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The impairment argument is incredibly complex. Many employers use the term in workplace drug and alcohol policies but this may not be the most prudent choice as marijuana impairment cannot necessarily be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

New Massachusetts Law Creates Cannabis Control Commission

The law creates a Cannabis Control Commission to regulate the recreational and medical marijuana industries. The commission also will set potency limits for edible marijuana products and adopt packaging requirements that conform to a detailed list of health and safety protections.

No POV Notices in Latest Year: MSHA

"A number of mine operators have proactively implemented corrective action programs to address specific hazards at their mines to improve miner safety and health, and those efforts are paying off," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Patricia W. Silvey.

Hawaii Joins Cybersecurity Compact

Signed by 38 governors, the compact makes recommendations to better secure states' cyber infrastructure by building cybersecurity governance, preparing and defending the state from cybersecurity events, and growing the country's cybersecurity workforce.



Report Recommends Standardized Sustainability Reporting

"A high sustainability performance rating rings hollow if the business fails to keep its workers safe and healthy," said Kathy A. Seabrook, chair of the CSHS board of directors. "New levels of collaboration and compromise are needed among sustainability reporting groups if we are to significantly reduce workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths."

Share the Road Video Wins Telly Award

"It has always been important for the Share the Road program to engage our audience," said ATA Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs and COO Elisabeth Barna. "We are thrilled that this video continues to reach large audiences and spread a strong safety message to motorists throughout North America."

"The progress we made in 2015 is good news for miners and the mining industry. It is the result of intensive efforts by MSHA and its stakeholders that have led to mine site compliance improvements, a reduction of chronic violators, historic low levels of respirable coal dust and silica, and a record low number of mining deaths," said Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main.

MSHA Launches Coalfields Compliance Assistance Project

Staffers from the agency's division of Coal Mine Safety and Health and training specialists from Educational Field and Small Mine Services will visit coal mines to review approved training plans and talk with and observe miners with one year or less experience at the mine and miners with one year or less experience performing their current job.

NRC Order Outlines TVA Corrective Actions

Issues were identified at the Watts Bar plant, but TVA has agreed to implement actions at its Browns Ferry and Sequoyah nuclear plants and in its corporate offices.

EUROCONTROL Handled Record Volume of Flights in July

Flight traffic in July 2017 was up about 5 percent from 2016. July 2017's millionth flight milestone was passed on July 30.

Harcros Chemicals Settlement to Boost Fire Safety at Eight Sites

DOJ and EPA announced the settlement this week of claims that the company violated Clean Air Act provisions intended to prevent accidental releases of chemicals.

Texas Police Department Revives Road Rage Hotline

"Our goal is to ensure citizens are safe while traveling on our freeways," said Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson. "There is absolutely no reason why someone should engage in aggressive driving behaviors that can lead to violence resulting in unnecessary injuries or even death."

Jacobs Engineering Acquires CH2M Hill for $3.27 Billion

It is a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt, the companies announced Aug. 2.

Grainger's CEO Adds Chairman Title

The company's board of directors has named CEO DG Macpherson to assume the additional role of chairman of the board effective Oct. 1, 2017.

The Golden Gate Bridge at 80

How fitting that one of the best-known symbols of the modern U.S. safety industry is adding stainless steel suicide prevention nets.

The Chemical Hygiene Plan should detail the measures that must be taken to ensure adequate performance of protective equipment.

Implementing the OSHA Lab Standard

OSHA recommends basing a lab's control strategies on the hierarchy of controls.

The incorporation of adjacent hazards is an important safety consideration for all confined space entry since hazards adjacent to the space can significantly affect the hazards in the confined space.

Why Use NFPA 350, Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work?

OSHA tells you what to do; NFPA 350 tells you how to do it by providing supporting information on how to identify hazards, perform gas monitoring, control hazards, and ventilate.

MCR Safety seamless knit manufacturing in action. (MCR Safety photo)

The Golden Era of Hand Protection

Just as the medieval knights required task-specific protection, today's worker is more of an industrial athlete requiring gear to enhance performance.

The Three Leadership Laws of Physical and Organizational Motion

The Laws of Motion are an actual physical set of laws describing the workings of universal forces. Leaders can thoughtfully and strategically apply these to successfully navigate through the challenges of Safety leadership.

What Are Your Safety Roles, Responsibilities, and Results?

Individuals at any level should be able to see themselves as actors in the strategy.

The Indiana Convention Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo Courtesy of Lavengood Photography)

NSC Congress & Expo Races to Indianapolis

The NSC Congress & Expo is sure to be a week full of education and innovation in the safety and health market, so be ready to start your engines come September.

Quality is way up, FR durability and protection are a given in many domestic brands, fabric weights are dropping, comfort is increasing, and styles and brands have begun to rival non-AR/FR street wear. (Tyndale Company, Inc. photo)

A Double-Edged Sword: The Power of Choice in FRC

Here's how you can safely increase comfort and compliance and reduce complaints.

HELP Committee Takes Up Several Nominations Today

Scheduled witnesses in the committee’s 2:30 p.m. hearing include nominees for surgeon general and some top HHS positions.

Annexes provide examples of risk assessment techniques and steps for shutting down and isolating machines or equipment, along with sample policies, guidance on using group lockout, and much more.

Interest Remains High in 'Game Changer' Z244.1-2016 Standard

The Z244.1-2016 standard attempts to help employers and safety managers prevent both violations and worker exposures to hazardous energy.

HHS Awards Money for Flint Exposure Registry

Michigan State University is getting $3.2 million to establish a registry of Flint, Mich., residents who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint water system during 2014-2015. The money is the first installment of a four-year, $14.4 million grant.

OSHA 1910.1450, the standard on occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories, serves to ensure that workers in nonproduction laboratories are informed about the hazards of chemicals in their workplaces and are provided with the appropriate clothing and other PPE. (Workrite Uniform Company photo)

The Do's and Don'ts of Lab Coats

Use these tips for selecting the best protection for those in your laboratory.

New Report Highlights Health Workers' 2015 Exposures

A greater proportion of blood and body fluid splashes and splatters are occurring in patient and exam rooms than in years past, and almost two-thirds of them involved workers' eyes -- a significant concern because fewer than 7 percent of the workers involved with those exposures reported they were wearing eye protection, it reported.

OSHA Electronic Injury Reporting App Available Aug. 1

Establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses -- they include construction, utilities, agriculture, and many more -- will have to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.

West Virginia Opts In to FirstNet to Transform Public Safety Communications

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate, and maintain the network at no cost to the state for the next 25 years; the governor said it will transform the way West Virginia's fire, police, EMS, and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.

OSHA Revises Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

Workers also can opt to file a complaint by fax, mail, or hand-delivery, by contacting the agency at 800-321-6742, or by calling an OSHA regional or area office.

South Carolina Company Halts Nuclear Project

The board of directors at Santee Cooper on July 31 suspended construction work on Units 2 and 3 at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C. -- a decision the company reports will save is customers nearly $7 billion.

ISO 45001 Standard Second Draft Approved

ASSE is the administrator of the U.S. technical advisory group that developed the U.S. position on the standard. ASSE leaders including Tom Cecich, its immediate past president, say ISO 45001 is one of the most significant occupational safety and health voluntary national consensus standards ever.

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