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Five California Officers Receive Medal of Valor Awards

The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2003 gives the governor authority to award medals to public safety officers who are recognized by the attorney general for extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cage-Free Eggs Apparently Over, CDC Reports

A total of 44 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella were reported from 11 states this year, with 12 people hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Recommendations from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board following the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 are still open. (U.S. Chemical Safety Board photo)

CSB Adopts Order on Worker Participation in Investigations

The five-page order says investigators-in-charge of any given investigation are to offer a reasonable number of workers and/or their representatives the opportunity to participate in investigative activities.



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ASSP Hosts Women's Safety Summit

"By harnessing our collective power, we can lead a deeper global conversation and make a lasting impact for women everywhere," said Abby Ferri, administrator of ASSP's Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Common Interest Group. "Women make up nearly 50 percent of the global workforce and often experience occupational risks differently than men. However, safety interventions frequently take a one-size-fits-all approach. We must advocate for gender-specific solutions."

Big Recall of Flushing Systems Announced

Flushmate has received 1,446 reports in the United States and seven reports in Canada of the systems bursting, resulting in property damage totaling about $710,000, including 23 injury reports with one requiring foot surgery.

Cal/OSHA to Require Electronic Form 300As from Many Employers

The agency submitted the regulation to the state Office of Administrative Law on Oct 25; interested parties have until Oct. 30 to submit comments on it, and OAL has until Nov. 5 to review and adopt or deny the regulation.

RAND Report Offers Framework for Measuring Automated Vehicle Safety

The report defines safety as elimination, minimization, or management of harm to the public, possibly including animals and property.

Record Tonnage Moved Through Panama Canal in FY2018

The 9.5 percent increase from PY2017 was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas and natural liquefied gas carriers, containerships, chemical tankers, and vehicle carriers.

UK Agency Developing New Highway Code to Protect Cyclists, Pedestrians

A new Highway Code from England's Department for Transport will help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads, Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced recently. The government’s review follows the release of road casualty figures showing that 101 cyclists died in 2017 in road traffic collisions.

Federal Transit Administration Raising Random Drug Testing Rate

FTA's minimum random testing rate was lowered from 50 percent to 25 percent in 2007 and has remained there since then. But the violation rate in 2017 was 1.06 percent, requiring the agency to increase the random testing rate back to 50 percent.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to prevent thousands of collisions and injuries annually, DOT and NHTSA believe. (Image downloaded from NHTSA August 2014 report)

Five Semifinalists Advance in DOT Safety Visualization Challenge

"These advanced applications show the potential for data-driven safety solutions that the department wants to support," said Under Secretary of Transportation Derek Kan.

Philadelphia Bridge Replacement Project Completed

The seven bridges over I-676 were rebuilt in two major stages to minimize traffic impacts. The original two-span bridges, which were constructed in the late 1950s, all were replaced with single-span structures that do not require a center pier in the middle of I-676.

Live From NSC 2018: Wrap-Up

This year's National Safety Council Congress & Expo went by in a flash! We've rounded up some of the highlights from the show floor—you can catch up on everything you may have missed on our Live From NSC Social Zone at OHSonline.com/live.

How to Be Prepared for Workplace Violence

Don Moseman, a master instructor for the North Dakota Safety Council, outlined during an NSC 2018 session some of the policies and practices employers should use.

Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Wood Products Companies Addressed by WorkSafeBC Process Safety Initiative

"We are looking at the types of hazards and the risks they pose that are specific to each employer, and how they are managing and controlling those risks," said Gordon Harkness, manager of the Risk Analysis Unit. "We want employers to manage the risks that are created through their processes."

Cuts, Impact Focus of Emerging Standard for Hand Protection

An Oct. 23 Learning Lab session at #NSCExpo looked toward the future of hand protection, with a new emerging standard focused on cut and impact for the back of the hand.

Lessons Learned from Harvey Shared at #NSCexpo

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett shared the lessons learned from the devastating 2017 storm in the Occupational Keynote on Oct. 24.

OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for FY 2018

OSHA officials have released their list of the top 10 violations seen by the agency in fiscal year 2018. The list includes two categories that have not previously hit the top 10.

Council Unveils Workplace Section of Injury Facts Database

Safety professionals have an exciting new resource at their fingertips, a highly useful database that allows them to benchmark their companies' results against their own industry and other industries' rates.

Compliance with Crystalline Silica Standards Stressed at NSC

A Monday session at this year's #NSCExpo explored the differences between OSHA's respirable crystalline silica regulations for construction versus those for general industry, as well as ways for general industry to comply with the standard.

NSC Executive Forum: New Technologies Showing Promise

The participants, top EHS people from Cummins, IBM, and United Rentals, discussed their companies' use or testing of technologies such as AI, virtual reality, drones, wearables, cobots, and more.

The George R. Brown Convention Center opened in downtown Houston in 1987. It boasts 1.8 million square feet of space, with more than 500,000 square feet dedicated to its exhibit halls.

OSHA Lead Investigators Highlight 'Most Interesting' Cases

A significant machine guarding case and an imminent hazard notice issued to a plating company were highlighted.

NSC Presents Distinguished Service to Safety, Marion Martin Awards

The DSSA is the highest award given to individuals by the National Safety Council.

The expo will take place inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, which opened on the east side of downtown Houston on Sept. 26, 1987. (Julie Soefer Photography)

Opioid Crisis, Traffic Deaths in Focus at NSC 2018

Deborah A.P. Hersman, the National Safety Council's president and CEO, told attendees at the Oct. 22 opening session that all of us have to see more clearly the hazards that are killing so many Americans.

NRC Approves Revised Emergency Preparedness Plan for Oyster Creek Plant

The changes in the plan include exemptions from some requirements that may not be applicable to a plant that has permanently ceased operations.

Live From NSC Congress & Expo Day 1

The first day of the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston was a whirlwind! Catch up on all the action by visiting our Live From NSC social zone at OHSonline.com/live!

National Safety Council Adds Nine New Board Members

"These men and women bring a wealth of experience to the board," its chairman, Mark Vergnano, said Oct. 21.

Study Supports Pharmacies' Dispensing of Vaccine During Flu Epidemics

During a more severe epidemic, adding pharmacies averted up to 23.7 million symptomatic cases, prevented up to 210,228 deaths, and saved $2.8 billion in direct medical costs, $97.1 billion in productivity losses, and $99.8 billion in overall costs.

Proper testing of a confined space

Confined Spaces: We Have a Failure to Communicate

Given the statistics on confined space deaths, shouldn't rescuers know about atmospheric conditions before entering and attempting rescue? And shouldn't the attendant know about the entrants' readings in real time anyway?