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Major incidents at oil and gas refineries pose a significant risk to refinery workers and nearby communities while costing Californians an average of $800 million a year in disruption to fuel supplies, according to the state agencies behind the new safety regulations.

Two Weeks Left to Comment on California's Refinery Regs

The Department of Industrial Relations, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and the California Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules to strengthen safety at oil refineries statewide in July.

US Labor Secretary Renews Workplace Rights Agreements with Five Governments

Thomas E. Perez renewed partnership agreements with Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and the Phillippines.

The agency has not proposed a specific set speed but has considered the benefits of 60, 65, and 68 mph. Those three limits would save anywhere from 27 to 498 lives annually, NHTSA estimates.

NHTSA and FMCSA Propose Speed Limiters for Large Commercial Vehicles

The agencies have not proposed a specific set speed but has considered the benefits of 60, 65, and 68 mph. Those three limits would save anywhere from 27 to 498 lives annually, they estimate.



Gaston Becomes First Major Hurricane of 2016 Atlantic Season

The Aug. 28 development is right on time, according to NOAA, because we've reached "the most active and dangerous time for tropical cyclone activity" -- mid-August through mid-October.

Expo Reception Sets the Tone for a Busy VPPPA Week

The expo at this year's VPPPA Annual National Safety & Health Conference opened Monday for a 5-7 p.m. reception that gave attendees the chance to corral PPE manufacturers' representatives about their safety problems and issues. Having the opportunity to sample fish and chips, several pizza varieties, chicken and beef tostadas, and a chili bar made it particularly worthwhile for attendees, who filled the expo floor's aisles and kept exhibitor personnel busy for most of the two-hour reception

Other States Looking at Indiana/Virginia Model

The VPP trail blazed by Indiana in 1995, when the Indiana Department of Labor successfully codified VPP into law by a state statue, has been followed by Virginia and may soon be traveled by other states, Courtney Malveaux, VPPPA's government affairs counsel, reports in the edition of VPPPA's The Leader magazine given to attendees of #VPPPA32 here, the 2016 VPPPA Annual National Safety & Health Conference at the Gaylord Palms resort.

Ohio BWC's Innovation Awards Contest Entries Due By Sept. 30

Cash awards are available, and BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene will select the finalists who will compete for the cash awards during the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

NYC Mayor Appoints New Labor Policy Chief

The first Labor Day was celebrated here in New York City over a hundred years ago, and today we mark another important milestone in our city's efforts to support working families," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Aug. 24. "The strong leadership of Commissioner [Lorelei] Salas and Deputy Commissioner Vladeck will grow our ability to protect, educate, and empower workers across New York City's five boroughs."

Security Panel Gets #VPPPA32 Off and Running

Thousands of safety professionals are gathered here at the Gaylord Palms resort for the 2016 VPPPA Annual National Safety & Health Conference, a not-to-be-missed chance to learn the ropes of all things VPP: applying, audits, Special Government Employees, and why the VPPPA's national conference is such a high-energy experience

FDA Advises Testing for Zika in all Donated Blood

FDA Advises Testing for Zika in All Donated Blood

The revised guidance recommends all states and U.S. territories screen for the virus.

"A year after the Mount Carbon crude oil train fire, residents there know that they narrowly escaped their town becoming the American Lac-Mégantic – an outcome of a fiery derailment that could still happen at any moment," NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt wrote Feb. 18, 2016.

Washington State Adopts Crude Oil Train Notification Rule

Four facilities in the state currently receiving crude oil shipments by rail and two pipelines that transport crude, along with new facilities and pipelines that are built, must notify the Washington Department of Ecology in advance.

Homebuilder Exposes Workers to Dangerous Falls at Job Site

Homebuilder Exposes Workers to Dangerous Falls at Job Site: OSHA

D.R. Horton Inc. and Garcia Carpentry LLC received repeat and serious citations.

OSHA Urges Louisiana Flood Recovery Workers to be Aware of Hazards during Cleanup

OSHA Urges Louisiana Flood Recovery Workers to be Aware of Hazards During Cleanup

Representatives from the agency are providing assistance in areas affected by flooding.

L&I Funds Best Practices Collection for Mechanical Crafts

"The mechanical contracting industry is one of America's most dangerous, but it doesn't have to be that way," said Ali Vahed, a grant team member and safety risk analyst at McKinstry. "We'll be setting the bar for best-in-class safety."

OSHA Sets Final Meeting of Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee

The subcommittee will finalize the discussion of elements of an emergency response proposed rule.

Labor Department Issues Final Regulations on Federal Contractor Compliance

Labor Department Issues Final Regulations on Federal Contractor Compliance

The action will implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

CDC Foundation Launches Motor Vehicle Safety Resource

On-the-job vehicle crashes in 2013 alone cost U.S. employers $25 billion—$671,000 per death and $65,000 per nonfatal injury, according to the foundation, which adds that such crashes affect businesses through lost productivity, medical and workers’ compensation costs, liability, and reputational damage.

Coast Guard Publishes TWIC Final Rule

It requires owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials as an access control measure.

Power Line Safety Campaign Renewed in Wales

The number of fallen power lines on agricultural land in north Wales rose by 58 percent from April 2015 to March 2016, with accidental contact with lines being one of the causes, SP Energy Networks reports.

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, the mosquitoes that alos spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

HHS Awards Back Rapid Zika Lab Tests

The agency's $2.6 million award to DiaSorin Group aims to encourage its development of a high-capacity Zika diagnostic laboratory test, and second, $7 million award is going to OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up 9 Percent

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up 9 Percent, Could Be the Deadliest Labor Day Since 2008

The National Safety Council reports there are no signs of a decrease in 2016.

Canada Safety Board Investigating Toronto Trains' Collision

Police and Canadian Pacific Rail officials said the incident posed no threat to public safety, although the derailment caused a small diesel leak that was quickly contained.

HHS Program Aids Louisiana Residents Needing Medicines

At no cost to uninsured patients, residents needing certain drugs during an emergency can obtain a 30-day supply at any EPAP participating pharmacy.

2016 Fire Prevention Week Still Focused on Smoke Alarms

"Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA's survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced," NFPA noted.

Approximately 9,700 32-ounce bottles with lot number F16091-61 are subject to recall. No other lot number of the product is subject to this recall.

Honeywell Recalls Eyewash Solution

The company is making the recall in cooperation with FDA and indicated no injuries have been reported and it has not found any contamination in its batch testing, adding, "the voluntary recall is a precautionary measure due to a low risk of product contamination with Klebsiella pneumoniae.

HHS Funds to Boost Health Centers' Quality

The health centers are receiving the funds based on high levels of performance in one or more of these categories: improving quality of care, advancing health equity, maintaining patient-centered medical home recognition, enhancing access to care, and delivering value.

Early estimates indicate American Red Cross relief aid following the northern Louisiana flooding in August 2016 could cost as much as $30 million.

Red Cross Estimates Louisiana Flood Relief's Cost at $30 Million

Meanwhile, officials from the city of New Orleans urged residents to protect themselves and their homes from mosquitoes, which can transmit diseases such as Zika virus, West Nile, and chikungunya.

OSHA Seeking New FACOSH Members

OSHA is accepting nominations for three labor and three management representatives to serve three-year terms, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31, 2016.

Bloomberg Becomes WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

NCDs include heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. Together with injuries, they are responsible for 43 million deaths each year, or almost 80 percent of all deaths worldwide.

A British distillery was fined about $353,000 on Aug. 18 in a case prosecuted after one of its employees was engulfed in flames during a fire that destroyed an Alcohols Ltd warehouse and its contents. (John McNaughton/West Midlands Fire Service photo)

Employee's Serious Burns Bring Big UK Fine

A British distillery was fined about $353,000 on Aug. 18 in a case prosecuted after one of its employees was engulfed in flames during a fire that destroyed an Alcohols Ltd warehouse and its contents.

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