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Strong Reactions: Anaphylaxis in the Workplace

Camp Courant in Hartford, Connecticut, has served the children of the community for more than 120 years. Walter Darden was a 64-year-old maintenance worker who had been at the camp for 10 years. On June 19, 2015, Darden was working at the camp when he was stung by yellow jackets that had nested inside an air conditioner. When he became ill, coworkers called 911, but Darden died at the hospital. Darden had no history of allergy to insect venom—until the medical examiner determined that anaphylaxis caused by yellow jacket venom was what had killed him.

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How Mobile Web Apps Turn Smartphones into Safety Tools

By Dr. Isabel Perry

Welcome to 21st century safety, where mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) can be used for more than texting, finding directions on the GPS and catching Pokémon. Safety procedures, guidance documents, checklists, JSA’s, etc., can be available for employees anytime, anywhere, on any mobile device. In 2020, over 50 percent of the workforce will be Generation X and Generation Y; they have lived with mobile devices in their hands since childhood. Even more amazing, proud parent/grandparents have posted photos on Facebook of their Generation Z babies holding a smart phone in the crib.

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Will Pruitt Lift EPA’s Restriction on the Use of E15?

Five Republican senators from ethanol-producing states are hoping Scott Pruitt, EPA’s new administrator, will lift the current Agency restriction on the use of E15 (fuel that is 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol) from June 1 to September 15. The restriction is intended to lower evaporative emissions during the summer months to control the formation of ground-level ozone. The Agency has the same concerns about E10 but has, nonetheless, issued a waiver to allow E10 sales throughout the year.

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Strong Reactions: Understanding Anaphylactic Allergies

Pharmaceutical firm Mylan made headlines throughout 2016 for the price of its EpiPen®—an epinephrine auto-injector that can stop life-threatening anaphylactic allergic reactions in their tracks. When Mylan acquired the EpiPen in 2007, the device retailed for around $57 apiece; by 2016, a pair of EpiPens set consumers back by about $600. In January, the Federal Trade Commission asked Mylan to provide information to help the agency determine whether Mylan has violated antitrust laws.

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Taking Aim at Opioid Abuse

The opioid epidemic has found its way into the workplace. Find out what employers are doing to help fight prescription drug abuse.

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Congress Trying to Amend Ballast Program

Legislation to amend the current regime of state and federal rules to control vessel ballast discharges has been reintroduced in both houses of Congress.  The Senate version of the bill—the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (S.168)—was first introduced in 2014 by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Begich, the former Democratic senator for Alaska.  The intent of that bill and the current version is to create a single federal program, overseen by the U.S. Coast Guard, for the regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States.

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OSHA’s Antiretaliation Program Guidelines: Recommended Training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) approach to investigating whistleblower complaints—something it is authorized to do under 22 separate government standards—is very similar to its approach to investigating reports of reported safety and health compliance issues. In issuing its recent guidelines for establishing antiretaliation programs, OSHA outlines program elements that will look very familiar to anyone who has used other OSHA guidelines. One similarity is OSHA’s recommendation that such programs include training for management and workers.

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Public Comments Requested on GHG Draft Inventory

The EPA is requesting public comments on its Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2015. The Draft Inventory contains estimates of U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) emissions.

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Multiple Fatality Cases Settled with Goodyear

The deaths of four employees over a one-year period at a Danville manufacturing plant have resulted in a substantial settlement and fines for one of the most well-known tire makers in the world. Keep reading to find out what makes this settlement deal so unique.

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Protect Employees from California’s Wild Weather

After years of severe drought, most of California’s reservoirs are now full and the snowpack is, in places, exceeding record levels set in 1983. A major storm drenched Southern California on February 17 before shifting to the north. Heavy rains are expected to continue, hitting different areas of the state, for as long as the La Niña weather pattern holds. Longstanding drought conditions have been lifted, at least temporarily, throughout much of the state.

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