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WHO, UNEP Collaborating on Environmental Health

It is the most significant formal agreement on joint action about environment and health issues in more than 15 years, according to the partner organizations.

NY Launches State Police Drone Program

State officials believe with drones, it will be easier and faster to reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes, resulting in shorter road closures and reducing the impact on motorists. Investigators also will use the drones to document and photograph crime scenes.

"But we cannot ignore those three million workers," OSHA

Entries Due Soon in MSD Reduction Contest

HSE and its partners want businesses to nominate design changes that have made a real impact -- changes that have been implemented in Great Britain during the 2017 calendar year and have demonstrably reduced MSD risks for workers.

Construction Company Owner Faces Felony Charges for Workplace Fatality

The owner of a Seattle construction company has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in relation to a 2016 fatal trench collapse.

Minnesota OSHA FY2017 Safety Grants Topped $1M

The agency's latest newsletter says MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation's Safety Grants during the fiscal year totaled $1,021,436 to 155 applicants.

Flu Widespread in California, State Officials Urge Vaccination

For the week ending Dec. 30, 2017, which was the most recent report available as of Jan. 9, there had been 27 flu-associated deaths in persons under 65 years of age reported to CDPH. But because only influenza deaths in persons less than 65 years are reported to CDPH, the total number of deaths due to influenza is higher, according to the agency.

Space Heaters Account for 43 Percent of U.S. Home Heating Fires, NFPA Reports

Space Heaters Account for 43 Percent of U.S. Home Heating Fires, NFPA Reports

NFPA reports that heating equipment is the second-leading cause of U.S. home fires and the third-leading cause of home fire deaths. More than half (53 percent) of all home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that began when heating equipment was too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses, or bedding.

Oklahoma Voting on Medical Marijuana June 26

If approved by voters, the measure would permit doctors to recommend a patient who is at least 18 years old for a state-issued medical marijuana license.

SAMHSA Updating Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regs

Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, the nation's first assistant secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, said the new final rule will allow health care providers, with patients' consent, to more easily conduct activities such as quality improvement, claims management, patient safety, training, and program integrity efforts.

Pennsylvania Governor Declares Heroin, Opioid Emergency

"While we have made progress in combating the heroin and opioid abuse crisis and drastically expanded Pennsylvania's response, we are still losing far too many Pennsylvanians," Wolf said. "I am taking this step to protect Pennsylvanians from this looming public health crisis, and I am using every tool at my disposal to get those suffering from substance use disorders into treatment, save more lives, and improve response coordination."

NFPA to Fast-Track New Standard for Active Shooter Response

The rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April 2018.

DOT Announces Transportation Safety Data Initiative, Pilot Programs

The U.S. Department of Transportation is launching a multi-modal initiative, including two pilot programs to modernize its data analysis and integrate its traditional data sets with new "big data" sources to gain insights into transportation safety.

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IOSH Offers Guidance on Construction Nanomaterials

The documents discuss how nanomaterials are difficult to identify in construction materials because they are rarely precisely labeled, and a product labeled as "nano" might contain nanoparticles or nanofibers, might be based on nanoscale film, or might simply be labeled that way to make it seem new and different.

Airbus Buys Colorado Training Center

The Aurora training center will help meet long-term growth in expanding markets throughout the Americas; the manufacturer added training centers in Mexico City and in Campinas, Brazil, in the past two years, and its worldwide training network has grown from five locations in 2015 to 17 locations today.

TSB Releasing Accident Report on 2016 Turboprop Crash

The investigation found the altitude and the speed of the aircraft's approach were higher than recommended. No mechanical deficiencies were found with the aircraft's engines, flight controls, landing gear, and navigation systems, and communications with the aircraft throughout the flight were normal.

Maryland's CHART Program Aids Millionth Motorist

According to MDOT, CHART assists a motorist every 15 minutes, 24/7, saving drivers $1.5 billion in the cost of delays and 43.6 million hours of delays.

Fire Deaths Rose in NYC Last Year

There were 73 civilian fire deaths in New York City during 2017, which is 25 more than in 2016, when the city recorded the fewest on record. The three leading causes of fatal fires in 2017 were open flames (19), electrical (15), and smoking (11), and in 53 percent of the city's fatal fires in 2017, no working smoke alarm was present.

OSHA Cites, Fines Company After Stuntman's Death

"This tragedy should serve as a wake-up call for the entertainment industry," OSHA Atlanta Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer said. "The entire industry needs to commit to safety practices for actors and stunt people involved in this type of work."

Learn What's Next in Electrical Safety

Experts Hugh Hoagland and Lanny Floyd will share their insights on the future of electrical safety contained in NFPA 70E, NESC, IEEE 1584, IEC, NEC, and the ASTM Arc Flash Test Methods in a free OH&S webinar on Jan. 24. They'll reveal the future of electrical PPE, Safety-by-Design, Human Performance Factors, Risk Control Measures, and Continuous Improvement Models in a one-hour webinar Jan. 24.

Canada Introduces Revised SmartDriver Program

"This program will help meet the trucking industry's growing demand for safe, fuel-efficient drivers while educating existing operators on improved driving techniques. The real savings come in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, helping meet Canada's domestic and international climate goals," said Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources.

HP Recalls Laptop Batteries

HP to date has received eight reports of battery packs overheating, melting, or charring, including three reports of property damage totaling $4,500 with one report of a minor injury involving a first degree burn to the hand, according to CPSC.

BSEE Publishes Gas Release Alert After Two-Day Gulf Inspection Blitz

The two-day BSEE inspection blitz showed that 17 percent of the facilities had documented oil or gas accumulation and 22 percent "had a non-operable gas detector, no process implemented for calibrating devices, failed a bump test, or had no documentation on the frequency and/or results of inspections."

IARC Hiring New Director

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is searching for a new director. The WHO agency plans to appoint the director in May 2018 for a five-year term that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019

NETS Releases Cost of Collisions Calculator App for Employers

Employers can use the app, which NETS developed through a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to measure their company's cost of crashes.

OSHA in Wisconsin Dorm Project Partnership

The partners have agreed to develop effective safety and health training programs and procedures and also to identify common construction hazards.

WHO Prequalifies Typhoid Vaccine

Prequalification is a crucial next step needed to make TCVs available to low-income countries where they are needed most, according to WHO.

California Bill Would Create Opt-Out Alert System

"Recent California wildfires have driven home how important it is that we have a way to notify people quickly and effectively so they can leave burning neighborhoods, check in on loved ones, and make the best choices for their safety at any hour of the day or night," said State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson.

R&D Proposals for Mining Safety Due Jan. 16

The main goal of the office's broad agency announcement is to promote the modification or final development of practical technologies or systems that can be adopted by the mining community quickly.

PA Agency Urges Periodic Home Radon Testing

DEP said someone who does not want to use a do-it-yourself test kit should consider hiring a qualified radon professional to conduct a test.

NC Fire Marshal's Office Creates Investigative Unit

The new Fire Investigations Unit will respond on request or assist agencies in investigating all fire deaths, any death in a multi-family dwelling from carbon monoxide poisoning, fire loss in all state properties, and fire losses larger than $500,000.