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First Home Fire Sprinkler Day Set

NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative and the coalition want safety advocates across the United States to host simultaneous events, such as live burn and fire sprinkler demonstrations and fire department open houses, on May 19 and hope to see them take place in all 50 states.

Tablet Audiometry and the Evolution of Occupational Hearing Conservation

In the years since Apple released the first iPad, how we connect, communicate, receive and share information has changed in ways we could not have imagined. Nearly every industry – from automotive to music, retail, publishing, education, construction, even farming has taken notice.

It All Begins with a Baseline Audiogram

Every day, workers everywhere are exposed to noise during their workday that may be loud enough – or occasionally loud enough – to be damaging to their hearing. Without adequate protection and procedures, long-term damage can occur. This is why workplace safety, and hearing conservation programs, are essential for the long-term health and well-being of our working men and women



MSHA Chief Discusses Modernizing Data Collection in Testimony

Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo discussed MSHA's initiative to reform and modernize its data collection, saying too often in the past, "data was not synchronized or easily disseminated throughout the agency." He said modernization ideas include using more digital tools in the field and better data dissemination across the agency.

City of Seattle Moves to Vacate Marijuana Convictions

The city will ask Seattle Municipal Court to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions prosecuted by the city before pot was legalized in Washington in 2012. Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced the decision Feb. 8.

Canada Overhauling Project Review Scheme

There will be less red tape and less duplication for project proposers to navigate, according to the officials, who said the government will expand the types of impacts studied to understand how a proposed project could affect not just the environment, but also its long-term health, social, and economic impacts, as well as impacts on indigenous peoples.

IAEA, EU Agree to Boost Training Collaboration

"Nuclear safety and security remain our key priorities, both in Europe and globally," added Gerassimos Thomas, deputy director general in the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. "In 2018, the EU will conduct its first-ever topical peer review on aging management of nuclear power plants under the amended Nuclear Safety Directive."

NRC's 30th Regulatory Information Conference Set for March 13-15

The agenda for this meeting includes sessions on new reactor construction and commissioning, cyber security, emergency preparedness, maintaining a safety culture, and analysis of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster following a tsunami in March 2011.

Association's Report Covers Hospitals' Problems During Harvey

The report says there were an insufficient number of emergency shelters ready to take in evacuees, and the ones that were open lacked the ability to care for people with some medical conditions, particularly those with quadriplegia and those needing dialysis or who were ventilator-dependent.

Oregon Governor Announces Skills Training Initiative

"Giving our students hands-on learning opportunities and, once they graduate, supporting them as lifelong learners is the beginning of Future Ready Oregon. It is a new way of thinking about our economy," Gov. Kate Brown said in her 2018 State of the State address.

Steel Firm Fined $1.9 Million in Maintenance Worker's Death

HSE's investigation found Tata Steel had failed to enforce its own safety procedures, despite having two previous incidents before Standerline's death, and that the steelmaker also failed to put in place essential control measures that would have prevented the overhead crane from even being in operation.

Raising the Bar on Productivity, Plant Safety and Profitability  through Connected Worker Technology

Raising the Bar on Productivity, Plant Safety and Profitability through Connected Worker Technology

In today’s competitive business environment, companies that deploy connected worker software and related devices stand to gain a lot from their investment.

Sunoco Pipeline Agrees to $12.6 Million Penalty, State's Hold on Permits Lifted

Construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline can resume. "DEP will continue to monitor and enforce the conditions of the permits and will take necessary enforcement actions for any future violations," said McDonnell. "If a resident should witness pollution from the pipeline affecting streams or other waterways, then please alert DEP at 1-800-541-2050."

$1.6 Million Grant Awarded for Mining Safety Training Program

Among other training methods, researchers will be developing training that uses "serious" computer games. These simulations will be designed to replicate a realistic mining environment, and mine workers using them will be put in dynamic situations where they can make decisions and see the consequences.

Cal/OSHA Cites Tree Trimming Company after Brush Chipper Fatality

On Aug. 15, 2017, the employee was working on a crew removing limbs from a tree when a rope used to lower limbs from an aerial bucket was caught and pulled into the chipper, strangling him.

Lenovo Recalls Laptops for Fire Hazard

About 83,500 ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptops (5th Generation) laptops have been recalled because an unfastened screw can damage the battery, causing overheating and posing a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Lenovo announced Feb. 6.

Colorado Company Cited in Workplace Violence Case

OSHA has issued a serious citation to Pioneer Health Care Center for failing to implement adequate measures to protect employees from workplace violence hazards due to violent behavior by residents.

Gericare Sterile Eye Solution Recalled by Kareway

Kareway Products, Inc is voluntarily recalling 60,000 lots of Gericare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution, 4 fluid ounces to the hospital, retail or consumer level. The eye wash has been found to have potential microbial contamination which compromises sterility.

SAIF Produces Kitchen Safety Videos

New data from SAIF shows restaurant workers had an injury frequency twice as high as that of the services industry as a whole, and last year, the company received more than 2,700 injury claims from the restaurant industry.

WV Governor Announces Opioids Plan, Appoints New Drug Czar

Gov. Jim Justice's plan will target two counties hit hard by the opioid epidemic. This will be a demonstration project trying to halt the flow of opioids, bring more addicts into treatment, and reduce overdose deaths.

Third FAA UAS Symposium Set for March 6-8

The event will include panels, breakout sessions, and workshops, and the FAA will operate an on-site resource center to help owners and operators with airspace authorizations, waivers, understanding the Part 107 small UAS rule, and other policies and regulations.

ASCE Publishes Book on Wind-Borne Debris

The book covers the current state of knowledge on all aspects of wind-borne debris damage caused by hurricanes and tornadoes.

Kentucky Seating Company Wins Second State Safety Award

"Safety is our most valuable metric with Adient," said Todd Bruno, the Adient Georgetown plant's manager. "The Georgetown facility embraces safety each day. This is most evident as we recently surpassed one million hours without a lost-time accident for the second time in the last three years."

Ohio BWC Unveils Wellness Program

The program's resources and support services aim to help eligible businesses prevent injuries, reduce absenteeism, improve presenteeism, reduce injury severity, and reduce time away from work due to an injury.

New Tool Helps Prioritize Remediation of Buildings with Combustible Facades

EFFECT™, an Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool, was needed because enforcement authorities and those responsible for managing large portfolios of high-rise buildings have lacked a tool to assess and prioritize remediation work, according to NFPA.

Washington State Offering Two Ag Safety Day Meetings

The events, co-sponsored by L&I and the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board, will feature special training on drug recognition in the workplace, irrigation and trenching hazards, ladder safety, community trauma care, and more.

California Grant Speeds Up Tree Removal

"Not only will the counties be able to decrease the risk of trees falling on critical infrastructure, homes, and possibly people, but it also creates a safer area for firefighters when responding to a wildfire," said Rick Carr, Southern Region staff chief of Resource Management.

Winter Olympics Security Includes Drones That Catch Drones

Security personnel will be on the lookout for suspicious drones during the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

OSHA Cites Georgia Auto Parts Manufacturer, Proposes Maximum Penalties

OSHA has cited Georgia auto parts manufacturer HP Pelzer Systems Automotive Inc. for safety violations after an employee suffered a finger amputation.

Proper technique is a skill rarely mastered or used by people in a dynamic work environment.

Keep Lifts Between the Knees and Shoulders

When lifting an object to above shoulder height, the core and stabilizer muscles become less efficient, so we change our body mechanics and the risk of shoulder injury increases dramatically.