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Training Center Installs New Simulator Equipment

Djibouti Training Center Installs New Simulator

The simulator training room consists of 11 trainee consoles and an instructor's work station, as well as software for modules such as Marine Communication, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and Search and Rescue (SAR).

Saudi Arabia Donates $1 Million to IMO

Saudi Arabia Donates $1 Million to IMO

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed $1 million to the International Maritime Organization’s technical cooperation activities.

The more significant issue is workers removing gloves at critical points throughout the workday, and that behavior can be tied to habit. (Ansell photo)

Redefining Comfort: The Key to Understanding Non-Compliance

If we are going to truly redefine the comfort zone of today's worker, it will require technological advances to gloves along with improved education around safety practices and a far more thoughtful, proactive approach to changing behavior and breaking counterproductive habits.

Training Tool Tried Out at IAEA Conference

DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed the virtual reality tool. The Vienna conference had 700 participants sharing ideas, experiences, and best practices to strengthen the physical protection of nuclear material and facilities against theft or sabotage.

DARPA Sets Advanced Plant Technologies Proposers Day for Dec. 12

The idea is to harness plants' natural mechanisms for sensing and responding to environmental stimuli and extend them to detect the presence of certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic signals.

Comments Due on Draft NIOSH Research Agenda for Construction

The comment deadline is Nov. 27, but only a handful of comments have been posted.

DOT Starts Forces to Flyers to Ease Pilot Shortage

"In order for America to continue to be a world leader in aviation, we must search for ways to address our country's pilot shortage, invest in our nation's workforce, and ensure that our veterans have the support they need as they transition to the next phase of their careers," Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

Georgia Limiting Lane Closures Through Monday Morning

"As people visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday and shop on Black Friday, we anticipate heavy traffic," said Georgia DOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. "For easier and safer travel, we are limiting construction and associated lane closures."

Think You Know Your Turkeys?

Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and offer more than a mouthful of details about the birds.

Crane Operator Certification Deadline: November 2018

OSHA final rule this month sets Nov. 10, 2018, as the date for employers in U.S. construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification.

BWC, Ohio Fire Marshal Post List of Firefighter Health Resources

"Firefighters put their lives on the line on a daily basis," State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey said. "We want to ensure they're equipped with the best resources to do their jobs safely."

Fine Assessed in 'Horrific' UK Fatality

A British recycling company has been fined about $1.1 million and two individuals were given suspended prison sentences for the death of an employee who was pulled onto a conveyor and into an industrial waste shredder.

$10 Million to Be Paid By Defendants in Virgin Islands Methyl Bromide Case

DOJ and EPA alleged the Virgin Islands pest control company illegally applied fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple residential locations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the condominium resort complex in St. John where a family of four became seriously ill in March 2015 after the unit below them was fumigated.

Vestas Repowering Lofty Austrian Wind Farm

The wind turbine maker reported it will provide nine V112-3.45 MW turbines to repower the existing turbines and has developed a customized solution to ensure safe and efficient transportation of the wind turbines to and from the remote site.

IOSH Launches Safety and Health for Business Qualification

The Level 3 qualification forms part of IOSH's plan to "enhance" the safety and health profession, which is part of its WORK 2022 five-year strategy.

Red Cross Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

Almost half of the families in the United States use an alternate heating source, according to ARC, although the supplemental heating sources can be dangerous if not used properly.

New Canadian Rules Address Anti-Microbial Resistance

From now on, only drugs that Health Canada has determined do not pose a risk to human health or food safety may be imported by livestock owners, and then only in limited quantities.

Three California Agencies Issue Marijuana Licensing Rules

They said they expect the emergency regulations to take effect in December 2017, but the implementation date for the issuing state commercial cannabis licenses remains the same: Jan. 1, 2018.

More Than 46,000 Take NYC Firefighter Exam

The turnout was a record number, and Commissioner Daniel credited a recruitment campaign for "drawing interest in a firefighting career from more young men and women than ever before."

OSHA Fines Wisconsin Miller $1.8 Million After Explosion

The agency cited the Didion Milling facility in Cambria, Wis., for 14 willful violations, including eight willful per-instance egregious ones, and five serious violations, most of which involved fire and explosion hazards. The company also has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Two Documentaries Share 2017 Healthy Workplaces Film Award

One is from the United States, about automation's effect on the future of humanity, and the other is from Turkey.

Senate Narrowly Confirms New MSHA Chief

Coal industry veteran David Zatezalo won confirmation on a 52-46 vote, with the two senators from his home state, West Virgina, divided on party lines.

New Weather Radars Being Installed in Canada

A new unit in Radisson, Saskatchewan, is expected to be operational by the end of December 2017, and four other new ones are planned by the end of March 2019.

USCG Partners with Alaska Nonprofit

The partnership will provide information, communications, and services to aid safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime operations around Alaska.

DOT Adds Synthetic Opioids to Drug Test Panel

DOT-regulated employers will be required to test for the opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone starting on Jan. 1, 2018.

New Director Chosen for Rutgers Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute

Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, said Dr. Helmut Zarbl's appointment and new faculty he will recruit "will deepen the institute's core strength and link the school and institute, as well as extend its reach to include faculty across Rutgers who are interested in environmental health. This will give EOHSI the ability to significantly impact environmental health in New Jersey and beyond."

New CCOHS Website Covers Infectious Disease Preparedness

"The time to start thinking about and preparing for a flu outbreak is now, before flu season kicks into high gear. And in turning our attention to the flu season, we should also remind ourselves of the importance of building contingency plans that maintain business continuity should employees become ill and have to remain at home," said Gareth Jones, acting president and CEO of CCOHS.

FDA Approves Sensor-Equipped Schizophrenia Pill

"Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients," said Dr. Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

National Traffic Incident Response Week: 3 Tips to Do Your Part

National Traffic Incident Response Week: Three Tips to Do Your Part

The Federal Highway Administration has declared Nov. 13-19 as National Traffic Incident Response Week to remind drivers to "slow down and move over."

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Signups Start Fast

"The response from patients and caregivers has been extremely positive," agreed Acting Secretary for the Department of Health and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine said. "Right now, patients and caregivers across Pennsylvania can go to our website at and register to participate in the medical marijuana program. Their next step is to visit an approved doctor to become certified with the program."