Turn to OH&S for the latest news in the occupational health & safety industry.  Don't want to miss any news?  Subscribe to our RSS News feed.

Research Shows Waste Collection Systems Contribute to Musculoskeletal Issues for UK Workers

The research, published in the latest edition of IOSH's Policy and Practice in Health and Safety Journal, investigated musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in workers as a result of different systems used for recycling and waste collection.

First Responder Crisis Intervention Bill Signed into Law in Massachusetts

The new law will require the state's police and fire stations to offer crisis intervention services to assist first responders who are coping with psychological trauma or stress.

Coast Guard Arrests Suspect in Laser Targeting Case

Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a felony offense under 18 U.S. Code Section 39A.

FDA Posts Notice on Medtronic Cranial Software Recall

Medtronic recalled Synergy Cranial Software and Stealth Station S7 Cranial Software in September 2018 because of inaccuracies displayed during surgical procedures. The notice says FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.

24 New Faces on House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

There are 16 new Democrats on the committee and eight new Republican members in the 116th Congress.

ICC Evaluation Service and Italian Council Sign MOU

"The International Code Council is honored to be a part of this important agreement," said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. "Our family of companies are global leaders in the building safety industry, and our mission transcends borders. We look forward to continuing to deepen our relationship with our Italian partners as we work to increase building safety around the world."

2019 Wildfire Mitigation Award Winners Announced

The awards, established in 2014, are co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS).

Two Ag Safety Days Coming Up in February in Washington State

This year's agenda features sessions on tractor and ATV safety, confined spaces, machine guarding, hazard awareness, sexual harassment prevention, distracted driving, and more. Many workshops will be presented in both English and Spanish.

The National Hurricane Center will use predictions of storm surges and storm surge mapping during the 2016 U.S. hurricane season.

Extreme Weather Events a Top Concern in 2019

The 2019 Global Risks Report identifies economic worries, major power tensions, political strains, climate catastrophe, and technological instabilities as areas of concern.

FAA Recalls Furloughed Inspectors to Address Air Safety Concerns

"We are recalling inspectors and engineers to perform duties to ensure continuous operational safety of the entire national airspace," the Federal Aviation Administration announced Jan. 15 in a statement.

Interim Management Board Set Up for RCMP

The Canadian government plans to appoint initial advisory board members by April 1, 2019, and will also introduce legislative changes this spring to the RCMP Act to make the board permanent.

New Satellites to Eliminate Lost Aircraft, Company Claims

Aireon says its system uses space-based ADS-B technology that will enable automatic and real-time collection of aircraft position data. The technology gives air traffic controllers and airlines a complete view of the entire sky, including of flight paths in remote and oceanic airspace.

IMO Leader Focused on Seafarers' Training

Several key questions will require focus from all stakeholders, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, including what standards seafarers will be required to meet with respect to education, training, and certification to qualify them for the jobs of the future.

Grocery Chain Deploying Robots to All of Its Stores

GIANT Food Stores, LLC is deploying the robots in all 172 of its stores this year. They will move around the store unassisted and are being used to identify hazards such as liquid, powder, and bulk food items' spills and to provide reporting that enables quick corrective action.

Sphera Solutions Acquires Petrotechnics

Petrotechnics, a provider of operational risk software for hazardous industries such as oil & gas, railroads, and chemicals, is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

OSHA Issues $422,006 Fine to Texas Contractor

OSHA's inspectors determined that the company exposed employees to a hazardous atmosphere, failed to train employees on the health hazards of hydrogen sulfide, and did not drain water from the trench.

Big Miami Highways Project Under Way

The $802 million I-395/SR 836/ I-95 Design-Build Project involves three projects that will be constructed concurrently to minimize impacts to the public.

Skillful Indiana Hires Executive Director, Launches Coaching Corps

William D. Turner, Jr. joined Skillful Indiana from Allison Transmission, Inc., where for more than a decade he headed the training and development organization for the Indianapolis-based manufacturing company.

New Governor Launches RecoveryOhio Initiative

Gov. Mike DeWine's executive order describes Ohio as "facing the worst drug epidemic in my lifetime [and] losing 13 or 14 people a day from accidental drug overdoses. Every county in Ohio and every city, town and village – urban and rural – is affected."

State Farm Gets First National FAA Waiver

The national waiver allows State Farm to conduct drone operations over people and flights beyond the pilot's visual line of sight through November 2022. Previous waivers State Farm was granted were limited to a short time frame and to specific geographic areas affected by hurricanes.

Chicago Deploying License Plate Reader Vehicles

LPR technology allows the city to match license plates against the list of stolen vehicles sent to the LPRs daily by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. If the LPR system identifies a stolen vehicle, CPD officers are automatically alerted so they can investigate further.

ILO's Future of Work Report Coming Jan. 22

It will provide an in-depth and analytical examination of the future of work, according to ILO, and will outline the steps needed to create a better future of work for all.

NSC: Americans Now More Likely to Die of Accidental Opioid Overdose than Motor Vehicle Crash

NSC: Americans Now More Likely to Die of Accidental Opioid Overdose than Motor Vehicle Crash

The odds of dying accidentally from an opioid overdose have risen to one in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash (one in 103), according to analysis by the National Safety Council.

UAE Gives $6.5 Million to Aid Hurricane Harvey Recovery

The gift will support the creation of a short-term housing facility for the Homeless Navigation Center, construction of a new community center run by local nonprofit Avenue CDC, reopening of the Flores Neighborhood Library, and expansion of Houston Health Department services, including new mobile health clinics.

Boeing, Airbus Both Had Record Deliveries in 2018

Boeing delivered 806 commercial jets during the year and has a seven-year backlog of orders. Airbus delivered 800, and its backlog stood at 7,577 aircraft at the end of 2018.

PG&E to File Chapter 11 Petitions

The corporation's CEO, Geisha Williams, resigned on Jan. 13. PG&E faces billions of dollars in potential liabilities related to wildfires in California.

Federal Government Shutdown Slows FDA Inspections

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he is working to reinstate inspections on facilities that are considered at a higher risk due to the handling of sensitive items such as seafood, vegetables, and soft cheese, or that have a history of problems.

Maintenance Man's Death Under Investigation in Florida

The Hernando County, Florida, Sheriff's Office is investigating a Jan. 10 incident in which a man performing maintenance on a helicopter at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport was decapitated by its main rotor blades.

New York Mayor Proposes Paid Personal Time Measure

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of paid personal time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any purpose.

Treating marijuana the same as alcohol is impossible for several reasons. There are no measurements for marijuana impairment that relate across the board to how we understand alcohol impairment.

Many Medical Marijuana Users Drive High, Study Shows

Researchers who surveyed Michigan medical marijuana users found 56 percent of participants reported driving within two hours of using marijuana, 51 percent reported they drove while a "little high," and 21 percent reported driving while "very high."