NHTSA Urges Millions of Car Owners to Replace Defective Airbags Immediately
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:01

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Oct. 20 posted a statement urging about 4.7 million owners of Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags.

"The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii," it stated.

Vehicle owners can check by VIN number here to see whether their vehicles are subject to an open recall that needs to be addressed.

In addition, consumers can sign up for NHTSA recall alerts, which go out before recall letters are mailed by the manufacturers to the affected owners."

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WHO Tobacco Treaty Makes Progress
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:58

"Multiple landmark decisions were adopted during the sixth session of the Conference of the parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)."As implementation of the Framework Convention reaches new heights, the tobacco industry fights back, harder and through every possible channel, no matter how devious those channels and practices are," said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan.

One of the first decisions approved by the Parties was on the Article 6 guidelines, devoted to tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco. The regulations provide for tax rates to be monitored, increased and adjusted annually. All tobacco products will also be taxed in a comparable way to prevent substitutions of the use of one product with another.Another big decision was the adoption of ideas regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems. The decision acknowledges the need for regulations along the lines of policies concerning other tobacco products, including banning or restricting promotion, advertising and sponsorship."

 

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Client and Contractor: Aligning Safety Cultures
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:55

"Conducive cultures can be the most effective tool in achieving safety results. High-performance organizations realize alignment of safety cultures is becoming the core responsibility of not just the contractor, but those engaging them, as well.In this time of strategic outsourcing, many companies utilize contractors to support various business operations. Whether short- or long-term, these contractors are a business necessity in several companies. As these organizations bring groups together representing different cultures around safety, new risks emerge. How well the cultural risks are identified and mitigated and desired beliefs and behaviors are improved will be the new competitive advantage in safety performance.In your organization, are contractors being held accountable for maintaining certain incident rates or what they do to achieve them? When contractors are selected, is it determined how well their culture would match and complement the company's culture or is more emphasis placed on whether they have the right programs in place? Is there uniformity in safety practices or are there different expectations for contractors and employees? How well aligned are the company and contractor safety excellence strategies?"

 

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A New Approach to Escape Respirators
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:57

"Newton's first law of motion states that an object at rest remains at rest, while an object in motion stays in motion at the same speed and direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. In the world of safety, the same principle can apply to the types of respirators used for industrial escape applications. Although innovative technology has been revolutionizing industrial operations and efficiency for decades, many companies are still using the same escape solutions that were available 30 years ago. Considering the cost pressures facing today’s industry, it makes sense for companies to explore new escape solutions that can help reduce costs while still increasing safety standards.

When Considering Change Makes SenseEscape respirators, like a compressed air emergency escape breathing apparatus (EEBA), will always serve an important role for certain applications. There is no substitute for EEBAs when oxygen levels are below 19.5 percent volume and atmospheres contain unknown or excessively high toxic concentrations."

 

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Keeping Oil & Gas Employees Safe
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 14:49

"In July 1988, the Piper Alpha went up in flames, killing 167 of 226 men in its crew. It is one of the most tragic offshore rig disasters in history. The investigation into the accident revealed multiple causes, in particular poor maintenance and safety procedures, and resulted in 106 recommendations to improve offshore safety and management practices.

As a result, several major changes were made to U.K. practices to help increase the safety of workers, especially in the offshore sector, and to protect large capital assets invested by major oil and gas companies. One of those changes was the requirement for personnel working with equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres to receive training in safe installation, inspection, and maintenance practices.

To satisfy this requirement, CompEx®, a training and competency assessment scheme, was developed by the Engineering Equipment and Material Users Association (EEMUA) in conjunction with JTLimited, the U.K.'s largest work-based learning provider; the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA); Unite the Union, Britain's largest trade union; and various industry representatives."

 

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