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Washington Metro Retiring Oldest Railcars Early

The 1000- and 4000-series railcars are being removed from service by July 1. They are being replaced by more reliable 7000-series railcars, which averaged more than 176,000 miles between delays in April, while the 4000-series cars traveled an average of only 27,259 miles between delays in 2016.

FMCSA Forms New Partnership under Safety Campaign

The American Bus Association, AAA, and the American Trucking Associations have joined FMCSA in the "Our Roads, Our Safety" campaign.

The free, web-based program will train health care providers on proper donning of PPE, safe removal of gear, and active monitoring skills.

CDC Museum Opens Exhibit on 2014 Ebola Outbreak

"CDC's Ebola exhibition shows what it was like 'inside the outbreak' for one of the world's worst public health emergencies," said CDC Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat, M.D. "I hope people will leave the museum recognizing that, with commitment and will, working together, we can change the world and make it a safer, healthier place for everyone."



2017 NEC Effective in Minnesota Starting July 1

Requests for Electrical Inspection (electrical permits) filed with DLI on or after July 1, 2017, are subject to the provisions of the 2017 NEC, and electrical license examinations also are based on the requirements of the 2017 NEC.

OSHA Leaving Beryllium Exposure Limits Intact for Construction, Shipyards

Beryllium has been one of the issues watched closely by safety professionals who are trying to determine how OSHA and DOL will proceed on rules and enforcement under the Trump administration. OSHA issued its final rule on Jan. 6, two weeks before President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated.

UK Environment Agency Taking Comments on Oxford Flood Remediation Plan

The Environment Agency is working with several local partners to reduce flood risks to all homes and businesses in Oxford and to major transport routes into the city.

EPA's Chief Hails Chemical Safety Progress

On the first anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, he said EPA has met its first-year implementation milestones under the law, having issued three new rules, provided a guidance document for external parties, and released scoping documents for the first 10 risk evaluations that will be conducted.

Air Bag Manufacturer Takata Files for Bankruptcy

The move comes after a global recall of air bags that have a tendency to rupture.

Bridge Contractor Fined for Fall Hazards

An employee was working on an upper deck, 37 feet above a lower platform, and fell through a ladder opening, landing on an employee who was working on the lower platform. Both employees survived the accident but suffered multiple injuries.

BCSP Presents Top 2017 Awards

Brad Giles, principal of Bradley Giles and Associates, received the BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award in Denver and thanked many people who had supported him throughout his more than 40 years in EHS management roles.

Corvallis, Ore.-based VDOS Global uses aerial robotics and remote sensing to provide oil and gas inspections, environmental research, aerial surveying and other services using for its clients around the world. (VDOS image)

FAA Seeking to Identify and Track Drones in Flight

Eventually, the recommendations the new Aviation Rulemaking Committee produces could help to pave the way for drone flights over people and beyond visual line of sight, FAA reported.

OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Explained at ASSE 2017

Gary Lopez, CSP, held a session to help explain why OSHA made changes to its final rule regarding recordkeeping.

15 Deaths Due to Trench Hazards in 2017

OSHA released a statement highlighting the dangers of excavation work after citing a Missouri plumbing contractor.

Cal/OSHA Fines Explosives Manufacturer $293,235

Cal/OSHA this week cited explosives manufacturer Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company for multiple serious and willful accident-related workplace safety violations, after the agency's investigation of an explosion in Hollister, Calif., that seriously hurt a worker.

Standards, Research on New ASSE President's Agenda

"It's incredible and a truly humbling honor that ASSE members are giving me the opportunity to lead 37,000 of the best safety professionals," James D. Smith said June 21 during the conference's general session. "The oncoming year will be exciting, and I really can't wait to get started."

The famous San Antonio River Walk is a mecca for tourists and a cool oasis during the summer. (San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau photo)

Safety 2018 Set for San Antonio

The June 3-6, 2018, conference and expo looks to build on the record attendance and exhibitor numbers of the 2017 event in Denver.

ASSE 'Becoming Stronger, More Vibrant,' President Says

Outgoing President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, cited several initiatives as he greeted attendees at the opening general session of Safety 2017, the largest annual conference in the society's 106-year history.

Denver

ASSE House of Delegates Endorses New Name

The proposed new logo for the society was rejected in June 19 voting, however.

Timely Heat Illness Discussion During ASSE 2017

A panel of experts discussed heat illness and how employers can prepare for the warm summer months.

ASSE Signs Cooperation Agreement with Sinopec

The signing in Denver follows a 2016 preliminary letter of intent for cooperation signed by the two organizations.

Live From ASSE Day 2

A busy day two featured tours by groups of safety professionals through the expo.

EUROCONTROL Participating in Fatigue/Stress Research

During June 6-9, a validation study on stress and attention in air traffic control was performed at Anadolu University. The data will be the main input for the preparation of guidelines for future air traffic control systems design, with a focus on automation.

"The Colorado Convention Center is a great venue," said Dan McNeill, director of professional development at ASSE. "We

ASSE Names 2017 Outstanding Safety Educators

Georgi Popov and Sathy Rajendran are the recipients of the award.

Fire Organizations Participating in 2017 Stand Down

They are encouraging agencies across the country to suspend all non-emergency activities during June 18-24 so they can focus on training and education related to this year's MAYDAY, Self-Rescue, and Rapid Intervention theme.

Most American Workers Unprepared for Workplace Cardiac Emergencies

"The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security that someone in the workplace will be qualified and able to respond, when that is clearly not the case," said Dr. Michael Kurz, M.D., co-chair of AHA's Systems of Care Subcommittee.

New Grants Aim to Enhance Responders' Communications

NIST reported that it reviewed 162 proposals from industry, academia, and public safety organizations and chose 33 that span five key technology areas.

Live From ASSE Day 1

DuPont’s booth features new products from both the Tyvek and Nomex brands.

New Pig Introduces a Spill Risk Algorithm

Facility managers can use it, free of charge, to understand their premises' spill risks and ways to reduce unnecessary risks.

Youth Tobacco Product Use Drops during 2015-2016

The drop includes the use of e-cigarettes.

Stratus Pharmaceuticals Ordered to Cease Distributing Unapproved Drugs

Sonar Products has also been ordered to cease operations.

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