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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.

L&I VPP Seminar Set for March 19

The keynote speaker is Michael Wood, CSP, administrator for Oregon OSHA and a former L&I manager, who will address the challenges of making workplace health and safety a reality through effective leadership, consistent messaging, and safety fundamentals.

Although adopting Lean is ultimately something of a paradigm shift for most companies, getting started is easy. (Southland Industries photo)

Leaning into Construction Safety

Lean principles ensure everyone is on the same page from day one of a project and that each team member maintains a shared understanding of tasks, risks, goals, and procedures throughout construction.

The simple addition of a bump cap is the equivalent of a buying an insurance policy. It

One Heck of a Bump

Depending on the environment, bump caps can be customized to suit most situations.

The Ins and Outs of Safety

Ask and listen for real suggestions of where workers see Safety falling short (non-defensively, of course).

It is important to remember to attempt to capture the worker

Refreshing on the Basics of Noise and Hearing Conservation

Understanding what the rules are is only half of the battle with noise. The other half is assessing noise levels and utilizing effective controls.

Make sure the weight rating of the ladder you choose is greater than your weight and all of the clothes, tools, and equipment you will be wearing/carrying. (Little Giant Ladder Systems photo)

Ladder Safety Month: Ladder Safety Tips

When climbed properly, a ladder in good condition will never be the cause of the accident.

Look for a headband with the level of resilience and interoperability that meets the specific application. Then, select those with lightweight design and materials to support long-time wear. (Honeywell Safety & Productivity Solutions photo)

Not Your Grandpa's Ear Muffs

Advances in passive hearing protection improve comfort, fit, and function.

Until marijuana production, manufacturing, labeling, and distribution become standardized, use, safety, and wellness will continue to be a foggy area. (OraSure Technologies graphic)

Marijuana in the Workplace

Employers' policies should restrict marijuana use to the extent permitted by law.

The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is set for May 6-10, 2019. Falls from height cause more than one-third of U.S. construction deaths.

Far Too Many Fatal Falls

The latest BLS CFOI data showed 747 construction trades workers died in 2017, and that fatal falls were at their highest level in the 26-year history of the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

Keeping clean, cool, and convenient water accessible to workers can prove to be more challenging than one would think. The use of hydration packs is a good way to not only solve for that challenge, but encourage more intake of water. (Ergodyne photo)

When Work Brings the Heat: Your Guide to Heat Stress Risks and Solutions

You can't change the weather, but you can change your approach to working in the heat.


Creating an Electrical Safety Culture: The Dangers of Complacency

Complacency can be dangerous when it comes to protecting the face and hands or properly protecting yourself from devastating electrical shock hazards.

If we can aggregate the data to change how people work, isolate them from hazards, and eventually eliminate hazards, we can tap into the full potential of connected safety. (Industrial Scientific photo)

How Much Awareness is Too Much Awareness?

We are already struggling to tread water in a sea of devices vying for our attention. When connected safety programs are properly implemented, these can be a life raft, and with some work, a speed boat to navigate these waters.

About Those Robots . . . .

Robot density will be high in Japan because of its aging population, and the Asian robot market as a whole "will explode," the report predicts.

NTSB Finds Incorrectly Installed Tapping Tee Caused Explosion

A locking sleeve was not attached to the gas main at the Millersville, Pa., site of the July 2017 explosion, and two of four nylon bolts needed to secure the tee to the main were broken.

Technology advances mean high-performance FRC can finally match non-FR in weight, flex, softness, and moisture management. (Tyndale Company photo)

Is Comfortable FRC an Urban Myth?

Recent fabric and style advances are challenging conventional wisdom.

Any person who may be exposed to the electrical energy should be party to the LOTO procedure.

Lockout/Tagout (LOTO): Electrical Safety Simplified

LOTO is an integral part of the electrical safety requirements contained in the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

PG&E Repeatedly Delayed Safety Work on Power Line Suspected in California Wildfire, Report Says

PG&E told regulators in 2013 that it intended to replace much of the infrastructure on the Caribou-Palermo line, including towers and wires, according to the report. However, the company resubmitted that plan in 2014, 2015, and 2016, postponing the planned work.

House of Representatives Passes Bill for Firefighter Safety, Technology

House of Representatives Passes Bill for Firefighter Safety, Technology

Tools for firefighter safety provided for by the bill include safety alerts for managers, a database to track on-the-job injuries and wildland firefighter deaths, and GPS locators for firefighting crews.