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Public Hearings Set on L&I's Proposed OT Reforms

"The current system is out of date. It's at risk of failing tens of thousands of workers by broadly defining what a white collar worker is, which allows businesses to pay salaries that may be even less than minimum wage," said L&I Director Joel Sacks. "We want to make sure that people who legitimately deserve overtime get paid for the extra hours they work. Washington's minimum wage has been updated repeatedly for decades; this hasn't been. This proposed rule links future salary thresholds to the minimum wage."

Risk Management Panel: Standards Help Drive Systematic, Repeatable Results

A Safety 2019 session on the ASSP Risk Management Institute focused on implementing risk management systems and utilizing several key standards, including ISO 45001 and 31000 and also ANSI Z10 and 590.3, Prevention Through Design.

Louisiana's Governor Signs Firefighter PTSD Bill

SB 107 was unanimously passed in the state Legislature in late May. "This is a tremendous victory for our members in Louisiana," IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said. "Now they can seek the treatment they need when they need it."



Huntsman Corporation Facility Wins Another Michigan VPP Star Award

"As a team, we're delighted to have secured STAR status once again," said Pete Panourgias, EHS manager at the Auburn Hills site. "The fact that we've held this accolade without a break for 15 years is a testimony to the dedication of our management and the efforts of each and every member of our team."

IAEA Opens New Linear Accelerator Facility

The new facility at IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, will significantly increase the agency's capacity to provide dosimetry services and support cancer control worldwide.

DOT Secretary Proposes Legislation to Reauthorize Pipeline Safety Programs

The proposed legislation would authorize PHMSA to use non-financial incentives to pipeline operators that voluntarily exceed the minimum federal pipeline safety regulations to ensure operating safety and reliability.

Revolutionizing the speed by which FDA personnel can check minimally processed fresh produce for Salmonella is the goal of the 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge.

WHO Marks World Food Safety Day

"Every country around the world, from small to big, from rich to poor, has suffered from foodborne illnesses, and Europe is no exception. The scale of the challenge posed by foodborne disease is striking, indicating the importance of preventing and mitigating risks to food safety," said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO's regional director for Europe.

New Commissioner Chosen for NYC Emergency Management

"I'm ready to get to work as commissioner for NYC Emergency Management in the greatest city in the world," Deanne B. Criswell said. "Thanks to Mayor de Blasio for the opportunity to bring my 25 years of experience to plan for, respond to, and protect 8.6 million New Yorkers when the city faces a crisis."

DOE Proposes to Redefine High-Level Radioactive Waste

According to DOE, the revised interpretation, "if implemented through subsequent actions," could provide a range of benefits to both DOE and the public.

NTSB Meeting June 18 to Determine Cause of 2017 School Bus Fire

NTSB board members will determine the probable cause of an incident that killed a 74-year-old school bus driver and a 16-year-old student passenger when the bus caught fire near Oakland, Iowa, on Dec. 12, 2017.

Third Annual Hospitals Against Violence Friday Set for June 7

It is a national day of awareness that unites hospitals, health systems, nurses, doctors and other professionals from across the country, as well the local and national organizations they work with, to combat violence through the use of digital media.

Ohio BWC Dropping Coverage of Oxycontin

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will no longer pay for Oxycontin or generic sustained-release oxycodone tablets for workers who suffer on-the-job injuries on or after June 1, 2019. Injured workers who are currently on those medications will have until Dec. 31 to discontinue their use or switch to a different product on the state agency's formulary.

OSHA Cites Florida Farm After Ammonia Leak Hurts Worker

OSHA cited the farm for failing to develop procedures for notifying employees of emergencies and evacuation, and a written emergency response plan; and failing to provide safety and health training to employees operating ammonia refrigeration systems and ensure that employees required to respond to ammonia releases were provided a full-face respirator fit test.

Former Bus Company President Sentenced in Fraud Case

Xiu Cheng Zheng (Ah Sen), former president and officer of multiple bus companies, was sentenced May 28 in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., to 10 months' imprisonment, 12 months' supervised release, $600 in fines and fees, and to forfeit $1,492,633.

PG&E Expanding Wildfire Detection Network

By the end of 2019, PG&E plans to have at least 600 weather stations and 100 high-definition cameras in high fire-threat areas.

OSHA in Safety Partnership at Montana Hospital Project

The goal of the partnership is to prevent injuries and exposure to hazards during construction of the 110,500-square-foot addition. The project includes three buildings, an intensive care unit, a patient care tower, and administrative departments.

Live from Safety 2019

This year's Safety 2019 Professional Development Conference & Exposition is less than a week away! You can follow all the action from the show floor by visiting our Live From Safety 2019 social zone at https://ohsonline.com/live.

New Orleans Officials Get Hurricane Preparedness Training

"We are always looking for ways to strengthen our relationships with the local agencies we serve," said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. "A full evacuation of New Orleans involves several agencies and several moving parts. It is important to test those types of activities before you face an actual emergency."

Canadian Government Launches Flexible Workplaces Pilot Program

"GCcoworking will build a more accessible, efficient, flexible, and modern public service to better serve Canadians," said Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough. "The GCcoworking locations outside of the downtown core will help reduce long commutes to centralized locations, contributing to both a positive work-life balance and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions."

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues New Recommendations

"We need help from policy makers to ensure that more people have access to treatment. Physicians are responding to the epidemic and we are seeing results: a reduction in opioid prescribing of 33 percent since 2013, increased use of prescription drug monitoring programs, enhanced education, and greater co-prescribing of naloxone," said AMA President-elect Dr. Patrice A. Harris, who is the task force's chair. "But we cannot enforce parity laws or eliminate administrative barriers without the help of state and federal authorities, and that's what is limiting treatment now."

Army Corps of Engineers Stresses Water Safety

The public's help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the more than 2,800 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide, according to USACE's eve-of-summer reminder.

NRC to Host Webinar on Pennsylvania Plants' 2018 Performance

The purpose of the webinar is to provide information on the plants' safety performance in 2018 and NRC's oversight activities at the facilities.

FAA Reports 312 Boeing Planes May Contain Suspect Parts

The FAA's June 2 statement says that, following an investigation conducted by Boeing and the FAA Certificate Management Office, the FAA has determined that up to 148 parts manufactured by a Boeing sub-tier supplier are affected.

OSHA Heavily Fines Tire Manufacturer

OSHA launched the follow-up inspection of the tire manufacturer after the agency did not receive abatement documents regarding a June 2017 inspection and citations. OSHA has now placed Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Standardize Your Lockout Tagout Program in 6 Steps

Standardize Your Lockout Tagout Program in 6 Steps

Lockout tagout compliance continues to appear on OSHA’s Top 10 Cited Standards list year after year.

Heed These Summer Recreation Safety Tips for National Safety Month

June is the official start of summer and a good opportunity to consider summer safety.

NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast during maintenance and construction in industrial plants.

Creating Efficient Lockout/Tagout Training That Adheres to NFPA 70E

When it comes to LOTO training to follow the NFPA 70E standard, three types of employees need to be covered.

We need a live body at the front of the room who can influence people positively, or someone on camera who can come across equally convincingly on the screen.

Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change

They're not the same, but it's all called training. . . .

When compared to other regulated hazardous substances, crystalline silica has an alarming percent of positive exposure assessments.

OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards: New Solution to a Very Old Problem

Virtually all portions and requirements of OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards are now in effect and enforceable, so immediate compliance is imperative.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Safety Knowledge and Networking in New Orleans

One of the highlights is a June 12 panel discussion on how increased use and legalization of marijuana affect companies' efforts to maintain drug-free workplaces.