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Agencies Take Action Against Mail Fraud Schemes

The agencies took action under Executive Order 13581, which authorizes the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to sanction "significant transnational criminal organizations and those who support them," OFAC Acting Director John Smith said.

FDA Launches Competition to Help Reduce Opioid Overdose Deaths

The contest will ideally stimulate development of an app to connect those experiencing an overdose with help.

OSHA and Turner Construction Forge Partnership to Train Construction Workers

The partnership will focus on workers on the CH2 Data Center project in Northlake, Illinois.

Unveiled at InnoTrans 2016, the company

Alstom Unveils Zero-Emission Train

Unveiled at InnoTrans 2016, the company's Coradia iLint is a CO2-emission-free regional train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

NIOSH Sets Nov. 7 Meeting on Closed System Transfer Device Protocol

NIOSH has drafted a new universal performance test protocol applicable to both types of CSTDs. The meeting allows agency personnel to give an update of new protocol developments.

NHTSA Highlights Seat Belts and Car Seats During Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week highlights the importance of buckling kids up.

The two DOT agencies are conducting audits, and PHMSA is making unannounced inspections, to ensure railroads

Inspectors Still Checking Crude Oil Tank Cars in New York State

State and federal inspectors found three critical defects and 41 non-critial ones in the latest round of inspections on track, track hardware, and tank car mechanical safety equipment, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sept. 20.

OSHA Cites Koch Foods of Mississippi After Severe Worker Injuries

Workers faced fall, unguarded machinery, and electric shock hazards, according to the agency. Proposed penalties total $88,632.

OH&S Announces 2016 NPOY Winners

Twenty-two companies, including four multiple winners, won in the magazine's eighth annual New Product of the Year contest. Winners will receive their trophies at the 2016 National Safety Congress & Expo in Anaheim.

OSHA Finds U.S. Postal Facility Failed to Maintain Working Fire Extinguishers

The discovery was made after investigating a July 3, 2016, grease fire.

DARPA Aerial Dragnet Program Seeks to Monitor Drones

Although its focus is to protect military troops in urban areas overseas, such a system could be used to protect U.S. cities from terrorist threats.

NIST Releases Draft Guidance for Cybersecurity Excellence

NIST is requesting public comments on the draft document, which blends the best of two globally recognized and widely used NIST resources.

NSC's CEO Praises Federal Automated Vehicle Policy

Deborah Hersman says the policy gives carmakers the green light to innovate and keep safety at the forefront

The June 23, 2016, floods in West Virginia killed 23 people and damaged homes, businesses, schools, and infrastructure, to the tune of $339.8 million in flood costs.

West Virginia Legislature Approves State Funds for Flood Assistance

Gov. Earl Ray Tomplin had called an extraordinary session to pass the bill that will put $85 million in state money toward recovery costs from the June 23 flood, which affected most of the state's 55 counties.

Creating a Safer Workplace

According to ANSI standards, fall protection equipment should be inspected by the user before each use and inspected at least once a year by a competent person.

OSHA Finds 27 Hazards at West Virginia Sawmill

Willful violations were issued for failure to properly guard a chop saw and provide standard railing and handrails.

Governor's Industrial S&H Conference Set for Sept. 28-29

The annual forklift rodeo is a highlight of the event being held in Spokane. The 2016 Governor's Lifesaving Awards will be presented during a luncheon at the conference Sept. 29.

TVA Making Dam Safety Checks at Raccoon Mountain

The reservoir at the top of the mountain contains approximately 107 billion gallons of water covering 528 acres of water surface, and the dam holding back that upper reservoir is 230 feet high and 8,500 feet long.

Machine Guarding Injury Costs UK Company $16,000

The agency's inspectors told a court the injuries could have been prevented if the drill was guarded and if the worker had not been wearing gloves, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment had been completed to identify required control measures, and the worker had received proper training.

National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week Announced

President Obama issued a proclamation last Friday designating Sept. 18-24 as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.

EPA Settles with Syngenta Crop Protection

"The repackaging, sale, and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides is illegal and puts people and the environment at risk," said Anne Heard, acting regional administrator for the Southeast. "Users rely on accurate, up-to-date information about ingredients, directions for use, hazards, and safety precautions. This settlement sends a strong message to pesticide companies to maintain compliance with all federal environmental laws."

OSHA Renews Alliance with Permian Basin STEPS Network

The alliance supports an improved safety culture for oil and gas workers in Texas.

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Retaliation Complaints under Seaman's Protection Act

The rule establishes procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints

Drive Safety Work Week 2016 Set for Oct. 3-7

DSWW 2016's theme is "Drowsy, Distracted or Focused…Your Decisions Drive Your Safety." Employers can preview and download the free campaign toolkit at

Make Vision Health a National Priority, National Academies Report Says

As many as 16 million Americans have uncorrected vision impairments, according to the report, which urges efforts to eliminate avoidable impairments by 2030.

NASA Center, National Cancer Institute Renew Big Data Partnership

The NCI-supported Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) is a consortium of biomedical investigators who share data on cancer biomarkers, with the goal of pooling their research data into a single searchable network and facilitate techniques for early diagnosis of cancer or cancer risk.

The "Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance" will focus on improving awareness of antimicrobial resistance among farmers, veterinary professionals, authorities, policymakers, and consumers. It also emphasizes building national capacities for surveillance and monitoring of AMR and antimicrobial use in food and agriculture and promoting best practices.

UN Ag Agency Issues Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance in Foods

The action plan calls for raising awareness among farmers, consumers, authorities, and veterinary professionals and building national capacities for surveillance and monitoring.

Major Brain Research Meeting Taking Place Sept. 19

"Brain diseases and disorders affect millions of families worldwide, leading to billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity," said NSF Director France Córdova, who will deliver opening remarks at the event. "This event is intended to promote collaboration and cooperation in emerging, large-scale international brain projects to further advance neuroscience research."

A date stamp associated with one of the part numbers indicated manufacture on in January 2002, which was consistent with the delivery date for the MH370 aircraft, ATSB reported.

Wing Flap from Missing MH370 Identified

The flap section was found June 20, 2016, on the island of Pemba, off the coast of Tanzania. The Malaysian government asked ATSB to determine whether the flap section came from the MH370 aircraft, and ATSB did so by using part numbers and a date stamp.

NIOSH Funds Two New Total Worker Health Centers of Excellence, Six in All

"New patterns of employment and work restructuring impact the safety and health of workers, and we look forward to working to improve safety interventions in construction, small business, and health care, among others," NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, M.D., MPH, said.

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