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CDC Flu Report: At Least 6.2 Million Sick This Season

To this point during the 2018-2019 flu season, 6.2 million to 7.3 million people have been sick with flu, and as many as half of those people have sought medical care for their illness.

ISEA: 73 QSSPs Awarded in 2018's Fourth Quarter

All of them completed one of two intensive five-day courses in the technical and regulatory fundamentals of workplace safety and health. The courses were offered in and October and November in Durham, N.C.

Colorado DOT Starts Wrong Way Prevention Project for I-25

I-25 is a major north-south highway that passes through Denver and Colorado Springs. CDOT's announcement said the agency has seen an increase in motorists entering the interstate from the wrong direction, which has caused numerous crashes, including some fatalities.

MSHA Reports 27 Miners Died in 2018

Eighteen of the deaths occurred at surface operations, while nine occurred in underground mines. The leading cause of miner fatalities during 2018 was powered haulage, which accounted for 13 deaths.

Female Nurses Need More Training on Handling Hazardous Drugs, Study Shows

Despite long-standing recommendations for the safe handling of antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs, many nurses, including pregnant nurses, reported not wearing protective gloves and gowns, the minimum protective equipment recommended when administering these drugs.

Canada Issues Drone Safety Regulations

Drone pilots will need to have their Pilot Certificate and proof of registration readily available when flying their drone as of June 1, 2019.

NAM Urges Congress to Reauthorize CFATS Program

National Association of Manufacturing members operate 2,152 CFATS-regulated facilities in a range of major industrial sectors, from oil and gas to chemicals, mining, agriculture, and electricity. The association says "ensuring regulatory certainty is key."

A wildfire damaged mobile homes and property in Fallbrook, Calif., in 2007. (Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA)

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Application Period Begins

Wildfires burn twice as much land area each year, on average, as they did 40 years ago, and the threat continues to increase. In 2018, California saw its deadliest and most destructive fire, the Camp Fire, burn more than 150,000 acres and kill 85 people.

El Paso (TX) Reports First 2019 Flu Death

Officials at the city's Department of Public Health continue to encourage all residents to receive the flu vaccine and do whatever they can to stop the spread of the virus.

Trucker Pleads Guilty in Fatal Saskatchewan Crash

Sixteen people were killed and 13 players were hurt when a truck driven by Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, collided with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus in rural Saskatchewan.

OSHA Cites Company in NYC Crane Collapse

"This employer knowingly put workers at risk by failing to ensure that the crane was operated by a competent person," said Kay Gee, OSHA's Manhattan Area Office Director. "Effective training of employees, knowledge of equipment’s limits, and correct operation of equipment are critical to preventing injuries."

NTSB Postpones Most Wanted List Unveiling

The kickoff event for the updated MWL has been rescheduled for Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. EST. It was previously set for Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Norfolk Southern Assisting Residents, Businesses After Georgia Derailment

The Norfolk Southern train was traveling from Macon to Augusta when 37 cars derailed shortly after 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Two of the cars were breached, one releasing hydrogen peroxide and one releasing hydrochloric acid. The levels do not pose a health risk, according to the company.

IAEA Develops Radioactive Materials Training Course

The course covers mobile sources and waste from decommissioning activities of power plants and research reactors. The training material includes a module dedicated to protection from insider threats.

Colorado DOT Warns Backcountry Users About Leaving Unattended Vehicles

"Always obey road closures set in place for avalanche control mitigation and wait until authorities open the highway to ensure snow slide operations have been completed and roads cleared," said Matt Bennett, the CDOT maintenance foreman who supervises operations for US 50 Monarch Pass. "Backcountry users should never leave vehicles near or adjacent to snow slide areas, which are always well marked with signs."

AIHA Issues First Public Policy Agenda

"Addressing a problem of this scale calls for bold actions that are driven by scientific knowledge. That is why AIHA is proud to unveil its inaugural Public Policy Agenda," said AIHA President Cynthia A. Ostrowski.

UK Company Director Sentenced for Selling Illegal Products

"Companies should be aware that HSE will take robust action against those who unnecessarily put the lives of workers and the public at risk, and against those who endanger the environment, through the inappropriate supply and use of chemicals," HSE inspector Sarah Dutton said.

NRC Sets Hearing, Webinar on Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Decommissioning

The Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report includes a table showing that the entire period from shutdown of the plant to license termination will last 60 years.

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering group of Penn State University is currently conducting a research project on hydrogen sulfide releases from manure pits, with a focus on farms using gypsum products as bedding for dairy cows. (Industrial Scientific Corporation photo)

HSE Targets Farm Hazards

Farming is the most dangerous industry in Britain, with the latest figures showing 33 people died in agriculture settings during 2017/18. The country's agricultural industry has a fatal injury rate about 18 times higher than the all-industry fatal injury rate, according to the agency.

2019 Billion Steps Challenge Under Way

The Billion Steps Challenge began Jan. 1, 2019, and aims to promote good health and physical activity. APHA is observing National Public Health Week during April 1-7.

Rio Tinto's Autonomous Train System Fully Operational

The $940 million AutoHaulâ„¢ program is focused on automating trains transporting iron ore to Rio Tinto's port facilities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

L Trains' Shutdown Averted in NYC

MTA's L Train service provides 400,000 daily rides. The planned repair work on the L Train Tunnel to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy could be completed on nights and weekends only, with a single tube providing continued service in both directions during work periods.

NIOSH Announces Availability of $6 Million in Grants for Commercial Fishing Safety and Research

The grants will support research to improve the workplace safety of those in the commercial fishing industry and important training for this high-risk occupation.

New Chairman, Old Name for House Labor Committee

Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat, was elected chairman of the Education & Labor Committee on Jan. 4 by the House Democratic Caucus.

New Minnesota Law to Help First Responders Get Workers' Comp for PTSD

The new law states that if a public safety employee such as a firefighter, corrections officer, or paramedic is diagnosed with PTSD, it will be presumed that the disorder is work-related.

Pennsylvania Agency Urges Residents to Test for Radon

EPA has set 4 picocuries of radon per liter (pCi/L) of air as an Action Level. For anyone who has a higher radon level than this, EPA, DEP, and the U.S. surgeon general recommend having a radon mitigation system professionally installed to lower it by venting radon to the outside.

Two Roofing Companies Cited for Fall Hazards at Colorado Site

"Fall hazards are well known in the roofing industry, and these employers should have taken the proper steps to protect their employees," said David Nelson, OSHA's area director in Greenwood Village, Colo.

DOE Awards Contract for Hanford Site Occupational Medical Services

DOE's announcement said the total estimated value of the contract is up to approximately $152 million.

ASSP Foundation Releases Fatigue Report

"By setting parameters, we identified behavioral changes in how people conduct work over time," said Dr. Lora Cavuoto, the project's principal investigator. "Wearable technology can uncover precursors to larger problems and help establish safety interventions that may call for scheduled breaks, posture adjustments, or vitamin supplements that help the body."

DOT Offering Grants for Automated Driving System Projects

As much as $60 million in federal grants will be available for projects that test the safe integration of automated driving systems on the nation's roads.