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Red Cross Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

Almost half of the families in the United States use an alternate heating source, according to ARC, although the supplemental heating sources can be dangerous if not used properly.

New Canadian Rules Address Anti-Microbial Resistance

From now on, only drugs that Health Canada has determined do not pose a risk to human health or food safety may be imported by livestock owners, and then only in limited quantities.

Three California Agencies Issue Marijuana Licensing Rules

They said they expect the emergency regulations to take effect in December 2017, but the implementation date for the issuing state commercial cannabis licenses remains the same: Jan. 1, 2018.



More Than 46,000 Take NYC Firefighter Exam

The turnout was a record number, and Commissioner Daniel credited a recruitment campaign for "drawing interest in a firefighting career from more young men and women than ever before."

OSHA Fines Wisconsin Miller $1.8 Million After Explosion

The agency cited the Didion Milling facility in Cambria, Wis., for 14 willful violations, including eight willful per-instance egregious ones, and five serious violations, most of which involved fire and explosion hazards. The company also has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Two Documentaries Share 2017 Healthy Workplaces Film Award

One is from the United States, about automation's effect on the future of humanity, and the other is from Turkey.

Senate Narrowly Confirms New MSHA Chief

Coal industry veteran David Zatezalo won confirmation on a 52-46 vote, with the two senators from his home state, West Virgina, divided on party lines.

New Weather Radars Being Installed in Canada

A new unit in Radisson, Saskatchewan, is expected to be operational by the end of December 2017, and four other new ones are planned by the end of March 2019.

DOT Adds Synthetic Opioids to Drug Test Panel

DOT-regulated employers will be required to test for the opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone starting on Jan. 1, 2018.

USCG Partners with Alaska Nonprofit

The partnership will provide information, communications, and services to aid safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime operations around Alaska.

New Director Chosen for Rutgers Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute

Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, said Dr. Helmut Zarbl's appointment and new faculty he will recruit "will deepen the institute's core strength and link the school and institute, as well as extend its reach to include faculty across Rutgers who are interested in environmental health. This will give EOHSI the ability to significantly impact environmental health in New Jersey and beyond."

New CCOHS Website Covers Infectious Disease Preparedness

"The time to start thinking about and preparing for a flu outbreak is now, before flu season kicks into high gear. And in turning our attention to the flu season, we should also remind ourselves of the importance of building contingency plans that maintain business continuity should employees become ill and have to remain at home," said Gareth Jones, acting president and CEO of CCOHS.

FDA Approves Sensor-Equipped Schizophrenia Pill

"Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients," said Dr. Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

National Traffic Incident Response Week: 3 Tips to Do Your Part

National Traffic Incident Response Week: Three Tips to Do Your Part

The Federal Highway Administration has declared Nov. 13-19 as National Traffic Incident Response Week to remind drivers to "slow down and move over."

The safety manager can instantly see, via his or her own smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc., which worker is using which detector. (Honeywell Industrial Safety photo)

Connect Workers and Technology for Safer, More Efficient Work Sites

Acquiring the latest software for safety management and monitoring can make a significant difference. The key is connected technology.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Signups Start Fast

"The response from patients and caregivers has been extremely positive," agreed Acting Secretary for the Department of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. "Right now, patients and caregivers across Pennsylvania can go to our website at medicalmarijuana.pa.gov and register to participate in the medical marijuana program. Their next step is to visit an approved doctor to become certified with the program."

NJ Governor Appoints Acting Health Commissioner

Christopher Rinn had been assistant commissioner. He replaces Cathleen D. Bennett, who became president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association on Nov. 9.

Stay Alert for Deer, Ohio Drivers Warned

During 2016, there were 4,256 deer-related crashes on the state's roads in November, almost twice as many as the next leading month, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Stericycle Joins NSC Program as Medical Disposal Partner

"Our nation is in the midst of the worst drug crisis in recorded history, but we know there are things we can do to save lives," said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "One of the simplest things they can do is clean out their medicine cabinets, and Stericycle is making that much easier."

Qatar Agrees to Halt Kafala System

The cooperation aims to improve employment conditions and recruitment practices for migrant workers, ensure timely payment of wages, strengthen labor inspection and occupational safety and health standards, and enhance protection from forced labor.

Canada Makes Caregiving, Parental Benefits More Flexible

Caregivers who provide care to a critically ill or injured adult family member will have access to a new benefit of up to 15 weeks, and immediate and extended family members of children who are critically ill will, for the first time, have access to a new benefit that was previously available only to parents.

AMA Expanding Diabetes Prevention Program to Eight More States

AMA reported Nov. 9 that it is currently working with more than 45 health systems throughout the United States to develop and implement system-wide diabetes prevention strategies.

Coast Guard Commissions Hawaii's First Fast Response Cutter

USCG will be acquiring 58 FRCs to conduct missions that include search and rescue; fisheries enforcement; drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways, and coastal security; and national defense.

Oregon Company Fined After Fatal Fall

"We're seeing a continuing pattern of these uncontrolled risks in the construction industry, and as a result, there's been a significant number of deaths and severe injuries," said Anne Soiza, L&I's assistant director for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Hypertension Control Champions Named

The 24 organizations provide care to more than 1.2 million adults that is focused on proven strategies to help their patients achieve blood pressure control at rates at or above the Million Hearts® target of 70 percent, according to CDC.

Each year, 660,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer related to tobacco use, and 343,000 people die from such cancers, according to CDC.

Vatican Halting Cigarette Sales

Citing World World Health Organization statistics that smoking causes more than 7 million deaths worldwide every year, the Vatican said in a statement that cigarettes will not be sold there as of the start of 2018. Large cigars will continue to be sold, however.

New Orleans Mayor Seeking More Federal Counter-Terrorism, Crime Funding

"Local police departments don't have the funding, training, or equipment to fully protect our country from terrorists," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "We need more police officers on the streets with the tools to do both community policing and homeland security support."

NASA Opens Third Phase of 3D Printed Habitat Challenge

The goal is to develop technologies needed for future missions to Mars or the moon.

Radians and Partners Deliver PPE Shipment

"Radians is honored to donate safety products that are essential to keeping workers and volunteers safe as they rebuild from in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused enough hard ship and suffering, and those rebuilding shouldn't have to worry about their personal safety," said Radians President Bill England.

DOT Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

DOT Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

The program is an opportunity to connect state, local, and tribal governments with private-sector entities with a goal of safely integrating drones into the national airspace.