30TH ANNUAL NATIONAL VPPPA CONFERENCE
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:07
  • August 25-28, 2014

"As the foremost health and safety conference offering global insights, informative case studies, access to leaders in the field and ample networking opportunities, we invite you to join us as we celebrate 30 YEARS of success!

We will, yet again, offer the premier forum of opportunity to learn, share and influence the latest in safety procedures, research and lessons learned. With approximately 3,000 attendees, 300+ exhibitors and 100+ quality workshops, our goal is to create an atmosphere to give you the knowledge needed to successfully lead positive changes around your workplace enhancing safety while in turn empowering performance and improving overall wellbeing.

Thus, all businesses across all industries are encouraged to send all employees responsible for health, safety and risk management operations. The ultimate conference mission goes beyond a few days of interaction as we create a platform to ensure when you leave that you support our association’s daily mission on ensuring that each and every person arrives home safely every night!

Come and join us for an exciting time and be inspired and informed by leading health and safety experts!

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FDA Warns About Powdered Pure Caffeine
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:58

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers, recommending that Americans avoid these products. FDA's announcement stated that the agency is especially concerned about powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the Internet. At least one death of a teenager who used it has been reported.

"These products are essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee," according to its release.

Everyone should know that caffeine is a strong stimulant. Symptoms of caffeine overdose may include erratic heartbeats, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, stupor, disorientation, and death. They're much more severe than the results from drinking too much coffee, tea, or energy drinks."

 

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Recall Nation
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:55

"General Motors recalled 25.6 million cars in the United States during the first half of 2014. Congress has summoned the company's CEO repeatedly to explain the cause of the ignition switch flaw that caused millions of GM cars to be recalled, and CEO Mary Barra has said the company conducted the most comprehensive safety review in its history. But for all of GM's travails, it is hardly alone – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already has announced 20 manufacturers' recalls of autos, motorcycles, and motor homes in July 2014 alone to repair problems with seat belts air bag inflators, wiring, incorrect tire labeling, and more.

The number of safety recalls is astonishing. The SaferProducts.gov website tracks them and, as of July 20, its database listed 292 during the previous 12 months: power adapters, personal emergency transmitters, nail guns, emergency lights, ceramic heaters, smoke/carbon monoxide alarms, thermostats, steel-toed footwear, solar panels, circuit breakers, rechargeable batteries, flashlights, fire control panels, apparel, and much more.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website is the top resource for tracking the spectrum of safety recalls, and the number of them is dizzying. This agency's recall releases explain how many units are recalled, lot numbers, contact information for end users who have purchased the recalled products, and the reason(s) the recall was required. (The weekly alerts posted by the European Union's rapid alert system include most of the same information, including the country where the recalled product was manufactured, if known.)"

 

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ANSI Approves Updated Apparel Standard
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:40

"The American National Standards Institute has approved an updated ISEA standard for limited-use and disposable coveralls, the International Safety Equipment Association announced July 16.

ANSI/ISEA 101-2014, American National Standard for Limited Use and Disposable Coveralls - Size and Labeling Requirements, was prepared by members of the ISEA Protective Apparel Group and approved by a consensus panel of stakeholders representing testing and certification organizations, product suppliers, and end users. It provides minimum size, packaging, and labeling requirements for limited-use and disposable coveralls. ISEA noted the key update to the standard, which had most recently been revised in 1996, is an expanded sizing chart to accommodate a majority of the working population who wear these garments on a daily basis. Sizing criteria range from extra small to 6X.

"Properly fitted clothing can help reduce the risk of exposure to chemical spills or unwanted particulates that can injure workers," said Brian Lyons, chairman of the ISEA Protective Apparel Group and vice president of sales and marketing at Enviroguard. "Safety apparel manufacturers are very cognizant of the ever-changing population and demographics represented in the workforce and view this as an opportunity for us to ensure they are provided with garments that fit well."

 

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FedEx Responds to Federal Indictment
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:34

"FedEx's senior vice president of marketing and communications, Patrick Fitzgerald, issued a statement defending the company after the Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury in San Francisco had indicted FedEx Corporation, FedEx Express, Inc., and FedEx Corporate Services, Inc., on July 17, charging the companies with conspiring to traffic in controlled substances and misbranded prescription drugs for its role in distributing controlled substances and prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.

Fitzgerald's statement said FedEx will plead not guilty to the charges.

"FedEx is innocent of the charges brought today by the Department of Justice. We will plead not guilty. We will defend against this attack on the integrity and good name of FedEx and its employees," it states. "FedEx has a 42-year history of close cooperation with law enforcement agencies. We're proud to say that we have partnered with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, DEA, and other federal, state and local law enforcement teams around the world to help stop illegal drug activity and bring criminals to justice. These efforts include providing assistance to the DEA in combatting rogue internet pharmacies. We have repeatedly requested that the government provide us a list of online pharmacies engaging in illegal activity. Whenever DEA provides us a list of pharmacies engaging in illegal activity, we will turn off shipping for those companies immediately. So far the government has declined to provide such a list."

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