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NYC Electrical Code Revision Committees Seeking Members

NYC Electrical Code Revision Committees Seeking MembersApplications are due by Jan. 25. The Electrical Code revision cycle will include six Technical Committees and one Managing Committee, with the Technical Committees responsible for reviewing and developing amendments to the technical provisions of the Electrical Code by consensus and also reviewing administrative provisions of the Electrical Code in an advisory capacity.Dec 15, 2017The New York City Department of Buildings is seeking applicants to serve on the 2018 Electrical Code Revision Committees. To be considered for committee membership, a completed application must be submitted, including any required attachments, to the department by Jan. 25, 2018.Completed applications can be submitted by email to [email protected] or mailed to: New York City Department of Buildings, Code Development Unit, Attn: Committee Selection, 280 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10007Submission details can be found in Part F of the application. A background check will be performed by the NYC Department of Investigation for all applicants.The Electrical Code revision cycle will include six Technical Committees and one Managing Committee. The technical committees will be responsible for reviewing and developing amendments to the technical provisions of the Electrical Code by consensus. The administrative provisions of the Electrical Code will also be reviewed by the technical committees in an advisory capacity; the Managing Committee is responsible for finalizing all proposed amendments. These are the Technical Committees:Wiring Methods & MaterialsWiring Protection, Switchboards & PanelsEquipment for General UseSpecial Occupancies & EquipmentFire Pumps and Alarms & Special ConditionsRemote Control, Signaling & PowerManaging Committee members will include the chairs and co-chairs of the Technical Committees, as well as representatives of construction, labor, real estate, government, professional, and other stakeholder organizations.Let's block ads! (Why?)

BAE Systems Receives Kentucky Award

BAE Systems Receives Kentucky Award"Congratulations to BAE Systems in Louisville on earning its third Governor's Safety and Health Award," Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. "Working more than two million hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment, and I appreciate its dedication to keeping its employees safe and healthy."Dec 15, 2017Kentucky Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited BAE Systems in Louisville on Dec. 12 to present a Governor's Safety and Health Award for the 2,058,198 production hours employees there worked without a lost-time incident. "Congratulations to BAE Systems in Louisville on earning its third Governor's Safety and Health Award," Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey said. "Working more than two million hours without a lost-time injury is a great accomplishment, and I appreciate its dedication to keeping its employees safe and healthy. On behalf of Governor Bevin and all of us at the Labor Cabinet, thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication to workplace safety."Founded in 1999, BAE Systems' Naval Center of Excellence in Louisville is dedicated to the overhaul, manufacture, and repair of major caliber guns and other naval systems for the U.S. and its allies. The plant has about 640,000 square feet of manufacturing, assembly, and test space and is the only commercial producer of medium to major caliber gun barrels in North America, according to the Labor Cabinet's announcement."Our talented and dedicated workers are our biggest asset, and it's our responsibility to ensure they go home to their family and loved ones safe and healthy every day," said Director of Operations Mike Viscosi. "BAE Systems is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment."The state agency presents the Governor's Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness; the required number of hours depends on the number of employees.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Worldwide Estimate of Flu Deaths Raised

Worldwide Estimate of Flu Deaths Raised"These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority," said Dr. Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global health in CDC's Influenza Division and a study co-author.Dec 15, 2017CDC reported that new estimates published Dec. 13 indicate between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal flu-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000. The new estimates are based on a robust, multinational survey by CDC and global health partners and was published in The Lancet. The estimate excludes deaths during pandemics."These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority," said Dr. Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global health in CDC's Influenza Division and a study co-author.The new estimates use more recent data taken from a larger and more diverse group of countries than previous estimates. Forty-seven countries contributed to this new effort; researchers calculated region-specific estimates and age-specific mortality estimates for people younger than 65 years, people 65-74 years, and people 75 years and older. The greatest flu mortality burden was seen in the world's poorest regions and among older adults, with people 75 and older and people living in sub-Saharan African countries experienced the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths. Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asian countries had slightly lower but still high rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths."This work adds to a growing global understanding of the burden of influenza and populations at highest risk," said CDC researcher Danielle Iuliano, lead author of the study. "It builds the evidence base for influenza vaccination programs in other countries."The authors noted the new estimates are limited to flu-associated respiratory deaths and therefore may underestimate the true global impact of seasonal influenza. Influenza infection can create or exacerbate other health factors which are then listed as the cause of death on death certificates, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or related complications. Additional research to estimate non-respiratory causes of flu-associated deaths is under way.Let's block ads! (Why?)

NTSB Issues Report on Drone Collision with Army Helicopter

NTSB Issues Report on Drone Collision with Army HelicopterThe drone operator was not aware of temporary flight restrictions that were in place at the time because of presidential travel and a United Nations General Assembly session, and he did not hold an FAA remote pilot certificate.Dec 15, 2017The National Transportation Safety Board issued a final report Dec. 14 about a drone collision with a U.S. Army helicopter in September 2017 near Hoffman Island, N.Y. The drone operator failed to see and avoid the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range and did not have adequate knowledge of regulations and safe operating practices, the board concluded.The report says the collision took place at 7:20 p.m. and involved a DJI Phantom 4 drone and an Army Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. They collided at an altitude of about 300 feet. The helicopter landed safely, while the drone was destroyed. A small dent was found on the leading edge of one of the helicopter’s four main rotor blades, and parts of the drone were found lodged in the helicopter's engine oil cooler fan.According to the board's news release and report, the drone operator was unaware of the collision until an NTSB investigator contacted him. "The operator was also not aware of temporary flight restrictions that were in place at the time because of presidential travel and a United Nations General Assembly session. He was flying recreationally and did not hold an FAA remote pilot certificate," NTSB reported.The full investigative report is available here.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Enhanced Holiday Traffic Enforcement Begins

Enhanced Holiday Traffic Enforcement BeginsLaw enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation are participating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began Dec. 13 and continues until Jan. 1, 2018.Dec 14, 2017Extra holiday season enforcement to catch impaired drivers has begun by law enforcement agencies across the country. The Florida Highway Patrol, for one, announced it will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began Dec. 13 and continues until Jan. 1, 2018. FHP will concentrate its enforcement on impaired driving throughout Florida."Impaired driving continues to be a priority for law enforcement in the state," explained FHP Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding. "In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off Florida roads, FHP troopers will aggressively enforce impaired driving laws to ensure motorists and their families arrive to their destination safely."Pennsylvania State Police troopers also are participating in dedicated DUI patrols and checkpoints to identify and arrest impaired drivers. "No matter where your holiday celebrations take you, it is important to plan ahead for a safe way home and to never get behind the wheel impaired," said Maj. Edward Hoke, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. "Don't put yourself, your passengers, or others at risk by making the decision to drink and drive."According to NHTSA, 37,461 people nationwide were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,947) of those fatalities involved a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit of .08. "Driving under the influence has serious consequences that State Police and our local law enforcement partners see every day, which is why we have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to DUI enforcement," Hoke said. "If you drive impaired, you will be pulled over and you will be arrested."Let's block ads! (Why?)

OSHA Cites Dealership in Fatal Fire

OSHA Cites Dealership in Fatal FireOSHA inspectors determined the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor when the fire occurred. As a result, three employees died, a fourth was critically burned, and a fifth employee was treated for smoke inhalation and released.Dec 14, 2017OSHA announced it has cited and fined Car Cannon Inc., an automobile dealership, after investigating a flash fire in June 2017 that killed three employees and critically injured a fourth worker at its Jasper, Ala., facility.OSHA inspectors determined the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor when the fire occurred. As a result, three employees died, a fourth was critically burned, and a fifth employee was treated for smoke inhalation and released. The agency issued one willful and two serious safety citations for failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program, improper storage of flammable liquids, and allowing unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment to be used in a hazardous area. Proposed penalties total $152,099."Failure to effectively implement a hazard communication program has tragically resulted in the loss of lives and serious injuries," said OSHA Area Director Ramona Morris in Birmingham, Ala. "Employers must ensure employees are trained and aware of the hazards associated with handling flammable chemicals."Let's block ads! (Why?)

Maryland-Based Insurer Announces Moves to Address Opioids Crisis

Maryland-Based Insurer Announces Moves to Address Opioids Crisis"The impact of opioids in the region we serve has been well documented," CareFirst President and Chief Executive Officer Chet Burrell said. "As the region's largest health insurer and one with a unique community mission, we want to take a comprehensive approach to address the opioid crisis for the greater community."Dec 14, 2017CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which provides health insurance to 3.2 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia, announced new actions on Dec. 13 to combat the region's opioid crisis in the communities it serves and programs to address substance use disorders and provide addiction and behavioral health services to CareFirst members. Its efforts include $1.5 million in funding for non-profit community organizations for programs aimed at addressing substance use disorders, new prescribing limits, and treatment programs to limit opioid abuse and improve care for members battling addiction.The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is a not-for-profit health care company."The impact of opioids in the region we serve has been well documented," CareFirst President and Chief Executive Officer Chet Burrell said. "As the region's largest health insurer and one with a unique community mission, we want to take a comprehensive approach to address the opioid crisis for the greater community, as well as to create and promote policies and programs for our members that address addiction and its disastrous health impacts on the individuals and families we cover."Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined him for the announcement. "Far too many individuals are familiar with the toll on our community caused by the use and abuse of opioids. It takes a toll on individuals, families, and the entire community," she said. "The Baltimore City Health Department has developed a comprehensive, three-pillar strategy to combat opioid addiction: prevent deaths from overdose and save lives, increase access to on-demand treatment and long-term recovery support, and provide education to reduce stigma and prevent addiction. But this is one of those situations which you can never do enough to address, and where you always welcome additional partners and resources. I'm glad to be here today with representatives of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. We know CareFirst as the area's largest health insurer, but the company is also one of the biggest corporate philanthropists in the region, and this effort is a great example of their commitment to greater Baltimore."Let's block ads! (Why?)

Senate HELP Executive Session Set on OSHA Nominee

Senate HELP Executive Session Set on OSHA NomineeThe U.S. Senate Health, Labor, Education & Pensions Committee has scheduled a Dec. 13 executive session to consider the nomination of Scott Mugno to be assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the head of OSHA, and five other nominees.Dec 13, 2017The U.S. Senate Health, Labor, Education & Pensions (HELP) Committee has scheduled a Dec. 13 executive session to consider the nomination of Scott Mugno to be assistant secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the head of OSHA, and five other nominees. But a webcast of the hearing will not be offered, and there is not a scheduled start time shown on the committee's hearing announcement.The executive session is also to consider these nominees:Johnny Collett to be assistant secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of EducationKate O'Scannlain to be solicitor of the U.S. Department of LaborPreston Rutledge to be assistant secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security AdministrationWilliam Beach, Ph.D., to be commissioner of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of LaborBrigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA (Ret.) to be deputy secretary, Department of EducationJames Blew to be assistant secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of EducationThe announcement said additional nominations cleared for action could also be considered.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Quad Bike Safety Review Under Way in Australia

Quad Bike Safety Review Under Way in AustraliaACCC's Issues Paper notes that quad bikes, which are four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles, are heavily used in Australia's forestry and agricultural industries. From Jan. 1, 2011, to Oct. 16, 2017, there were 114 deaths nationwide associated with quad bikes, including 10 so far in 2017, it says.Dec 13, 2017The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is accepting public comments until Dec. 15 on an Quad Bike Issues Paper it published on Nov. 13, 2017. ACCC also created a task force to conduct an investigation into quad bike safety and consider the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).The Issues Paper includes a series of questions that the commission is considering as part of the investigation; responses will be used to inform a cost-benefit analysis and any draft recommendations.The paper notes that quad bikes, which are four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles, are heavily used in Australia's forestry and agricultural industries, which together accounted for 20.2 percent of all quad bike sales in the country in 2015. From Jan. 1, 2011, to Oct. 16, 2017, there were 114 deaths nationwide associated with quad bikes, including 10 so far in 2017, it says. The total results in an annual average of 16-17 deaths, and 15 percent of the victims were children.Comments can be submitted by mail or by email to [email protected] ACCC asks commenters to include their name, organization, and contact details when making a submission; submissions are due by 5 p.m. local time on Dec. 15.All submissions will be treated as public documents and published on the ACCC website, productsafety.gov.au, unless otherwise requested.Let's block ads! (Why?)

FAA Issues Laser Holiday Lights Reminder

FAA Issues Laser Holiday Lights Reminder"If you’re going to install a holiday laser-light system, please make sure the lights are hitting your house and not shining up into the sky. It may not look like the lights go much farther than your house, but the extremely concentrated beams of laser lights actually reach much further than most people think," FAA says.Dec 13, 2017Noting that during each holiday season for the past several years, it has received reports from pilots who said they were distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays, the Federal Aviation Administration has posted a reminder that holiday light displays that include lasers can add to the problem."The FAA's concerns about lasers – regardless of the source – is that they not be aimed at aircraft in a way that can threaten the safety of a flight by distracting or blinding the pilots. People may not realize that systems they set up to spread holiday cheer can also pose a potential hazard to pilots flying overhead," it says. "So if you’re going to install a holiday laser-light system, please make sure the lights are hitting your house and not shining up into the sky. It may not look like the lights go much farther than your house, but the extremely concentrated beams of laser lights actually reach much further than most people think."The reminder says if FAA becomes aware of a situation where a laser-light display affects pilots, "we start by asking the owner to adjust them or turn them off. However, if someone's laser-light display repeatedly affects pilots despite previous warnings, that person could face an FAA civil penalty."Let's block ads! (Why?)