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NTSB Calls for Fire Suppression Systems in School Buses

The safety board's report on a 2017 school bus fire that killed a 74-year-old school bus driver and a 16-year-old student passenger near Oakland, Iowa, includes recommendations concerning safety equipment on school buses, physical performance tests for school bus drivers, and a recommendation that the state of Iowa require twice-yearly, documented school bus evacuation training and drills.

U.S. Road Deaths Fell Just 1 Percent in 2018

"While any drop in the overall numbers is encouraging, the ongoing daily carnage on our nation's roads eliminates any sense of celebration. We can – and must – do more collectively to accelerate this downward momentum," Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, said in a June 17 statement.

South Carolina Agency Warns of Possible Hepatitis A Exposures at Two Restaurants, Nevada Outbreak Confirmed

Dr. Linda Bell, physician and South Carolina's state epidemiologist, said this is not a foodborne outbreak, and the concern is with the food handlers who are infected, not with the restaurants. Both received A ratings from DHEC at their most recent inspections.

Seattle Chosen as Homeport for First Polar Security Cutters

The Navy in April 2019 named VT Halter Marine, Inc. of Pascagoula, Miss., as the prime contractor of a $745,940,860 fixed-price incentive-firm contract for the detail design and construction of the new heavy icebreakers.

WHO Launches Antimicrobial Resistance Campaign

"Antimicrobial resistance is an invisible pandemic," said Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO's assistant-director general for Access to Medicines. "We are already starting to see signs of a post-antibiotic era, with the emergence of infections that are untreatable by all classes of antibiotics. We must safeguard these precious last-line antibiotics to ensure we can still treat and prevent serious infections."

New Health Canada Requirements to Improve Medical Products' Safety

The new requirements will direct manufacturers to, if requested, assess the safety of their products and do further safety testing when issues are identified, and also prepare annual summary reports of all known adverse effects, reported problems, incidents, and risks.

OSHA Cites Southern Tire Mart After Fatal Injury in Texas

OSHA's news release said its inspectors determined that Southern Tire Mart exposed employees to struck-by, tire explosion, fire, and smoke hazards and failed to provide a restraining device or barrier and to implement lockout/tagout procedures as required.

Michigan Counts 202 Active Medical Marijuana Licenses

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency held its first public meeting June 13 in Lansing, with agency leaders and managers presenting reports and discussing their operations. Executive Director Andrew Brisbo announced that the next three scheduled public meetings of the agency will coincide with work groups and will be held Aug. 29 in Detroit, Oct. 28 in Traverse City, and Dec. 9 in Flint.

ELDs Mandatory in Canada Starting in June 2021

"These new mandatory logging devices in commercial vehicles will improve safety for drivers and for all Canadians," said Marc Garneau, Canada's minister of Transport. "We know that fatigue increases the risks of accidents, and that is why we are taking action across all modes of transportation."

FDA Cites Poor Manufacturing Processes in Supplements Seizure

"This seizure underscores the agency's commitment to taking aggressive action when manufacturers distribute adulterated dietary supplements that have the potential to put consumers at risk," said Melinda K. Plaisier, FDA's associate commissioner for Regulatory Affairs.

NFPA Presents Top 2019 Awards

The 2019 recipient of the Standards Medal, the top award given by the NFPA Standards Council, is Stephen J. King, III, whose 30-year career began with the Fire Department of New York, where he rose through the ranks to become commander for Battalion 54. King was the city-wide safety chief on September 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center buildings were struck by hijacked airplanes.

Buoyancy Compensation Vests Recalled

CPSC reported that Mares has received one report of a loose deflator button, but no injuries have been reported. The vests were sold at specialized dive shops and online from June 2018 through March 2019 for about $350 to $825.

New Orleans Wins Grant to Raise Frequently Flooded Homes

"This is a huge win for the city of New Orleans. Thanks to the funding from FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance program, we will be able to elevate the homes of an additional 52 families across the city who have suffered from flood-loss damages in the past," Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.

ASSP Taking Safety 2020 to Orlando

Next year's Professional Development Conference and Exposition will take place June 22-25, 2020.

Live From Safety 2019: Wrap-Up

The Safety 2019 Professional Development Conference & Exposition went by in a busy blur! We’ve rounded up some of the highlights from the show floor—you can catch up on everything you may have missed on our Live From Safety 2019 Social Zone at

OSHA Cites Two Companies After Fatal Fire

"Providing workers with a safe and healthful workplace is required of every employer," said OSHA Area Director Christopher Robinson in Pittsburgh, Pa. "This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had followed safety processes to control the release of gases from highly hazardous chemicals."

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NIOSH Taking Applications for 2020 Safe-in-Sound Awards

The agency seeks companies that have adopted a "no tolerance" attitude toward occupational hearing loss and have both employees and management involved in preventing it, as well as organizations that have developed evidence-based, innovative approaches to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

Bureau of Prisons Launches 'Ready to Work' Program

"Ready to Work" seeks to secure every offender reentering his or her community an opportunity to quickly find work. This includes the approximately 2,200 inmates scheduled for early release due to good conduct on July 19, after changes in the First Step Act become effective.

ANSI Board Approves By-Laws Changes

The changes clarify the roles and responsibilities of the four Committees of ANSI (the Executive Standards Council, Board of Standards Review, ANSI ISO Council, and the USNC Council) and underscore that members of these committees, because they make decisions on behalf of ANSI, are fiduciaries of ANSI and are subject to conflict of interest requirements.

ATA's CEO Calls for New Large Truck Crash Study

"We recognize that recent data indicates that truck-involved crashes are increasing," ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said June 12 at a congressional hearing. "Our industry does not deny this. We do, however, require accurate data that can direct our efforts and resources in appropriately addressing and halting this increase."

Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force Meeting July 1

The task force will evaluate Colorado's behavioral health system and write a statewide strategic blueprint to reform the system with the goal of allowing every Coloradan experiencing behavioral health needs to receive timely, high-quality services in his or her community.

BSCP Presents 2019 Awards

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals presented its most prestigious awards on June 12 during a luncheon at the American Society of Safety Professionals' Safety 2019 Conference and Exposition, including the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charting a Path to Prevent Patient Lifting Injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries remain a major hazard for nurses and nursing assistants in hospitals, home health, and other settings, presenters stressed during an ASSP Safety 2019 session on June 11.

Lots of Gray Areas in Marijuana Landscape, Panelists Say

A June 12 panel discussion at the ASSP Safety 2019 conference examined the "crazy quilt" of U.S. laws growing up around the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, how employers should respond to incidents and accommodate workers who seek help for opioid addiction, and how soon there could be a test to measure marijuana impairment.

Live From Safety 2019 Day 2

The second day of Safety 2019 had longer expo hours and even more to see than day one! See what you might’ve missed by visiting our Live From Safety 2019 social zone at!

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Safety 2019 Already Setting Records

The American Society of Safety Professionals' 58th annual conference has a record number of attendees, society officials said June 10.

Handling, or Mishandling, an OSHA Enforcement Action: Safety 2019

Session presenters J.A. Rodriguez, Jr. and Courtney M. Malveaux explain how to successfully handle an OSHA enforcement case and what not to do.

Easily Avoiding OSHA Citations and Remaining in Compliance

According to the top 10 most cited standards from OSHA, fall protection and hazard communications account for over 12,500 citations in the last fiscal year. Several of these citations stem companies and organizations that do not have a program to properly train employees, Paul Andersen of OSHA Compliance Services, LLC said in a session titled "30 Common OSHA Citations You Can Easily Avoid" at Safety 2019 this week.

ISEA to Work on Heat Illness National Standard, Wearables Guidance

Two of the International Safety Equipment Association's new projects involve work to bring about a national heat illness prevention standard and to offer help to the industry in managing the data from a host of connected, wearable products.

The Importance of Evaluating Indoor Air Quality

According to Louise Vallee, CSP, CIH, CPE, of Crum and Forester, office ergonomics and indoor air quality are the most common complaints of office employees. Management tends to prioritize these issues last creating more complaints from workers.