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Sebelius steps down as HHS head

Obama nominates her replacement
April 11, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation today, after serving in the Cabinet since 2009. President Obama nominated budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwel to replace.


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Work-home interference contributes to burnout

Especially for women, lowering work-home conflicts may reduce burnout
April 11, 2014

Conflicts between work and home — in both directions — are an important contributor to the risk of burnout, suggests a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


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FRA to issue proposed rule on minimum train crew size

"You never allow a single point of failure"
April 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Wednesday announced its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations.


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NHTSA announces final rule requiring rear visibility technology

April 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule requiring rear visibility technology in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018. This new rule will significantly reduce the risk of fatalities and serious injuries caused by backover accidents.


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So How Accurate Are These Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps?

A NIOSH Science Blog post
April 11, 2014

The purpose of this NIOSH Science Blog is to explain what is currently known about an important aspect of respirator filtration.  For decades, respirator researchers have been asked whether filters need to be tested with aerosols similar to those encountered in the environment


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Ten killed in Calif. truck-school bus accident

April 11, 2014

A collision between a truck and a school bus early this morning on a California freeway killed ten people and injured dozens more.


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How operators of unsafe mines can fix their problems

MSHA outlines a plan for taking corrective action
April 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Program Information Bulletin reminding the mining community of the process for submitting a corrective action program for MSHA approval and the tools MSHA makes available to assist mine operators in monitoring compliance.


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“Frankenfood” fight playing out on state, city levels

Albuquerque latest city to consider bill to require labeling of genetically engineered foods
April 10, 2014

Concern over the potential health and environmental risks of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) has led to more than 20 states and a number of cities making legislative efforts to require greater transparency so that consumers can make informed food choices.


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Illinois manufacturing workers exposed to amputation hazards

April 10, 2014

Interlake Mecalux Inc., a manufacturer of storage and racking systems, has been cited by OSHA for 17 serious safety violations, many of which expose workers to amputation hazards*. OSHA has proposed penalties of $71,700, following the October 2013 complaint inspection of the Melrose Park-based plant.


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New video tells story of how personal flotation devices saved lives

Paul Revere: A Story of Survival in Bristol Bay
April 10, 2014

NIOSH’s Alaska Pacific Office has released a new safety video highlighting the use of personal flotation devices as a critical tool in preventing deaths from rapid capsizing and man overboard events in commercial fishing.


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