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Be Prepared: Heat Stress

June 22nd, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Outdoor heat is not the only environment that causes stress on the body—hot indoor working environments can take their toll, too. To beat the heat, it’s important for you to prepare yourself for your hot work environment by taking extra precautions to feel fit and safe on the job. Causes of Heat Stress Adequate preparation […]

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Cyber Insurance on the Rise in Manufacturing

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Before now, cyber insurance has usually been purchased by consumer-facing businesses, such as health care providers, retailers and financial institutions. However, cyber attacks are now capable of taking control of manufacturing plants and products, and many businesses in the industry are purchasing cyber insurance policies to protect themselves. According to Advisen, an insurance data provider, […]

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OSHA Program to Target Southern Auto Part Makers

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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OSHA has renewed a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for auto part manufacturers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The REP was originally established to reduce workplace hazards in the auto parts industry, including electrical, struck-by, caught-in and crushing hazards. Information released by OSHA revealed that the REP led to 46 safety inspections in 2016, which resulted […]

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Core Elements for Safety and Health Programs in Construction

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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Responsible employers in the construction industry know the importance of implementing a safety and health program to prevent workplace injuries. Effective safety programs have seven core elements. 1. Management leadership— provides the resources needed to implement an effective safety and health program. 2. Worker participation— allows a program to benefit from the workers’ knowledge base […]

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OSHA Rescinds Walkaround Memo

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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OSHA has withdrawn its 2013 “Walkaround Letter of Interpretation” that allowed union officials to participate in inspections at nonunionized workplaces. The letter was viewed by employers as an attempt by the Obama administration to support and expand union representation to nonunion workplaces. However, OSHA has now withdrawn the union policy language featured in the letter, […]

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Zika Outbreak in Puerto Rico Signals Threat to the Rest of the U.S.

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico could affect as much as a quarter of the island’s population, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This increases the chances of transmission to the rest of the United States, due to the large number of flights and ships traveling between the island […]

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FDA’s Slow Recall Process Puts Lives at Risk

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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An audit conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the slow process for initiating food recalls is putting lives at risk. Specifically, the OIG found that, in its review of 30 recalls issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two resulted in lengthy delays […]

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New Rules Unveiled for Research and Education Drones

June 21st, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The government has announced new rules regulating low-altitude unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that will be used for educational or research purposes. The rules, which go into effect this August, will cover UASs that weigh less than 55 pounds, and that fly up to 400 feet high and 100 miles per hour. The new rules would […]

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New York Cyber Rules May Become Model for Other States

June 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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In recent statements by New York’s financial regulator, a group of U.S. state insurance regulators have been advised to use the state’s groundbreaking cyber security rules as a model for how financial institutions and insurers should protect their networks from hackers and disclose cyber events. The superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial […]

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Safety Standards for Cleanrooms

June 6th, 2017

Chris Larmore

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The use of cleanrooms is commonly required for manufacturers of sensitive electronic equipment, pharmaceuticals, sterile medical devices and in any other critical manufacturing environment where the contaminants present in outside air could destroy the product’s functionality. Though cleanrooms are critical parts of the manufacturing environments in which they are used, they are surprisingly unregulated by […]

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