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NSC Preliminary Estimates Show Motor Vehicle Deaths Plateaued in 2017

NSC Preliminary Estimates Show Motor Vehicle Deaths Plateaued in 2017

"The price we are paying for mobility is 40,000 lives each year," NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said. "This is a stark reminder that our complacency is killing us. The only acceptable number is zero; we need to mobilize a full court press to improve roadway safety."

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.

OSHA Renews Alliance with International Window Cleaning Association

Together they have developed resources for the window cleaning industry, and IWCA has supported OSHA outreach campaigns such as the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, Safe + Sound Campaign, and the Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, while also providing training to its members on the new requirements for OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems standard.

ISO Releases Revised ISO 31000 Risk Management Guidelines

ISO 31000:2018 is a shorter and clearer guide to help organizations improve planning and decision-making through the use of risk management principles.

Florida Drivers Reminded: Stay at the Scene of a Crash

The Florida Highway Patrol is recognizing Hit and Run Awareness Month in February and reminding all motorists to stay at the scene when involved in a crash.

North Anna Sirens Tested This Week

The siren tests take place at the Louisa, Va., nuclear power plant on a quarterly basis: Feb. 21, May 16, Aug. 15, and Nov. 14.

Urgent NTSB Recommendations Issued After Two Train Accidents

"The installation of the life-saving positive train control technology on the CSX tracks is not the cause of the Cayce, South Carolina train collision," said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. "While the collision remains under investigation, we know that signal suspensions are an unusual operating condition, used for signal maintenance, repair, and installation, that have the potential to increase the risk of train collisions. That risk was not mitigated in the Cayce collision. Our recommendation, if implemented, works to mitigate that increased risk."

Lockout leadership can be the missing link that drives continuous improvement leading to meaningful change in the safety culture of the adapting workplace. (The Master Lock Company photo)

Lockout Leadership as a Path to Advancing the Practice

It is much more effective to share with workers the ways and means the company has decided to do things, rather than let impersonal government regulations drive critical behaviors.



DOJ Seeks Contempt Order Against Pesticide Manufacturer

A May 2017 court order required the defendants to comply with the 2011 consent decree, but HPI and Garvey continue to store thousands of pounds of uncharacterized, often unidentified, chemicals, some with labels indicating they have been stored for a dozen years or more, according to DOJ, which said many of HPI's facilities lack functional fire suppression equipment.

Bill Would Prohibit Firing Colorado Workers Based Solely on Positive Marijuana Tests

The bill, which has been proposed by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws' local branch, also would require employers to provide evidence that an employee was unable to perform his or her duties because of marijuana use.

Oregon's Governor Declares Addictions a Public Health Crisis

Gov. Kate Brown's executive order calls for a statewide strategy to combat addiction.

DOE Creating Office for Cybersecurity, Emergency Response

The new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response will be created with $96 million in funding that is included in President Donald J. Trump's FY19 budget request.

HIPAA Penalty Follows Company Into Receivership

"The careless handling of [protected health information] is never acceptable," said OCR Director Roger Severino. "Covered entities and business associates need to be aware that OCR is committed to enforcing HIPAA regardless of whether a covered entity is opening its doors or closing them. HIPAA still applies."

NFPA Fast-Tracks Active Shooter Response Standard

NFPA will process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April 2018. The standard is now open for input until Feb. 23, 2018.

WHO Releases 2018 Priority Diseases List

Experts say that, given their potential to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and/or vaccines, there is an urgent need for accelerated research and development about them.

New York Places 250 Apartment Buildings in Alternative Enforcement Program

The announcement said the 250 buildings have a total of 4,859 immediately hazardous (C-class) violations, 21,442 hazardous (B-class), and 7,602 non-hazardous (A-class) violations; immediately hazardous violations include inadequate fire exits, evidence of rodents, lead-based paint, and the lack of heat, hot water, electricity, or gas

NTSB Sets Meeting on New Mexico Train Crash

The incident occurred about 6:23 a.m. Mountain daylight time when a westbound freight train with nine locomotives and 79 cars collided with a standing train, causing all nine locomotives to derail. The moving train struck the stationary one after traveling through a misaligned switch, according to the safety board.

IAEA Publishes Guide on Leadership and Communication in Nuclear Emergencies

The guide is intended for operators, regulators, and those working in emergency preparedness and response.

NIOSH Study Documents Rising Injury Rates for Law Enforcement Officers

The researchers found that the nonfatal injury trend for law enforcement offices climbed during the 12-year period they studied, which is in contrast with the trend for all other U.S. workers, which significantly decreased.

2018 Grainger Show Brings 12,000 to Orlando

This year's Grainger Show is the eleventh time in the series that the company has brought in customers by the thousands, Grainger Chairman and CEO D.G. Macpherson said.