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HHS Announces Winners of Health Information App Challenges

The winning companies developed "new tools that make it easier for individuals and clinicians to access health information and put it to use," said Dr. Vindell Washington, national coordinator for health information technology.

Opioids and Public Health on Physicians' 2017 Legislative Agenda

Opioid-related legislation will focus mainly on mandated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use but also on physician education, substance-use disorder treatment, and guidelines or restrictions on prescribing controlled substances.

Second Meeting of FAA Drone Committee Set

The committee's main goal during the second meeting, which is open to the public, will be to review and potentially approve three task groups, including one to review issues related to the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments in regulating and enforcing drone laws.

Sioux Falls Company Cited after Equipment Operator Suffers Serious Injuries in Trench Cave-in

Kempf Construction was cited for five serious safety violations.

Masonry Contractor Cited for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards

OSHA inspectors witnessed workers working at heights up to 40 feet without proper fall protection.

Jasper Roofing Contractors Sued after OSHA Investigation Cooperation

The suit seeks back wages and damages for violations of the OSH Act.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Names Most Dangerous Jobs in America

The report also says senior citizens are at risk.

Canada's National Energy Board to Require More Emergency Info at Pipeline Application Stage

"Canadians have told us that they want more information about a company's emergency response information at the earliest stages of a proposed project. These changes will foster increased understanding among stakeholders, hearing participants, NEB experts, and panel members regarding a company's plans to respond should an emergency occur," said Peter Watson, chair and CEO of the board.

Fire, Traffic Deaths Hit Record Lows in NYC Last Year

The mayor and fire commissioner said response times to fires and life-threatening medical emergencies improved by 5 seconds for fires and 21 seconds for medical calls in 2016, and they announced the early completion of the nation's largest smoke alarm giveaway/installation program.

VA Establishes Presumption of Illnesses from Camp Lejeune Water Supply

During the early 1980s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.

Workers Exposed to Multiple Fall Hazards While Roofing Residential Home

Redhawk Roofing has been cited for four repeated safety violations.

Textron Specialized Vehicles Recalls 1,100 ATVs

The Bad Boy XTO and Bone Collector XTO off-road utility vehicles are not equipped with seat belts and pose a risk of serious injury in an accident.

FHWA Releases Two Final Rules to Improve Highway System

The rules outline new performance measures that will improve roads and bridges as well as assess travel reliability.

Padlocks should be standardized by size and color so that workers can easily identify function and ownership.

New ANSI Lockout Standard a 'New Direction'

The ANSI/ASSE Z224.1-2016 standard is a game changer for both the United States and OSH professionals globally, says Master Lock's Todd Grover.

The annual Great American Smokeout, a day when smokers are strongly encouraged to quit, occurs on the third Thursday of November.

Smoking's Cost Dwarfs Tobacco Tax Revenue, Study Shows

If all countries raised excise taxes by about 80 cents per pack, annual revenues from cigarettes globally could increase by $140 billion and lead to a 9 percent decline in smoking rates, WHO and the U.S. National Cancer Institute said.

AIHA Receives Grant to Grow Pathway Outreach Program

The grant was received as part of the American Society Association Executives Foundation’s Innovative Grant Program.

FMCSA Issues Guidance to Organizations and Businesses Transporting Passengers

The guidance clarifies existing regulations and requirements have been changed over the years.

New Chair Approved for Nanotechnology Advisory Panel

Dr. Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Ph.D., of NIST has been approved as chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies. ISO TC 229 has five working groups, including health, safety, and environment (WG 3).

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to prevent thousands of collisions and injuries annually, DOT and NHTSA believe. (Image downloaded from NHTSA August 2014 report)

Microsoft Unveils Connected Vehicle Platform

Renault-Nissan is the first auto manufacturer to commit to the platform to build connected cars.

DOT Announces $1.07 Billion in Funding for Rail Transit in Chicago

The funds will be used for the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Project.

HHS Takes First Enforcement Action Over Reporting of HIPAA Breach

The HHS investigation showed Presence Health failed to notify, without unreasonable delay and within 60 days of discovering the breach, each of the 836 individuals affected by the breach, prominent media outlets (as required for breaches affecting 500 or more individuals), and OCR.

U.S. Mining Deaths Dropped to New Low in 2016

Twenty-five U.S. miners died in work-related accidents last year.

EEOC Issues Regs on Federal Agencies' Affirmative Action for Disabled Workers

"These new regulations provide concrete steps and accountability mechanisms to promote employment and advancement opportunities for people with disabilities across the government," said EEOC Chair Jenny Yang.

OSHA Issues Beryllium Final Rule

The rule will cut the eight-hour PEL from the current level of 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter to 0.2 micrograms per cubic meter. Above 0.2, employers woiuld have to take steps to reduce the airborne concentration of beryllium, and the rule requires additional protections that include personal protective equipment, medical exams, other medical surveillance, and training.

AFL-CIO Pushing for Health Care Violence Standard

Two AFL-CIO representatives will be taking part in the Jan. 10 public meeting: Rebecca Reindel, a senior safety & health specialist, and Peg Seminario, the AFL-CIO's director of Safety and Health.

Record Number of Women Become New South Wales Firefighters

All 24 recruits in the Australian department's most recent class received advanced training in firefighting, road crash rescue procedures, advanced first aid, community risk management, fire science, and hazardous materials response.

DOL Gives $4 Million to California 2015 Wildfire Relief

The 2015 wildfire season was especially bad: The National Interagency Fire Center reports there were 60,984 fires that burned 9,937,863 acres in all, the most acreage consumed by wildfires during the 2006-2016 decade.

Killer Whale Involved in Big OSHA Case Dies

Tilikum, the orca that killed whale trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010 at SeaWorld of Florida, died Jan. 6 "surrounded by the trainers, care staff and veterinarians that provided him around-the-clock world-class care," the company reports.

DOL Sues Manufacturer After It Fired Employee Who Tried to Call 911

The company's owner insisted the worker drive the injured employee to an urgent care clinic instead, according to OSHA.

Illinois Roofing Contractor Cited After Exposing Workers to Deadly Fall Hazards

Four willful and two serious safety violations were issued to Barringer Brothers Roofing.

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