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London Fire Brigade Trying to Change Minds on Sprinklers

Sprinklers are present in just 1 percent of the incidents at care homes, retirement homes, and hostels to which Brigade fire crews respond; of the 428 fires responded to by London firefighters at such facilities during 2017, only five of the facilities had fire sprinklers.

The last thing first responders need is a false pass on their respiratory protection fit. (OHD, LLLP photo)

Why Respiratory Protection and Fit Testing Matter

I cannot stress enough how important it is for all first responders to always wear respiratory protection on the fireground—even after the fire is out.

Excessively hot or cold water temperatures in safety showers and eyewashes can exacerbate the very injuries the safety equipment is designed to reduce. (Haws Corporation photo)

Best Practices When Procuring, Placing and Maintaining Your Emergency Eye/Face Wash and Showers

It is critical to ensure that the equipment is functioning properly and highly visible in case of an emergency.

A written respiratory protection program must be implemented that meets all of the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.134. (3M Personal Safety Division photo)

Why Pick a PAPR?

PAPRs are useful and often necessary in many types of hazardous jobs and conditions.

The primary causes of heat stress are poor hydration, lack of shade, and lack of rest breaks, not clothing. (Tyndale Company photo)

The Truth About Heat Stress and FRC

It would be a terrible shame to put American workers at risk of catastrophic or fatal burn injury because of an outdated myth about PPE and heat stress.

This CSB photo shows the aftermath of the Imperial Sugar plant explosions in 2008 and is found in the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Towards Compliance: NFPA 652 Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust

If explosion preventive measures alone cannot reduce the risk of a dust cloud explosion to an acceptable level, then explosion protection measures must be considered.

Stress in the World of Industrial Hygiene: Is It Understood?

How does stress affect an employee's health to the point that we need to take it into consideration when evaluating their working environment? Should stress be included in the evaluation to management as a matter of concern?

Championing Safety

Championing Safety works best when leaders from senior management and worker levels simultaneously come together to spearhead change. This is a proven way to significantly elevate injury prevention performance and culture.

Fire Safety: Plan, Prevent, Train, Recover

Fires have the highest casualty rate of workplace accidents, but there are ways to mitigate risk.

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)

Underestimated No More

The conference's opening session will feature keynote speaker Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, speaking on "Lessons in Leadership."

Chemical Protective Clothing Selection—Finding the Best Match for Your Hazard

You should strive to gather permeation data for the CPC you plan to use against your actual workplace chemicals.

Wage and Hour Concludes Service Providers for Virtual Marketplace Company Are Independent Contractors

To make the determination, WHD applied what DOL described as "its longstanding and unchanged six-factor balancing test, derived from Supreme Court precedent."

Commenters Back Association's Bid for Hours Exemption

Two of the waste & recycling industry's largest companies submitted comments in support and asserted that electronic logging devices are incompatible with their industry. "The end result is that ELDs will distract drivers by requiring constant interaction with the ELDs and potentially compromise safety," Waste Management's comments stated.

U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Hawaii and the Pacific photo

Agencies Conduct Mass Rescue Exercise in Hawaii

According to the Coast Guard, this was the first airport response exercise of this scale conducted in an ocean environment in the state and was vital because of the volume of air traffic in the region and the proximity of most airports to the ocean.

Boilers Recalled for Carbon Monoxide Risk

Owners of the recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or Viessmann to schedule a free in-home safety inspection and repair.

AAR Presents 2019 Environmental Excellence Award

Gary Van Tassel II of CSX Transportation and his team made the traditional intermodal facility more efficient by implementing new technology and modernizing site layouts, which allow CSX to operate with a smaller footprint, fewer diesel utility trucks, a transition to electrified cranes, and significantly reduced truck dwell times.

NIOSH Presents 2019 Science Awards

"The annual NIOSH Science Awards allows us to take a moment to recognize the talented and dedicated staff at NIOSH and our partners who are instrumental in accomplishing the important work that helps us achieve our mission of generating new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and transferring that knowledge into practice," NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, M.D., said.

How Ready is your Company for Industry 4.0?

How Ready is your Company for Industry 4.0?

Organizations are increasingly looking for ways to transform their business so they can stay competitive, streamline operations and increase profits.

This memorial wall was erected to honor the 29 miners who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine South explosion on April 5, 2010. (MSHA photo)

Many Organizations Marked Workers' Memorial Day 2019

ASSP is encouraging widespread involvement in upcoming workplace safety campaigns that began April 28 with the observance of Workers' Memorial Day. "We often take for granted that our families will be safe and healthy at the end of the work day," ASSP President Rixio Medina, CSP, said. "But that assumption is far from reality, given the many who are lost every day around the world as a result of work-related incidents."

Colorado Governor Supports Organization's Behavioral Health Outlay

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis recently spoke to an audience at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colo., expressing support for Vail Health's decision to invest $60 million in behavioral health care for the Eagle River Valley community.

DOL Urged to Better Track Impact of Advanced Technologies

According to officials from the 16 firms GAO interviewed for its report, cost savings and other considerations led them to adopt advanced technologies, despite facing certain risks with the technologies.

New Acting Deputy Director Appointed at ATF

Regina Lombardo has served as the associate deputy director and chief operating officer for the agency since March 2018, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the agency. Starting May 1, she will be the first woman to lead ATF in its history.

Minneapolis Using App to Help Visually Impaired Maneuver in Four Locations

Minneapolis has made the four "geo-fenced" locations available on the Aira app for free. Aira is available on any iOS or Android phone by downloading the mobile app and registering.

FDA Launches Campaign to Encourage Safe Removal of Unused Opioid Pain Medication from Homes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday the launch of a new education campaign to help the public understand the importance of removing and properly disposing of unused prescription opioid medication from their homes.

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance to Aid Voluntary Recalls

FDA said the guidance builds on 18 months of improvements to its recall processes that have resulted in more timely information being available to consumers. Examples include alerts, advisories, or consumer warnings related to products such as pre-cut melon associated with an outbreak of Salmonella infections and recalled vegetables, drugs, homeopathic products, and test strips for home-use monitoring of Warfarin.

Nebraskans Reminded to Check Permit Requirements Before Rebuilding

Local or state permits may be needed before starting to rebuild after a severe storm, straight-line winds, and flooding in much of the state during March, FEMA and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency are reminding state residents.

Guilty Plea Lodged in Texas Laser Pointing Case

The defendant admitted that on June 23, 2018, he pointed a green laser light at an Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter while it was in the air. Texas Department of Public Safety agents were flying a the helicopter on a routine law enforcement patrol at the time.

PG&E Hires Former NTSB Chair as Safety Advisor

"We are also pleased to welcome Christopher Hart as an independent safety advisor," said John Simon, interim CEO of the corporation. "We welcome his insights as we confront the growing wildfire threat and commit to advancing the highest standards of transparency and safety."

Rx National Take Back Day Set for April 27

DEA reported that the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, most of them obtained from family and friends.

NFPA to Consolidate Emergency Responder Standards

The National Fire Protection Association Standards Council has approved a plan to consolidate and merge the information currently available in 114 NFPA Emergency Response and Responder Safety standards, guides, and recommended practices into 38 overarching standards.

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