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There are a few gloves on the market today that meet or exceed NIOSH recommendations for safety, allowing no permeation of either fentanyl or gastric acid for greater than 240 minutes. (Ansell photo)

NIOSH Invites Manufacturers to Add Fentanyl-Protective Products to PPE Database

This expansion of the database will allow end users to find products confirmed by the manufacturers as compliant with CDC’s Fentanyl PPE Guidance.

Salmonella Linked to Raw Chicken Being Investigated in Many States

CDC reported that testing shows the outbreak strain of Salmonella is resistant to multiple antibiotics that may be used to treat people with severe Salmonella infection.

NIOSH-Funded Studies Show Ways to Reduce Silica Exposure in Concrete Cutting

The pneumatic drill generated 444 times the OSHA permissible exposure level of silica dust, while the electric drill generated 11 times the OSHA level. The pneumatic drill's noise level was also greater than that of the electric drill, according to one study highlighted in NIOSH's October 2018 Research Rounds.



NYDOL Aiding Workers After Tonawanda Coke Shuts Down

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is overseeing the safe shutdown of operations at the facility. The coke battery consists of 60 ovens, of which 30 remained in operation at the time of shutdown; on Oct. 15 the last of the remaining 30 ovens were fully emptied, marking the end of coke production at the facility.

Incentive Federation Welcomes New OSHA Clarification

An Oct. 11 memo clarifies OSHA's position that 29 CFR 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing.

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights Recalled for Fire Hazard

Cooper Lighting, LLC has recalled about 362,000 All-Pro and Defiant solar-powered outdoor LED light fixtures because their batteries can overheat and cause the light fixture's housing to melt, posing a fire hazard.

NRC Holding Public Meeting on Status of TVA's Work Environment

The Oct. 18 meeting concerns corrective actions the Tennessee Valley Authority agreed to make at its nuclear plants and corporate offices after NRC staff in 2016 expressed the concern that some operations employees may not have felt comfortable raising safety concerns at the Watts Bar nuclear plant.

Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Set for Oct. 18

States participating in the ShakeOut are Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

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.

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

In its Fall Economic Statement 2017, the government announced $546 million over five years to ensure appropriate capacity to license, inspect, and enforce all aspects of the Cannabis Act and to undertake public education and awareness activities.

INTERPOL Chemical Awareness Film Wins Prize

The film is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness and increase the capacity of law enforcement and other agencies who suspect anyone of preparing a bomb so they can be stopped before an attack takes place

Big OSHA Fine Issued in Electrocution Case

The agency has placed the contractor in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. "Electrocution is one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry," said OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office Director Christopher Robinson. "Complying with OSHA safety and health standards is not optional. Employers are required to take necessary precautions to prevent tragedies such as this."

Pennsylvania State Grant to Buy Mechatronics Equipment for UMW Training Center

"Workers and their families in southwest Pennsylvania have seen their share of challenges, with many former coal workers seeking new jobs in manufacturing but lacking the necessary job skills to do so," Gov. Tom Wolf said. "UMWACC's renovated training center is providing opportunities for those workers, and this new grant enables UMWACC to expand that training even further into the in-demand field of mechatronics."

NJ's Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect Oct. 29

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development has published both proposed regulations to implement the law and a new mandatory workplace poster.

Ohio BWC, OSHA Working with State's Craft Brewery Associations

"The alliance will unify efforts to support safety in Ohio breweries, and we are optimistic it will also reduce injuries and increase business efficiencies," said Matt Stinchfield, safety ambassador for the Brewers Association.

NFPA Makes Spanish-Language Hot Work Training Available for Massachusetts Workers

"Tens of thousands of construction workers have learned the fundamentals of hot work safety in a practical way, and now their Spanish-speaking co-workers will have access to the same information and knowledge," said Chuck Stravin, NFPA's vice president of Business Development & Operations.

CDC and NIOSH Offer Key Messages for Cleanup Workers

"Hurricane Key Messages for Employers, Workers and Volunteers" covers the potential dangers involved in cleanup work after storms and flooding and the proper safety precautions, with links at the end of each section to additional resources.

Task Force Members Selected to Advise on NY's HCV Elimination Plan

The work of the task force will be supplemented by five work groups: Prevention; Testing and Linkage to Care; Care and Treatment; Surveillance, Data and Metrics; and Social Determinants.

FDA Steps Up Actions on e-Cigarettes

FDA remains committed to the potential benefits e-cigarettes offer in helping adult smokers transition away from combustible cigarettes, "but we cannot allow that opportunity to come at the expense of addicting a whole new generation of kids to nicotine," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

Showers Likely During NSC 2018

The early forecast for Houston during Oct. 22-24 shows a 40 percent chance of showers on the expo's first and second days.

Nonprofits Receive $620,000 in MIOSHA Grants

The MIOSHA CET Grant Program funds additional options for health and safety education and training for employers and employees, focusing particularly on hazard recognition and prevention for high hazard industries.

VA to Add Naloxone to AED Cabinets

"The overwhelming evidence is that it just saves lives," said Dr. Ryan Vega with the VA's Center for Innovation. "We're hopeful that other health systems take notice and think about doing the same."

New NIOSH Resource Addresses Workplace Naloxone Programs

NIOSH Publishes Fact Sheet on Workplace Naloxone Programs

The new NIOSH document provides a series of steps for employers to consider when deciding whether their workplace should make the overdose reversal medication available on site in the event of an overdose.

NRC Issues Standard Design Approval for APR1400 Reactor

Valid for 15 years, the approval means the commission finds the design technically acceptable, but it does not fully certify the design. NRC is preparing a rulemaking to fully certify the design for U.S. use.

DOD Weapon Systems Vulnerable to Cyber Threats, GAO Reports

Although GAO and others have warned of cyber risks for decades, the Defense Department did not prioritize weapon systems cybersecurity until recently, the new report says.

NYDOT Completes Manhattan Safety Project

NYSDOT restored the roadway surface between 131st and 167th streets and installed new pavement markings, LED lighting, and ground-mounted signage to enhance visibility, reflectivity and readability. Drainage also was improved to reduce the pooling of water and the potential for icy conditions on the highway.

Hong Kong-flagged tanker Feng Huang AO sits at anchor off the coast of New York City on Oct. 8, 2018. The freighter became disabled after a fire broke out in the engine room. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak)

No Injuries in Fire Aboard NYC-Bound Tanker

The U.S. Coast Guard and Fire Department of the City of New York Special Operations Command firefighters and rescue paramedics conducted a joint safety examination of the disabled asphalt tanker this week; the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Michael Wanes to Tropical Storm After Pummeling Florida

Hurricane Michael was a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph when it came ashore Wednesday close to Mexico Beach, Fla.

DOT Fines Allegiant Air $225,000 for Tarmac Delay Violations

DOT's Aviation Enforcement Office found that during the summer months of 2016 and 2017, Allegiant Air failed to provide passengers a comfortable cabin temperature on 10 flights delayed on the tarmac at airports in Las Vegas; El Paso; Dayton, Ohio; and Albuquerque.

State Agency Funds New EARN Maryland Partnerships

The 15 partnerships receiving funding consist of more than 80 employer partners and will train nearly 600 Marylanders in in-demand careers, including cybersecurity, health care, and the construction trades.

CSB Stresses Preparedness for Cold Weather Operations

"It is important for chemical and other facilities to be prepared for the unique safety challenges posted by cold weather," the agency's new Safety Digest document says, "such as hazards of water freezing and expanding, which can damage equipment or cause instrumentation to fail."