Honeywell Acquires RAE Systems for $340 Million
Honeywell announced April 23 that it had finalized an agreement to purchase RAE Systems, Inc., a Vector Capital portfolio company, for $340 million. RAE Systems, Inc. is global provider of rapidly-deployable intelligent gas and radiation detection systems.
Click For More Info AIHce 2013 to be Held in Montreal from May 20-22nd
Over 5,000 industrial hygiene and safety professionals are expected attend The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Montreal, Quebec from May 20-22nd, 2013. Notable events will include presentations from the Honorable Lisa Riett, Minister of Labor, David Michaels, Assistant US Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and AIHA’s Government Affairs Director, Aaron Trippler.
The AIHA CareerAdvantage 2013 Development Fair will run concurrent to AIHce and include networking events as well as educational and career development sessions for OEHS professionals.
Click For More Info Report Finds Lax Enforcement, Weak Fines by North Carolina OSHA
Nearly 150 workers were killed on the job in North Carolina in 2011—the latest year for which complete data is available—spanning many ages, industries and causes of death, according to a report issued by the National Council of Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). The report, “North Carolina Workers Dying for a Job: A 2013 Report on Worker Fatalities in North Carolina,” shares stories about workers killed on the job in North Carolina and points to reforms needed to prevent these types of incidents from reoccurring.
Click For More Info ISA Unveils Introductory Course on Process Safety Fundamentals Targeted to Engineers and Managers as well as Operators and Technicians
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced the introduction of a new ISA course, Process Safety Fundamentals (EC50CT), that provides a sound foundational understanding of leading process safety concepts, standards and procedures, and accentuates the need to regard process safety as a fundamental daily priority.
Click For More Info ASSE and AIHA Call for Study to Move NIOSH
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) sent a letter to Senator Tom Harken, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, requesting a Government Accountability Office study on whether National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) should remain within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and if not, where it should be placed.
Click For More Info OSHA Schedules Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 23-24, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Click For More Info OSHA to Host Workers' Memorial Day Events Around the Country
In a series of Workers' Memorial Day events on and around April 28, 2013, OSHA's national and regional offices will honor the sacrifices made by those who have been lost, disabled, injured or made sick by their jobs.
Click For More Info Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: New Fall Prevention Resource Available
OSHA has published a new bilingual English-Spanish booklet on safe ladder use, "Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely.” Developed in partnership with the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council and Ministry of Manpower, the booklet provides clear, easy-to-follow information about ladder hazards and using ladders safely, featuring simple illustrations and plain language writing.
Click For More Info OSHA Cites Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor in Elk Grove Village, Ill., with Willful Violations for Failing to Protect Workers in Trench
OSHA has cited Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor Inc. for seven safety violations, including three willful, for failing to protect workers from cave-ins and moving soil and chunks of asphalt during trenching operations.
Click For More Info Former Safety Manager at TVA Nuclear Sites Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Major fraud: Injuries Hidden to Obtain $2.5 Million in Safety Bonuses
On April 11, a federal judge sentenced Walter Cardin, former safety manager of the Shaw Group, to 78 months in prison for deliberately falsifying records of workplace injuries. Shaw, formerly Stone and Webster Construction, held a contract for construction services at several TVA facilities, and used the false injury reports to claim bonuses of more than $2.5 million under the contract.
Click For More Info Cause of Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Still Unknown; Memorial Service Planned for Firefighters
The cause of an April 17 fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas, is still unknown, though U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators have determined the originating spot of the explosion. They have so far declined to specify the exact site, but have indicated there is a “large crater.”
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