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Health Groups Release Recommendations on Drug Shortages

They include conducting a GAO study to identify factors that contribute to shortages and developing a list of critical drugs essential for emergency response and preserving life.

HHS Program Aids California Fire Victims

Uninsured residents of Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties in California are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications that were lost or damaged by the wildfires in those three counties, thanks to the HHS Emergency Prescription Assistance Program.

All Sixteen Cintas Sites in Indiana Achieve Star Status

"Cintas Corporation's achievement is extraordinary, unmatched by any other Hoosier company, and has taken many years to accomplish," said Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble. "We applaud Cintas for its exceptional commitment to protecting workers, not just in the Hoosier state, but across the country."



Utility's CEO Promises 'Safer Than Ever' Gas System at Field Hearing

Daniel Rivera, the mayor of Lawrence, faulted Columbia Gas for its actions during and after the disaster. "It was clear that the Columbia Gas engineers and Columbia Gas Massachusetts top leadership were afraid and lacked a clear path to deal with the disaster," he said in his prepared statement. "They owned the pipe, owned the gas in the pipe, they owned the customer relationships, yet they failed to own this disaster."

CSB Extends Deadline for Combustible Dust Comments

Comments in response to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's "Call to Action: Combustible Dust" are now due by Dec. 31.

NSC's Deborah Hersman Joining Waymo as Chief Safety Officer

"On behalf of the NSC Board of Directors, congratulations to Debbie on her exciting new role with Waymo," said Board Chairman Mark Vergnano. "Debbie has always been a strong champion for safety, and she is perfectly positioned to lead Waymo through the next phase of their self-driving vehicle program."

Canada Testing Emergency Alert System This Week

The CRTC, which regulates the broadcasting and telecommunications service providers that distribute emergency alerts to the public, set a target that 50 percent of new devices sold in Canada be wireless public alert compatible as of April 2018 and 100 percent as of April 2019.

Second National Summit on Rural Road Safety Set for Dec. 4-6

The event will take place Dec. 4-6 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in Savannah, Ga.

CSB Sets Dec. 12 Town Hall on Husky Refinery Explosion

The agency has previously reported that the initial explosion occurred in the refinery's Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit at about 10 a.m. while the refinery was shutting down that unit for periodic maintenance and inspection.

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.