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The May 22 general session will bring all attendees together for a discussion on one of the most pressing issues in America, the opioids crisis and the potential for first responders to be dangerously exposed while working. (J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia photo)

AIHce EXP 2018 Keynoter: Technology’s Accelerating, So Keep Up

Noise exposure, aerosols, beryllium, dust explosion prevention, highly infectious diseases, and much more were on the agenda May 21 at the biggest IH conference of the year.

AIHA Inducting New Board Officers, Members This Week

"These new officers and directors offer a range of perspectives and professional experience, and I am thrilled to welcome them in their new roles," said Deborah Imel Nelson, Ph.D., CIH, president of the AIHA Board of Directors. "I look forward to working with them as we guide our association into the future."

Building Laboratory Safety Culture from Tragedy

Presenters Craig Merlic and Jeff Fackler discussed how one laboratory fire death led to changes in PPE and safety in the laboratory setting.

Collaborating to Protect Against Infectious Disease

Speaker Aurora Le at AIHce EXP 2018 emphasized the dangers of highly infectious diseases.

Measuring and Protecting Against Impulse Noise

The Derek Dunn Invited Noise Lecture on May 21 at AIHce EXP 2018 focused on the hazard of impulse noise.

Live from ASSE 2018 Preview

Whether or not you're able to attend ASSE 2018 this year in San Antonio, you can get an exclusive look at the show floor from the perspective of our Occupational Health & Safety editors. Our Live From ASSE 2018 webpage will feature aggregated social media from personalities and brands at the show as well as live multimedia coverage from the show floor.

ACGIH Presenting 2018 Awards at AIHce

This year's honorees include Dr. Bennet Omalu, best known for having first identified the disease he named Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes who had competed in high-impact contact sports. He will receive the William Steiger Memorial Award.

Connecting Millennial Workers To a Future Promising Enhanced Safety

Connecting Millennial Workers To a Future Promising Enhanced Safety

Two forces are at work shaping the future of workplace safety: millennials and connectivity. This article looks at developments igniting this twin dynamic.

NYC to Increase Safety Training Requirements for Construction Workers

Workers can fulfill the 40-hour training requirement in many ways, including taking a 30-hour OSHA-approved safety course plus 8 hours of fall prevention training and two hours of training on drug and alcohol awareness.

IMO Safety Committee Eyes Autonomous Vessels

"It is important that we remain flexible to accommodate new technologies and so improve the efficiency of shipping, while at the same time keeping in mind the role of the human element and the need to maintain safe navigation, further reducing the number of marine casualties and incidents," IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said.

New ASSE Standard Coming Soon for Wind Turbine Construction, Demolition

Remote work, turbine height, limited access, and turbine manufacturer variables are challenges addressed in ANSI/ASSE A10.21, which establishes requirements for job site work and equipment. Publication of the new standard is expected in June 2018.

Assault Injuries Rising for Law Enforcement Officers, NIOSH Reports

From 2003 to 2014, approximately 669,100 law enforcement officers were treated in emergency departments nationwide for nonfatal injuries. The leading cause of work-related injury in this group of workers was assault and other violent acts, which accounted for 35 percent of injuries treated in emergency departments.

Executive Order Signed to Protect California Communities from Wildfires

The order will double the land area actively managed through vegetation thinning, controlled fires, and reforestation from 250,000 acres to 500,000 acres.

NIST Updates Risk Management Framework

The updated RMF will interest federal agencies and contractors that do business with them because it connects the RMF with NIST's well-known Cybersecurity Framework and highlights relationships between the two documents.

OSHA Recognizes Pennsylvania Manufacturer as Star Site

MI Windows and Doors, which produces new construction and replacement windows for businesses and homes, recorded an injury and illness rate 54 percent below the national average in the last three years.

Minnesota Fentanyl Deaths Soared in 2017

"This dramatic increase shows that the opioid epidemic in Minnesota has also become a fentanyl public health crisis," said Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. "These data confirm that Minnesotans addicted to opioids may unknowingly be exposing themselves to far greater and more deadly risks than they know."

British Manufacturer Fined in Machine Guarding Case

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that the company had not implemented procedures to ensure machinery was isolated before starting maintenance work.

More Than 1 Million Chainsaws Recalled

Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 reports of these chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off by the operator, resulting in three laceration injuries, including one serious injury to a person's arm requiring stitches.

NASA Working with Uber on Airspace Tests

Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, said urban air mobility "could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle, much like smartphones have."

Each year, 660,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer related to tobacco use, and 343,000 people die from such cancers, according to CDC.

Most Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Aren't Smoke-Free

People with mental and/or substance use disorders are more than twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as people without such conditions and are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, CDC noted, yet many people aren't screened for tobacco use in behavioral health facilities.

Air Force to Ground Planes for One-Day Safety Review

During the review, commander-led forums will gather feedback from airmen who perform the Air Force's flying operations and challenge them to identify problems that may cause a future accident.

New IARC Website Tracks UV Radiation Cancers

The Cancers Attributable to UV Radiation website provides the population attributable fractions associated with UV radiation exposure and will help national decision makers as they set priorities for cancer prevention.

NIOSH Extends Comment Period on Draft Agenda for Respiratory Health

Comments may be submitted, identified by CDC-2018-0024 and Docket Number NIOSH-302, either via or by mail.

3 Steps to Build a Business Case for Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality Software

3 Steps to Build a Business Case for Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality Software

Justifying enterprise software is no easy feat. It’s a huge investment in time and resources. EHSQ professionals often struggle to build the business case for new solutions because they lack the data to demonstrate the direct cost savings associated with efficiency gains and process standardization.

Analysis Finds Workforce Drug Positivity at Highest Rate in a Decade

Analysis Finds Workforce Drug Positivity at Highest Rate in a Decade

The national positivity rate for the combined American workforce remained at 4.2 percent in 2017, the same rate as 2016 but an increase over the 3.5 percent positivity rate from 2012, a 30-year low. Quest Diagnostics' analysis also suggests changing patterns of drug use, with cocaine, amphetamines, and marijuana positivity rising in some areas of the United States and prescription opiate positivity rates declining nationally.

ASTM Develops Standard for General Aviation Ice Detectors

ASTM reported that the new F3310 standard could be useful to ice detector manufacturers and aircraft pilots.

NHTSA Pleads for Airbag Fix on Older Ford, Mazda Trucks

According to the manufacturers, 49.2 percent of the 33,320 impacted 2006 Ford Rangers have been repaired and 58 percent of the 2,205 impacted Mazda B-Series trucks have been fixed.

ANSI Launches Accreditation Program for EPA Formaldehyde Testing Rule

ANSI is one of four accreditation bodies recognized by EPA to provide accreditation services under the final rule, which is intended to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States.

FDA: U.S. Experiencing EpiPen Shortage

The FDA said the spot shortages don't mean patients cannot obtain EpiPens or generics, but they may have to look harder or use a different brand.

Record Number of Unused Pills Collected in Drug Take Back Day

The DEA was able to collect and destroy nearly one million pounds—almost 475 tons—of potentially dangerous prescription medications. Since the fall of 2010, the DEA has collected a total of 9,964,714 pounds of prescription drugs, or 4,982 tons.