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WorkSafeBC Releases New Resources on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the Service Industry

WorkSafeBC aims to raise awareness about the risk of hearing loss in the service industry with the release of a new safety bulletin and other resources for workers and employers.

NSC Estimates 380 Roadway Deaths During Memorial Day Weekend

NSC Estimates 380 Roadway Deaths During Memorial Day Weekend

For the first time in four years, the National Safety Council estimates fewer than 400 fatalities on the road during Memorial Day weekend.



British Safety Council Calls for UK to Recognize Air Pollution as Occupational Health Hazard

The British Safety Council’s recently released report, Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers, makes an argument for recognizing air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain.

3M PSD's 2019 Scholarships Awarded at AIHce

In the 33rd year for these scholarships, the 3M Personal Safety Division is giving $5,000 to three students who are pursuing graduate degrees in occupational health and safety/industrial hygiene.

The LEED-certified, 1.6 million-square-foot Minneapolis Convention Center features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space and 87 meeting rooms. (Minneapolis Convention Center photo)

Yucca Mountain Workers' Health Concerns Highlighted

Workers at the Yucca Mountain Project in Nevada could be exposed to potentially serious respiratory and radiation hazards if the long-planned High Level Nuclear Waste repository is revived and advanced by Congress, two presenters explained in an educational session at this week's AIHce EXP 2019 conference and expo here.

NIOSH Details New Tools for Chemical Risk Assessment, Management

AIHce EXP 2019 attendees filled a meeting room May 20 to learn about current NIOSH work projects on chemical risk assessments and management of those risks

FAA Changes Recreational Drone Rules

Until further notice, ATC facilities will no longer accept requests to operate recreational drones in controlled airspace on a case-by-case basis. Instead, FAA is granting temporary airspace authorizations to fly in certain "fixed sites" in controlled airspace throughout the country.

New Orleans Wins Public Safety and Emergency Management Award

The award recognizes technology and innovation at the New Orleans Real-Time Crime Center.

FY2019 NRC Fees Increased for Operating Reactors

The FY2019 annual fees are increasing for operating reactors, research and test reactors, and some materials users. Annual fees will decrease for spent fuel storage/reactor decommissioning, fuel facilities, select materials users, U.S. Department of Energy transportation activities, and the DOE Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Program.

Safe, Comfortable & Compliant: How to Avoid Heat Stress

From repairing electrical lines with thousands of volts running through them to orchestrating precise tasks hundreds of feet above the deck on an oil rig, lineman and oil and gas workers face countless hazards daily.

An Introduction to the Safety Industry

For those of you who don't know, I'm Sydny Shepard, the soon-to-be Editor of Occupational Health & Safety upon Jerry Laws' retirement at the end of June.

OSHA Considering Update of LOTO Standard

The agency seeks comments by Aug. 18. OSHA is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy and also the evolving technology for robotics.

OSHA Partnership Signed for Wisconsin Construction Project

The partners will focus on falls, electrical safety, silica exposure, and safe practices for steel erectors and aerial boom lifts.

Relaxed attitudes toward marijuana use come at a time when the drug is more potent than ever. (J.J. Keller & Associates photo)

Cannabis Forum Highlights 2019 World Standards Week

The American National Standards Institute has announced the schedule of events for World Standards Week 2019, which is set for Nov. 4-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C. A Legal Issues Forum concerns cannabis regulation and standardization.

Five States Win Grants for Programs Targeting Drowsy Driving

Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York will each receive $15,000 in funding. Eight states applied for the grants.

Pool Chemical Injuries Cause More than 4,500 ER Visits Annually: CDC

Inhalation injuries are the most common. When CDC examined emergency department visits due to pool chemical injuries during 2015- 2017, the top diagnosis was poisoning due to breathing in chemical fumes, vapors, or gases—as when opening chlorine containers, for example.

WHO Issues Dementia Prevention Guidelines

"In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple," said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart is also good for our brain."

Illinois Legislation Would Strengthen 'Move Over' Law

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and state lawmakers unveiled two bills on May 13 that would strengthen the state's "move over" law and also would create a Move Over Task Force to study the issue of violations of that law.

Virginia Town Hall: Distracted Driving Most Serious Concern

"While the vast majority of Virginians said distracted driving is a serious problem, nearly 80 percent candidly admitted that they at least sometimes use their cellphones while driving," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "However, they also indicated that family and friends have the power to influence them to put the phone down."

Transportation Secretary Suspends Air Service Between U.S. and Venezuela

The order took immediate effect and is in place until a further order from DOT.

BCSP's CEO Among 2019 ASSP Fellows

The four honorees are longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession: Earl Blair, Richard Nugent, James Ramsay, and Treasa Turnbeaugh.

DHS Urged to Collect More Data on Securing the Cities Spending

The program aims to reduce the risk of successful deployment of nuclear or radiological weapons in U.S. cities, and it establishes local threat detection and deterrence capabilities.

NFPA Hosting San Antonio Active Shooter Event in June

The National Fire Protection Association will host a free active shooter/hostile event program June 18 in San Antonio, in conjunction with its 2019 Conference & Expo, for emergency managers, policymakers, fire, police, EMS, school officials, and facility managers.

This U.S. Coast Guard photo included in the NTSB report shows damage to the port bow of barge B. No. 255 after the explosion.

NTSB Cites Lack of Maintenance, Safety Management in Barge Explosion

The October 2017 explosion and fire involving the tug and barge Buster Bouchard/B. No. 255 off Port Aransas, Texas, killed two crewmen and caused $5 million in property damage.

Five Homeopathic Product Companies Warned on Violations

Four of the FDA's warning letters went to companies that jointly produced a product labeled as homeopathic that posed a significant safety risk to consumers because their purportedly sterile products were not shown to be sterile and the fifth letter outlined a company's failure to have systems in place to assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes.

British Columbia Work Zone Campaign Under Way

In 2018, two British Columbia roadside workers died as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle, and 29 others were injured. Between 2009 and 2018, 13 roadside workers were killed and 213 were injured under similar circumstances.

E-Filing Requirement Nears for OSHRC Represented Parties

Effective June 10, e-filing is mandatory for parties represented by attorneys or non-attorney representatives. Self-represented parties have the option of using the E-File System or filing documents by conventional means.

OSHA Issues Final Rule Revising Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

According to the Federal Register notice, the rule "reduces regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health, and improving privacy protections."

FAA Sets Scoping Meetings on LaGuardia Transit Plan

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey plans to build an elevated, automated people mover that would provide direct access between LaGuardia Airport and Willets Point in Queens, where passengers can connect to the New York City subway system and the Long Island Rail Road. LaGuardia Airport currently is accessible only by road.

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