New Gas Pipeline Safety Standards Coming from PHMSA This Year
Friday, 23 January 2015 18:11

"Natural gas pipeline operators can expect new safety standards this year from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, according to a Jan. 14 announcement from the White House.

The announcement of a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector included a reference to the upcoming standards. It said PHMSA "will propose natural gas pipeline safety standards in 2015. While the standards will focus on safety, they are expected to lower methane emissions as well."

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy will continue this year to take steps to encourage reduced emissions, particularly from natural gas transmission and distribution."


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NSC Applauds NTSB's Most Wanted List
Friday, 23 January 2015 18:08

The NSC has released a statement showing its support for the NTSB for including “disconnect from deadly distractions,” “end substance impairment in transportation,” and “require medical fitness for duty” on its 2015 Most Wanted List. The list highlights the most significant safety issues in transportation.

"The NTSB's Most Wanted List appropriately highlights two critical safety issues: distracted driving and prescription painkiller use,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC. “Our desire to be constantly connected, even while behind the wheel, results in far too many deadly crashes, while the proliferation and misuse of prescription painkillers results in 46 overdose deaths per day. The Council thanks NTSB for keeping these important issues on its Most Wanted List, because continued attention and education are key ingredients of culture change.”

According to NSC Injury Facts 2014, motor vehicle crashes and poisonings – particularly from prescription painkiller overdoses – have been leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the U.S. for several years."


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SCA Survivor Fashion Show Set for Mall of America
Friday, 23 January 2015 18:04

"The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is inviting female sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors who live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to participate in a Feb. 7 fashion show at the Mall of America.

"We are looking for women who would be willing to put a face on heart disease/sudden cardiac arrest," the foundation stated in a Jan. 6 tweet that asked those who are interested in taking part to send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Newman, MS, the foundation's president, said in an email that the "Hearts for Fashion Show" is being hosted by the American Heart Association and Boston Scientific and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7, with the survivor component from 10-11 a.m.

"We have heard from a number of survivors who are interested in participating," Newman wrote. "One is Jamie LaLonde, who was actually saved at the mall a few years ago." Here is her story

Newman said the foundation is supporting the sponsors' efforts by reaching out to SCA survivors in its network.

The Mall of America® is located in Bloomington, Minn. A major tourist destination, it hosts some 400 events annually.The foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization based in Pittsburgh with the mission of raising awareness and support programs that give ordinary people the power to save a life. It works to raise awareness about prevention and treatment of SCA."


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22 Billion Pounds of Chemical Waste Recycled in 2013: EPA
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:27

"During 2013, as in previous years, most of the toxic chemical waste managed at U.S. industrial facilities was recycled or managed through other preferred practices, according to EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report, published Jan. 14. It shows that about 22 billion pounds— 84 percent of the 26 billion pounds of toxic chemical waste were handled in these ways; the remaining 4 billion pounds were disposed of or otherwise released to the environment: 66 percent went to land, 19 percent to air, 5 percent to water, and 10 percent was transferred to other facilities, according to the agency.

It reported the percentage managed as waste by the nation’s industrial facilities increased by 4 percent from 2012 to 2013. This includes the amount of chemicals recycled, treated, and burned for energy recovery, and also the amount disposed of or otherwise released into the environment. In TRI, a "release" generally refers to a chemical that is emitted to the air, water, or placed in some type of land disposal, with most releases subject to regulatory requirements designed to limit human and environmental harm.

"We all have a right to know what toxic chemicals are being used and released into our environment, and what steps companies are taking to reduce their releases to the environment or, better yet, prevent waste from being generated in the first place,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The TRI Program tracks this information and makes it accessible to citizens and communities. And I'm pleased to see that TRI data show such a commitment to release reductions and pollution prevention on the part of many industrial facilities.”


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Health & Safety: Breaking Down the Silos
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:17

"It’s important for safety professionals to eliminate silos between operations, human resources, and finance departments when managing their organizations’ health and safety insurance policies. There is a lot of overlap in both departments and insurance. In order to keep employees safe both at home and work, safety must work to break down the silos that exist.

This online course, which is geared toward new safety professionals, will explain how this problem arises, how to expand safety’s role, and the bottom-line and operational benefits gained by several national employers who implemented process improvements.

Topics covered in this webinar will include:

  • The five-step process for effective management of safety and health risks
  • Making the business case to senior management
  • Implementation and ROIUsing an existing safety committee to improve employee health and wellness, both at work and at home
  • Holistic risk management

Duration: 1 1/2 hours

Register now for this live, 90-minute presentation.

Registrants will receive a Certificate of Completion and can print the presentation slides in their entirety."

Costs:$99/per attendee

Date: FEB 26, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM

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