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From 2014 NSC Congress & Expo:

911 is not an emergency plan

By Dave Johnson
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San Diego CA -- More than 50 percent of employees say their company is not adequately prepared to respond to an emergency, according to a survey conducted this year by Staples, the office supply retailer, and a vendor of emergency response products exhibiting at the National Safety Congress and Expo here in San Diego.


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ACGIH® presents Fundamentals In Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations course

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ACGIH® and its renowned Industrial Ventilation Committee present a popular continuing education course in November. Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations will be held November 3-7, 2014 at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Blue Ash in Cincinnati, Ohio. Earlybirds who register for the course on or before October 6, 2014 will save $100.00.


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CSB: Stop using methanol in lab, classroom demonstrations

Eight children burned Sept. 9 at Nevada museum
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Last week a team of CSB investigators deployed to the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum (The Discovery) in Reno, Nevada, where a flash fire on September 3 injured children and adults viewing a science demonstration.   Nine people – eight of them children – were transported to the hospital for evaluation of burn injuries, and one child with more serious burns was admitted to the hospital for treatment.


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Two NYC fires in two days caused by overloaded power strips

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In the wake of two Manhattan fires that occurred within two days - leaving one person dead and another seriously burned -- the Eletrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is reminding the public about the dangers of overloaded circuits and improper power cord use.


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Alabama workers exposed to dangerous fumes

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Workers at Diversified Fabricating, Inc. were exposed to iron oxide fumes at levels higher than the permissible exposure limit and a host of other hazards, earning the Oneonta, Alabama company 23 OSHA citations and $73,000 in proposed penalties.


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Preventing cooking fires: Report sets groundwork for guidelines

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In an effort to help improve cooking safety, the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has released a report to help establish future standard test protocols for new and emerging technologies designed to prevent cooking fires. Currently, no such standards exist.


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Worker crushed by machinery at Youngstown, Ohio, steel mill

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A worker at a Youngstown, Ohio steel mill suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis Feb. 27th when he was crushed between two machines because the company failed to protect workers from moving machinery parts, according to OSHA.


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BP “strongly disagrees” with Gulf of Mexico court decision

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In a prominent home-page statement on its web site, BP said it “strongly disagrees with the decision issued today by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and will immediately appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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Worker fatally injured at Illinois recycling plant

OSHA cites company for 8 safety violations
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Following the death of a worker at Behr Iron & Steel Inc.’s recycling facility in South Beloit, OSHA has cited the company for seven willful and one serious safety violations. The company operates under the name Behr Iron & Metal.


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OSHA vows support for VPP

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OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels tried to ease the fears of Voluntary Protection Program supporters who complain his agency has forsaken VPP for other priorities in his speech at the annual meeting of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) held Aug25-28 in National Harbor, MD, near Washington DC.


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