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WHO Issues Dementia Prevention Guidelines

"In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia is expected to triple," said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia. The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for some time, that what is good for our heart is also good for our brain."

Illinois Legislation Would Strengthen 'Move Over' Law

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and state lawmakers unveiled two bills on May 13 that would strengthen the state's "move over" law and also would create a Move Over Task Force to study the issue of violations of that law.

Virginia Town Hall: Distracted Driving Most Serious Concern

"While the vast majority of Virginians said distracted driving is a serious problem, nearly 80 percent candidly admitted that they at least sometimes use their cellphones while driving," said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. "However, they also indicated that family and friends have the power to influence them to put the phone down."



Transportation Secretary Suspends Air Service Between U.S. and Venezuela

The order took immediate effect and is in place until a further order from DOT.

BCSP's CEO Among 2019 ASSP Fellows

The four honorees are longtime members who have made significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession: Earl Blair, Richard Nugent, James Ramsay, and Treasa Turnbeaugh.

DHS Urged to Collect More Data on Securing the Cities Spending

The program aims to reduce the risk of successful deployment of nuclear or radiological weapons in U.S. cities, and it establishes local threat detection and deterrence capabilities.

NFPA Hosting San Antonio Active Shooter Event in June

The National Fire Protection Association will host a free active shooter/hostile event program June 18 in San Antonio, in conjunction with its 2019 Conference & Expo, for emergency managers, policymakers, fire, police, EMS, school officials, and facility managers.

This U.S. Coast Guard photo included in the NTSB report shows damage to the port bow of barge B. No. 255 after the explosion.

NTSB Cites Lack of Maintenance, Safety Management in Barge Explosion

The October 2017 explosion and fire involving the tug and barge Buster Bouchard/B. No. 255 off Port Aransas, Texas, killed two crewmen and caused $5 million in property damage.

Five Homeopathic Product Companies Warned on Violations

Four of the FDA's warning letters went to companies that jointly produced a product labeled as homeopathic that posed a significant safety risk to consumers because their purportedly sterile products were not shown to be sterile and the fifth letter outlined a company's failure to have systems in place to assure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes.

British Columbia Work Zone Campaign Under Way

In 2018, two British Columbia roadside workers died as a result of being hit by a motor vehicle, and 29 others were injured. Between 2009 and 2018, 13 roadside workers were killed and 213 were injured under similar circumstances.

E-Filing Requirement Nears for OSHRC Represented Parties

Effective June 10, e-filing is mandatory for parties represented by attorneys or non-attorney representatives. Self-represented parties have the option of using the E-File System or filing documents by conventional means.

OSHA Issues Final Rule Revising Requirements in Safety and Health Standards

According to the Federal Register notice, the rule "reduces regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health, and improving privacy protections."

FAA Sets Scoping Meetings on LaGuardia Transit Plan

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey plans to build an elevated, automated people mover that would provide direct access between LaGuardia Airport and Willets Point in Queens, where passengers can connect to the New York City subway system and the Long Island Rail Road. LaGuardia Airport currently is accessible only by road.

Michigan DOT Lifting Weight Restrictions May 13

Weight restrictions on state highways are implemented during the spring frost thaw period. The typical timeframe for the restrictions is from February to May.

Morial Center Wins Another 'Safest 70' Award

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has received a "Safest 70" award for the fourth consecutive years from the Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation, which is the largest workers' compensation carrier in Louisiana.

ASSP Announces 2019 SPY and Outstanding Safety Educator

Kevin Slates, a clinical associate professor and program coordinator in the School of Public Health at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., is the American Society of Safety Professionals' 2019 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator.

DOT Forming Lithium Battery Advisory Committee

The panel is a statutorily mandated advisory committee intended to facilitate communication among manufacturers of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries, manufacturers of products containing them, air carriers, and the federal government about the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries.

New Director Selected for NRC's Office of Enforcement

George Wilson had been serving as the office's acting director. He joined NRC in 1999 as a Region III operator licensing examiner in Illinois and subsequently served in several key positions in the region and at the agency's Rockville, Md., headquarters.

Building Safety Month Week 2 Focused on Education

The International Code Council and its members and partners are using the week to illustrate why well-trained building safety professionals are a crucial part of maintaining a safe built environment.

IOSH Releases Machinery Safety Guide for Theatrical Sets

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has launched a new safety guide for workers in the theatre industry who are involved in designing, manufacturing and using machinery on theatrical sets.

Franciscan Health Sets Visitor Restrictions Because of Measles Cases

The policy means that visitors who have not been vaccinated against measles, are not immune to measles, or are unsure of their status, are being asked not to visit areas and units at seven of the organization's Illinois and Indiana facilities.

A company that solely tracks lagging KPIs and has low incident rates, while positive, leaves the organization with very little data to analyze and help predict future decisions.

AGC Backs Funding for Technical Training

"With overall unemployment now at the lowest level in nearly 50 years, contractors are having an ever harder time finding workers with or without construction experience," said Ken Simonson, AGC's chief economist. "Average pay in construction is more than 10 percent higher than in the private sector as a whole, but job openings in the industry keep climbing."

Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Shutting Down

"Although we see strong support in Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania to reduce carbon emissions and maintain the environmental and economic benefits provided by nuclear energy, we don't see a path forward for policy changes before the June 1 fuel purchasing deadline for TMI," said Kathleen Barrón, Exelon's senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs and public policy.

NRC Board Denies Hearing on Holtec Planned Storage Facility

While the three judges agreed some of the six petitioners met the qualifications for standing, they concluded the nearly 50 contentions raised were not admissible for an evidentiary hearing, holding that the contentions either were not relevant to the application or did not establish a genuine dispute with aspects of the application.

Expert Panel to Issue Safety Recommendations for Autonomous Vehicles

"Autonomous vehicles and burgeoning safety technologies hold tremendous potential for saving lives on our roads, but public understanding of what these vehicles are – and aren't – capable of is paramount toward achieving these benefits," said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA's executive director.

New Commissioner Chosen for NYC Department of Buildings

"Melanie La Rocca's experiences managing complex projects have given her a bird's-eye view of the construction industry, which will be essential to helping her ensure the Department of Buildings continues to guard the safety of every worker on every job site across the city," said Deputy Mayor for Operations Laura Anglin.

NSC Selects Air Force Veteran as President, CEO

Lorraine M. Martin has "more than 30 years' experience leading and developing successful global and international businesses, said Mark Vergnano, chairman of the National Safety Council.

Michigan Governor Declares May 2019 Building Safety Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation May 3 declaring May 2019 as Building Safety Month in Michigan, with this year’s observance themed “No Code. No Confidence.”

OSHA Announces Availability of $10.5 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

The grants, which will fund education and training to help employees and employers identify and prevent workplace health and safety hazards, are available in three areas: Targeted Topic Training, Training and Educational Materials Development, and Capacity Building.

ISEA Launches 2019 Safety at Heights Campaign

Falling and being struck by dropped objects are among the top causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace, with dropped objects the third leading cause of construction-industry injuries, according to OSHA.