General Safety News


Safety in Fireworks Industry Ahead of July 4

With Independence Day celebrations approaching, OSHA is encouraging the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to protect workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying and selling fireworks for public events. OSHA offers information on common hazards and solutions, including downloadable safety posters for workplaces. The law requires employers to provide their employees Read the full article…


May is National Electrical Safety Month

Arlington, Va.—  The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual effort to help reduce electrically-related fatalities, injuries, and property loss. This year’s campaign theme is “Decoding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) to Prevent Shock and Electrocution,” which features resources to help protect against common electrical hazards. Since their Read the full article…


Long Work Hours Linked to Higher Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Working long hours — particularly 46 hours per week or more — may increase the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events such as heart attack, reports a study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Read the full article…


New Rules for Drones

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, Read the full article…


NFPA Receiving Emergency Responder Robotics Requests 2

The NFPA’s Standards Council has received requests to begin developing an ANSI standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of robotics, including drones, used in emergency responder applications. The requests are for the development of an ANSI Accredited Standard on operational protocol and professional qualifications for operators of Read the full article…