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The Fire Emergency Mindset

The Fire Emergency Mindset

Response is action. It really is that simple, and it’s happening to each of us every hour of every day. Most of the time, events and responses have little impact on our daily lives.

Georgia DOT Suspends Some Construction Work During Eclipse

To ensure safety and ease traffic congestion, construction-related lane closures on interstate and secondary routes in Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia will be suspended from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Construction Company Fined in Asbestos Case

"Asbestos exposure can cause cancer, lung disease, and other serious respiratory diseases," said Tyler Amon, special agent-in-charge for EPA's Criminal Investigation Division in New York. "In this case, AIREKO Construction avoided hiring trained and certified asbestos abatement professionals. AIREKO did the work 'on the cheap,' willfully putting workers and others at risk."

Union Pacific Launches 'Your Life Is Worth the Wait' Campaign

"Train accidents are preventable if people actively think about their safety at railroad crossings and choose to stop and patiently wait for approaching trains," said Cameron Scott, Union Pacific's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

New York Paperboard Mill Issued 61 Citations

Carthage Specialty Paperboard faces $357,445 in penalties for more than 60 safety and health violations.

Mylan Paying $465 Million to Settle Case About EpiPen Classification

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Aug. 17 in a case that generated widespread attention about the rising cost of the anti-allergy EpiPen auto-injection device.

HHS Appoints Members to Panel on Serious Mental Illnesses

"We look forward to working with the committee to get individuals with serious mental illness the care they need," HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price said. "For too long, our nation has let down Americans with serious mental illness, and the committee will help inform HHS's efforts to turn that around."

Dan Post Boots Recalled

CPSC warned that the boots and shoes can fail to protect feet when heavy or sharp objects fall on them, posing an injury hazard to wearers.

"NLE Calc is a quick and simple way for a worker to assess their risk for injury before they manually lift an object," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard.

NIOSH Releases Lifting Equation Mobile App

"NLE Calc is a quick and simple way for a worker to assess their risk for injury before they manually lift an object," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "The information workers used to find in a manual is now in their back pocket and can help prevent one of the most common, and costly, work-related injuries."

Steelmaker Fined $1.2 Million for Toxic Release

"It was extremely fortunate no one was seriously affected by this incident. Had the flammable vapor cloud ignited, this could have resulted in multiple fatalities," HSE inspector Stephen Hargreaves said. "This incident highlights the need for all duty holders to implement and address all concerns and potential risks which have been identified. Tata's failure to do so in this case put a number of workers at risk of serious harm."

KDOL Amusement Ride Rules Hearing Scheduled

The proposed permanent regulations mirror the temporary regulations that went into effect July 1, 2017.

It's Official: ASSP

"Our members have always decided who we are and what we’re all about," ASSE President Jim Smith, CSP, said. "This latest vote was part of an objective process that has made us a strong organization for more than 100 years. Workplace safety is constantly evolving, so our society must adjust as well to remain strong and relevant while growing our profession. Our profession includes more occupations and industries than ever before."

Order Signed for Mexico's Largest Wind Park

"Mexico is undergoing a historical moment in its energy policy and we are extremely pleased to play an active role in this process. By building Mexico's largest wind park with Vestas' turbines, we are taking a bold step in the country's transition towards renewables," said Adrián Katzew, CEO of Zuma Energía.

Gains Made in Fingerprint Analysis: NIST

An algorithm developed by NIST and Michigan State University researchers may help to reduce the chance of human error in the first step of fingerprint analysis.

HHS Awards Money to Aid 1,333 Health Centers

Health centers are receiving the funds to continue improving their services based on their high performance in one or more of these categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition.

OSHA Announces Second Meeting on Strengthening VPP

It will take place 1-4 p.m. Aug. 28 in New Orleans. The agency wants stakeholders to provide new ideas on three subjects: overall VPP process and flow, corporate/long-term participant involvement, and Special Government Employee activities.

NY 2017 Speed Week Tickets Topped 21,000

As part of the enforcement campaign, troopers targeted speeding and aggressive drivers statewide, watching for impaired and distracted drivers, vehicle occupants who were not properly buckled up, and drivers who violated the "Move Over Law" that requires them to exercise extreme caution when passing emergency vehicles stopped in or on the side of the road.

Incorporating JSAs Into Your Safety Process

All information captured by you and your team can be further analyzed and used in order to predict, mitigate, and avoid risk.

Alaska Aviation Safety Back in the Spotlight This Week

Pilot training, FAA oversight of Hageland Aviation, and guidance for pilots on deteriorating weather conditions to mitigate controlled-flight-into-terrain risk are topics to be discussed at the Aug. 17 hearing in Anchorage.

Hawaii Approves Second Licensed Dispensary to Start Sales

"The opening of a licensed dispensary on Oahu is a major milestone for the more than 5,000 qualified patients and caregivers in Honolulu," said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. "Our staff continues to work with all the licensees as they build their facilities and business operations in compliance with county and state laws to ensure product and patient safety."

MSHA Implements Medical Action Plan for Some Employees

MSHA inspectors and technical personnel are required to have periodic medical examinations and meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management-approved medical standards. MSHA determined approximately 15 to 20 percent of MSHA inspectors and technical personnel do not currently meet the agency's medical standard.

Two Hearings This Week on Washington's Sick Leave Rules

"We know paid sick leave is a big change for employers and workers," said Annette Taylor, deputy assistant director of L&I's Fraud Prevention & Labor Standards. "We're doing everything we can to make sure people know what the proposed rules are and have an opportunity to provide input before this significant change happens in January."

VF Corp. Buying Dickies

Steve Rendle, president and CEO of VF, said the acquisition "combines two great companies and a group of iconic brands to create a global leader in workwear with approximately $1.7 billion in annual revenue. We look forward to welcoming Williamson-Dickie and its 7,000 dedicated employees to the VF family."

NIOSH Completes NORA's Second Decade, Readies for Third

"With this report, we have a clear picture of the value of bringing together groups that all have an interest in occupational safety and health and the impact we can have when we work together on shared goals," Director Dr. John Howard said.

CDC Estimates 3.4 Million Americans Living with Epilepsy

"Epilepsy is common, complex to live with, and costly. It can lead to early death if not appropriately treated," said Rosemarie Kobau, MPH, head of CDC's Epilepsy Program. "Everyone should know how to recognize a seizure and how to give appropriate first aid."

ICC Board President Wins Award

Georgia State Fire Marshal M. Dwayne Garriss, who is also the president of the International Code Council's board of directors, recently received the National Association of State Fire Marshals' 2017 President's Award for his dedication to furthering the fire prevention profession.

California Refinery Regs Require Safety Culture Assessments

The regulations include requirements to adopt inherently safer designs and systems to the greatest extent feasible and also require periodic workplace safety culture assessments to evaluate whether management is appropriately emphasizing safety over production pressures.

Kawasaki Motors Recalls 15,000 ATVs

The company has received 18 reports of fuel leaks from the vehicles' fuel tap. No injuries have been reported.

DOT Proposes $78.88 Million in FASTLANE Small Grants to 10 Infrastructure Projects

Seven of the 10 proposed grants are targeted projects in rural areas to increase freight mobility and produce greater economic opportunities, according to DOT.

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