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  • US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns

    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns | site |


    Eligible unemployed workers will receive benefits retroactively


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.

    In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. “Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already
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  • CDC has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: February 27, 2021

    CDC has updated its food safety alert for a Listeria outbreak linked to queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbrea...-21/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC has learned that two other types of cheeses, quesillo and requeson, are made or packed by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. at the same facility as the recalled queso fresco. CDC is concerned that these cheeses could also be contaminated and could make people sick.
    • CDC is advising people at higher risk for severe Listeria illness to not eat any brand of quesillo or requeson cheeses until we learn more. This is because quesillo and requeson cheeses made or packed by El Abuelito
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  • Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 19, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair to discuss a wide range of security issues, including border safety measures in the COVID-19 environment, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and gun control. Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Blair discussed the shared priority of securing our borders, while ensuring that essential trade and travel remain open to strengthen our economic security. They agreed that our nations must each continue to take steps to address the growing threat of domestic violent extremism, work together to defend our cyber networks, and tackle cr...
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following the extreme weather events across the country and offers these tips to help keep you and your family safe.

    Learn how to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning: Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by furnaces, vehicles, portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, or burning wood. You can protect yourself from common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to serious illness or death. For example, don’t ever heat your house with a gas oven or burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented. And if your power goes out, remember to never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning
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  • Federal Housing Administration issues Measures to protect Health, Safety, and Homeownership Security of Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19

    Federal Housing Administration issues Measures to protect Health, Safety, and Homeownership Security of Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 3, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a series of waivers of provisions in its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 that would normally require in-person contact between mortgage servicers and borrowers, including seniors with FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion (HECM) reverse mortgages. These waivers allow important mortgage servicing activities to continue, but in a manner that allows for safe social distancing to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “President Biden has made it clear that protecting the health, safety, and homeownership security of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors, are urgent and immediate priorities,...
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  • Ensuring Our Safety and Security through a 90-Day Suspension of the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis

    Ensuring Our Safety and Security through a 90-Day Suspension of the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: January 22, 2021)


    January 22, 2021
    Press statement
    Daniel B. Smith, Acting Secretary of State


    Ensuring Our Safety and Security through a 90-Day Suspension of the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis


    Effective January 22, 2021, the United States is suspending the Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis for 90 days. As the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Justice is prosecuting individuals for stealing U.S. government records from the Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System to take advantage...
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  • NTSB Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 14 Safety Recommendations Following Investigation of Natural Gas Explosion | site |




    (Information contained in National Transportation Safety Board [NTSB] press release dated: January 12, 2021)

    Washington (Jan. 12, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued 14 safety recommendations during a board meeting held Tuesday in which the agency determined the probable cause for the Feb. 23, 2018, natural gas explosion in a Dallas, TX, home. One person died and four others were injured in the explosion at 3534 Espanola Drive, that caused major structural damage to the one-story residence. The NTSB determined that the ignition of an accumulation of natural gas that leaked from the gas main that was damaged during a sewer replacement project 23 years earlier, led to the explosion. Atmos Energy Corporation failed to detect the leak when responding to related incidents at two other homes on th...
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  • Boeing CEO Updates Employees on Safety Infrastructure

    Boeing CEO Updates Employees on Safety Infrastructure

    Boeing CEO Updates Employees on Safety Infrastructure | site |


    - Boeing names chief aerospace safety officer



    (Information contained in The Boeing Company press release: January 13, 2021)

    Chicago, Jan. 13, 2021 — Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun shared the following message with employees today:

    Team,

    There is nothing more important to Boeing than the safety of our employees, products and services, and over the past year we’ve taken a series of actions to improve our safety practices and enhance our safety culture, including the establishment of our enterprise Safety Management System (SMS).

    Building on these efforts, today we will continue to strengthen our safety infrastructure by naming Mike Delaney as Boeing’s chief aerospace safety officer. In this newly created leadership role, Mike will lead the development of the company’s integrated enterprise Global Aviation Safety
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  • CPSC Issues Consumer Safety Warning: Serious Injury or Death Can Occur if Lithium-Ion Battery Cells Are Separated from Battery Packs and Used to Power Devices

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Consumer Safety Warning: Serious Injury or Death Can Occur if Lithium-Ion Battery Cells Are Separated from Battery Packs and Used to Power Devices | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: January 8, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers not to buy or use loose 18650 lithium-ion battery cells. These cells are manufactured as industrial component parts of battery packs and are not intended for individual sale to consumers. However, they are being separated, rewrapped and sold as new consumer batteries, typically on the Internet.

    The Dangers of Loose 18650 Battery Cells Rechargeable lithium cells without proper protection that are not installed in a device or as part of an integral battery (“loose cells”) are potentially hazardous to consumers when handled, transported, stored, cha
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  • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles

    National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Seeks Comment on Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: January 8, 2021)


    January 8, 2021 | Washington, DC - - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking public comment on the draft Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles (2020 Best Practices) it submitted to the Federal Register for publication today. This is an update to the existing best practices document that was published in 2016, and describes NHTSA’s nonbinding guidance to the automotive industry for improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety. “Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past...
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  • Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Highlight Safety Fundamentals Needed to Cope with the Pandemic

    Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Highlight Safety Fundamentals Needed to Cope with the Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in Leapfrog Group press release dated: December 14, 2020)

    Washington D.C. - - The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality, today released the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Assigning “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S., the Safety Grade is the only rating focused entirely on how well hospitals protect patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries, and infections. “We see in the news every day the extraordinary courage of clinicians and staff caring for patients stricken by COVID-19. What’s less apparent—yet equally laudable—are the untold efforts behind the scenes to protect patients. Hospitals’ commitment to the fundamentals have saved
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert - - - Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Consumer Alert: Changes to Odometer Disclosure Requirements | site |



    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release: December 22, 2020)

    December 22, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding consumers that, starting January 1, 2021, odometer disclosures will be required for every transfer of ownership for the first 20 years, beginning with Model Year 2011 vehicles. Model Year 2010 and older vehicles will continue to be subject to the previous 10-year disclosure requirements and thus are exempt from extended Federal odometer disclosure requirements. The U.S. fleet of vehicles is, on average, older than ever, and NHTSA finalized this rule late last year to address an increase in odometer fraud involving older vehicles. Model Year 2011 or newer vehicles will ...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases 2019 Crash Fatality Data | site |



    2019 Showed Significant Improvements in Traffic Safety, Including the Lowest Percentage of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities on Record


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: December 18, 2020)

    December 18, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released its annual 2019 traffic fatality data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

    Traffic deaths decreased nationwide during 2019 as compared to 2018, and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased to the lowest percentage since 1982, when NHTSA started reporting alcohol data. There were 36,096 fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. This represents a decrease of 739 (down 2%) from the reported 36,835 fatalities
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  • Boeing Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee Report on Aviation Safety Oversight

    Boeing Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee Report on Aviation Safety Oversight | site |


    (Information contained in the Boeing Company press release: December 18, 2020)


    Boeing Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee Report on Aviation Safety Oversight


    Chicago, Dec. 18, 2020 — Boeing is committed to improving aviation safety, strengthening our safety culture, and rebuilding trust with our customers, regulators, and the flying public. We take seriously the Committee’s findings and will continue to review the report in full. We have learned many hard lessons from the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Flight 302 accidents, and we will never forget the lives lost on board. The events and lessons learned have reshaped our company and further focused our attention on our core values of safety, quality, and integrity. Over the past twenty years, commercial aviation has become the safest form of travel in the worl...
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  • Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards

    Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards

    Federal Railroad Administration Modernizes Brake Safety Standards| site |



    (Information contained in Federal Railroad Administration [FRA] press release dated: December 11, 2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a final rule, extending the amount of time freight rail equipment can be left off-air (meaning parked with its air brake system depressurized) before requiring a new brake inspection, which is expected to reduce the number of idling locomotives. The final rule incorporates longstanding waivers for brake inspections, tests and equipment, while clarifying existing regulations and removing outdated provisions. These revisions contemporize Brake System Safety requirements by incorporating safer, newer technologies, reduce unnecessary costs and increase consistency between U.S. and Canadian regulations. “Incorporating technologies and safety practices, this final rule improves freight ra...
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    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns
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    US Department of Labor Guidance to State UI Programs expands Eligibility for Workers who Declined Work due to Pandemic Safety Concerns | site |


    Eligible unemployed workers will receive benefits retroactively


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: February 25, 2021)

    Washington - - For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.

    In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. “Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already
    ...
    03-05-2021, 11:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CDC has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has Updated its Food Safety Alert for a Listeria Outbreak linked to Queso Fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: February 27, 2021

    CDC has updated its food safety alert for a Listeria outbreak linked to queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbrea...-21/index.html

    Key points:
    • CDC has learned that two other types of cheeses, quesillo and requeson, are made or packed by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. at the same facility as the recalled queso fresco. CDC is concerned that these cheeses could also be contaminated and could make people sick.
    • CDC is advising people at higher risk for severe Listeria illness to not eat any brand of quesillo or requeson cheeses until we learn more. This is because quesillo and requeson cheeses made or packed by El Abuelito
    ...
    03-02-2021, 05:40 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 19, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair to discuss a wide range of security issues, including border safety measures in the COVID-19 environment, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and gun control. Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Blair discussed the shared priority of securing our borders, while ensuring that essential trade and travel remain open to strengthen our economic security. They agreed that our nations must each continue to take steps to address the growing threat of domestic violent extremism, work together to defend our cyber networks, and tackle cr...
    02-23-2021, 02:35 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following the extreme weather events across the country and offers these tips to help keep you and your family safe.

    Learn how to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning: Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by furnaces, vehicles, portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, or burning wood. You can protect yourself from common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to serious illness or death. For example, don’t ever heat your house with a gas oven or burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented. And if your power goes out, remember to never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning
    ...
    02-20-2021, 01:09 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Housing Administration issues Measures to protect Health, Safety, and Homeownership Security of Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Housing Administration issues Measures to protect Health, Safety, and Homeownership Security of Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: February 3, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a series of waivers of provisions in its Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1 that would normally require in-person contact between mortgage servicers and borrowers, including seniors with FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion (HECM) reverse mortgages. These waivers allow important mortgage servicing activities to continue, but in a manner that allows for safe social distancing to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. “President Biden has made it clear that protecting the health, safety, and homeownership security of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors, are urgent and immediate priorities,...
    02-03-2021, 11:20 PM

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