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Hawaii Governor to Veto Motorcycle Bill

Gov. David Ige plans to veto HB 2589, a bill that would authorize the state Department of Transportation to allow two-wheeled motorcycles to drive in designated shoulder lanes. Ige said the bill would compromise road safety and create more dangers for operators of all vehicles.

DOT Opens Solving for Safety Challenge

DOT said it is opening its different datasets -- many of which are siloed, analyzed separately, and made available only on an annual basis -- and asking data experts to develop tools that can be used to reduce risk. The competition has a $350,000 prize purse.

Almost 9,500 Texas Flu Deaths Recorded This Season

The Texas Department of State Health Services' latest flu surveillance report says flu activity in the state peaked in late January. It shows how hard-hit the state was, saying the season's cases through June 16, 2018, total 34,673 confirmed cases of Influenza A or B.

MSHA Seeks Data on Technologies, Controls to Boost Safety

The agency's Request for Information focuses on reducing accidents involving mobile equipment at surface mines and belt conveyors at surface and underground mines. It says MSHA is also considering the role of various engineering controls.

Florida Roofing Company Cited for Fall Hazards

OSHA's release said it investigated Crown Roofing LLC as part of the agency's Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction.

ANSI Publishes Report on 2018 U.S.-German Standards Panel

The April event focused on securing future technologies, cybersecurity, and other challenges, as well as solutions for smart manufacturing, mobility, and agriculture.

FDNY Chief of Fire Prevention Mourned

Ronald R. Spadafora, 63, died as a result of a World Trade Center-related cancer and became the 178th member of the FDNY to die of WTC-related illnesses, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced.

NIH-Funded Study Shows Viruses May Play Role in Alzheimer's

The study has found new evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, the agency reported June 21. NIH said additional research is needed to determine whether their role is causative.

First National Dialogue on Highway Automation Meeting Under Way

FHWA is opening a national conversation with partners and stakeholders, as well as the public at large, to receive broad input on key areas of interest and prepare FHWA programs and policies to incorporate automation considerations.

Reasonable suspicion drug testing is a critical safety measure.

Oklahoma Voters Pass Medical Marijuana Measure

Opponents had warned that the wording of State Question 788 is so broad that its passage would effectively legalize recreational use, as well.

NIST Rethinks the Nickel

The researchers have come up with a way to cut the cost of materials for the coin. Their results also may aid high-tech companies looking for new materials to use in resilient electronics such as phones and laptops, according to the agency.

OSHA, ISEA Sign Two-Year Alliance

They plan to provide members, employers, and workers with information on how to properly select, use, maintain, and store PPE and safety equipment, as well as share information on developments in national consensus standards for personal protective and safety equipment.

NFPA Moving CO Alarm Requirements into Fire Alarm Code

NFPA task groups and technical committees have worked during the past three years to integrate the requirements of NFPA 720 into NFPA 72. NFPA's goal is to provide smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm requirements in a single, comprehensive document.

NC Fire Marshal Organizes Statewide Smoke Alarm Canvass

"While the Office of State Fire Marshal has conducted many smoke alarm canvasses, we have never canvassed the entire state in one day with free smoke alarm installations," said Causey. "We want to educate as many people as possible and more importantly, provide them with smoke alarms and the resources they need to take extra precautions from home fires."

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration projects a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020.

NIOSH Publishes Research Agenda for Health Care and Social Assistance

Comments are due by Aug. 20 on the document. It outlines suggested research work to improve both health care workers' and their patients' safety, prevent workplace violence in health care settings, and improve infection control in health care workplaces, as well as determine the impact of strategies and technologies for preventing sharps injuries.

California Confirms First WNV Cases of 2018

The risk of serious illness to most people is low, but some people can develop serious illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis. In 2017, there were 553 reported WNV cases in California, including 44 deaths.

ATSDR Publishes Toxicological Profile for Perfluoroalkyls

People can be exposed to PFAs in the air; in indoor dust, food, and water; and in some home products. The main sources of exposure to PFAs, such as PFOA and PFOS, are usually from eating food and drinking water that has these chemicals.

California Utility Takes $2.5B Charge for Wildfires

"Years of drought, extreme heat, and 129 million dead trees have created a 'new normal' for our state that requires comprehensive new solutions," PG&E Corporation CEO and President Geisha Williams said.

White House Proposes Merger of DOL and Education Department

The proposed Department of Education and the Workforce "would allow the Federal Government to address the educational and skill needs of American students and workers in a coordinated way," the OMB reform plan says.

Follow CDC's Tips to Avoid Lightning Injury

During 2017, Florida, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas had the most lightning deaths. CDC notes that Florida is considered the "lightning capital" of the country, with more than 2,000 lightning injuries in the past 50 years.

Werner Co. Recalls Telescoping Aluminum Ladders

The June 20 recall involves five models of aluminum telescoping ladders that can be used in five different positions. They range in size from 13 feet to 26 feet when extended.

Trenching Stand Down Under Way

OSHA has partnered with the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) and the North American Excavation and Shoring Association (NAXSA) to promote a Trench Safety Stand Down during June 18-23.

New Ohio BWC Program to Help Small Businesses

"Even small employers can save money and improve workplace safety by better understanding Ohio's workers' compensation system," said Kevin Abrams, COO of the bureau. "PAR offers a flexible alternative for smaller employers to improve safety and become more engaged in their risk management programs."

New Underground Ventilation System Under Construction at WIPP

The system will provide approximately 540,000 cubic feet per minute of air to the WIPP underground, significantly more than the current ventilation system. At an estimated cost of $288 million, the new ventilation system is expected to be completed by early 2021.

World Standards Day 2018 Focused on Hazard Mitigation, Built Environment

ANSI and NIST hosted a World Standards Day 2018 event in Washington, D.C., on June 14 with expert discussions focused on codes and standards and their significant role in supporting strong, resilient 21st century infrastructure solutions.

NIOSH Publishes Final Research Agenda for Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing

The agenda document says during 2011-14, seafood processing workers experienced the highest injury/illness rate among all maritime workers: 6,286 injuries and illnesses per 100,000 workers, according to 2016 BLS data.

The rule will require employers to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or an employee

Health Canada Regs Would Strengthen Surveillance of Drugs, Medical Devices

The proposed regulations would require hospitals to report all serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents, in writing, within 30 days of when the incident was first documented within the hospital.

SAMHSA Updates Toolkit to Help Prevent Opioid Deaths

The toolkit recommends that naloxone be made available to first responders and others who might respond to a possible overdose.

FRA Hosts First Positive Train Control Symposium

The agency will host two more this summer: July 16, focused on best practices for PTC system field testing and interoperability testing, and Aug. 20, focused on lessons learned and best practices for PTC Safety Plans.

AMA Delegates Adopt Several Gun Safety Measures

"People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners, and at public gatherings, and it's important that lawmakers, policy leaders, and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis," said AMA Immediate Past President David O. Barbe, M.D., MHA.