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New ASTM Standard Concerns Alloy Useful in Stents, Implants

A new ASTM International standard is a specification for the chemical, mechanical, and metallurgical requirements for a high-strength alloy that could be used for cardiovascular stents and for surgical implants.

OH&S Wins 2017 Folio Digital Edition Award

The awards recognize excellence in magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the industry, with the OH&S entry selected from among 2,800 entries by a panel of more than 300 judges.

Fire Departments Awarded First OH Environmental Exposure Grants

Thirty-eight departments are the first in the state to receive funding under BWC's Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful elements encountered during fires.



Executive Order Issued for Post-Fire Waste Cleanup in California

The order allows qualified professionals at the federal agency to assist state and local officials in immediately removing visible hazardous debris such as batteries, flammable liquids, asbestos siding, paint, and pipe insulation from burned homes.

This Oct. 18, 2017, photo shows crews placing rebar as the upper chute of the Lake Oroville flood control spillway is constructed. (Ken James/California Department of Water Resources photo)

Cost of Oroville Spillway Repairs Doubles

Heavy rains in February triggered erosion that caused an emergency evacuation of 188,000 downstream residents and necessitated extensive repairs.

Medical Device Manufacturing in Puerto Rico Still Challenged: FDA Chief

More than 50 medical device manufacturing plants operated in Puerto Rico, employing about 18,000 people, prior to the hurricane. Collectively, they manufacture more than 1,000 different kinds of medical devices.

Washington State Adopts Tower Worker Safety Rules

L&I said the most important change is a new wireless section that covers non-ionizing radiation. The rules contain requirements covering expected hazards of tower work, host employer/contractor responsibilities, microwave/laser technology, control of hazardous energy, working during darkness, fall protection, remote cell tower sites, and emergency response and rescue.

Duke Energy Nuclear Plant Under Increased NRC Oversight

NRC said in April, an electrical component on a Catawba Unit 2 emergency diesel generator failed during a scheduled test. NRC said its inspectors reviewed the event and determined that the plant staff had failed to adequately develop and adjust preventive maintenance activities using operating experience, maintenance history, and performance records.

California Packer Recalls Widely Distributed Vegetables

The recalled vegetables were distributed throughout the United States and Canada through vendors such as Walmart, HEB, and Trader Joe's, according to the company and FDA. The recalled products have "best if used by" dates from Oct. 11 to Oct. 20 listed on the front of the packaging.

NTSB Meeting Nov. 14 on Fatal Amtrak Crash

The crash occurred about 7:50 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016, and involved a train traveling on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The train was moving at 106 mph at the time it struck the backhoe -- within the maximum authorized speed of 110 mph.

Researchers Confirm Method for Assessing Body Armor Failure

NIST researchers used positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) to view fibers on a molecular level.

New Orleans Announces Plan to Address Opioid Addiction, Overdoses

"Right here in New Orleans, 166 of our brothers and sisters succumbed to opioid addiction last year and lost their lives to overdose. We can't tackle this problem alone," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

Appeals Court Upholds Florida Emergency Generator Rule

"The ruling from the First District Court of Appeal today reaffirms our position that the top priority of nursing homes and assisted living facilities should be protecting the lives of their patients," Gov. Rick Scott said in an Oct. 19 statement.

Apprenticeship Expansion Task Force's Members Announced

An executive order from President Donald J. Trump called for the secretary of Labor to establish a Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion that will identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.

First Floating Wind Farm Starts Production in Scotland

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened the 30MW farm, which Statoil operates in partnership with Masdar. The farm is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Canada Extends Comment Period on Nuclear Emergency Recovery Document

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission wants feedback on a newly proposed regulatory document that is a framework for establishing a recovery plan in the event of a nuclear emergency in Canada.

Texas on the Lookout for School Bus Passing Violators

During 2016 and so far in 2017, Texas Highway Patrol troopers have issued 1,100 citations and 573 warnings for passing a stopped school bus.

Companies often send out an all-staff email if bad weather is predicted, but would employees really know what to do in a serious emergency, be it related to nature or man-made?

Manage Risk Rather than Disasters, UN Secretary-General Says

"An average of 24 million people are pushed into poverty every year by disasters. Many millions are forced to leave their homes. If vulnerable countries are in a constant struggle to rebuild and recover after catastrophic events, we will never achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

Big Street Repairs Up to Dallas Voters Next Month

The city's $1.050 billion 2017 bond package is on the Nov. 7 ballot as 10 propositions, each being voted on individually. If they pass, projects will begin late this year or in January 2018.

NFPA Taking Feedback on PPE Question

NFPA is asking whether it should develop a new contamination control standard that identifies best practices for cleaning firefighters' PPE and how gear should be handled after possible exposure to contaminants, or, alternatively, put that information into the existing NFPA 1581 standard.

Safety Board Calls for Better FAA Oversight of Hot Air Balloon Operators

NTSB faults FAA's oversight of commercial balloon operators, making two recommendations to the agency that ask it to remove the medical certificate exemption for commercial balloon operators and to find ways to better provide oversight of balloon operators.

NIOSH Posts New Chapter on Biological Monitoring for Chemical Exposures

The 43-page chapter, titled "Application of Biological Monitoring Methods for Chemical Exposures in Occupational Health," explains why biomonitoring is a valuable tool for demonstrating compliance with exposure limits, research, health monitoring, and risk assessment and management.

'Drug Czar' Nominee Withdraws

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, President Donald J. Trump confirmed early Oct. 17.

MIOSHA Partners with Subcontractors Group

"We're pleased to sign this alliance that brings together our organizations to expand education, outreach, and information sharing throughout the state," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "We particularly look forward to engaging smaller contractors to assist them in developing an appropriate safety and health program for their job sites."

NIOSH Creates Robotics Research Center

NIOSH researchers have identified 61 robot-related workplace deaths between 1992 and 2015. "We suspect fatalities will increase over time because of the growing number of industrial robots being used by companies in the U.S., and from the introduction of collaborative and co-existing robots, powered exoskeletons, and autonomous vehicles into the work environment," said Dawn Castillo, MPH, director of NIOSH's Division of Safety Research and the center's program manager.

ISO Developing Standard on Organizational Governance

The project is timely because trust in business and in governments is quite low. The standard is expected to be published by 2020 and could help to improve this situation.

Few Private-Sector Workers Have Vision Care Plans at Work

Only 23 percent had access to them in March 2017, according to BLS, which notes access to other types of health benefits was significantly higher.

FDNY Honors Fire Inspectors

They inspect buildings and ensure compliance with New York City regulations. The city's fire commissioner, Daniel A. Nigro, congratulated them for contributing to a record low of 48 fire deaths in New York City last year.

Key DOT Office Gets New Director

Patrice Kelly was named director of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation on Oct. 11, the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association reported.

Seven Workers Rescued After Louisiana Oil Platform Explosion

One person remained unaccounted for and the platform was still burning early Oct. 16, a New Orleans TV station reported.