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Contract Awarded for Security of Canada's Connected Vehicles

A contract valued at up to $1.3 million has been awarded to ESCRYPT to advance the development of a Canadian Security Credential Management System for connected vehicles.

Ammunition Manufacturer Fined in Fatality Case

One citation alleges that AMTEC Less Lethal Systems Inc. willfully violated 29 CFR 1910.119, the OSHA Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard, by not developing and/or implementing management of change procedures when the company increased the maximum explosive limits of pyrotechnic flash powder in or near the blast booths from 200 grams to 500 grams.

Criminal Investigation of Boeing 737 Max Certification Under Way

The Seattle Times reported March 20 that the FBI has joined a criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX that is being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents

Sacramento's Electric Car Share Program Expanded to All Residents

"Gig is thrilled to bring the largest all-electric car sharing service in the United States to Sacramento, a city that's becoming recognized as a worldwide leader in zero-emission energy," said Jason Haight, president of GIG Car Share.

Virginia Governor Signs Coal Ash Cleanup Bills

"The potential risks to public health and water quality posed by unlined coal ash ponds in the Commonwealth are far too great for us to continue with business as usual," said Gov. Ralph Northam. "This historic, bipartisan effort sets a standard for what we can achieve when we work together, across party lines, in the best interest of all Virginians."

Colorado Employers Getting $70 Million in Comp Dividend Checks

"As a customer-centric organization, it's gratifying to return $70 million to our policyholders," said Phil Kalin, Pinnacol Assurance's president and CEO. "These funds represent Pinnacol's effective claims management and handling of customers' premiums, which is reflected in our historically high injured worker and policyholder satisfaction scores."

NSC Survey: 75 Percent of Employers Report Workplace Affected by Opioids

According to a survey released by the National Safety Council as part of Poison Prevention Week, 75 percent of U.S. employers report that their workplace has been directly affected by opioids, but only 17 percent feel extremely well prepared to deal with the problem.

Higher Benzene Levels Detected Near Petrochemical Terminal

Deer Park, Texas, emergency operations officials called for shelter-in-place precautions at 6 a.m. March 21 because of concern about benzene levels from the fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company's site.

FDA Warns Florida Company About Distributing Unapproved Drugs

FDA's letter alleges Nutra Pharma Corp. of Coral Springs, Fla., illegally markets unapproved products labeled as homeopathic with claims about their ability to treat addiction and chronic pain, including pain associated with cancer, diabetes, shingles, and other serious conditions.

Tennessean Named 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year

Barry Brickey, public education and information officer for the Kingsport (TN) Fire Department and voice of Sparky the Fire Dog®, as the recipient of the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award.

Major New Public Hospital Opens in Ankara

The Bilkent Integrated Health Campus is a $1.3 billion health care facility in Ankara that was developed by GE Healthcare and CNN Holding through Turkey's largest public-private partnership to date. It is one of the world's largest public hospitals ever constructed in a single phase.

NIOSH Seeks Data on Automation Used in Mining

In order to prepare for the expanded use of automation technologies, NIOSH seeks to both proactively address worker health and safety challenges that may be associated with automation and to leverage new technologies to improve miners' health and safety.

Hungarian Company Wins IAEA Robotics Challenge

The challenge sought to find innovative ways to enhance in-field inspection activities that are the core of IAEA's nuclear verification work.

FCC Proposal to Help Responders Locate 911 Callers in Multi-Story Buildings

The commission proposed a vertical location accuracy metric of plus or minus 3 meters relative to the handset for 80 percent of indoor wireless 911 calls, tentatively concluding that location accuracy metric—within 3 meters above or below the phone—would be sufficiently accurate to identify the caller's floor level in most cases and would be technically feasible under the timeframes established in the Enhanced 911 rules.

CSB Highlights Importance of Following Standards

Incidents cited in the Safety Spotlight document include the BP Texas City refinery explosion and fire, ConAgra Foods and Kleen Energy natural gas explosions, and the Imperial Sugar combustible dust disaster in Georgia in February 2008. Each example discusses standards or guidelines that were developed following the incident.

Grenfell Fire Inquiry Phase 1 Report Coming Soon

Phase 2 of the Inquiry will examine issues that include the high-rise tower’s original design and modifications, fire and safety measures in it at the time of the fire, and where and why the fire began.

New Director Chosen for NRC Safety and Safeguards Office

Longtime employee John W. Lubinski has been named director of the agency's Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.

DOL Wage & Hour Issues FMLA, FLSA Opinion Letters

An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the division on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the individual person or entity that requested the letter. The requesting parties' names are not included in the letters to protect their privacy.

Three NTSB Investigators Sent to France to Assist Crash Investigation

Three investigators with expertise in recorders, flight crew operations, and human factors have been sent to France to assist with the downloading and analysis of flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed March 10 shortly after takeoff from the airport in Addis Ababa.

In 2014, 669 fatalities occurred in highway work zones -- a slight increase over the previous year. While work zone fatalities are about half of what they were 15 years ago, there is still more work to be done, FHWA Deputy Administrator David Kim said.

Caltrans Replacing Guardrail End Sections

Caltrans recently announced it has begun replacing approximately 800 X-Lite guardrail end terminals on the state highway system because the terminals do not meet field performance expectations.

Automakers Making Progress on Braking Technology Deadline

The participating automakers voluntarily committed by Sept. 1, 2022, to equip virtually all new light-duty cars and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,500 pounds or less with a low-speed AEB system that includes forward collision warning and crash imminent braking, to help prevent and mitigate front-to-rear crashes.

HP Expands Lithium-ion Battery Recall

The recall now affects about 78,500 units beyond the 50,000 that were recalled in the United States in January 2018. The recall expansion involves lithium-ion batteries for HP commercial notebook computers and mobile workstations that were sold to businesses and other organizations. The batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

NIOSH Publishes Final Public Safety Research Agenda

The 18-page document was developed by the NORA Public Safety Council and outlines research work that should be done in eight focus areas in order to promote safety and health for people working in public safety.

Modified FDA Policy Means Some Flavored eCigarettes Won't Be Sold

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said FDA intends to review comments on the draft compliance policy and finalize it as fast as possible. He said FDA expects the policy changes to mean some flavored e-cigarette products and flavored cigars will no longer be sold at all. Other flavored e-cigarette products that continue to be sold will be sold only in a manner that prevents youth access.

Canada Issues New Limits on Marketing of Prescription Opioids

Health Canada is proposing additional restrictions on the marketing and advertising of Class B opioid products, which are equal to or stronger than morphine, provided to health care professionals.

70 Percent of Nonfatal Workplace Assault Injuries Happen to Women: NSC

According to the National Safety Council, 70 percent of all assault-related injuries involving days away from work happen to women.

Dallas Company Enjoined from Compounding Drugs

The FDA is committed to helping ensure that compounded drugs are made under appropriate production standards. When we find compounders that violate the law by not adhering to requirements and put patients at risk, we're going to hold them accountable under the law," FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.

New York Brush Burning Ban Starts March 16

"New York prohibits residential burning during the coming high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property, and natural resources. The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we're encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first," New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said March 12.

US Joins Canada in Grounding 737 Max Aircraft

After Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau restricted commercial passenger flights from any air operator, both domestic and foreign, of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft from arriving, departing, or overflying Canadian airspace, President Donald J. Trump told reporters March 13 that the United States also is grounding the airplanes.

Reasonable suspicion drug testing is a critical safety measure.

Cerebral Palsy Patients Now Approved for Medical Marijuana in Michigan

Effective immediately, cerebral palsy has been added to the current list of debilitating medical conditions already approved for medical marijuana in Michigan.