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Non-Medical Rx Painkiller Use Highest in Oklahoma: SAMHSA

States with the lowest rates included Massachusetts (3.49 percent), Vermont (3.49 percent), Florida (3.47 percent), Montana (3.46 percent), and Minnesota (3.41 percent).

Indiana Officials Outline Five-Year Infrastructure Plan

Beyond the first five-year investment in state projects, the initiative provides an additional $342 million annually to support Indiana cities, towns, and counties for local road projects by 2024.

HSE Chair Promoting Farm Safety This Week

"Farming has changed, and with new and different working practices and a transient workforce, all farmers need to constantly revisit and reconsider the risks faced by the people working on their farm," HSE Chair Martin Temple said.



NJ Aluminum Company Fined $1.9 Million

"Despite its lengthy OSHA history, Aluminum Shapes still does not comply with federal safety and health standards," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's Marlton Area Office. "These hazards leave workers vulnerable to the risk of serious injury and possible death."

NIOSH Posts ERHMS User Guide

NIOSH worked with the U.S. National Response Team, federal agencies, state health departments, labor unions, and volunteer emergency responder groups to develop the ERHMS system, which provides guidelines for protecting emergency responders over a full range of emergency types and settings.

LyondellBasell to Build $2.4 Billion Texas Plant

Once in operation, the plant is expected to produce 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide -- a chemical used in the manufacture of bedding, furniture, carpeting, coatings, building materials, and adhesives -- and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually.

Expert Panel to Discuss Driver Assistance Technologies for Heavy Trucks

NSC and NTSB note that their July 24 roundtable comes as motor vehicle fatalities are up despite rapid advancements in safety technologies.

E-DUI Tickets Start July 23 in Washington State

Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance company, the state warns, and an E-DUI ticket will cost $136 for the first violation and $234 for the second (within five years).

FHWA Report Tracks Highway Construction Inflation

Construction costs nationwide grew by an estimated 68 percent during the past 13 years, with key components measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, such as asphalt, concrete, and metal, growing at 107 percent, 61 percent, and 45 percent, respectively between 2003 and 2016.

Traveling to Europe? Beware of Measles, CDC Says

The agency's reminder said measles cases have been reported in 15 European countries during 2017: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

VPPPA's 2017 National Annual Meeting Drawing Near

Hundreds of occupational safety and health professionals will be traveling to New Orleans to attend Safety+ at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It takes place Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

Malaysian and Australian investigators examined a piece of MH370 aircraft debris found on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania in this ATSB file photo.

Data from MH370 Underwater Search Released

The Australia government, Malaysia, and the People's Republic of China suspended the search earlier this year after the missing commercial jetliner known as Malaysian Airlines MH370 was not found inside the 120,000-square-kilometer search area in the southern Indian Ocean.

NIOSH Piloting New Training Program with Workforce Tulsa

"Our young adult participants have a variety of challenges and barriers to sustainable employment, such as a lack of education or homelessness, and this training program will provide them with a much-needed opportunity to learn the basics of workplace health and safety," said Shelley Cadamy, executive director of Workforce Tulsa.

CSB Meeting July 26 to Discuss ExxonMobil Refinery Investigation

The meeting will include a discussion of its investigation of a Nov. 22, 2016, isobutane release in the sulfuric acid alkylation unit of the ExxonMobil Refinery in Baton Rouge, La. The release caused four serious injuries to workers and less serious injuries to two others.

CDC Awards Grants to Help States Fight Opioid Epidemic

More than $12 million going to 23 states and to Washington, D.C., will strengthen prevention efforts and enable better tracking of opioid-related overdoses. CDC indicated it expects to announce more funding for state opioid overdose prevention programs later this summer.

Seattle Wastewater Plant Flood Report Calls for Emergency Training

Flooding inside the West Point sewage treatment plant in February caused $57 million in damage and 235 million gallons of untreated wastewater to be dumped from an emergency outfall near Seattle's Discovery Park.

Texas Health Agency on High Alert for Cyclospora Cases

The state agency issued a health advisory July 17 asking health providers to test patients who have diarrhea lasting more than a few days or diarrhea accompanied by severe loss of appetite or fatigue. Health care providers are asked to promptly report cases.

Director of Korean Earthquake Research Center Convicted of Money Laundering

The director of South Korea's Earthquake Research Center at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources was laundering bribes that he received from two seismological companies based in California and England through the U.S. banking system, according to DOJ.

NTSB Announces Investigative Hearing for Fatal Alaska Commuter Flight Crash

The incident occurred on Oct. 2, 2016 near Togiak, Alaska.

Coast Guard Testing Ways to ID Hoax Distress Calls

The Coast Guard received 161 confirmed or suspected hoax calls in fiscal year 2016, a 19 percent jump from 135 in FY2015. Even a routine SAR response typically costs thousands of dollars per hour.

Workers need to trust and believe that leaders are looking out for their safety. Taking action on the hazards found is a quick way to earn that trust. (Industrial Scientific Corporation photo)

Is 'Big Brother' Watching Me or My Back?

If your best friend, whom you’ve known for years, suddenly fell over in a confined space, how would you respond? Would you rush in to save him or her?

Senate Panel Eyes FirstNet Progress This Week

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene the hearing at 10 a.m. July 20 as members evaluate FirstNet and AT&T's progress to date and the anticipated timeline to build, operate, and maintain the planned nationwide public safety broadband network.

The best defense against fogging is a high-performance anti-fog lens coating. The most reliable coatings employ dual-action properties. (Uvex Safety Eyewear photo)

Tips for Combating Fog on Safety Lenses to Improve Safety, Productivity

When safety eyewear fogs, workers have little choice but to remove it and wipe it clear, which can lead to repeated interruptions throughout the shift.

Airlines Reported 27 Tarmac Delays Over Three Hours in May

The delays were all on domestic flights, according to DOT.

Ohio Expands Students' Ability to Earn Industry-Recognized Credentials

The 49 additional credentials can guide career-based program development and help students prepare for Ohio's in-demand jobs and careers, according to the state Department of Education.

Engineering Firm Fined $155,000 in Vibration Case

"Exposure to hand/arm vibration is a well-known risk which the company failed to adequately control," said HSE Inspector Helen Jones. "The company also failed to ensure workers were looked after when symptoms did arise, leading to further exposure."

California Firm Recalls Refillable Propane Cylinders

YSN Imports Inc., doing business as Flame King, of Gardena, Calif., has recalled about 24,000 refillable propane cylinders because they can leak propane gas, posing fire and explosion hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on July 13.

Safe Work Australia Highlights Four Wheeler Safety

Safe Work Australia reported July 14 that 115 people have lost their lives on quad bikes in Australia since 2011, with almost two-thirds of those deaths occurring on farms.

DOL Announces $10.5M in Funding for Training in Worker Safety

The money is available as part of the Susan Harwood Training Grants program.

NTSB Study Identifies Opportunities to Reduce Speeding Deaths

The board considers speeding an “underappreciated problem.”

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