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The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent worked through heavy Arctic ice conditions near Cape Bathurst, Northwest Territories. (Canadian Coast Guard photo)

Canadian Coast Guard's 2018 Arctic Operations Ending Soon

Seven icebreakers were deployed to the Arctic during the season and provided safe escorts of ships through ice-covered waters, conducted 20 search-and-rescue operations and 14 environmental response missions, and supported safe navigation, science missions, and training operations with partners.

The airline industry is expected to end 2016 with another record operating profit of around $60 billion and an operating margin of 8 percent, ICAO reported Jan. 2.

DOT Forms In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force

Its members will be announced during the first meeting of DOT's Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 16, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

PHMSA Publishes Plastic Pipe Final Rule

The updates to Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations for plastic piping systems used to transport natural or other gas reflect changing technologies and issues affecting plastic pipe and respond to several industry petitions asking PHMSA to consider regulatory updates for plastic pipe.

FDA Updating Medical Device Review Process

At the heart of new actions FDA is taking is a new goal: ensuring the FDA is consistently first among the world's regulatory agencies to identify and act upon safety signals related to medical devices.

WHO Charts New Course on Malaria

"There is no standing still with malaria. The latest world malaria report shows that further progress is not inevitable and that business as usual is no longer an option," said Dr. Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. "The new country-led response will jump-start aggressive new malaria control efforts in the highest burden countries and will be crucial to get back on track with fighting one of the most pressing health challenges we face."

DEA 2019 Video Challenge Under Way

High school students can submit an original 30-60 second public service announcement about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse for a chance to win the $10,000 first prize.

Amtrak's PTC Work Nearly Finished

In response to two significant derailments early in FY2018, Amtrak began implementation of a Safety Management System to anticipate and mitigate risk.

State Agency Completes Inspections of Detroit Funeral Homes

LARA regulators, as part of a quick action team called for by Gov. Rick Snyder, completed their citywide inspection of all 43 homes. They found no additional serious violations of the mortuary science and pre-paid funeral acts, and the department made no additional criminal referrals.

SWA Announcing People's Choice Award Winner Nov. 30

Voting is under way on a shortlist of five finalists, including one focused on preventing welding fume exposures in the rail industry, after Safe Work Australia received more than 70 entries.

Alaska's Governor-Elect Chooses New Labor Chief

Tamika Ledbetter is the governor-elect's choice to be commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She is currently a regional manager for the department's Anchorage and Matanuska Susitna Valley region.

Texas Agencies Increase Traffic Enforcement for Holiday Weekend

During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday, DPS troopers issued more than 73,000 traffic citations and warnings for violations, including 8,449 speeding and 1,005 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

Indiana's 2017 Injury and Illness Rate Held Steady at Record Low

The Indiana nonfatal occupational injury and illness rate held steady at 3.5 per 100 full-time workers, the same rate as in 2016.

Latest Study Confirms Value of Automatic Braking Systems

"The evidence has been mounting that front crash prevention works, and it works even better when it doesn't solely rely on a response from the driver," said Jessica Cicchino, IIHS' vice president for research.

NFPA Issues Home Cooking Fire Safety Reminder for Thanksgiving

NFPA Issues Home Cooking Fire Safety Reminder for Thanksgiving

“Knowing where potential cooking hazards exist and taking basic precautions to prevent them can go a long way toward ensuring a fire-safe holiday,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

OSHA Fines Total $398,545 in Guarding Case

OSHA cited the company for a lack of machine guarding on several pieces of equipment, for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and for failing to develop specific procedures to verify hazardous energy was controlled.

Middle Eastern, North Africa Responders Trained in Tunis

The 4th regional basic training course on Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons benefited 35 participants from various agencies involved in chemical emergency response and civil defense from Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates.

New Radar Equipment to Monitor British Columbia Waters

Six new radar installations will provide a more reliable and accurate view of traffic in the waters off southern British Columbia.

NSC Urges Road Safety During Thanksgiving Travel

"Everyone wants a holiday to remember, but not for the wrong reasons," said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "Let's keep our holiday gatherings out of the emergency room by making smart decisions that don't involve drinking and driving. Plan ahead so you don't put yourself or others at risk on the road."

Warning Signs in New 3D Printing Findings

"Following our series of studies – the most extensive to date on 3D printer emissions – we are recommending additional investments in scientific research and product advancement to minimize emissions and increased user awareness so safety measures can be taken," said Marilyn Black, vice president and senior technical adviser at UL.

Inaugural Bloomberg Summit to Address Biggest Public Health Issues

The event is hosted by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, which works to address public health issues in the U.S. such as addiction and overdose, obesity and the food system, violence, risks to adolescent health, and environmental health issues.

CDC: Deaths by Suicide Increasing Among American Workers

The report, "Suicide Rates by Major Occupational Group — 17 States, 2012 and 2015," examined the lifetime occupations of 22,053 between the ages of 16-64 who died by suicide in the 17 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System in 2012 and 2015.

Global Shortage of Health Workers Needs Urgent Attention: Lancet Editorial

Only half of all countries have the health care workers required to deliver quality health care (estimated at 30 physicians, 100 nurses or midwives, and five pharmacists per 10,000 people), the 2017 Global Burden of Disease Study estimates.

This photo shows samples of rebar recovered from the collapsed FIU pedestrian bridge before they were sent to the Federal Highway Administration

NTSB Reports Design Errors Made in FIU Pedestrian Bridge

Six people died and eight others were injured when the 174-foot bridge collapsed on March 15, 2018, while it was still under construction.

DOE Funds 40 New Projects

The selected OPEN 2018 projects are in 21 states and fall into nine technical categories, including transportation, electricity generation and delivery, and energy efficiency.

New EMS Helicopters Selected for New Zealand's South Island Service

The aim of a 10-year modernization program is to build a national integrated network that covers all of New Zealand, is well connected with other emergency services, is available around the clock, and is safer and more appropriately clinically resourced, according to the Health Ministry.

NRC Special Investigation of Browns Ferry Under Way

A two-person NRC inspection team will identify the circumstances surrounding a Nov. 7 dose rate alarm event, review the licensee's immediate response to the alarm, evaluate their corrective actions and causal analysis, and assess the program for diving, work control, radiological surveys, and movement of highly radioactive material.

Three ASTM Footwear Standards Revised, Aligned

One of the revised standards covers test methods for foot protection (F2412). The others are specifications for performance requirements for both safety toe cap footwear (F2413) and soft-toe (non-safety) protective footwear (F2892).

NZ Government to Re-Enter Pike River Mine

"I've been considering the re-entry recommendations, risk assessments, and information provided by the Pike River Recovery Agency, along with input from independent advisor Rob Fyfe. The re-entry method I have approved is the simplest and safest plan," Minister Andrew Little said Nov. 14.

HHS Working Group Calls for Tick-Borne Disease Strategic Plan

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, a federal advisory committee established by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act, issued its first report Nov. 14.

Company Announces Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft

Named Odysseus, it is described by the Boeing-owned company as "a groundbreaking persistence aircraft inspired by the need for climate and atmospheric research."