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NRC Renews Two Indian Point Units' Licenses

Last year, Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., the state of New York, and the environmental group Riverkeeper announced an agreement that called for Entergy to permanently close the plants no later than 2024 and 2025.

WorkSafeBC Cooks Up Kitchen Safety Videos

"Commercial kitchens have the potential to be a recipe for risk," said Lisa Houle, manager of Industry and Labour Services at WorkSafeBC. "They contain lots of sharp, heavy, hot objects; the pace of work is demanding; and they have high employee turnover, so there's a constant need for training."

Caltrans Maintenance Worker Dies in Fall

William Casdorph is the 189th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job, according to a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Casdorph was based at the Kearny Mesa Maintenance facility in San Diego and was a 19-year veteran of Caltrans.



NIOSH Sets Oct. 30 Meeting on Silver Nanomaterials Draft Document

Studies in animals have shown adverse lung and liver effects associated with exposure to silver nanoparticles, and based on an assessment of the data, NIOSH developed a new draft recommended exposure limit for silver nanomaterials that applies to processes that produce or use silver nanomaterials.

Wisconsin Reports 16 More Cases of Severe Bleeding from Synthetic Cannabinoids

The cases have ranged in age from 16 to older than 50, and there has been one death in Wisconsin associated with the outbreak. "Synthetic cannabinoids are not safe, and we urge people not to use them," said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. "This outbreak shows how hazardous they can be to your health."

CSB Leader Pays Tribute to Process Safety Pioneer M. Sam Mannan

"All of us at the CSB are saddened by the recent death of Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, and the founding director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center. On behalf of the entire agency, I offer our deepest condolences to his family and our colleagues at the center," Kulinowski said in her statement. "Dr. Mannan presided over this large enterprise for two decades with intelligence, good humor, and a steadfast commitment to protecting workers, the public, and businesses from costly disasters.

Working outdoors at any time presents new challenges and hazards, so take the time to consider the environment around you this summer.

Petition Backs National Heat Protection Standard

"This summer's record-breaking heat waves across the U.S. were especially devastating to frontline communities, particularly to farm workers," said Lisa Archer, Food and Agriculture Program director at Friends of the Earth. "OSHA must act now to protect the health and safety of workers disproportionally impacted by the climate crisis."

OSHA Cites Five Contractors Following Collapse of FL Pedestrian Bridge

Upon investigation, OSHA determined that the companies failed to protect workers despite indications that the bridge could collapse.

FMCSA Streamlines Process for Individuals with Properly Managed Diabetes to Operate CMVs

"This final action delivers economic savings to affected drivers and our agency and streamlines processes by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and redundancy," said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. "It's a win-win for all parties involved."

OSHA Cites Missouri Sawmill After Fatality

OSHA has proposed penalties of $199,183 to the company for two repeated and 14 serious safety violations.

Inquiry Hears LFB Personnel Testify About Grenfell Fire

"To see a flame growing like that, I'd say that is unusual," Firefighter Michael Wood says in his statement. "In the fires I have seen, and I've been to loads, normally you'd get a lot more smoke. It was like the fire was overtaking the smoke almost. I have never seen anything like it before. I have been to a lot of fires, big buildings alight, but none that moved as quick as this."

New Chair Elected, Policies Updated for GHSA

The Governors Highway Safety Association's updated policy statements reflect the latest science and expert consensus to address drugged driving, including zero tolerance laws for illicit drugs, use of electronic warrants, and marijuana open container laws.

SeaWorld and Former CEO Settle Fraud Charges

"This case underscores the need for a company to provide investors with timely and accurate information that has an adverse impact on its business. SeaWorld described its reputation as one of its 'most important assets,' but it failed to evaluate and disclose the adverse impact 'Blackfish' had on its business in a timely manner," said Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC Enforcement Division.

OSHA Seeks Nominations for Construction Advisory Committee

ACCSH advises the Secretary of Labor and the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on construction industry standards and policy related to safety and health. The committee last met more than a year ago, and the terms of all of its members have since expired.

NYC Pension Funds to Double Investments in Climate Change Solutions

"New York City leads from the front when it comes to the fight against climate change," said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We're taking a stand for generations to come with our goal to double our pension investments in job-creating climate solutions. I know that other cities will look to our example, and I implore them to join us."

NRC Resumes Review of Application to Build Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility in Texas

NRC is accepting additional public comments through Oct. 19 on environmental issues to be considered in its environmental impact statement, and the agency has given stakeholders until Oct. 29 to request a hearing.

NTSB Meeting to Determine Cause of Horrific Texas Crash

Two people in another vehicle traveling behind the pickup recorded a 14-minute video of the pickup as it was driven erratically on U.S. Highway 83 just prior to the March 29, 2017, crash, which killed the driver of a church bus and 12 of the bus passengers.

The responsibility of providing a safe work environment will always rest on the employer

How to Have a Robust Electrical Worker Program: Four Important Questions Answered

One of the questions that often arises concerns who is able to qualify an electrical employee. You will not find this answer in any electrical regulation, nor is it found in NFPA70E, the NESC, or other guidelines.

Ohio BWC Program Supports Hiring of Workers in Addiction Recovery

The Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross, and Scioto counties hire, manage, and retain employees in recovery from addiction.

WTC Health Program Seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee

Appointments to the STAC may last up to 3 years. The STAC makes recommendations to the WTC Program Administrator on eligibility criteria and other health conditions based on scientific and medical evidence.

Revised Colorado Food Code Taking Effect Jan. 1

One new requirement is that at least one person affiliated with the facility with management/supervisor responsibility must be a Certified Food Protection Manager from an accredited program, and this change applies to most establishments.

Oregon Employers to Receive Money Back Due to Decrease in Workers’ Comp Costs

In addition to the money back, Oregon employers are experiencing a decrease in average workers’ compensation costs. The workers’ compensation system in Oregon has improved since 1990, with a decrease of 70 percent in claims incidence and a similar percentage decrease in average pure premium rates.

NTSB Wants Antilock Brakes on All New Motorcycles for U.S. Road Use

The safety board also recommended that NHTSA study how alcohol and other drug use contributes to motorcycle crash risk factors, compared with that of passenger vehicle drivers.

Bill Would Require Some California Cities to List Seismically Hazardous Buildings

AB 2681 would require the building department of a city or county in seismically vulnerable areas to create an inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings and submit that inventory to the Office of Emergency Services, which would then maintain a statewide inventory.

Air Force Releases Safety Review Findings

"We're taking necessary steps to ensure our Airmen operate as safely as possible in an inherently dangerous business," Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein said.

Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Holds First Meeting

"There's no substitute for preparedness, and investing in it should be a top priority for the entire global community," said Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group. "It is important that countries are beginning to take pandemic preparedness much more seriously."

Emerson Tool Co. Recalls 210,000 Wet/Dry Vacs

The Sept. 11, 2018, recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC's Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms that commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

NYC Elevator Compliance Filings Moving Online

Beginning Sept. 17, all new inspection and test reports for elevators and related devices conducted in New York City must be submitted through the DOB NOW: Safety online portal.

Coast Guard Sets Charleston Port Condition X-ray Ahead of Florence

The announcement also warned the public to stay off the water and stay off beaches, and also to evacuate as necessary without delay.

WorkSafeBC Schedules Ergonomics Forum

Presentations at the free Oct. 11 forum will cover musculoskeletal injury assessment tools, office ergonomics, mobile office/vehicle ergonomics, fatigue risk management, and more.