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Workwear is the Key to Fighting Heat Stress

In a perfect world, we would all work in weather-controlled environments where heat wouldn’t be a factor and comfort could be maximized. Many workplaces, however, deal with very high temperatures, and heat stress is a constant risk that requires serious consideration.

John Hancock Adding Wellness Component to All Life Insurance Policies

"We have smart phones, smart cars, and smart homes. It's time for smart life insurance that meets the changing needs of consumers. We believe offering Vitality on all life insurance policies, at no additional cost, is the right thing to do for our customers, our business, and society," said Brooks Tingle, president and CEO of John Hancock Insurance.

'Boston Med' Filming Results in HIPAA Settlements

Three health care organizations are paying $999,000 in this case, which is the second HIPAA case involving an ABC medical documentary television series. OCR reached a settlement in April 2016 with New York-Presbyterian Hospital in association with the filming of "NY Med."



HHS Agencies Award $1 Billion in Opioid Grants

"Addressing the opioid crisis with all the resources possible and the best science we have is a top priority for President Trump and for everyone at HHS," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "The more than $1 billion in additional funding that we provided this week will build on progress we have seen in tackling this epidemic through empowering communities and families on the front lines."

L&I Proposes 5 Percent Reduction in 2019 Comp Rates

"We've seen a big drop in injuries at work in our state since 2012. And that's great news because preventing injuries and making workplaces safe is our number one goal," said L&I Director Joel Sacks.

Two States Investigating Outbreak of Psittacosis at Poultry Plants

According to CDC, the latest data suggest the outbreak is only affecting people who work at the identified poultry slaughter plants, but public health officials are investigating whether other people exposed to chickens that were shipped to the affected plants got sick.

IAEA's Third Robotics Challenge Under Way

"Robots have a multitude of game-changing applications across industry, and there are major safety, productivity and efficiency gains to be made from adopting them," said Alberto Elfes, chief research scientist and group leader for robotics at CSIRO's Data61.

NRC Renews Two Indian Point Units' Licenses

Last year, Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc., the state of New York, and the environmental group Riverkeeper announced an agreement that called for Entergy to permanently close the plants no later than 2024 and 2025.

WorkSafeBC Cooks Up Kitchen Safety Videos

"Commercial kitchens have the potential to be a recipe for risk," said Lisa Houle, manager of Industry and Labour Services at WorkSafeBC. "They contain lots of sharp, heavy, hot objects; the pace of work is demanding; and they have high employee turnover, so there's a constant need for training."

Caltrans Maintenance Worker Dies in Fall

William Casdorph is the 189th Caltrans employee to lose his life on the job, according to a statement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Casdorph was based at the Kearny Mesa Maintenance facility in San Diego and was a 19-year veteran of Caltrans.

NIOSH Sets Oct. 30 Meeting on Silver Nanomaterials Draft Document

Studies in animals have shown adverse lung and liver effects associated with exposure to silver nanoparticles, and based on an assessment of the data, NIOSH developed a new draft recommended exposure limit for silver nanomaterials that applies to processes that produce or use silver nanomaterials.

Wisconsin Reports 16 More Cases of Severe Bleeding from Synthetic Cannabinoids

The cases have ranged in age from 16 to older than 50, and there has been one death in Wisconsin associated with the outbreak. "Synthetic cannabinoids are not safe, and we urge people not to use them," said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. "This outbreak shows how hazardous they can be to your health."

CSB Leader Pays Tribute to Process Safety Pioneer M. Sam Mannan

"All of us at the CSB are saddened by the recent death of Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, and the founding director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center. On behalf of the entire agency, I offer our deepest condolences to his family and our colleagues at the center," Kulinowski said in her statement. "Dr. Mannan presided over this large enterprise for two decades with intelligence, good humor, and a steadfast commitment to protecting workers, the public, and businesses from costly disasters.

OSHA Cites Five Contractors Following Collapse of FL Pedestrian Bridge

Upon investigation, OSHA determined that the companies failed to protect workers despite indications that the bridge could collapse.

Working outdoors at any time presents new challenges and hazards, so take the time to consider the environment around you this summer.

Petition Backs National Heat Protection Standard

"This summer's record-breaking heat waves across the U.S. were especially devastating to frontline communities, particularly to farm workers," said Lisa Archer, Food and Agriculture Program director at Friends of the Earth. "OSHA must act now to protect the health and safety of workers disproportionally impacted by the climate crisis."

FMCSA Streamlines Process for Individuals with Properly Managed Diabetes to Operate CMVs

"This final action delivers economic savings to affected drivers and our agency and streamlines processes by eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and redundancy," said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. "It's a win-win for all parties involved."

New Chair Elected, Policies Updated for GHSA

The Governors Highway Safety Association's updated policy statements reflect the latest science and expert consensus to address drugged driving, including zero tolerance laws for illicit drugs, use of electronic warrants, and marijuana open container laws.

OSHA Cites Missouri Sawmill After Fatality

OSHA has proposed penalties of $199,183 to the company for two repeated and 14 serious safety violations.

Inquiry Hears LFB Personnel Testify About Grenfell Fire

"To see a flame growing like that, I'd say that is unusual," Firefighter Michael Wood says in his statement. "In the fires I have seen, and I've been to loads, normally you'd get a lot more smoke. It was like the fire was overtaking the smoke almost. I have never seen anything like it before. I have been to a lot of fires, big buildings alight, but none that moved as quick as this."

SeaWorld and Former CEO Settle Fraud Charges

"This case underscores the need for a company to provide investors with timely and accurate information that has an adverse impact on its business. SeaWorld described its reputation as one of its 'most important assets,' but it failed to evaluate and disclose the adverse impact 'Blackfish' had on its business in a timely manner," said Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC Enforcement Division.

OSHA Seeks Nominations for Construction Advisory Committee

ACCSH advises the Secretary of Labor and the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on construction industry standards and policy related to safety and health. The committee last met more than a year ago, and the terms of all of its members have since expired.

NYC Pension Funds to Double Investments in Climate Change Solutions

"New York City leads from the front when it comes to the fight against climate change," said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We're taking a stand for generations to come with our goal to double our pension investments in job-creating climate solutions. I know that other cities will look to our example, and I implore them to join us."

NRC Resumes Review of Application to Build Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility in Texas

NRC is accepting additional public comments through Oct. 19 on environmental issues to be considered in its environmental impact statement, and the agency has given stakeholders until Oct. 29 to request a hearing.

NTSB Meeting to Determine Cause of Horrific Texas Crash

Two people in another vehicle traveling behind the pickup recorded a 14-minute video of the pickup as it was driven erratically on U.S. Highway 83 just prior to the March 29, 2017, crash, which killed the driver of a church bus and 12 of the bus passengers.

The responsibility of providing a safe work environment will always rest on the employer

How to Have a Robust Electrical Worker Program: Four Important Questions Answered

One of the questions that often arises concerns who is able to qualify an electrical employee. You will not find this answer in any electrical regulation, nor is it found in NFPA70E, the NESC, or other guidelines.

Ohio BWC Program Supports Hiring of Workers in Addiction Recovery

The Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross, and Scioto counties hire, manage, and retain employees in recovery from addiction.

WTC Health Program Seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee

Appointments to the STAC may last up to 3 years. The STAC makes recommendations to the WTC Program Administrator on eligibility criteria and other health conditions based on scientific and medical evidence.

Revised Colorado Food Code Taking Effect Jan. 1

One new requirement is that at least one person affiliated with the facility with management/supervisor responsibility must be a Certified Food Protection Manager from an accredited program, and this change applies to most establishments.

Oregon Employers to Receive Money Back Due to Decrease in Workers’ Comp Costs

In addition to the money back, Oregon employers are experiencing a decrease in average workers’ compensation costs. The workers’ compensation system in Oregon has improved since 1990, with a decrease of 70 percent in claims incidence and a similar percentage decrease in average pure premium rates.

NTSB Wants Antilock Brakes on All New Motorcycles for U.S. Road Use

The safety board also recommended that NHTSA study how alcohol and other drug use contributes to motorcycle crash risk factors, compared with that of passenger vehicle drivers.