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PHMSA Announces Rule to Strengthen Safety for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft

“This rule will strengthen safety for the traveling public by addressing the unique challenges lithium batteries pose in transportation,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said.

DEA Launches Improved System for Registered Drug Manufacturers, Distributors to Combat Opioid Epidemic

DEA Launches Improved System for Registered Drug Manufacturers, Distributors to Combat Opioid Epidemic

DEA regulations require distributors to know their customers and develop a system to identify and report orders that seem suspicious. This new tool will help manufacturers and distributors make informed choices about whether new customers are purchasing disproportionate amounts of controlled substances.

British Columbia Government Creates New Mining Departments to Enhance Safety

"We are putting additional resources in place to enable more frequent inspections and upping enforcement to keep mines safe, for workers and for our environment," said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

Survey Finds Few Health Professionals Prepared to Address Patients' Substance Abuse

More than 60 percent of the nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and mental health professionals reported they did not feel adequately prepared to engage in motivational conversations with their patients to promote behavior change, according to a Kognito whitepaper co-authored by a faculty consultant at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Mississippi Paper Manufacturer Faces $303,657 in OSHA Penalties

Paper products manufacturer von Drehle Corp. faces penalties totaling $303,657, including a penalty for the maximum amount allowed by law.

Fourth Annual UAS Symposium Set for June 3-5

The event's plenary and breakout sessions will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, industry, and academia to discuss the latest issues related to the uses of unmanned aircraft and their integration into the National Airspace System.

FDNY Graduates 32 Fire Inspection Inspectors

"Every single one of the dedicated men and women who serve as fire inspectors are absolutely critical to the department's ability to protect life and property in our city," said First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. "Simply put, our Bureau of Fire Prevention makes our city safer every single day."

Pennsylvania Agency Issued 169 Sanctions to Nursing Homes Last Year

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently announced the results of its 2018 nursing home inspections, reporting that its surveyors conducted 4,716 surveys at Pennsylvania nursing homes, issued 169 sanctions, and finalized civil penalties totaling more than $2.3 million.

New Canadian Website Focused on Preventing Occupational Disease

Valerie Wolfe, chair of the Ontario Occupational Disease Action Plan Implementation Team, said occupation disease "is a serious and poorly understood issue in Canada. Incidence numbers are high. Impact is delayed, debilitating, and frequently fatal. This website is a critical step in raising awareness of health risks in the workplace and, most importantly, provides evidence-based knowledge that can drive prevention."

A Coast Guard Station Islamorada 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew pulls a man toward the boat near Key Largo on Feb. 21, 2019. (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Shortes)

Coast Guard Rescue Contains Reminder on Proper Communications Gear

"Thanks to the proper use of the VHF-FM radio, we were able to have assets on scene within 30 minutes of getting the distress call," said Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Steidell. "Having the right communications equipment often plays a big part in successful rescue missions."

NTSB Resets Meeting on Silver Spring Gas Explosion

The Aug. 10, 2016, explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Md., destroyed two apartment buildings, killed seven people, and caused 65 people to be transported to area hospitals. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Standardize Your Lockout Tagout Program in 6 Steps

Standardize Your Lockout Tagout Program in 6 Steps

Lockout tagout compliance continues to appear on OSHA's Top 10 Cited Standards list year after year.

Health Care System Adds Security Officers to Prevent Workplace Violence

"We wanted to figure out a solution for stemming workplace violence by getting ahead of the curve because it's a national trend, and, unfortunately, we are not immune to it," said Todd Miller, public safety and security specialist for SSM's St. Louis region, which includes eight hospitals.

New ASSP Technical Report Aims to Reduce Workplace Violence

"In the safety profession, we manage risk for our organizations, so having the right tools is critical," said Brian Hammer, chair of ASSP's technical report committee who spent 20 years in law enforcement. "While no one can completely prepare for horrific acts of violence, smart workplace strategies can help mitigate threats and better protect workers everywhere. There can be deadly consequences to being unprepared."

Four Companies Finalists for Ohio BWC Innovation Awards

The four finalists for the 2019 Safety Innovation Awards are the Francis Manufacturing Company, J&R Farms, TERYDON Inc., and Yoder Drilling & Geothermal Inc.

National Strategy Developed to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad Property

National Strategy Developed to Prevent Trespassing on Railroad Property

The Federal Railroad Administration delivered the document to Congress. It identifies the 10 counties with the most trespasser casualties, not including suicides, from November 2013 to October 2017.

DOE Opens Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory

The goal is to reclaim and recycle critical materials such as cobalt and lithium from lithium-based batteries cost effectively.

Study Finds FDA Oversight of Fentanyl Prescribing Inadequate

"Both the FDA and the fentanyl makers failed to design and implement an effective monitoring program," said the study's senior author, Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, M.D., professor of epidemiology and medicine and co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at the Bloomberg School.

Safe Work Australia Seeks Comments on Silica, Coal Dust Exposure Standards

Safe Work Australia is asking for comments on the draft evaluation reports and recommendations for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust by April 30, saying it will consider them when making final recommendations regarding the workplace exposure standards.

WHO to Host Forum on Food Safety and Trade

Food that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, or chemicals causes sickens more than 600 million people each year and kills 420,000 worldwide every year, according to WHO.

The two DOT agencies are conducting audits, and PHMSA is making unannounced inspections, to ensure railroads

DOT Agencies Requiring Spill Response Plans for HHFTs

The final rule requires railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans for route segments traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains that are transporting petroleum oil in a block of 20 or more loaded tank cars and also trains that have a total of 35 loaded petroleum oil tank cars.

Alaska Company Recalls Smoked Salmon for Botulism Risk

An independent audit paid for by Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. determined the recalled lot of Smoked Silver Salmon did not receive the prescribed thermal process and was therefore under-processed.

Revised ISO 26262 Standards Now Available from ANSI

ISO 26262 -- Road Vehicles Functional Safety was significantly revised in 2018, with the 10 parts of the family of standards existing then being revised from their 2011 editions and two new standards being added.

NIOSH Announces Free, Confidential Screenings for Coal Miners

The screenings are intended to detect coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung, early. Black lung is a serious but preventable occupational lung disease caused by coal miners breathing respirable coal mine dust.

Ohio BWC Adding $500,000 for Law Enforcement Body Armor

"Body armor is the cheapest life insurance we ever buy, and we know it works and saves lives," Ohio AG Dave Yost said. "I've been to too many law enforcement funerals and hope never to have to attend another. I commend Administrator McCloud and Gov. DeWine for their continuing leadership in this important life-saving investment."

NYC Department of Buildings Sets May Conference Date

This year's build safe│live safe Conference on Friday, May 10, will be a daylong series of seminars in which department experts discuss industry trends and highlight safe construction operations.

New Center Provides Tools for Assessing Disasters

"It really empowers many people in the research community to begin doing the kind of work that they weren't able to do before simply because they didn't have access to these tools," said Joseph Wartman, the facility's director and a professor in UW's civil and environmental engineering department.

Skilled Trades Workers Put 25,000 Hours Into API's New Headquarters

"From API's new headquarters in Washington, D.C. to energy infrastructure projects across the nation, the natural gas and oil industry relies on skilled workers and the building trades unions to keep construction projects - from new buildings to energy infrastructure - safe and on schedule," said API President and CEO Mike Sommers.

OSHA Partnership in Place for Rhode Island Construction Project

The partnership with Dimeo Construction Company seeks to educate workers, control or eliminate serious hazards, and establish effective safety and health programs for the project, which broke ground in June 2018. It is the largest current construction project in Rhode Island.

Survey Finds 18 Million Trees Died in California During 2018

"It is encouraging that the rate of mortality slowed in 2018. However, 18 million trees are an indication that the forests of California are still under significant stress," said Thom Porter, CAL FIRE's director and California's state forester. "The stress of drought, insects, disease, and prolific wildfire will continue to challenge the resilience of the state's forests."