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  • FDA Forming Working Group on Imported Prescription Drugs to Address Price Spikes July 20, 2018
    The working group will examine importation of drugs that have seen significant price increases or significant access challenges for patients, and it will examine the potential to promote competition for drugs that are off-patent or off-exclusivity and produced by one manufacturer.
  • Big Fine Issued in Unsafe Trenching Case July 20, 2018
    "A trench can collapse in seconds and trap workers under thousands of pounds of soil," said OSHA St. Louis Area Office Director Bill McDonald. "Employers performing excavation work must develop and implement safety procedures to properly protect their employees from cave-ins, and train crews to recognize and evaluate hazards."
  • Ohio BWC Reminds True-Up Reporting Deadline is Aug. 15 July 20, 2018
    At the end of a policy year, employers are required to true-up, meaning they report actual payroll for the policy year that ended June 30 and reconcile any difference in premium paid.
  • Asbestos Contractor Cited, Fined in Washington State July 19, 2018
    In two recent site inspections, the workers did not use proper safety equipment, required air sampling was not performed, and asbestos-containing material was left exposed to the public and was improperly taken through public areas.
  • 27,000 Avalanche Transceivers Recalled July 19, 2018
    The Ortovox avalanche transceivers have been recalled because they can fail to work properly due to a software error and fail to transmit the position of survivors of an avalanche, resulting in delayed search and rescue operations.
  • DARPA Launches Program to Develop Tiny Robots for Natural Disasters July 19, 2018
    The SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms program, or SHRIMP, aims to develop and demonstrate multi-functional micro-to-milli robotic platforms for use in natural and critical disaster scenarios.
  • ASSP Hires New Executive Director July 18, 2018
    Jennifer McNelly brings 30 years of association, government, regulatory, and business experience to her new role. Beginning Aug. 16, she will work with the society's board of directors to execute ASSP's strategic plan for growth, leading 75 staff members.
  • ISO Updates Information Security Standard July 18, 2018
    The standard provides organizations with guidance on navigating information security risks.
  • FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Smallpox July 17, 2018
    "This is the first product to be awarded a Material Threat Medical Countermeasure priority review voucher," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. "Today's action reflects the FDA's commitment to ensuring that the U.S. is prepared for any public health emergency with timely, safe, and effective medical products."
  • OSHA Cites Company in Amputation Case July 17, 2018
    The company, a wooden post manufacturer, faces $109,548 in proposed penalties.

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  • OSHA cites Mo. excavating company after seeing employees working in unprotected trench July 20, 2018
    OSHA has cited Karrenbrock Excavating LLC for allowing two employees to work in an unprotected trench while installing sewers. The company faces proposed penalties of $189,221.
  • Dysfunctional Practices: that kill your Safety Culture (and what to do about them) July 20, 2018
    For Dysfunctional Practices: that kill your Safety Culture, Dr. Timothy Ludwig draws on his 30+ years of research and practice in behavioral approaches to safety to help managers re-shape their safety culture by driving out fear and risk and engaging their workforce.
  • Let’s take a different approach to ladder safety July 20, 2018
    Every day 2,000 people are injured in a ladder-related accident. One hundred of those people suffer a long-term or permanent disability. And every day, one person dies; the numbers are continuing to rise.
  • A better test developed for ag worker pesticide exposure July 20, 2018
    A simple, fast, and inexpensive blood test is proving effective at accurately detecting the level of pesticide exposure among agricultural workers.
  • Comments on Cranes and Derricks rule sought July 19, 2018
    OSHA is seeking comments to a proposed rule regarding railroad construction equipment provisions in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The agency says the proposed rule, which was published yesterday, would maintain safety and health protections for workers, and address employers’ compliance burdens.
  • EPA relaxes coal ash regulations July 19, 2018
    The Trump announced yesterday that it is rolling back regulations on how power plants can dispose of coal ash – a move that environmental groups say will threaten drinking water. The coal industry petitioned for the change, which extends by 18 months the time that the industry can use unlined coal ash ponds and groundwater-adjacent […]
  • Workplace violence in U.S. hospitals way up July 19, 2018
    The incidence of workplace violence increased by 23% annually from 2012 to 2015 at the 106 U.S. hospitals included in a recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  • ASTM F1506 outlines changes in 2018 edition July 19, 2018
    ASTM International is a standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services, including those for FR clothing.
  • Blackline Safety transforms gas detection with second-gen data analytics platform July 19, 2018
    Today, Blackline Safety Corp. (“Blackline”) (TSXV:BLN) launched its second-generation Blackline Analytics platform, a tool that makes it easy for businesses to manage a world-class gas detection program. Available to all Blackline customers, this new data analytics software enables businesses to leverage the data streamed from their connected G7 gas detectors, empowering decision-making with user-friendly data […]
  • Toxicity can kill: Monitoring gases, even oxygen, is crucial July 19, 2018
    Inhalation of toxic gases can kill you. It’s important that you perpetually monitor your breathing air to ensure that you and your employees are breathing air that is safe and free of such gases all the time.