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Coast Guard NY Security Zones in Effect This Week

The security zones scheduled to begin Sept. 18 and end Sept. 23 include all waters of the East River between East 35th Street and the Queensboro/59th Street Bridge, according to the Coast Guard's posted announcement.

This screen shot is from underwater video of the sunken El Faro, discovered in 15,000 feet of water off the Bahamas in October 2015 after it sank during Hurricane Joaquin. (NTSB video)

December NTSB Meeting to Determine Why El Faro Sank

The U.S.-flagged cargo ship sank in October 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin, with the loss of all 33 crew members on board.

London's Fire Chief Calls for Sprinkler Mandate

"Now is the time to remind Government of life-saving recommendations we have been making for years," London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said. "We are calling for residential tower blocks to be retrofitted with sprinklers, and they should be mandatory in all new school builds and major refurbishments."



Hurricane Irma caused flooding in Naples, Fla., The U.S. Department of Labor has initially committed up to $40 million in Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant funding to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to aid in disaster response.

DOL Offering Grants to Aid in Disaster Response Following Irma

Included in DOL assistance is that OSHA is posting guidance to help employers keep their workers safe during cleanup and recovery operations, and most OSHA programmed enforcement actions will halt in affected areas to avoid disrupting recovery operations. An OSHA Emergency Response Team will provide compliance assistance.

Insurance Harder to Find in Fire-Affected Areas of Washington State

Some property insurers are not selling policies in wildfire-affected areas, Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler pointed out in a Sept. 13 blog post.

Comments Due by Oct. 27 on Canada's Proposed Vaping Regulations

Information that vaping device manufacturers would have to submit would include engineering drawings for devices, the contents of vaping liquids, information on R&D activities, and quarterly sales data. The proposal would require a displayed warning for products that contain nicotine.

OSHA Announces Grain Worker Safety Alliance

The two-year alliance will focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure exposures, combustible dust, struck-by equipment, and lockout/tagout.

Florida Nursing Home to Be Terminated as Medicaid Provider

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sept. 14 reported that of Florida's total 309 hospitals, all operational facilities have power or are running on generator power. Ten Florida hospitals were closed and are continuing to coordinate with the state on reopening, he said.

MSHA Proposes Changes to Workplace Examination Rule

One proposed rule would further the effective date. The other would require that an examination of the working place be conducted before work begins or as miners begin work in that place, and that the examination record include descriptions of adverse conditions that are not corrected promptly and the dates of corrective action for these conditions.

NSC's Hersman Welcomes NHTSA Guidance, Wants More from Automakers

"The new guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

CDPH Offering Online Cannabis Guidance

On the new "Let's Talk Cannabis" website, visitors can find information about legal, safe use and health information. An educational digital toolkit for local governments and community organizations will be posted later, CDPH reported.

CSB Meeting Next Week on ExxonMobil Refinery Explosion

The release of isobutane occurred Nov. 22, 2016, in the sulfuric acid alkylation unit at the refinery. Four workers, an employee and three contractors, were severely burned and two others were injured in the incident.

Hawaii Agencies Hosting Meetings on Rat Lungworm Disease

The Department of Health reports that, so far in 2017, there have been 16 laboratory-confirmed cases of the disease statewide. The average number of cases per year statewide typically ranges from two to 11.

NY DOL Sets Public Hearings on Just-in-Time Scheduling

"We can do better, bringing a higher degree of fairness to scheduling practices without penalizing businesses that are creating the important jobs that are growing our economy. Hearing from the public is an important step in striking that balance," New York Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon said.

Australian Builder Fined $880,000 in Fatal Collapse

"Floor collapses can be caused by overloading areas with construction materials, the new floor not being structurally completed, or the structural support elements being inadequate or altered. That is why it is critical that builders ensure the load-bearing capacity of floors under construction are known by everyone at the site," WorkSafe Victoria Head of Hazardous Industries and Industry Practice Michael Coffey said.

Oregon OSHA Offers Wildfire Smoke and Heat Stress Tips

With multiple wildfire across the state, the agency has posted tips for indoor air quality concerns, respiratory protection (including voluntary use), and heat stress prevention.

OSHA Renews Alliance to Train El Paso Young Workers

"Job Corps has been an excellent partner with OSHA, communicating safety and health information to their staff and students, and supporting workplace safety," said OSHA Area Director Diego Alvarado Jr. "By recommitting to both our efforts, we are strengthening our ability to promote workplace safety and health to a new generation of workers."

Canada Marks First Firefighters' National Memorial Day

"On Firefighters' National Memorial Day, we all come together to remember and mourn, to support one another, and to celebrate those wonderful lives. The symbolic half-masting of national flags on all federal buildings will inspire Canadians to pause in remembrance of the firefighters in their communities and across the country who have fallen while serving their fellow citizens," said Ralph Goodale, Canada's minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on Sept. 10.

IAEA Team Completes China Advisory Mission

The team reported China maintains strong and sustainable nuclear security activities and identified a number of good practices, while making recommendations and suggestions for continuous improvement. It was headed by Joseph Sandoval, a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

FR 101: Selection, Use, Care & Maintenance

FR 101: Selection, Use, Care & Maintenance

Proper selection, use, care and maintenance of FR clothing is essential to ensuring the safety of workers, and it is ultimately up to employers and safety managers to identify, select, and provide the proper clothing for their workers.

IBM to Invest $240 Million in MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

In health care, the collaboration will explore the use of AI in areas such as the security and privacy of medical data, personalization of health care, image analysis, and the optimal treatment paths for specific patients.

Car Rental Companies Paying $2 Million in SeaTac Back Pay Agreement

The workers involved in the case clean, maintain, and prepare rental cars for customers and also drive shuttles to locations around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Thirty-two Names Added to WTC Memorial Wall

FDNY added 32 names to it last week, members of the department who have died from illnesses related to their search and rescue work on 9/11 -- 16 years ago today.

PAHO Deployed Experts Ahead of Irma

Pan American Health Organization country offices in the Caribbean took preventive measures to provide the necessary support to authorities and a team of infrastructure, engineering, and administrative specialists was prepared to support the immediate assessment and response to the impact on people located in the path of hurricane Irma.

Washington Metro Launching Abilities-Ride Program This Month

"The Abilities-Ride program is a win-win for Metro and our MetroAccess customers in Maryland, who will soon have the ability to choose a taxi trip, rather than MetroAccess, at a discounted rate without having to make an advance reservation," said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld.

ASSE President Signs Singapore Accord

"This is one of the most significant initiatives produced on the international stage by the OHS profession," said ASSE President Jim Smith, MS, CSP, who was in Singapore to sign the accord on Sept. 3. "For the first time, we have achieved a common global commitment to defining capabilities for OHS professionals and practitioners, which in turn will raise competencies and ultimately lead to fewer worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities."

Ambulance bills in general can often top $600 or $800 or more, and most ambulance services tack on an "emergency response charge" that tops $300 on average.

NIOSH Posts Fact Sheet on Preventing EMS Workers' Injuries

More than 22,500 EMS workers visited emergency departments each year for work-related injuries, it says, with sprains and strains accounting for the most frequently cited injuries. Most were injured while responding to a 911 call.

L&I Taking Applications for SHIP Grants

During the past two years, the Safety and Health Investment Projects grants have funded 19 safety and health projects at a total of $2.5 million.

Bakery Fined $1.3 Million After Fatal Fall

"Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in Great Britain. The risks associated with working at height are well known," said HSE inspector Denise Fotheringham.

A 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station New London (Conn.) transits near the New London Ledge Light at the entrance to the Thames River on April 14, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

Mariner-Operated Low-Visibility Warnings Coming to Connecticut, Long Island

The new MRASS technology is far better because it is less expensive and requires less maintenance that the foghorns, which use older technology that is prone to being knocked out of calibration and for which parts are hard to find, according to the Coast Guard.