that swept across our state in March, utility workers play an important role in power restoration efforts and in our everyday lives," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "I thank these hard-working men and women for working tirelessly to keep our communities powered and our residents safe."

NIOSH Appoints New Director of Western States Division

Ryan Hill, MPH, has been appointed as director of the Western States Division.

The new hospital safety-related website

CMS Rule Would Make Accreditors' Hospital Inspection Reports Public

Private health care accreditors don't make their survey reports and accompanying plans of correction publicly available. "We believe it is important to continue to lead the effort to make information regarding a health care facility’s compliance with health and safety requirements found in survey reports publicly available," CMS says in the proposed rule.

CSB Notes Safety Management System, Other Factors Contributed to 2016 Airgas Facility Explosion

The board's final report also noted regulatory deficiencies were to blame.

ACGIH Honoring 2017 Award Winners at AIHce

The William Steiger Memorial Award winner is U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who has led his colleagues in pushing for full funding for OSHA and has supported legislation to expand the number of workers OSHA covers and update its enforcement measures, as well as securing $110 million in federal resources for Cincinnati's NIOSH campus, according to ACGIH.

Flight Cancellations Down From Previous Year in February

Carriers canceled 1.5 percent of scheduled domestic flights in February 2017.

Cal/OSHA Cites Building Supply Company in Forklift Fatality

A 60-year-old forklift operator died Nov. 21, 2016, while transferring building supplies from the company's warehouse to a customer's vehicle.

NTSB Recommends Ways to Increase Effectiveness of Pilot Weather Reports

NTSB Recommends Ways to Increase Effectiveness of Pilot Weather Reports

The agency released a special investigation report calling for changes in training and procedures for pilots.

DOL Awards $7 Million for Recovery Efforts in California

The funding has been awarded to the California Employment Development Department as part of a National Dislocated Worker Grant.

DARPA Demonstrates On-Site Chemical Warfare Agent Neutralization

It employs a novel, waterless soil-scrubbing technology that safely neutralized toxic chemicals simulating sarin, soman, and mustard agents.

CSB Releases Business Case for Safety

The publication summarizes four major accident investigations.

ASSE Encourages People to Get Involved in Workplace Safety Campaigns

There were 4,836 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2015.

NIOSH Highlights Noise Exposure of Wildland Firefighters

To prevent this population of firefighters from developing hearing loss, the authors recommend enrolling all wildland firefighters in a hearing conservation program and that fire agencies maintain fire service-specific hearing loss prevention programs.

NRC Vacancies Concern House Members

"Absent a nomination and confirmation of additional commissioners, the Commission will lack a quorum on July 1 when Chairman Svinicki's current term expires. This situation could severely inhibit the NRC's ability to execute its vital responsibility and hamper the nuclear industry," three leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote in a letter to the president.

DOL to Develop Reform Plan

Upon confirmation as secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta will be expected to implement a "comprehensive agency reform plan" as specified by a March 13 executive order.

HHS Backs Another Zika Test

The automated laboratory diagnostic test being developed by Siemens Healthineers would produce an initial result in 58 minutes. The $8.9 million contract supports the development of the diagnostic test, manufacturing preparations, and clinical studies that could support its application for clearance from FDA.

FMCSA Sets Listening Session on Highly Automated Commercial Vehicles

The April 24 session will be available via a webcast. FMCSA wants to get information on the design, development, testing, and deployment of these vehicles, which "hold enormous potential benefits for safety, mobility, and sustainability," according to the agency.

Lawyers Propose Split of Deepwater Horizon Case Fees

Two law firms in New Orleans and Lafayette, La., that led the plaintiffs' case are slated to receive $87.7 million each if the proposed allocation is approved.

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