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Recharging Safety for Organizational Health

Understanding how energy works helps leaders move to higher levels of performance.

Manufacturers have begun creating gloves and other PPE with many new features that weren

The Importance of Periodically Reevaluating Your PPE

New equipment, products, or chemicals might make the PPE that was perfect last year less than ideal for what you're doing now. It's also worth asking if any new OSHA rules affect the PPE you choose.

If a plant is changing hands, the prospective owners will want to know whether they are getting their money

How Mechanical Integrity Inspections Can Help Meet OH&S Goals

Everything wears out eventually. Our work can help determine when that "eventually" might be—the operational life expectancy.



Transition

The regulatory landscape has been very slow to change, my older and wiser self now realizes. Still, I hope that during the past 23 years, we've largely accomplished the spirit of what I promised at the outset.

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The No Maintenance Myth

People seem to have this yearning to find a gas detector that doesn't need to be bump tested or calibrated (but can magically be ready at any moment to provide the proper detection with 100 percent accuracy).

FDA Public Hearing Today on Potential CBD Regulation

The agency is hosting a public hearing on May 31 to obtain scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol.

WHO Launches Snakebite Prevention and Control Strategy

WHO reports that poisonous snakebites affect from 1.8 million to 2.7 million people each year, killing as many as 138,000 people and causing 400,000 cases of permanent disability annually.

Dollar Tree Now in L&I's Severe Violator Enforcement Program

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently issued one of its largest fines ever, $503,200, to the company after finding blocked emergency exit routes, unsafe ladder use, improper stacking of merchandise, and other safety hazards at a Vancouver, Wash., store.

NTSB Chief Cites 'Urgency' to Improve Charter Flights' Safety

"While these tragic accidents are still under investigation, and no findings or causes have been determined, each crash underscores the urgency of improving the safety of charter flights by implementing existing NTSB safety recommendations," said Robert L. Sumwalt, NTSB's chairman.

Four Florida Construction Contractors Cited by OSHA

Collectively, the four companies received 12 citations, with proposed penalties totaling $220,114.

CDC Researchers Report Decline in New Diabetes Diagnoses

CDC Researchers Report Decline in New Diabetes Diagnoses

CDC researchers reported Tuesday that new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. decreased by 35 percent since a peak in 2009. The CDC said this is the first sign that efforts to stop the U.S. diabetes epidemic are working.

MARAD Awards Contract to Manage NSMV's Construction

The National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, a new class of training ship, will be available to support federal government efforts in response to national and international disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

WHO Officially Recognizes Workplace Burnout as Occupational Phenomenon

The World Health Organization has officially classified workplace burnout as an occupational phenomenon.

2019 Roadway Safety Awards Applications Due May 31

The National Roadway Safety Awards program is a biennial competition sponsored by the FHWA and the foundation to recognize roadway safety achievements that move the United States toward zero deaths and serious injuries on the nation's roads.

Wholesale Pharmaceutical Distributor Agrees to Settlement with DEA

In addition to paying $22 million in civil penalties, Morris & Dickson agreed to upgrade its compliance program by investing millions of dollars to hire additional staff and implement new protocols and standards to ensure compliance with federal regulations requiring them to report suspicious orders of controlled substances.

Health Canada Restricts Alcohol Content of Flavored Purified Beverages

Flavored purified alcoholic beverages are a new and growing class of beverages in Canada that pose an increasing public health risk, especially to younger Canadians, Health Canada reports.

NYC Readying Big School-Zone Speed Camera Expansion

Starting July 11, school-zone speed cameras can operate year-round on all weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., including summer and school vacations.

FRA Rescinds Rail Crew Size Mandate

The Association of American Railroads' president and CEO says the federal agency's decision recognizes that recent years have been the safest in rail history and railroads are committed to deploying new technologies to increase their safety.

NRC Approves Renewed Fuel Loading at San Onofre

Fuel loading operations were suspended following an Aug. 3, 2018, incident involving a loaded spent fuel storage canister that was misaligned and became stuck on a flange while being lowered into a storage vault.

Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Workers Accounted for 3 Percent of 2017 Fatal Work Injuries: BLS

The occupation with the most Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders killed from 2013 to 2017 was heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. The next two occupations with the most killed were first-line supervisors of retail sales workers and cashiers.

Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecasted

NOAA predicts a likely range of 9 to 15 named storms, including 2 to 4 major hurricanes, for the season beginning June 1. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.

ASSP and NIOSH Renew Partnership for Five Years

"We have a common mission to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, so we want to benefit from each other's experience and combine resources where possible to improve occupational safety and health performance," ASSP President Rixio Medina said.

Wearable Sensors: 'Tremendous Opportunity,' Some Challenges

Potential benefits of the technologies include preventing and mitigating injuries, decreasing the extent and duration of disability, enhancing employee wellness, and improving productivity. Injury prevention studies of wearable technologies' effect are rare, however, and employee acceptance of them could be an implementation challenge, two speakers said during an AIHce EXP 2019 session.

My First Impressions of AIHce and the Safety Industry

One of the common trends that I seemed to notice was connectivity. I stopped at several booths that were touting solutions that gave project managers and safety directors the ability to see the health of their workers at a glance while also instantaneously communicating with them.

Biosafety Issues in Focus in AIHce Conference

For the first time, U.S. physicians' rates of suffering needlesticks and sharps injuries exceeded nurses' rates during 2017, an International Safety Center presenter said during a "Biosafety Issues in IH" session at the AIHce EXP 2019 conference.

Most Highway Contractors Have Experienced Vehicle Crashes at Work Sites: AGC Study

According to a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, 67 percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year.

NIOSH Robotics Joining More Partnerships

The NIOSH Center for Occupational Robotics Research has partnerships in placed with the Robotic Industries Association, Ohio State University, and North Carolina State University ISE. It will partner with the National Science Foundation a year from now, said Chuck Geraci, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA, who is NIOSH's associate director for emerging technologies.

Are Smart Phones Smart to Use on a Work Site?

Communication is critical on construction sites. Whether for coordinating movement of materials or issuing warnings, it is important that workers be able to clearly communicate with each other.

Virginia Recognizes 20 Mines, Nine Miners for Excellence in Worker Safety

Five surface mines will also receive a special award in honor of the entire crew working five years without a lost time accident.

NTSB: Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal 2017 Amtrak Derailment

NTSB: Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal 2017 Amtrak Derailment

Failure to provide an effective mitigation for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer led to the overspeed derailment of an Amtrak passenger train that hurtled off a railroad bridge and onto a busy DuPont, Wash., highway, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday.

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