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FDA Assessing Safety of Surgical Staples for Internal Use

The agency plans in the coming months to issue a draft guidance with labeling recommendations for manufacturers and to hold a public advisory committee meeting to discuss whether the current pathway for manufacturers to market surgical staplers for internal use is appropriate.

National Flood Safety Awareness Week Under Way

NOAA and the National Weather Service want the public to know that flooding is a coast to coast threat across the United States and its territories during all months of the year.

Heating Pads Recalled for Burn, Fire Hazards

About 5,600 Aroma Home USB Heated Hottie heating pads have been recalled by T.J. Maxx because the pads can overheat during use, posing fire and burn hazards to the users.



Affected By the Time Change? You're Not Alone

The fall time change brings a sudden change in driving conditions in the late afternoon rush hour, from driving home from work during daylight hours to driving home in darkness, while the spring time change leads to more daylight in the evening, which may disturb some people's sleep, NIOSH Research Health Scientist Claire Caruso, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, explains in a NIOSH Science Blog post.

FEMA Disallows Payment of $306 Million for Oroville Dam Repairs

"Two separate independent engineering reviews indicate that a variety of problems existed at the dam prior to the February 2017 floods. FEMA's Public Assistance can only fund work directly linked to the declared disaster, and so the grant assistance request of $306.4 million was not approved for the upper gated spillway," a FEMA spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

At Least 21 UN Employees Aboard Crashed Ethiopian Jet

UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement saying he is "deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives" in the Ethiopian Airlines disaster. That flight was bound for Nairobi, Kenya, in clear weather. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane only six minutes into the flight, according to news reports.

First-Time EHS Software Buyer Fears: How to Overcome Them and Ensure a Successful Technology Program

First-Time EHS Software Buyer Fears: How to Overcome Them and Ensure a Successful Technology Program

There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to buying enterprise environmental, health, safety, and quality (EHSQ) software for the first time.

Two Contractors Cited in Florida Double Fatality Case

The OSHA citations against PCL Construction Services, Inc. and Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. say their use of the bolts and brackets and not the approved shoring towers created a collapse hazard on the seventh floor of a hotel under construction in Orlando last year.

Transportation's Future Eyed at SXSW This Week

The agency is hosting five interactive sessions and a demonstration room at the hotel on March 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Experts will be on hand to discuss featured projects.

AIHA Announces Board Election Results

The new board members will be inducted at the association's annual business meeting May 22 at the AIHce EXP 2019 conference in Minneapolis.

BARDA Funding Development of First Marburg Vaccine

The Marburg virus is part of the family of hemorrhagic fever viruses that includes Ebola. The virus causes a similar illness to that of Ebola and occurs most often in Africa. The Marburg virus was recognized in 1967 and, since then, multiple outbreaks have occurred with high mortality rates, most recently in 2017.

WorkSafeBC Adds Slip & Fall to Manufacturing High Risk Strategy

The Manufacturing High Risk Strategy was introduced in 2018. It addresses seven strategic focus areas: machine guarding and lockout, powered tools, hand tools (knives), material handling (falling objects), falls from elevation, falls on the same level, and mobile equipment.

OSHRC Affirms Citation in Workplace Violence Case

The case involves a serious violation of the General Duty Clause for which Integra Health Management, an Owings Mills, Md.-based social service employer, was cited.

NTSB Still Analyzing Recorders from Houston Cargo Plane Crash

The agency reported the airplane's crew were in communication with air traffic control and were being provided radar vectors for the runway 26L approach into George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Crew communications consistent with a loss of control of the aircraft began approximately 18 seconds prior to the end of the recording.

MIOSHA Signs New Alliance Agreement with MTMIC

This is the fourth time the Manufacturing Technology Mutual Insurance Company has renewed its alliance with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

New App Promotes Workplace Safety

The Vision Zero app promotes ISSA's "7 golden rules — for zero accidents and healthy work." It is quick and easy to use and shows the workplace safety and health status of an organization, according to EU-OSHA.

Oregon Legislature Settles Harassment Case with BOLI

The terms of the settlement state that the state Legislature will pay a combined $1.1 million in non-economic damages to eight aggrieved parties who worked at the Capitol in a variety of roles but were not elected officials. The largest individual damages award is $415,000.

Ninth Former Armstrong Coal Official Charged in Kentucky Case

A federal grand jury also charged the nine Armstrong Coal officials with making false statements as to results of tests required to be conducted every 60 days to protect certain "designated occupations," which are the dustiest and most dangerous job assignments in a coal mine.

New Managing Director Named at NTSB

Sharon Bryson had served as deputy managing director for about a year; as managing director, she is responsible for assisting the NTSB chair with all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Pilot Study Shows Visual Literacy Training Improves Hazard Recognition

“About 90 percent of the information people consume is visual,” said John Dony, director of the Campbell Institute. “Taking in that much visual data can lead us to have inattentional blindness – only seeing what we deem important to see but being blind to many other details, like potential hazards. That’s why training workers to better see where those hazards might exist is crucial to workplace health and safety.”

ISEA Releases New Glove Standard on Impact Performance

While standards for industrial gloves that protect hands from cuts, punctures, abrasions, and chemical exposure have long existed, ANSI/ISEA 138 is the first standard to address the risk to hands from impact injuries in North America.

Nearly 20,000 U.S. Staph Deaths Last Year, CDC Reports

CDC experts say health care tactics such as decolonization (reducing germs people may carry and spread) before surgery and following CDC's current recommendations could prevent more staph infections.

DC Employment Services Launches Spanish Website

Mayor Muriel Bowser's office also announced a new $100,000 grant that will expand access to bilingual work readiness training services in high-demand and rapidly growing job sectors.

Senate HELP Panel Holds Hearing on Preventable Disease Outbreaks

One witness expected to testify is John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, secretary of health with the Washington State Department of Health, who has been dealing with a measles outbreak in the state. As of March 3, 71 confirmed cases had been reported in Washington state this year.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb Resigns

According to CNN, Gottlieb is leaving to spend more time with his family. He had been commuting to Washington weekly from his home in Connecticut.

Use Daylight Saving's Start to Check for Vehicle Recalls, NHTSA Urges

During 2018, there were more than 900 vehicle recalls affecting more than 33.5 million vehicles in the United States. "Every vehicle recall is serious. Yet only about 75 percent of vehicles recalled in a given year are ever fixed. That puts you, your passengers, and others on the road at risk," NHTSA noted.

New Chairs Announced for Z359, A10 Standards Committees

Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, is the new chair of the Z359 Fall Protection Committee and John Johnson, CSP, is the new chair of the A10 Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations Committee. Both will serve three-year terms that can be reaffirmed for longer periods of service by the committees.

DOT Inspector General Auditing Controls of FAA's STARS

The audit will assess FAA's identification and mitigation of security risks in STARS and determine whether its contingency planning limits the effects caused by the loss of STARS operations at large Terminal Radar Approach Control facilities during emergencies.

Resident Inspectors Chosen for New Vogtle Units

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Atlanta recently announced the selection of Kenya Carrington and Patrick Heher as resident inspectors for the construction of Vogtle Units 3 and 4, new units being built near Waynesboro, Ga.

GHSA Projects 2018 Pedestrian Fatalities Highest Since 1990

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association projects that 6,227 pedestrian fatalities took place on U.S. roads in 2018. The projection would be the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990.