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FirstNet Outlines 2018 Milestones

"America's first responders now have a nationwide interoperable network they can rely on 24/7/365 – like their mission," said First Responder Network Authority CEO Mike Poth. "I applaud these governors for their decision and congratulate public safety for its advocacy and partnership throughout the process."

The impairment argument is incredibly complex. Many employers use the term in workplace drug and alcohol policies but this may not be the most prudent choice as marijuana impairment cannot necessarily be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

DOJ Aims to Enforce Marijuana Laws

This reverses an Obama administration policy easing federal enforcement in the many states that have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana, but how this new policy will be carried out in the states was not immediately made clear.

Subterranean Challenge Proposers Day Set for Jan. 18

Teams are invited to propose novel methods for tackling time-critical scenarios through unknown courses in mapping subsurface networks and unpredictable conditions that are too hazardous for human first responders.



2017 AFG Application Period Under Way

Since 2001, AFG grants have helped firefighters and other first responders obtain equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel.

North Carolina DOT Hosting Drone Workshop Jan. 24

The Jan. 24 workshop in Gaston County will focus on the use of drones by public safety agencies such as police and fire departments, and it is open only to those in the public safety sector.

CSB Releasing Final Report on 2016 Kansas Chlorine Release

The release caused more than 140 people, both workers and members of the public, to seek treatment at area hospitals and resulted in shelter-in-place and evacuation orders for thousands of local residents.

$2.3 Million Settlement in Unprotected Health Records Case

21st Century Oncology, Inc. determined that 2,213,597 individuals were affected by impermissible access to their names, social security numbers, physicians' names, diagnoses, treatment, and insurance information.

Citation Appealed in Washington State Amputation Case

The penalty for the repeat-serious lockout/tagout violation was $52,800; L&I has cited the employer four times in three years for similar violations, with three of them involving a finger amputation.

Texas Company Issues Propane Recall

CPSC said no injuries have been reported, but its recall announcement said consumers should not attempt to test the propane themselves. The recalled propane may not contain sufficient levels of odorant to help alert consumers to a gas leak.

7 Keys for Powerfully Persuasive Presenting

The most persuasive stage is the closing—it's the last thing people remember.

Beyond identifying and alerting workers about the presence of gases, consider whether data logging features are important to daily operations. (Draeger photo)

From Sensors to Data Logging

Most devices with data logging retain monitoring information whenever they are turned on. This can provide use snapshots of conditions at the time of an accident or unusual event.

Specifications usually state that a harness can be used for a period of 10 years, if inspected annually. But is mere visual inspection really enough? (Honeywell Industrial Safety/Miller Fall Protection photo)

Safe Steps for Working at Height

Regulatory compliance or short-term thinking alone is clearly not enough to truly ensure workers are kept safe and to avoid serious accidents.

A Year of Disasters, Delays, and Debate

It's easy to identify the biggest safety stories of 2017—they involve the year's repeated disasters.

What are you focusing on, and how will your approach in the next year get you greater results? These are real questions to consider if your goal is to drive processes that mitigate risk sustainably.

Your Year-End Safety Celebration Could Be Hiding Risk

We can't use lagging indicators—counting what has already happened—to evaluate our exposure to risk accurately.

Caught By Surprise in 2017

Winning the 2017 Folio Ozzie award for the best B-to-B digital issue in October was a big surprise and a delight for me, our staff, and our company.

As you strategize your chemical approval process, look for ways to get the most return for the time spent by your submitters and reviewers.

Chemical Safety: Find Your Flow

A good chemical approval process contains three vital elements, all of which can be enhanced and supported by a technology solution.

There are a number of challenging work settings that require specially engineered safety shower solutions—mining, oil refineries, petrochemical, bio-diesel and ethanol facilities, to name a few. (Bradley Corporation photo)

Safety Showers in Extreme and Challenging Environments

Here's an in-depth look at determining the right product for your application.

A poorly designed incentive program is almost always better than no program. A well-designed incentive program produces way better results than a poorly designed one.

Changing Behaviors for the Better

A poorly designed incentive program is almost always better than no program. A well-designed incentive program produces way better results than a poorly designed one.

Foot Protection Essentials

The OSHA 1910.136 standard and the ASTM F2412-11 standard indicate how many kinds of foot injury are possible, some of them even disabling.

Promote your safety brand in everything you do because it will be a powerful differentiator for your company against its competition. (Perryman Construction photo)

Create a Culture of Safety and Good Business Will Follow

Ultimately, construction safety must become a habit and practiced by everyone every minute.

IAEA Conference Eyes Better Radiation Protections in Medicine

The participants agreed more training, more awareness, and better compliance with regulations are needed to improve protection for patients and health professionals during medical procedures.

Trauma Center Agrees to Ensure Effective Communication with Deaf Individuals

Two complainants alleged UVMMC failed to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services necessary for effective communication while they were receiving medical treatment. Both of the complainants are deaf and use American Sign Language as their primary means of communication.

HIOSH Penalties Rising Jan. 1

The new state law also says the penalties are to be adjusted for inflation annually in December, with new penalties taking effect the following Jan. 15.

Not only are the tractors expected to have a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge, but they also offer enhanced on-road safety and significantly reduced long-term cost of ownership, according to UPS, which said the tractors

UPS Order Boosts Tesla Truck Prospects

Not only are the tractors expected to have a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge, but they also offer enhanced on-road safety and significantly reduced long-term cost of ownership, according to UPS, which said the tractors' safety features will include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automated lane guidance, and brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire with redundancy.

Cold (Work) Comforts

The CPWR "Working in Cold Weather" Hazard Alert recommends being proactive and alert, taking frequent breaks in a warm area, working in pairs so either one can spot the danger signs, and notifying a supervisor or summoning medical help immediately if a worker has signs or symptoms of hypothermia or another cold-related illness or injury.

Washington Ag Department Adopts Worker Protection Rules Aligned with EPA's

Before EPA adopted the changes, many of Washington's rules were stricter and more protective than federal requirements. For example, new regulations for medical evaluations, respirator fit testing, and training bring federal requirements up to standards that have been in place in Washington for more than 20 years.

Food Illness Complaints Down in Arizona This Year

The report says that, "while infections from some pathogens are remaining stable or showing a slight decrease, infections from Campylobacter and Shigella have increased" from 2002 to 2016.

ATSB Warns VFR Pilots About Flying in Conditions They're Not Trained For

A new report about a fatal 2016 helicopter crash "reflects an ongoing problem in aviation – some pilots are continuing to fly into conditions they are not equipped for and not trained for," the agency explained Dec. 18.

A round-trip mission to Mars could last three years. NASA is asking the scientific community to propose research to help bridge the gap in our knowledge regarding long-term experiences in space.

NASA Awaits Research Proposals to Support Deep Space Missions

The agency's deadline for proposals is Jan. 4, 2018. NASA expects in late summer 2018 to select 15 to 18 proposals for grants with a maximum duration of seven years.

WHO Completes Second Draft of Physical Activity Report

The draft is prepared for submission to the Executive Board in January 2018. "Given physical activity's contribution towards the 2030 Agenda, it is time to invest in physical activity not only for its direct health benefits but for how increasing walking, cycling, active recreation and sports leads to realising a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world," it says.