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Improving Safety by Better Connecting Workers

Improving Safety by Better Connecting Workers

Today, companies across several industries are looking for ways to improve worker safety, prevent or mitigate risks that can lead to business disruption and obtain the real-time data they need to make informed decisions that improve safety and productivity as well as ensure immediate compliance with safety regulations.

Coast Guard Recognizes Ports of NY, NJ, and Albany

The awards were presented Oct. 11 at a meeting that brought together maritime companies in the private sector and law enforcement agencies from the New York and New Jersey area to discuss actions taken to mitigate current maritime threats.

AIHA, ASSE Sign Cooperative Agreement

"In order for us to ensure protection for workers, it is imperative that all organizations with shared interests work together. We must pool our resources – people, power, knowledge, and skills – to present a united front against threats to worker health and safety and to promote the field of industrial hygiene," said AIHA President Deborah Imel Nelson.

November Brown Bag Lunch Focused on Safety Enforcement

Attendees of the Nov. 8 event in Washington, D.C., can meet leaders and staff from the Solicitor's Divisions of Occupational and Mine Safety and Health, OSHA, MSHA, and the Occupational and Mine Safety and Health Review Commissions.

GM: Acquisition Speeds Driverless Cars' Development

"The successful deployment of self-driving vehicles will be highly dependent on the availability of LIDAR sensors," said Julie Schoenfeld, founder and CEO of Strobe, Inc. "Strobe's deep engineering talent and technology, backed by numerous patents, will play a significant role in helping GM and Cruise bring these vehicles to market sooner than many think."

IAFF Center of Excellence Wins Award

The center operates from a 15-acre facility outside Washington D.C., and assists IAFF members who are struggling to cope with the stress and trauma that accumulates over the course of their career.

WHO Seeks $5.5 Million to Fight Plague in Madagascar

The medicines are being distributed to health facilities and mobile health clinics across the country, and WHO is also filling critical shortages in disinfection materials and PPE for health professionals and safe burials.

42,000 Outlet Converters Recalled for Shock and Fire Hazards

The converters' front outlet prongs are not configured correctly, resulting in reverse polarity when plugs are inserted and posing shock and fire hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Oct. 10.

Nine-Story Billboards Coming to Texas?

A proposed rule could be adopted later this year and allow billboards 85 feet tall in the state.

OSHA Resumes Normal Enforcement Following Harvey

"We are now able to resume regular enforcement operations in most of the impacted areas," said OSHA Region VI Administrator Kelly Knighton. "For those areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey, we will continue to provide employers and workers with compliance assistance and outreach.

New Orleans Workforce Development Model Wins Approval

Under the new model, NOLABA will be responsible for providing a single point of entry for business attraction, retention, and workforce development in New Orleans and also for establishing a "place-based economic development strategy" by promoting high-impact neighborhoods.

NTSB Sets Meeting on 2016 Collision Involving Casino Bus

The Oct. 23, 2016, collision on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, Calif., occurred around 5:17 a.m. and killed 13 people, including the bus driver.

Millions Preparing for Great ShakeOut Next Week

Set to start at 10:19 a.m. on Oct. 19, the drill calls for participants to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" and also discuss their disaster plans.

IAEA Reaches Goal to Finish Lab's Construction

IAEA says the new building will become the new home of three laboratories dealing with animal production and health, food safety, soil and water management, and crop nutrition.

Oregon, Washington to Issue RFP for Public Safety Network

The states expect to release their RFP within two weeks, or by around Oct. 11, and close it approximately five weeks later. There will then be a period of evaluation and possible selection of one or more vendors to advance to the next phase of the process.

Manufacturing Day 2017 Celebrated Nationwide

New research from McKinsey & Company, "Human + Machine: A new era of automation in manufacturing," examines new technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence and finds they are opening a new era in automation for manufacturers in which humans and machines will increasingly work side by side.

NRC Special Inspection Under Way at Browns Ferry

NRC said on Sept. 24 during routine testing, the unit's high-pressure coolant injection system unexpectedly pumped water into the reactor vessel instead of a storage tank, and TVA later determined that a failed nut on a valve allowed it to remain partially open.

This Ford photo shows employees participating in the Sept. 29, 2017, Wellbeing + Wanderlust @Ford event in Dearborn, Mich. (Ford photo)

Ford Adopts Holistic Approach to Employees' Well-Being

The company on Sept. 27 announced the new approach, and it held a Wellbeing + Wanderlust @Ford event on Sept. 29 in Dearborn that the company said was intended to jump-start employees' interest in their overall health.

LAFD Memorial Service to Honor 268

The Los Angeles Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony on Oct. 14 starts at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum & Memorial in Hollywood, Calif.

ATSB Releases Final Report on MH370

"Our deepest sympathies remain with those who lost loved ones on MH370. It remains a great tragedy, and we wish that we could have brought complete closure to the bereaved. I hope, however, that they can take some solace in the fact that we did all we could do to find answers," ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood said.

Self-Driving Vehicle Bill Wins Committee's Approval

"Chairman Thune and I have worked closely together for months to craft this bipartisan legislation, and today's introduction is a momentous step toward ensuring that Michigan and the United States continue to lead the world in automotive innovation that keeps our country economically competitive," said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.

Hearings Set on Cut in Washington State Comp Costs

L&I said several factors are behind the proposed 2.5 percent decrease in what employers will pay next year, including employers and workers focusing on safety and L&I initiatives that are helping injured workers recover sooner and reducing comp costs.

Second National Nanotech Day Set for Oct. 9

National Nanotechnology Day is an annual event featuring community-led events and activities on or around Oct. 9 to raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in a variety of products, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future.

"The recent flight tests of the ViSAR sensor marked a major program milestone toward our goal, proving that we can take uninterrupted live video of targets on the ground even when flying through or above clouds," said Bruce Wallace, program manager in DARPA

New Radar Tests Successful, DARPA Announces

"The recent flight tests of the ViSAR sensor marked a major program milestone toward our goal, proving that we can take uninterrupted live video of targets on the ground even when flying through or above clouds," said Bruce Wallace, program manager in DARPA's Strategic Technology Office.

New ISO Guide Offers Quality Management Aid to Medical Device Manufacturers

Significant quality systems and product requirements must be satisfied by manufacturers to ensure their medical devices produced are fit for their intended purpose, ISO notes, recognizing the wide range of medical devices -- everything from simple bandages to the most sophisticated radiotherapy equipment and software for disease screening.

New Warning Out on Bulk Bauxite Shipping

According to IMO, around 100 million tonnes of bauxite, one of the world's major sources of aluminum, are moved annually by sea. In 2015, the 10-year-old Bahamas flag Supramax bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter sank with the loss of 18 seafarers, a sinking referenced in the IMO circular.

Doctor Sentenced for Submitting Fraudulent Data to FMCSA

Dr. Anthony Lefteris pleaded guilty in a federal court in Atlanta on June 5 to federal false statement and false data entry charges. The DOT OIG conducted an undercover operation after receiving allegations during 2016 that he had not complied with DOT's medical examination protocols for applications and renewals for commercial drivers' licenses.

HIOSH Back on Track with New OSHA Agreement

OSHA and the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) have worked together to strengthen the State Plan, and HIOSH has achieved the milestones established to resume practically all private-sector enforcement authority.

'Every Second Counts' is Fire Protection Week's Theme

NFPA said a recent national survey it conducted shows that Americans continue to have many mistaken ideas about home escape planning and practice.

Ebola Vaccines, Drugs Added to U.S. Stockpile

"Today we are prepared to add four Ebola countermeasures to the stockpile, whereas three years ago, very few products were even in early stages of development," BARDA Director Rick Bright, Ph.D., said. "This marks a pivotal moment in U.S. and global preparedness for future public health emergencies from viral hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola."