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DOT Sees Alarming Rise in Roadway Deaths, Opens Regional Summit

"We're seeing red flags across the U.S. and we’re not waiting for the situation to develop further," said Dr. Mark Rosekind, NHTSA's administrator. "It's time to drive behavioral changes in traffic safety, and that means taking on new initiatives and addressing persistent issues like drunk driving and failure to wear seat belts."

Kentucky County Deemed a Safe Community by NSC

Jessamine County, Kentucky, leaders plan to try to end unintentional injuries.

Wholesale adoption of GHS hazard classsification principles will disrupt chemical hazard assessment programs and heighten problems manufacturers and importers will face.

Transform Tox Testing Challenge Under Way

The National Toxicology Program and partner agencies are behind the challenge, which will award $500,000 for ideas that help innovate current toxicity testing methods.

Saying Farewell to Clearview Highway Signs

They will not be approved for use on public roads after Feb. 23, but the signs won't have to be removed until they reach the end of their useful life, FHWA Administrator Gregory G. Nadeau reported.

NIOSH Study Shows Scope of Illness Tied to Two Common Herbicides

Although most of the illnesses related to paraquat and diquat were low to moderately severe—health effects commonly included skin, eye, or neurological symptoms—these two herbicides make up 85 percent of herbicide-related deaths in the United States.

IOSH Wellness Seminar Set for Feb. 24

"Work-related stress is often a hidden problem, as people can be reticent to talk about their issues. In turn, the management chain can often not be as aware as they should be of the stress-related issues that their workforce is facing," IOSH Midland Branch East District Chair Les Pearce said.

Foot Injury Results in Citations

The Pennsylvania company notified OSHA last August that an employee suffered a double toe amputation when he lost control of a lawn mower he was operating on a wet, grassy slope; this happened less than three months after OSHA investigated another rollover incident in which an employee sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized, according to the agency.

FEMA Releases National Planning System Description

The document contains both the Planning Architecture, which describes the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of planning and planning integration, and the Planning Process, which describes the steps necessary to develop a comprehensive plan, from forming a team to implementing the plan.

NTSB concluded this Alaska Department of Public Safety helicopter crashed in March 2013 because the pilot decided to continue flying into deteriorating weather conditions and also stemmed from the department

New Show Spotlights Work of NTSB's Alaska 'Go Team'

NIOSH has reported that, from 1990 through 2009, aviation crashes in Alaska killed 149 pilots, resulting in a very high annual pilot fatality rate of 287 per 100,000 pilots.

DOT Ready to Celebrate 50th Birthday

Six of his predecessors joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Feb. 3 at a ceremony kicking off celebrations of DOT's 50th year. He explained that DOT soon will have a video of the ceremony online and asked readers to visit DOT's 50th Anniversary website, which includes documents about the department's creation.

OSHA and Industrial Truck Association Renew Alliance

The alliance strives to reduce hazards associated with powered industrial trucks.

UL Certification Available for Hoverboards

The new UL 2272 provides a framework to evaluate, test, and certify self-balancing scooters, the company announced Feb. 2.

Worker Severely Injured after 40-Foot Fall from Crane

The injured worker's employer, TimkenSteel, was named a severe violator by OSHA in 2015.

HHS is creating the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee this year as it plans for the 2018 publication of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Physical Activity Guidelines Committee Nominations Due Feb. 5

An HHS advisory committee is being formed as part of the planning for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to be released in 2018.

Fatigue, High Workload Cited in ATSB Investigative Report

A network control officer intervened to prevent a collision when an operator drove an empty Sydney Trains passenger train in the wrong direction in March 2015.

NIOSH Study Pinpoints Industries with Hearing Problems

NIOSH reports that hazardous noise affects approximately 22 million U.S. workers. This study is the first to report prevalence estimates for tinnitus by U.S. industry sector and occupation and provide these estimates side by side with prevalence estimates of hearing difficulty, according to the agency.

Dallas Health Department Confirms Sexually Transmitted Zika Case

"Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others," said Zachary Thompson, the department's director.

Auto Parts Manufacturer Cited for Exposing Workers to Amputation Hazards

The manufacturer supplies auto parts to Kia and Hyundai.

NIOSH Research Shows Coffee Workers May Be at Risk for Lung Disease

Lung disease may develop for those working in coffee processing facilities.

Forward Pressure for Courageous Leadership

People are typically uncomfortable with change. That's why making things happen entails dealing with others' fears.

Three things workers and safety managers should do to prevent injuries are to know the eye safety hazards at work by completing a hazard assessment, eliminating the hazards through engineering controls before starting work, and wearing appropriate vision protection.

Keys to Preventing Eye Injuries

Prevent Blindness America reports that 90 percent of the more than 2,000 eye injuries occurring each day are preventable through the use of protective safety eyewear.

With the passage of S.B. 658, an informed plaintiff’s attorney will be able to lodge a very credible argument that the onus placed upon AED owners to qualify for Good Samaritan protection is no longer significant.

New California AED Laws: Bull Rush From the Bear State?

With the passage of S.B. 658, an informed plaintiff’s attorney will be able to lodge a very credible argument that the onus placed upon AED owners to qualify for Good Samaritan protection is no longer significant.

New Orleans EMS Ready for Mardi Gras 2016

Volunteers from the New Orleans Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps and the American Red Cross will be manning first aid stations with assistance from New Orleans Emergency Medical Services personnel during both weekends of the 2016 Carnival Season in New Orleans.

Hand washing alone is not enough. To keep hands strong and healthy, employees should use protect and restore creams before and after working.

Help Protect Hard-Working Hands from Occupational Skin Disorders

Just one case of occupational dermatitis can cost an employer approximately $3,500 in workers' compensation claims and an average disability of 23.9 days, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

There is great potential to decrease injuries with the use of these new technologies, especially musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive task-related injuries. (Gorbel Inc. photo)

Utilizing Technology in Manual Material Handling and Safe Lifting

Industrial use of exoskeletons is just starting to be explored.

Double flange shaft covers mount at both flanged ends, providing additional stability.

Solving a Tough Guarding Challenge

The guard would have to be manufactured from a material that could withstand a catastrophic electric or fire event so that the smoke from the guard would not damage the electrical equipment in the building.

Contractor Safety Management: Aligning Strategy and Culture

Far too many organizations are still focused on activities and rates.

The bags make air grab sampling easy and efficient. (Nextteq photo)

Whole Air Sampling: No Pump, No Problem

Traditional grab sampling methods require supplementary devices such as electric pumps, batteries, charging devices, calibrators, tubing, connectors, and auxiliary equipment.

NFPA 70E-2015 specifically defines ear canal inserts (ear plugs) as the required protection in all arc flash zones.

Get Acquainted With EU Safety Glove Standards

The classification of a glove in a particular test is usually defined as one of a series of performance levels. It is left to the user, following a suitable risk assessment exercise, to select a glove with a suitable profile.

The 4-Letter Word That Should Guide Your Safety Efforts

That word is OSHA. (Yes, technically, it’s an acronym, but stick with me here.)

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