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The National Hurricane Center will use predictions of storm surges and storm surge mapping during the 2016 U.S. hurricane season.

Extreme Weather Events a Top Concern in 2019

The 2019 Global Risks Report identifies economic worries, major power tensions, political strains, climate catastrophe, and technological instabilities as areas of concern.

FAA Recalls Furloughed Inspectors to Address Air Safety Concerns

"We are recalling inspectors and engineers to perform duties to ensure continuous operational safety of the entire national airspace," the Federal Aviation Administration announced Jan. 15 in a statement.

Interim Management Board Set Up for RCMP

The Canadian government plans to appoint initial advisory board members by April 1, 2019, and will also introduce legislative changes this spring to the RCMP Act to make the board permanent.



New Satellites to Eliminate Lost Aircraft, Company Claims

Aireon says its system uses space-based ADS-B technology that will enable automatic and real-time collection of aircraft position data. The technology gives air traffic controllers and airlines a complete view of the entire sky, including of flight paths in remote and oceanic airspace.

IMO Leader Focused on Seafarers' Training

Several key questions will require focus from all stakeholders, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, including what standards seafarers will be required to meet with respect to education, training, and certification to qualify them for the jobs of the future.

Grocery Chain Deploying Robots to All of Its Stores

GIANT Food Stores, LLC is deploying the robots in all 172 of its stores this year. They will move around the store unassisted and are being used to identify hazards such as liquid, powder, and bulk food items' spills and to provide reporting that enables quick corrective action.

Sphera Solutions Acquires Petrotechnics

Petrotechnics, a provider of operational risk software for hazardous industries such as oil & gas, railroads, and chemicals, is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

OSHA Issues $422,006 Fine to Texas Contractor

OSHA's inspectors determined that the company exposed employees to a hazardous atmosphere, failed to train employees on the health hazards of hydrogen sulfide, and did not drain water from the trench.

Big Miami Highways Project Under Way

The $802 million I-395/SR 836/ I-95 Design-Build Project involves three projects that will be constructed concurrently to minimize impacts to the public.

Skillful Indiana Hires Executive Director, Launches Coaching Corps

William D. Turner, Jr. joined Skillful Indiana from Allison Transmission, Inc., where for more than a decade he headed the training and development organization for the Indianapolis-based manufacturing company.

New Governor Launches RecoveryOhio Initiative

Gov. Mike DeWine's executive order describes Ohio as "facing the worst drug epidemic in my lifetime [and] losing 13 or 14 people a day from accidental drug overdoses. Every county in Ohio and every city, town and village – urban and rural – is affected."

State Farm Gets First National FAA Waiver

The national waiver allows State Farm to conduct drone operations over people and flights beyond the pilot's visual line of sight through November 2022. Previous waivers State Farm was granted were limited to a short time frame and to specific geographic areas affected by hurricanes.

Chicago Deploying License Plate Reader Vehicles

LPR technology allows the city to match license plates against the list of stolen vehicles sent to the LPRs daily by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. If the LPR system identifies a stolen vehicle, CPD officers are automatically alerted so they can investigate further.

ILO's Future of Work Report Coming Jan. 22

It will provide an in-depth and analytical examination of the future of work, according to ILO, and will outline the steps needed to create a better future of work for all.

NSC: Americans Now More Likely to Die of Accidental Opioid Overdose than Motor Vehicle Crash

NSC: Americans Now More Likely to Die of Accidental Opioid Overdose than Motor Vehicle Crash

The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103), according to analysis by the National Safety Council.

UAE Gives $6.5 Million to Aid Hurricane Harvey Recovery

The gift will support the creation of a short-term housing facility for the Homeless Navigation Center, construction of a new community center run by local nonprofit Avenue CDC, reopening of the Flores Neighborhood Library, and expansion of Houston Health Department services, including new mobile health clinics.

Boeing, Airbus Both Had Record Deliveries in 2018

Boeing delivered 806 commercial jets during the year and has a seven-year backlog of orders. Airbus delivered 800, and its backlog stood at 7,577 aircraft at the end of 2018.

PG&E to File Chapter 11 Petitions

The corporation's CEO, Geisha Williams, resigned on Jan. 13. PG&E faces billions of dollars in potential liabilities related to wildfires in California.

Federal Government Shutdown Slows FDA Inspections

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he is working to reinstate inspections on facilities that are considered at a higher risk due to the handling of sensitive items such as seafood, vegetables, and soft cheese, or that have a history of problems.

Maintenance Man's Death Under Investigation in Florida

The Hernando County, Florida, Sheriff's Office is investigating a Jan. 10 incident in which a man performing maintenance on a helicopter at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport was decapitated by its main rotor blades.

New York Mayor Proposes Paid Personal Time Measure

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of paid personal time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any purpose.

Treating marijuana the same as alcohol is impossible for several reasons. There are no measurements for marijuana impairment that relate across the board to how we understand alcohol impairment.

Many Medical Marijuana Users Drive High, Study Shows

Researchers who surveyed Michigan medical marijuana users found 56 percent of participants reported driving within two hours of using marijuana, 51 percent reported they drove while a "little high," and 21 percent reported driving while "very high."

CDC Flu Report: At Least 6.2 Million Sick This Season

To this point during the 2018-2019 flu season, 6.2 million to 7.3 million people have been sick with flu, and as many as half of those people have sought medical care for their illness.

Colorado DOT Starts Wrong Way Prevention Project for I-25

I-25 is a major north-south highway that passes through Denver and Colorado Springs. CDOT's announcement said the agency has seen an increase in motorists entering the interstate from the wrong direction, which has caused numerous crashes, including some fatalities.

ISEA: 73 QSSPs Awarded in 2018's Fourth Quarter

All of them completed one of two intensive five-day courses in the technical and regulatory fundamentals of workplace safety and health. The courses were offered in and October and November in Durham, N.C.

MSHA Reports 27 Miners Died in 2018

Eighteen of the deaths occurred at surface operations, while nine occurred in underground mines. The leading cause of miner fatalities during 2018 was powered haulage, which accounted for 13 deaths.

Female Nurses Need More Training on Handling Hazardous Drugs, Study Shows

Despite long-standing recommendations for the safe handling of antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs, many nurses, including pregnant nurses, reported not wearing protective gloves and gowns, the minimum protective equipment recommended when administering these drugs.

NAM Urges Congress to Reauthorize CFATS Program

National Association of Manufacturing members operate 2,152 CFATS-regulated facilities in a range of major industrial sectors, from oil and gas to chemicals, mining, agriculture, and electricity. The association says "ensuring regulatory certainty is key."

Canada Issues Drone Safety Regulations

Drone pilots will need to have their Pilot Certificate and proof of registration readily available when flying their drone as of June 1, 2019.

A wildfire damaged mobile homes and property in Fallbrook, Calif., in 2007. (Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA)

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Application Period Begins

Wildfires burn twice as much land area each year, on average, as they did 40 years ago, and the threat continues to increase. In 2018, California saw its deadliest and most destructive fire, the Camp Fire, burn more than 150,000 acres and kill 85 people.