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GHSA and Award Grants to Address Drug-Impaired Driving

Idaho, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont will receive nearly $100,000 to provide training, information, and skills to detect drivers under the influence of drugs.

Los Alamos National Lab Testing Drone Disruption System

"All airspace over the laboratory is protected right now against unauthorized drone or UAS flights," said Michael Lansing, who heads the laboratory's security operations. "We can detect and track a UAS and if it poses a threat, we have the ability to disrupt control of the system, seize or exercise control, confiscate, or use reasonable force to disable, damage, or destroy the UAS."

Research Shows Gaps in Aquaculture Industry Safety, Health

"Aquaculture occupational health and safety is frequently marginalized or lost by government, industry, and sometimes labor organizations," Watterson said.

Firefighter Fatalities Report: 60 U.S. On-Duty Deaths in 2017

"Many of the all-time or near lows we saw in 2017 reflect a continuation of declining firefighter fatality rates in the U.S.," said Rita Fahy, NFPA's manager of fire databases and systems. "At the same time, we found some unexpected shifts in terms of when and where deaths are occurring."

Silica Standard Enforcement Begins with Compliance Assistance

Most provisions of the standard become enforceable on June 23. OSHA announced it intends to issue interim enforcement guidance until a compliance directive on the new standard is finalized.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance to Aid Development of Critical Drugs

FDA is discussing with other agencies changing the model for reimbursement of certain new, anti-microbial drugs that meet critical public health needs, possibly by using a licensing model so that acute care institutions that are most likely to prescribe these medicines would pay a fixed licensing fee for access to the drug.

Volkswagen Accepts $1.2 Billion Penalty in Diesel Scandal

Volkswagen AG accepted the fine and, by doing so, admitted its responsibility.

NRC Issues Report on FY2017 Abnormal Occurrences

An accident or event is considered an abnormal occurrence if it involves a major reduction in the degree of protection of public health and safety, according to the agency.

MSHA Offers $10.5 Million in State Grant Funding

Under Section 503 of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, any state in which mining takes place may apply for the grant. MSHA may fund 80 percent of the activities under a state grant program.

OSHA Sets Long Timetables for Tree Care, Infectious Disease Standards

The semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda includes rules that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Two from OSHA are prerule stage -- Communication Tower Safety and a Tree Care Standard -- and two are long-term actions -- Infectious Diseases and Process Safety Management.

In Case You Missed It: Live From Safety 2018

The Safety 2018 show floor was bustling with activity and excitement. If you were unable to make it to San Antonio, our Live From Safety 2018 social zone is the best place to catch up on all the fun you might have missed—including a ton of great products and an early morning mariachi band! Here are some highlights from the show floor.

South Florida Drivers Urged to Check VINs

In Broward and Miami-Dade counties there are nearly 459,000 vehicles with unrepaired air bags. South Florida is part of the highest risk area of the country.

Jail Term Given for UK Electrical Injury

An HSE investigation found the electrical installation at the unit in Carew Airfield operated by George W.E. Jones as part of his scrap metal business was unsafe and was more suited to home than a commercial business.

OSHA, Many Partners Behind Safe + Sound Week 2018

Safe + Sound Week in August 2018 is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

Equal Pay Opportunity Act Takes Effect in Washington State

Along with equal pay and opportunity, the new law says employers cannot stop workers from disclosing their wages to others or require workers to sign non-disclosure agreements about their wages.

Hearing Concerns Proposed California Regulations for Metal Shredders

Currently there are six metal shredding facilities in the state. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control plans to set enforceable operating requirements for metal shredding facilities through a hazardous waste permit.

Bulletin Issued by WorkSafeBC on Prusik Slings

Some commercially available rope grabs are manufactured with "anti-panic" features that lock onto the lifeline even when they are grasped. A Prusik sling, however, does not have this feature, so it potentially will allow a worker to fall.

Federal Grants Aid NY State's Accredited Bomb Squads

"It takes a great deal of training and resources to have an operational bomb squad ready to answer the call of duty. This funding will help provide the state's certified bomb squads with the tools they need to help properly detect, identify, and safely dispose of explosive devices," State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino, Sr. said.

DOL Hails Contingent Worker Report

"Never before in this series of data have these percentages been so low, providing evidence that the 2017 American workforce was more secure in their jobs than at any other time that this survey was taken," DOL said in a statement about the new BLS report.

ASSP Annual Conference's Next Stop: New Orleans

The conference is set for June 9-12, 2019. ASSP already has issued its call for presenters, and proposals are due by July 18.

Loitering Citations Issued to Volcano Sightseers

Like 18 people previously cited, the seven cited June 6 allegedly bypassed established checkpoints or were found in areas closed because of the Kilauea volcano's continuing eruption.

Checking in on Housekeepers' Ergonomic Injuries

During a Safety 2018 session on June 5, Annmarie Feeley Jones, CSP, of Chubb advised using photos to communicate body mechanics and proper use of tools to the workers.

Employers Must Create Workplace Violence Action Plans

A June 4 afternoon session at Safety 2018, "The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Protocol," addressed how employers and employees should prepare for active shooters from a workplace violence perspective.

DOE Funding Projects to Support Advanced Nuclear Plant Designs

The MEITNER projects will leverage design, new manufacturing processes, and technologies to lower costs and increase the competitiveness of nuclear power; these funded projects will support advanced reactor designs that achieve lower construction cost and autonomous operations while improving safety.

Appeals Court Orders Roofing Contractor to Ensure Workers Use Fall Protection

"The 1st Circuit's order requires Lessard to ensure that all workers at his work sites, whether his employees, employees of his subcontractors, or actual or putative independent contractors, are operating safely, after a long history of his failing to provide adequate protective measures," said Michael Felsen, Regional Solicitor of Labor in Boston.

Panelists Debate Solutions to Serious Injuries, Fatalities

Members of a high-powered plenary session panel at Safety 2018 generally agreed about the strategies for solving this serious problem.

ASSP Presents 2018 Safety Management Innovation Award

The winner from Ingalls Shipbuilding developed a real-time safety training simulator to quickly improve trainees' hazard control skills.

ICYMI: Safety 2018 Day 3

The show floor may be closed, but you can still catch up on the action and information from San Antonio in our Live From social zone!

OSHA Assistant Secretary Vacancy Wears On

The American Society of Safety Professionals' Government Affairs Committee has narrowed its focus and outputs, as leaders of the committee explained during a June 4 session at Safety 2018 that indicated the continuing lack of a confirmed new leader for OSHA is preventing needed action by the agency.

New Orleans Holds 8th Annual Household Hazardous Materials Cleanup

Orleans Parish residents were able to bring paint, pesticides, antifreeze, garden chemicals, flammable liquids, muriatic acid, small mercury devices, aerosols, pool shock, household cleaners, motor oil, automobile batteries, and motorcycle batteries for disposal or recycling.