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Order Signed for Mexico's Largest Wind Park

"Mexico is undergoing a historical moment in its energy policy and we are extremely pleased to play an active role in this process. By building Mexico's largest wind park with Vestas' turbines, we are taking a bold step in the country's transition towards renewables," said Adrián Katzew, CEO of Zuma Energía.

HHS Awards Money to Aid 1,333 Health Centers

Health centers are receiving the funds to continue improving their services based on their high performance in one or more of these categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition.

Gains Made in Fingerprint Analysis: NIST

An algorithm developed by NIST and Michigan State University researchers may help to reduce the chance of human error in the first step of fingerprint analysis.



OSHA Announces Second Meeting on Strengthening VPP

It will take place 1-4 p.m. Aug. 28 in New Orleans. The agency wants stakeholders to provide new ideas on three subjects: overall VPP process and flow, corporate/long-term participant involvement, and Special Government Employee activities.

NY 2017 Speed Week Tickets Topped 21,000

As part of the enforcement campaign, troopers targeted speeding and aggressive drivers statewide, watching for impaired and distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who were not properly buckled up, and drivers who violated the "Move Over Law" that requires them to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles stopped in or on the side of the road.

Incorporating JSAs Into Your Safety Process

All information captured by you and your team can be further analyzed and used in order to predict, mitigate, and avoid risk.

Alaska Aviation Safety Back in the Spotlight This Week

Pilot training, FAA oversight of Hageland Aviation, and guidance for pilots on deteriorating weather conditions to mitigate controlled-flight-into-terrain risk are topics to be discussed at the Aug. 17 hearing in Anchorage.

Hawaii Approves Second Licensed Dispensary to Start Sales

"The opening of a licensed dispensary on Oahu is a major milestone for the more than 5,000 qualified patients and caregivers in Honolulu," said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. "Our staff continues to work with all the licensees as they build their facilities and business operations in compliance with county and state laws to ensure product and patient safety."

MSHA Implements Medical Action Plan for Some Employees

MSHA inspectors and technical personnel are required to have periodic medical examinations and meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management-approved medical standards. MSHA determined approximately 15 to 20 percent of MSHA inspectors and technical personnel do not currently meet the agency's medical standard.

Two Hearings This Week on Washington's Sick Leave Rules

"We know paid sick leave is a big change for employers and workers," said Annette Taylor, deputy assistant director of L&I's Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards. "We're doing everything we can to make sure people know what the proposed rules are and have an opportunity to provide input before this significant change happens in January."

VF Corp. Buying Dickies

Steve Rendle, president and CEO of VF, said the acquisition "combines two great companies and a group of iconic brands to create a global leader in workwear with approximately $1.7 billion in annual revenue. We look forward to welcoming Williamson-Dickie and its 7,000 dedicated employees to the VF family."

NIOSH Completes NORA's Second Decade, Readies for Third

"With this report, we have a clear picture of the value of bringing together groups that all have an interest in occupational safety and health and the impact we can have when we work together on shared goals," Director Dr. John Howard said.

CDC Estimates 3.4 Million Americans Living with Epilepsy

"Epilepsy is common, complex to live with, and costly. It can lead to early death if not appropriately treated," said Rosemarie Kobau, MPH, head of CDC's Epilepsy Program. "Everyone should know how to recognize a seizure and how to give appropriate first aid."

ICC Board President Wins Award

Georgia State Fire Marshal M. Dwayne Garriss, who is also the president of the International Code Council's board of directors, recently received the National Association of State Fire Marshals' 2017 President's Award for his dedication to furthering the fire prevention profession.

California Refinery Regs Require Safety Culture Assessments

The regulations include requirements to adopt inherently safer designs and systems to the greatest extent feasible and also require periodic workplace safety culture assessments to evaluate whether management is appropriately emphasizing safety over production pressures.

Kawasaki Motors Recalls 15,000 ATVs

The company has received 18 reports of fuel leaks from the vehicles' fuel tap. No injuries have been reported.

DOT Proposes $78.88 Million in FASTLANE Small Grants to 10 Infrastructure Projects

Seven of the 10 proposed grants are targeted projects in rural areas to increase freight mobility and produce greater economic opportunities, according to DOT.

Best Practices: Mining for Metal or Nonmetals

Here are some best practices when mining.

FDA Expands Public Education Campaign to Encompass Prevention of Youth e-Cigarette Use

FDA Campaign Aims to Prevent Youth e-Cigarette Use

The agency hopes it can discourage the use of e-cirgarettes by young people.

This CSB photo shows the aftermatch of the dust explosion and fire on Feb. 20, 2003, at the CTA Acoustics manufacturing plant in Corbin, Ky. killing seven workers.

Why You Shouldn't Put Off Your Safety Initiatives, Even When OSHA Rules are Delayed

Just because some rules are delayed doesn't mean they're off the table. In fact, many experts believe they will still move forward, possibly in their current form.

Paper Cites Beneficial Effects of Playing Video Games

The authors of the paper published in the journal Human Factors -- human factors/ergonomics researchers -- evaluated whether casual video game play is an effective way to combat workplace stress during breaks.

NIOSH Leader Touts PtD Pilot Credit

The NIOSH Construction Program worked with the U.S. Green Building Council to develop it in order to explore the connection between occupational safety and health and sustainable building practices.

FDA Approves Hepatitis C Drug

FDA said the safety and efficacy of Mavyret were evaluated during clinical trials enrolling approximately 2,300 adults with HCV infection without cirrhosis or with mild cirrhosis, and the trials demonstrated that 92-100 percent of patients who received Mavyret for eight, 12, or 16 weeks' duration had no virus detected in the blood 12 weeks after finishing treatment.

Grant Funding Offered to UK Water Rescue Services

Local water rescue services could use the money to purchase lifesaving equipment such as boats, life jackets, and safety gear. They have until Sept. 6 to submit their bids to the Department for Transport.

DEKRA Seeking Safety Champion Submissions

The 2017 Awards will recognize the best projects, processes, and solutions in Germany in three categories – safety in transport, safety at work, and safety at home.

IAFC Welcomes New President

Chief Tom Jenkins of the Rogers, Arkansas, Fire Department, was installed July 27 as president and chairman of the board. He has promised to better lead, educate, and serve fire chiefs across the world, saying IAFC "will do this through improved outreach, better social media interaction, strategic political advocacy, and by continuing to elevate our annual conference, Fire-Rescue International."

NASA Welcomes Citizen Scientists' Help During Eclipse

"No matter where you are in North America, whether it's cloudy, clear, or rainy, NASA wants as many people as possible to help with this citizen science project," said Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator for the project. "We want to inspire a million eclipse viewers to become eclipse scientists."

Workers Warned About Heat Stress

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries noted that roofing, highway construction, and agricultural work are some occupations in the state with workers particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses when temperatures rise.

Two Houston Pilots Honored with IMO Bravery at Sea Award

Capt. Michael G. McGee and Capt. Michael C. Phillips are to receive the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea in recognition of their actions in averting a tragedy when the ship they were piloting broke down and caught fire in the Houston Ship Channel last year.

California Ports Looking for Cleaner Engines in Harbor Craft

The request under the Technology Advancement Program offers $500,000 for one or two demonstrations of technologies that will upgrade engines to Tier 3 or Tier 4 standards, which means the engines are as much as 70 percent cleaner. Proposals are due by Sept. 21.

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