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ATSB Issues Report on Near Miss with Train's Passengers

In May 2014, a passenger train nearly ran into a group of passengers who were walking on the tracks to board a bus after their own train was delayed. At the time the driver saw them, his train was moving about 73 mph; he applied emergency brakes and managed to stop his train in time.

Ejection Seat Manufacturer Pleads Guilty

Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham, 35, died on Nov. 8, 2011, following the ejection from his aircraft, which was on the ground. Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd manufactured the ejection seat.

New South Wales Adds Cocaine to Driver Drug Testing

The announcement came after 392 people died on NSW roads in 2017, with 42 of the deaths involving drug-affected drivers.



Tethered logging operations must be planned by the operator and the competent person on how to safely operate on slopes more than 50 percent, taking into consideration the experience of the operator; limitations of the machine and soil conditions; direction of travel; requirements for turning the machine on slopes; weather; load sizes; method and adequacy of anchorage; and any other adverse conditions.

Oregon OSHA Announces 15th Annual Safety Break

Employers across the state are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on May 9. Three participating companies will win $100 in a drawing if they sign up online by May 4.

Some industry groups have argued that the rule does not go far enough in protecting workers from exposure and have advocated for a PEL of 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air or lower.

Everything You Need to Know About OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Final Rule

The agency estimates that the new rule will save more than 600 lives and prevent more than 900 cases of silicosis each year.

Florida Troopers Issued Opioid Overdose Antidote for Patrols

The Narcan units will help FHP troopers when they encounter an overdose situation while on patrol and also help protect first responders who may be accidentally exposed and overcome by the effects of dangerous opioids.

West Virginia 'Drug Czar' Retires

Before he became the state's "drug czar," Johnson had been director of the Huntington (W.Va.) Mayor's Office of Drug Control Policy and previously had served as police chief and officer for the city of Huntington for more than 40 years.

NTSB Meeting This Week on 2016 O'Hare Incident

The Associated Press reported last July that NTSB determined a high-pressure turbine disk in the right engine broke into four pieces, which shot out of the engine's housing, and that the board has identified at least three previous uncontained engine failures in commercial airliners in which a disk from the same family of GE engines failed.

CDC Study Finds Highest Adult Asthma Deaths in Construction, Health Care

The annual number of asthma deaths among persons ages 15 to 64 declined significantly from 1999 to 2016, "most likely reflecting improvements in asthma management and effectiveness of prevention efforts," the authors find.

Federal Agencies to Resume Operations Following Shutdown

According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, federal government employees are expected to return for work on their next regularly scheduled work day, which for most employees is Tuesday.

A Joint Chemical Agent Detector equipped with a threshold confidence checker in black, on top, is shown in this NIST photo by Jason Stoughton.

New Device Tests DoD Chemical Detectors

NIST's Threshold Confidence Checker weighs only a few grams. It can be slid onto the top of a JCAD in order to get an exact measurement of the device’s sensing capabilities.

NY Mayor Signs Construction Noise Measure

"By lowering the allowable after-hours noise limit in residential areas, allowing inspectors to take noise readings from the street rather than from inside an apartment, and empowering inspectors with the ability to issue a stop work order for noisy equipment, this legislation should help bring some much-needed relief to New Yorkers," said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza.

More Than $240,000 Awarded to Ohio Communities for Boating Safety Education

More than $240,000 in funding from Ohio's Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Canada Planning Regs to Lower Sodium in Processed Foods

Health Canada announced it will conduct an in-depth analysis of each category and will meet with industry stakeholders and scientific experts to better understand the challenges encountered in reducing sodium.

The recommendation is based on a systematic review of all available studies that was conducted by scientists and subject matter experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Academies Report Endorses Lower BAC, Higher Alcohol Taxes

"The plateauing fatality rates indicate that what has been done to decrease deaths from alcohol-impaired driving has been working but is no longer sufficient to reverse this growing public health problem," Committee Chair Steven Teutsch said. "Our report offers a comprehensive blueprint to reinvigorate commitment and calls for systematic implementation of policies, programs, and systems changes to renew progress and save lives."

BSEE Increases Maximum Civil Penalty Amounts for OCS Lands Act Violations

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced Wednesday that the maximum civil penalty rate for violations will increase from $42,704 to $43,576 a day for each violation.

2018 Wildfire Mitigation Award Winners Announced

Sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, NFPA, and the U.S. Forest Service, the awards are the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire mitigation.

NY State Opens Tenth Emergency Stockpile

The 35,000-square-foot facility is equipped with 26 light towers, 138 pumps and hoses, more than 100,000 sandbags, a sand bagger, 700 cots, more than 1,000 blankets and an equal number of pillows, 88 generators, more than 500 flashlights, and 36,000 cans of water.

Maryland Smoke Alarm Law Now in Effect

Residents must replace any smoke alarm operated only by battery that is more than 10 years old with a unit powered by a 10-year, sealed-in battery having a "Hush" button feature. The requirement affects more than 800,000 homes statewide.

Negligent Homicide Charges Possible in Two Navy Collisions

One ship collided June 17, 2017, with a merchant vessel about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, and the other was involved in an Aug. 21, 2017, collision with a merchant vessel east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

FDA, DoD Prioritize Availability of Emergency Medical Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Defense's Office of Health Affairs have launched a joint program to prioritize the efficient development of safe and effective medical products intended to save the lives of American military personnel.

USDA Investing in Wildfire Mitigation and Water Quality Projects

The agency will invest nearly $32 million in 2018 to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality, and restore health forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico.

The National Hurricane Center will use predictions of storm surges and storm surge mapping during the 2016 U.S. hurricane season.

Inspector General Finds Emergency Relief Program Unable to Track Improvements

The FHWA program has been given approximately $5.7 billion since FY2012 by Congress. The program aims to ensure infrastructure is resilient enough to withstand extreme weather that could disrupt the transportation network and require major reconstruction.

New Kansas Chief Medical Officer Appointed

Dr. Greg Lakin, D.O., has worked as a family practitioner, as well as in emergency medicine, skilled nursing and long-term care, and with patients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.

(c)AIRBUS 2018, photo by P. Masclet/master films

First Structurally Complete BelugaXL Rolled Out for Testing

Once they are operational, a fleet of five planes that Airbus calls "next-generation airlifters" will transport completed sections of Airbus aircraft among the company's European production sites and to its final assembly lines.

Texas Rabies Control Flights Resume

The program will distribute about 1 million doses of vaccine this year during approximately two weeks, depending on weather and other conditions.

National Toxicology Program Gets New Associate Director

Brian Berridge is NTP's new associate director. Formerly of GlaxoSmithKline, he will oversee day-to-day operations as NTP coordinates toxicology research and testing across nine different federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and CDC.

Michigan Announces Tool to Aid in Opioids Fight

The new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) is now equipped with Appriss Health's NarxCare, a data analysis solution to improve patient care and also fight the opioid epidemic in the state.

IAEA Seeks Abstracts for Meeting on Radiation Detection Instruments

IAEA has organized a series of technical meetings so Member States can share their experiences with the use of radiation detection equipment for nuclear security, either for regulatory control or public safety; the first technical meeting took place in April 2016.

Corvallis, Ore.-based VDOS Global uses aerial robotics and remote sensing to provide oil and gas inspections, environmental research, aerial surveying and other services using for its clients around the world. (VDOS image)

FAA Drone Registry Tops 1 Million

The 1,000,000 total registration figure includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all of the drones they own, and 122,000 commercial, public, and other drones, which are individually registered.