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New Orleans Sewer & Water Agency Gets Interim Emergency Management Team

The team is in place to provide administrative, financial, and technical guidance to the Sewerage & Water Board through Nov. 30 -- the end of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Fortive Corp. Buying Industrial Scientific

Fortive is a diversified industrial growth company comprised of professional instrumentation and industrial technologies businesses that are recognized leaders in attractive markets. The company's 2016 revenues were $6.2 billion.

ANSI Launches Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative

The collaborative also will focus on international coordination and adaptability in order to encourage the growth of the drone market, but it will not develop standards -- it instead will work to develop a standardization road map for the next year.



NTSB to Decide Sept. 12 on Tesla Crash's Cause

The driver of the car died when the 2015 Tesla Model S collided with a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia semitractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 27A. According to the board, the Tesla's Traffic-Aware Cruise Control and Autosteer lane-keeping assistance features were being used by the driver at the time of the crash.

Typhoon Hato Kills Eight, Injures Hundreds in Macau

Macau's chief executive, Chui Sai On, pledged Aug. 24 that the government would work diligently alleviate the damage caused by the strong typhoon and help residents resume their normal lives as quickly as possible.

Seattle Center for Burn Treatment Announced

"Getting the right care at the right time is crucial for these catastrophically injured workers," said Joel Sacks, director of L&I. "We hope to make their recovery better and a little easier by improving access to specialists."

New Video Addresses Tank Gauging Hazards

It relates the experiences of oil and gas workers who are responsible for tank gauging and sampling crude oil through comments by a truck owner/operator, a company operations superintendent, and the widow and son of a man who died of sudden cardiac death while gauging. The video also illustrates engineering and other controls to prevent injuries and discusses the new API 18.2 standard for safely measuring oil levels.

China to Raise Bullet Trains' Maximum Speed, Report Says

China will soon start operating the world's fastest trains between Beijing and Shanghai, restoring the 350km/h top speed that was in place before a 2011 train collision.

Study Authors Recommend Age-Based Home Fire Risk Assessments

David Butry, chief of the Applied Economics Office, said previous studies "couldn't say whether the elderly disproportionally fall victim to fires because they live in places with higher-than-average fire ignition threats or because they are unable to respond quickly to a fire and get to safety."

Dyno Nobel Receives CORESafety Certification

Dyno Nobel, a global manufacturer of explosives, is the first non-mining company to receive independent certification under what NMA calls its signature safety program.

DOT Reports on Rulemakings' Status

DOT's August 2017 Significant Rulemaking Report lists the status of dozens of pending rulemakings, including some the agency has halted and many others it has delayed during the Trump administration's initial months.

Cintas Unit Wins MVPP Award

"It is a pleasure to recognize Cintas for its company culture that promotes excellence in workplace safety and health," said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. "Implementing best practices for increased worker safety exemplifies a true commitment among management and staff at this facility."

NY Authorities Offer Fair Ride Safety Tips

Richard A. Ball, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which operates the Great New York State Fair, said, "We have great partners and a rigorous inspection process that's been activated to ensure all rides are carefully reviewed prior to opening. With a larger midway and more rides than ever before, we're also asking fairgoers to adhere to all of the safety measures put in place."

FDA Eyes Opioids in Kids' Medicines

Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced that FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee will meet soon to focus on the use of prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine for the treatment of cough in pediatric patients.

Australia/New Zealand Wiring Rules Being Updated

WorkCover Queensland is advising stakeholders that transitioning from one edition of the Wiring Rules to the next can affect the compliance requirements for an electrical installation.

Alberta to Review OHS Act After 40 Years

Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act will be comprehensively reviewed for the first time since its initial conception more than 40 years ago.

Dallas Event Focused on Preventing HAIs

"What is most frustrating about the enormous costs of HAIs is that the majority are preventable," said Linda Lybert, founder and president of the Healthcare Surfaces Summit. "We are focusing our prevention campaign on surfaces as a foundational issue because they are implicated in many HAIs and their complexity can stymie prevention efforts.

Order Extends Arizona's Opioid Data Collection

Since reporting began June 15, more than 1,400 suspect opioid overdoses have been reported, and 206 of those were reported deaths. The data indicate 77 percent of possible opioid overdoses had an opioid prescription prior to their recent overdose and the vast majority of overdoses occur at personal residences.

Total S.A. Buying Maersk Oil

"I welcome Maersk Oil to the Total family," said Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total. "Building on Maersk Oil's high safety standards, strong technological leadership, operational excellence, and strong Danish heritage, we will intensify and accelerate the push to optimize and extend the Danish oil and gas production."

Georgia DOT Suspends Some Construction Work During Eclipse

To ensure safety and ease traffic congestion, construction-related lane closures on interstate and secondary routes in Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia will be suspended from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Construction Company Fined in Asbestos Case

"Asbestos exposure can cause cancer, lung disease, and other serious respiratory diseases," said Tyler Amon, special agent-in-charge for EPA's Criminal Investigation Division in New York. "In this case, AIREKO Construction avoided hiring trained and certified asbestos abatement professionals. AIREKO did the work 'on the cheap,' willfully putting workers and others at risk."

Union Pacific Launches 'Your Life Is Worth the Wait' Campaign

"Train accidents are preventable if people actively think about their safety at railroad crossings and choose to stop and patiently wait for approaching trains," said Cameron Scott, Union Pacific's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

New York Paperboard Mill Issued 61 Citations

Carthage Specialty Paperboard faces $357,445 in penalties for more than 60 safety and health violations.

Mylan Paying $465 Million to Settle Case About EpiPen Classification

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Aug. 17 in a case that generated widespread attention about the rising cost of the anti-allergy EpiPen auto-injection device.

HHS Appoints Members to Panel on Serious Mental Illnesses

"We look forward to working with the committee to get individuals with serious mental illness the care they need," HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price said. "For too long, our nation has let down Americans with serious mental illness, and the committee will help inform HHS's efforts to turn that around."

Dan Post Boots Recalled

CPSC warned that the boots and shoes can fail to protect feet when heavy or sharp objects fall on them, posing an injury hazard to wearers.

"NLE Calc is a quick and simple way for a worker to assess their risk for injury before they manually lift an object," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard.

NIOSH Releases Lifting Equation Mobile App

"NLE Calc is a quick and simple way for a worker to assess their risk for injury before they manually lift an object," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "The information workers used to find in a manual is now in their back pocket and can help prevent one of the most common, and costly, work-related injuries."

Steelmaker Fined $1.2 Million for Toxic Release

"It was extremely fortunate no one was seriously affected by this incident. Had the flammable vapor cloud ignited, this could have resulted in multiple fatalities," HSE inspector Stephen Hargreaves said. "This incident highlights the need for all duty holders to implement and address all concerns and potential risks which have been identified. Tata's failure to do so in this case put a number of workers at risk of serious harm."

KDOL Amusement Ride Rules Hearing Scheduled

The proposed permanent regulations mirror the temporary regulations that went into effect July 1, 2017.

It's Official: ASSP

"Our members have always decided who we are and what we’re all about," ASSE President Jim Smith, CSP, said. "This latest vote was part of an objective process that has made us a strong organization for more than 100 years. Workplace safety is constantly evolving, so our society must adjust as well to remain strong and relevant while growing our profession. Our profession includes more occupations and industries than ever before."

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