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Republic Steel Exposed Workers to Hazards Despite Agreement: OSHA

The steel bar manufacturer now faces $121K in fines.

Statoil Grounds Helicopters After Crash

At least 11 people aboard died in the April 29 crash of a helicopter coming from the Gullfaks B field in the Norwegian North Sea.

By June 1, 2016, OSHA expects all employers to be fully compliant with GHS adoption.

American Coatings Association Pushing for TSCA Reform Bills

ACA has supported two bills: the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, S. 697, which passed the U.S. Senate on Dec. 17, 2015, and a House of Representatives bill, H.R. 2576, which passed June 23, 2015, on a 398-1 vote.



This photo shows some of the first waste being disposed at the WCS Federal Waste Disposal Facility in Andrews, Texas. It opened in June 2013 for disposal of Class A, B and C Low-level Waste and Mixed Low-level Waste, with a licensed capacity of up to 26 million cubic feet. (WCS photo)

Texas Firm Bids for Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository

Waste Control Specialists LLC announced April 28 it has filed an application with the NRC to build and manage a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility.

OSHA Finds Multiple Hazards After Battery Manufacturer's Worker Loses Part of a Finger

Exide Technologies also received an alert letter for a lack of heat-stress program.

OSHA Cites Berlin Builders Inc. Again for Fall Violations

Nicholas DeJesse, director of the agency's Philadelphia Area Office, said "A developer and contractor that hire this company are truly rolling the dice on worker safety. Amid the hazards we have cited, two Berlin Builders' employees suffered falls in 2015. This employer must make immediate changes before something worse happens."

FRA Makes $25 Million Available for Infrastructure Upgrades

The Obama administration has also requested $2.3 billion in the FY2017 budget.

Convenience Store Where Employed Died in Robbery Cited for Lack of Safety Protections

One willful citation was issued to Jay Management Inc.

L&I Honoring 84 Today at Worker's Memorial Day Ceremony

The agency reports that recent data shows construction, agriculture, logging, and jobs that require driving are among the most hazardous jobs for Washington workers, and that falls continue to be a leading cause of workers' deaths. Six work-related deaths in 2015 were homicides.

"It was quite startling to see" the 2014 increase in the U.S. fatality rate for workers 55 and older, with 1,691 occupational deaths in this group, AFL-CIO Director of Safety and Health Peg Seminario said in April 2016.

Older Workers' Risks Highlighted in AFL-CIO's 2016 Report

Other high-risk work groups cited in the report are oil and gas extraction workers (144 deaths in 2014), health care workers who may face workplace violence hazards (765 occupational fatalities in 2014 were attributed to workplace violence), and Latino workers (804 deaths in 2014 and a fatality rate of 3.7 per 100,000 workers).

Manufacturing Company Cited for Amputation Hazards

Lynar Corp. faces $54,000 in fines.

DOT Agencies Hosting Three Meetings on Sleep Apnea

The public listening sessions will begin May 12 in Washington, D.C., before moving to Chicago and Los Angeles. Stakeholders also may submit written comments until June 8.

NSC Says Workplaces Have Highest Number of Unintentional Deaths Since 2008

The agency has called for a renewed dedication to occupational safety.

Mitsubishi Motors Admits to Running False Mileage Tests Since 1991

An internal investigation discovered the tampering.

DOT May Issue Rule Mandating Annual Inspections of Passenger-Carrying Commercial Vehicles

FMCSA must assess: the risks associated with improperly maintained or inspected CMVs designed or used to transport passengers; the effectiveness of existing federal inspection standards in mitigating the risks associated with improperly maintained vehicles and ensuring safe and proper operation; and the costs and benefits of a mandatory inspection program.

ERG2016 Now Available

PHMSA will distribute more than 1.5 million free copies of the guidebook to firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and law enforcement officers nationwide -- the goal is to have one in every public service vehicle across the country.

DOL Final Rule Opens Up Black Lung Medical Data

"This rule makes clear that coal miners have a right to know a full picture of their health. No workers should lose their lives because of known dangers that were kept from them in the interest of their employers," said DOL Office of Workers' Compensation Programs Director Leonard Howie.

Early Voting Begins on Austin's Ride-Hailing Security Ordinances

Austin's mayor announced April 25 that he opposes the ordinance from Uber and Lyft that would repeal the city's current requirement to have drivers fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check.

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

Oregon OSHA Offering On-Site Consultation During National Stand-Down

Last year's national stand-down reached more than 2.5 million workers and federal OSHA's goal is to reach 5 million workers this year.

GE Lamp Plant Cited for Serious Violations

OSHA has cited GE's Circleville, Ohio, plant for two repeated and three serious safety violations.

Wisconsin Paper Mill Cited after Fatality

The company was previously cited in 2012 for machine hazards, according to OSHA.

Fatigue Management Guide for General Aviation Released

The guide is based on the work of the ICAO Fatigue Risk Management Systems Task Force and includes input from experts with experience in general aviation operations.

CPSC Opens Investigation of Lead in Children's Jewelry-Making Kits

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's staff has opened an investigation into the safety of some children's jewelry-making kits after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released the results of testing done by his office. Schneiderman said the testing showed parts of several kits contained lead up to 10 times higher than federal child safety limits.

HHS Supporting Clinical Study of Zika Virus Blood Screening Test

"BARDA staff has worked closely with our partners at FDA and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health to ensure the continuity and safety of the U.S. blood supply," said Dr. Richard Hatchett, BARDA's acting director. "Today's award to Roche is an important step towards securing the safety of the blood supply in Puerto Rico and in the rest of the United States."

FDA Launches Campaign on Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco Among Rural Teens

The campaign aims to draw attention to this harmful rite of passage.

FAA Proposes $162,500 Civil Penalty Against Airbus Defence and Space

The penalty is for alleged hazmat violations -- an undeclared shipment of two Protective Breathing Equipment Units flown from Seville to Miami in 2015.

OSHA Cites Plumbing Contractor for Deliberately Ignoring OSHA Safety Standards

Stephens Plumbing Inc. has been issued one willful and four serious safety violations.

NRC Considering Friends of the Earth's Petition About Diablo Canyon

FOE filed it Aug. 26, 2014, stating its concerns about the Diablo Canyon Power Plant's operational safety and its ability to safely shut down in the event of a nearby earthquake.

FRA Names Railroad Crossings with Most Incidents Over Last Decade

Phoenix and Glendale, Ariz., crossings are at the top of the list, which is part of a continued focus on reducing fatalities at railroad crossings.

The Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap is a report evaluating software, network, and device technologies that could improve public safety response, communications, and operations during the next 20 years. The roadmap will guide planning for public safety communications research, including how to allocate the $300 million NIST is to receive from the 2015 AWS-3 spectrum auction.

Commerce Releases Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap

It is a report evaluating software, network, and device technologies that could improve public safety response, communications, and operations during the next 20 years. The roadmap will guide planning for public safety communications research, including how to allocate the $300 million NIST is to receive from the 2015 AWS-3 spectrum auction.

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