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Virginia Rebrands Workforce Training Program

The Workforce Credential Grant program will now be called FastForward: Credentials for A Career that Matters.

Nationwide EAS Test Set for Sept. 27

This is only the third nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System; the first was conducted in November 2011 and the second was conducted in September 2016.

OSHA, Forest Service in Alliance for Montana and Dakotas

The alliance will be a platform to share information, resources, and industry best practices among Forest Service and OSHA officials.



Harvey Affected About 75,000 Hospital Employees in Texas

Hospital employees who work inside the disaster areas designated by FEMA are eligible for assistance. Meanwhile, the Texas Hospital Association is asking the Texas hospital community for help to raise more donations.

Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew Recalled

Death Wish Coffee Co. is halting production of Nitro Cold Brew until an additional step in the manufacturing process is implemented, and that Death Wish Nitro cans have been removed from the company's online store and pulled from shelves at Price Chopper/Market 32, Healthy Living Market & Café, and independent retailers at the company's request.

ACC, OSHA Sign Alliance Focused on Diisocyanates

The two-year Alliance has three primary goals: raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives; conducting training to educate employers, workers, and OSHA officials on safety issues; and developing effective outreach and communication efforts to increase the visibility of the partnership and its goals.

DARPA Meeting Looks at Biotech's Promise

"In areas such as memory enhancement, real-time health monitoring, living materials, and brain-machine interfaces, the barriers to entry are numerous, and many investors are hesitant to take a risk on an unproven idea. In pursuing its mission of gaining a deep understanding of new technologies' function and potential, DARPA eliminates many of those barriers and much of the risk," said Justin Sanchez, director of DARPA's Biological Technologies Office.

Amendments to Canada's Motor Vehicle Safety Act Proposed

The most significant proposed amendments involve recalls of motor vehicles and equipment. One would authorize the Minister of Transport to be able to order a company to correct a defect or a non-compliance in a vehicle or equipment if the Minister considers it to be in the interest of public safety.

Thyssenkrupp Elevator Testing Delivery Robots

In a pilot program, robots will transport spare parts and other material to elevator maintenance job sites. The company says cloud-based driverless systems could form complete supply and logistics networks.

IAEA Getting Medical Linear Accelerator

"The new partnership will further enhance our capabilities to support Member States in the safe and effective use of linacs through the provision of dosimetry services and training of health care professionals working in radiotherapy," explained May Abdel-Wahab, director of human health at IAEA.

Affected Florida Counties Urged to Accelerate Debris Cleanup

Plans submitted to the department will be posted publicly on its website. All of the plans must include an estimated date of completion, and any county that plans to request reimbursement for debris removal following Irma must submit a plan.

WHO Launches Tool to Track Progress on Noncommunicable Diseases

Governments are making limited progress, according to the organization, and more action is needed to address them and the main risk factors to meet global targets for reduced premature deaths.

Pennsylvania Places Drug Take-Back Boxes at State Police Barracks

Sixty-five take-back boxes are now available at State Police barracks. "By providing convenient, easily accessed drug take-back boxes, we hope to continue to significantly reduce the number of prescriptions drugs being used for purposes other than those intended," Gov. Tom Wolf said Sept. 19.

Live From NSC 2017 Preview

The "Live From" page features an aggregated account of show activity, as well as live multimedia reporting from the show floor.

HHS Plans to Develop Nose Spray Treatment for Cyanide Poisoning

The agency announced a 17-month, $12.7 million agreement under which Emergent BioSolutions will develop an intranasal, stabilized form of isoamyl nitrite.

New CSB Bulletin Hits the Basics of Safety

"Our investigation found that these accepted practices were conducted without appropriate safety hazard analysis, needlessly injuring these workers. It is important to remember that good safety practices are good maintenance practices and good business practices," CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said.

NSC Dropped Object Session Set for Sept. 26

The Indianapolis presentation will focus on prevention best practices and provide an overview of a new industry initiative in development by ISEA and the Dropped Objects Solutions Committee that seeks to standardize solutions.

Rescuers Being Honored at Tacoma Conference

There are 27 workplace heroes and heroines being recognized Sept. 20 for their life-saving efforts, such as saving a drowning child, rescuing critically injured victims from car wrecks, providing first aid or CPR, or performing the Heimlich maneuver while at work.

Michigan Agency Preparing for Medical Marijuana License Applications in December

A non-refundable application fee to offset costs of a background investigation of those applying for licenses is expected to be in the $4,000 to $8,000 range, depending on the number of applications received.

Harvey's Insured Losses in Texas Counted at $19 Billion

The year already had brought higher-than-normal insured auto losses due to increases in the number of collisions and escalating repair costs, after last year's nearly $5 billion in auto and homeowner hail claims.

Coast Guard NY Security Zones in Effect This Week

The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 18 and end Sept. 23 include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge, according to the Coast Guard's posted announcement.

This screen shot is from underwater video of the sunken El Faro, discovered in 15,000 feet of water off the Bahamas in October 2015 after it sank during Hurricane Joaquin. (NTSB video)

December NTSB Meeting to Determine Why El Faro Sank

The U.S.-flagged cargo ship sank in October 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin, with the loss of all 33 crew members on board.

London's Fire Chief Calls for Sprinkler Mandate

"Now is the time to remind Government of life-saving recommendations we have been making for years," London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said. "We are calling for residential tower blocks to be retrofitted with sprinklers, and they should be mandatory in all new school builds and major refurbishments."

Hurricane Irma caused flooding in Naples, Fla., The U.S. Department of Labor has initially committed up to $40 million in Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to aid in disaster response.

DOL Offering Grants to Aid in Disaster Response Following Irma

Included in DOL assistance is that OSHA is posting guidance to help employers keep their workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations, and most OSHA programmed enforcement actions will halt in affected areas to avoid disrupting recovery operations. An OSHA Emergency Response Team will provide compliance assistance.

Insurance Harder to Find in Fire-Affected Areas of Washington State

Some property insurers are not selling policies in wildfire-affected areas, Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler pointed out in a Sept. 13 blog post.

Comments Due by Oct. 27 on Canada's Proposed Vaping Regulations

Information that vaping device manufacturers would have to submit would include engineering drawings for devices, the contents of vaping liquids, information on R&D activities, and quarterly sales data. The proposal would require a displayed warning for products that contain nicotine.

Florida Nursing Home to Be Terminated as Medicaid Provider

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 14 reported that of Florida's total 309 hospitals, all operational facilities have power or are running on generator power. Ten Florida hospitals were closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening, he said.

OSHA Announces Grain Worker Safety Alliance

The two-year alliance will focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure exposures, combustible dust, struck-by equipment, and lockout/tagout.

MSHA Proposes Changes to Workplace Examination Rule

One proposed rule would further the effective date. The other would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions.

CDPH Offering Online Cannabis Guidance

On the new "Let's Talk Cannabis" website, visitors can find information about legal, safe use and health information. An educational digital toolkit for local governments and community organizations will be posted later, CDPH reported.