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2018 Navy Training Covers Social Media Conduct

FSA 2.0 is required for all active-duty and Reserve Navy personnel and must be completed no later than Sept. 30, 2018.

CDC Links a Salmonella Infection to Rattlesnake Pills

CDC Links a Salmonella Infection to Rattlesnake Pills

The CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have linked one person's Salmonella Oranienburg infection to taking rattlesnake pills.

Flu Activity Widespread in a Dozen States

Four states experienced high flu activity (Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas), while five states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, and Kentucky) experienced moderate activity in the week that ended Dec. 9.

Boeing Testing Unmanned Refueling Aircraft

The Navy issued its final request for proposals in October, and manufacturers' proposals are due Jan. 3.

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 200 home structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees in 2011-2015, according to NFPA.

Chevron Makes Second $500,000 Donation to CA Wildfire Relief

$500,000 from the Chevron Global Community Fund is going to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts for the wildfires in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Resigns

Gov. Mark Dayton already had directed the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Office of the Inspector General to help the Health Department improve the management of its investigations of elder neglect and abuse.

BSCP Renaming OHST Certification in February

Those who currently hold the OHST will receive new certificates in conjunction with the change. The OHST logo and exam content will remain the same, the BCSP fourth quarter 2017 enewsletter explained.

Canadian Opioid Overdose Deaths May Top 4,000 This Year

Western provinces and territories continue to report higher rates of opioid-related deaths, and the data show fentanyl continues to be a growing problem in this crisis. From January to June 2017, 74 percent of apparent opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogs, compared to 53 percent during 2016.

Ohio Insurance Director to Head Commission in 2018

Jillian Froment, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will be the 2018 chair of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, also known as the Insurance Compact, a national insurance body focused on consumer protection and modernizing state insurance regulations.

DOL Agrees to Settle Bartlett Grain Explosion Case

Bartlett Grain has completed the abatement of several items in the OSHA citations and has agreed to perform additional abatement during the three-year length of the corporate-wide settlement agreement, including implementing additional safeguards, training, and audit procedures at its 20 grain handling facilities in six states.

Ambulance bills in general can often top $600 or $800 or more, and most ambulance services tack on an "emergency response charge" that tops $300 on average.

Fatal Work Injuries Rose to Eight-Year High in 2016

Workers age 55 and older had 1,848 fatal injuries, the highest number for this age group since CFOI began reporting national data in 1992, and fatal injuries in the leisure and hospitality sector were up 32 percent year over year (from 225 to 298) and reached an all-time series high in 2016.

Proposals for 2018 IOHA Meeting Due in January

AIHA said the call for proposals will open on January 3, 2018, and close on January 29.

Pictograms are required safety data sheet elements that are intended to convey specific hazard information visually.

EU-OSHA Launching Dangerous Substances Campaign in 2018

The "Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances" campaign aims to raise awareness of dangerous substances and promote a prevention culture in workplaces across Europe.

USCG Northeast Ice Breaking Season Begins

Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW) is its region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need all winter.

OSHA Cites Florida Company for Trenching Violations

The August 2017 inspections were part of OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation. The company faces $148,845 in proposed penalties.

Canada's Health Minister Approves Emergency Overdose Prevention Sites

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the federal Minister of Health, had announced in November that Health Canada would authorize emergency overdose prevention sites for provinces and territories that request them, as an "immediate short-term response to save lives."

Final Publication of ISO 45001 Coming in March 2018

The international standard ISO 45001 has reached the Final Draft International Standard stage, which means interested parties can submit feedback on the draft until Jan. 25, 2018, before its final publication.

At Least Three Fatalities Reported After Amtrak Derailment in Washington State

An Amtrak train has derailed and fallen off an overpass over Interstate 5 near Dupont, Wash.

DARPA 'Ocean of Things' Proposers Day Set for Jan. 4

The idea is for "smart floats" that would contain a suite of commercially available sensors to collect environmental data such as ocean temperature, sea state, and location and also data about commercial vessels, aircraft, and even maritime mammals moving through the area.

MSHA Announces Two 2018 Spring Thaw Events

Each Spring, the metal and nonmetal mining industry hosts cooperative mine safety and health training workshops around the nation to increase awareness of mining hazards and improve mine safety and health.

New Pennsylvania Law Grants Authority to License or Certify Recovery Homes

"It's our goal to provide recovery house residents with a safe, supportive, and drug-and-alcohol-free environment during a critical time in their recovery journey," Gov. Tom Wolf said. "The legislation will require DDAP to create and maintain a publicly accessible registry of all licensed or certified drug and alcohol recovery houses within the commonwealth."

BAE Systems Receives Kentucky Award

"Congratulations to BAE Systems in Louisville on earning its third Governor's Safety and Health Award," Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. "Working more than two million hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment, and I appreciate its dedication to keeping its employees safe and healthy."

NYC Electrical Code Revision Committees Seeking Members

Applications are due by Jan. 25. The Electrical Code revision cycle will include six Technical Committees and one Managing Committee, with the Technical Committees responsible for reviewing and developing amendments to the technical provisions of the Electrical Code by consensus and also reviewing administrative provisions of the Electrical Code in an advisory capacity.

NTSB Issues Report on Drone Collision with Army Helicopter

The drone operator was not aware of temporary flight restrictions that were in place at the time because of presidential travel and a United Nations General Assembly session, and he did not hold an FAA remote pilot certificate.

Worldwide Estimate of Flu Deaths Raised

"These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority," said Dr. Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global health in CDC's Influenza Division and a study co-author.

Pilots have been trained on the basics of how our mostly rational minds work and it’s now another part of their proudly possessed skill set. We just saw 75 million flights make it to their destinations without a single fatality.

The Misunderstood Mind

Get checked out on the most powerful piece of equipment used on every job site.

Enhanced Holiday Traffic Enforcement Begins

Law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation are participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began Dec. 13 and continues until Jan. 1, 2018.

OSHA Cites Dealership in Fatal Fire

OSHA inspectors determined the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor when the fire occurred. As a result, three employees died, a fourth was critically burned, and a fifth employee was treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Maryland-Based Insurer Announces Moves to Address Opioids Crisis

"The impact of opioids in the region we serve has been well documented," CareFirst President and Chief Executive Officer Chet Burrell said. "As the region's largest health insurer and one with a unique community mission, we want to take a comprehensive approach to address the opioid crisis for the greater community."