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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
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  • FCC Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band for WI-FI and Auto Safety

    FCC Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band for WI-FI and Auto Safety

    Federal Communications Commission Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band for WI-FI and Auto Safety | site |


    New Plan Makes Additional Spectrum Available Immediately for Improved Indoor Wi-Fi Connectivity While Authorizing Market-Driven Transportation Safety Services


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: released November 20, 2020) WASHINGTON, November 18, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules for the 5.9 GHz band (5.850-5.925 GHz) to make new spectrum available for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, and improve automotive safety. Specifically, the new band plan designates the lower 45 megahertz (5.850-5.895 GHz) for unlicensed uses and the upper 30 megahertz (5.895-5.925 GHz) for enhanced automobile safety using Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology. Increasing the amount of spectrum available for unlicensed operations is critical for meeting our nation’s connectivity needs...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor emphasizes protecting Worker Safety and Pay during Holiday Season

    U.S. Department of Labor emphasizes protecting Worker Safety and Pay during Holiday Season| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: November 20, 2020) Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) remind employers of their responsibility to protect worker safety and pay during the holiday season. As the nation enters a unique holiday shopping season, employers must ensure that they train all workers to recognize and prevent job hazards, and incorporate safe work practices to prevent exposure to the coronavirus. At the same time, employers must also familiarize themselves and comply with federal rules governing the payment of wages for temporary or seasonal workers. “Throughout the holiday season, all employees, including seasonal workers, should be trained not only on how to perform their jobs safely, but also on how to stay saf...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces 2,856,533 Dollars in Coronavirus Violations

    U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces $2,856,533 in Coronavirus Violations | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published information that included the following:

    WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 204 citations arising from inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,856,533.

    OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:
    • Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator and personal protective equipment;
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  • HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Payments for State Oversight Programs

    HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Minimum Payments for State Oversight Programs | site |


    Final rule published today provides more equitable HUD funding for State Administrative Agencies


    WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published today a final rule in the Federal Register which provides a revised structure for the payments HUD makes to states participating as State Administrative Agencies in the manufactured housing program. State Administrative Agencies in 33 states are fully or conditionally approved to carry out their manufactured housing oversight programs, and the majority of these states will see an increase in payments to administer their programs under the revised payment structure. “More than 22 million Americans have used manufactured homes as a means of attaining the stability and financial independence of homeownership, particularly in areas where housing aff...
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  • NTSB Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels

    NTSB Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels

    National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Major Safety Improvements to Small Passenger Vessels | site |



    California Dive Boat Fire Killed 34


    (October 20, 2020) - - On October 20, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2020) – The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for major safety improvements to small passenger vessels after the investigation of a 2019 California dive boat fire that killed 34. The 75-foot recreational diving vessel, Conception, with 33 passengers and six crew aboard, was anchored in Platts Harbor, off Santa Cruz Island, when it caught fire in the early morning of Sept. 2, 2019. All 33 passengers and one crewmember died of smoke inhalation after they were trapped in the berthing area while a fire raged on the deck above. Both exits from the berthing area led to the fire- and smoke-filled enclosed area above. The NTSB called for all v...
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  • Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alert

    Wet Snow Flight Hazards Highlighted in National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alert | site |




    (September 17, 2020) - - Today, September 17, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: ​WASHINGTON (Sept. 17, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Safety Alert SA-082 Thursday, highlighting the importance of pilots assessing, understanding and preparing for the risk of wet snow and icing conditions before flight. The “Flight in Snow” safety alert provides guidance to pilots, dispatchers and operators regarding flight during wet snow and icing conditions. Wet snow contains liquid particles on the snowflakes or liquid particles falling amongst the snowflakes compared to dry snow in which there is no liquid. The liquid in wet snow has the potential to compromise flight safety through structural, engine and windshield ice accumulation. “As we go into the fall season with coolin...
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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says a COVID-19 Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Urges Families to Follow CDC Halloween Advice for Safe Celebrating; a COVID-19 Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary | site |



    (October 6, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging families to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice for Halloween this year. Among the key guidance: A Halloween mask is not an appropriate substitute for a protective cloth mask. CPSC joins with CDC in recommending that consumers wear a protective cloth mask of at least two layers of breathable fabric—not a costume mask. Protective masks should never be worn under a costume mask because it can become hard to breathe. If children or adults wear costumes this Halloween, be aware that costume fabrics and loose, billowy clothing (such as capes or gowns) can easily catch fire.
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  • National Transportation Safety Board  Renews Call for Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives

    National Transportation Safety Board Renews Call for Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives | site |




    (September 15, 2020) - - Today, September 15, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: ​WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday once again called for federal railroad regulators to mandate the use of inward- and outward-facing cameras on train locomotives after investigating an Ohio collision between two CSX Transportation trains. Tuesday’s reiteration of its 2010 camera recommendations came after the board completed its investigation into the Aug. 12, 2019, train collision and derailment near Carey, Ohio. The NTSB investigation found that the westbound train’s engineer was impaired by his use of alcohol at the time of the accident. Although post-accident testing showed the presence of marijuana in his system, NTSB investigators could not determine if his us...
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision

    National Transportation Safety Board Issues 4 Safety Recommendations Based on Investigation of USS Fitzgerald Collision| site |



    (September 3, 2020) - - Today, September 3, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 3, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued Thursday four safety recommendations in its final report on the agency’s investigation of the fatal, June 17, 2017, collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the container ship ACX Crystal.

    The collision happened shortly after the 504.5 foot-long, US Navy destroyer Fitzgerald, with 315 people on board, departed its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, bound for the Philippines. The Fitzgerald was traveling southbound at about 22 knots in the bay of Sagami Nada off Japan’s Honshu Island, while the 730 foot-long, Philippine-flag, container ship ACX Crystal with 21 people on board was traveling east-northeast
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  • AFT says New Poll Shows America’s Parents, Teachers Want ‘Safety First’ on School Reopenings

    American Federation of Teachers says New Poll Shows America’s Parents, Teachers Want ‘Safety First’ on School Reopenings | site |



    AFT says: Trump and DeVos’ Ruinous Agenda Rejected, Comfort with Return to Brick-and-Mortar Schools Significantly Higher when Protections, Funding in Place


    (September 15, 2020) - - Today, September 15, 2020, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—The nation’s teachers and parents are seeing through the Trump administration’s chaos and disinformation over reopening schools this fall, new polling shows. And while supermajorities of the poll’s respondents fear they or their child will be infected with the virus, they are united behind the need to secure safety measures and the resources to pay for them, so students can return to in-person learning. Sixty-eight percent of parents—including 82 percent of Black parents—and 77 percent of teachers sa
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards 11.2 Million Dollars in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards $11.2 Million in Worker Safety and Health Training Grants | site |



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded approximately $11.2 million in Susan Harwood federal safety and health training grants to 90 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide education and training programs to help workers and employers recognize serious workplace hazards, including the coronavirus, implement injury prevention measures and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Under President Trump’s Qualified Opportunity Zones Executive Order, OSHA awarded 80 grants to conduct occupational safety and health training in urban and economically distressed areas. The 2020 Harwood grant awards al
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  • National Transportation Safety Board says First Officer, Captain Actions, Aviation Industry Practices, Led to Fatal Atlas Air Crash

    National Transportation Safety Board says First Officer, Captain Actions, Aviation Industry Practices, Led to Fatal Atlas Air Crash | site |



    (July 14, 2020) - - Today, July 14, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (July 14, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public board meeting held Tuesday that Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, because of the first officer’s inappropriate response to an inadvertent activation of the airplane’s go-around mode, resulting in his spatial disorientation that led him to place the airplane in a steep descent from which the crew did not recover.

    The accident happened Feb. 23, 2019, when the Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo jet entered a rapid descent from about 6,000 feet and impacted a marshy bay about 40 miles from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The captain, first
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  • National Transportation Safety Board calls for Renewed Road Safety Effort as Nation Reopens

    National Transportation Safety Board calls for Renewed Road Safety Effort as Nation Reopens | site |


    (May 18, 2020) - - Today (May 18, 2020), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: WASHINGTON (May 18, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on Americans to practice highway safety with the same sense of responsibility they applied to reducing the spread of the coronavirus when they take to the nation’s roads as the country continues to reopen. In a “normal” year, more than 36,000 Americans are killed on our roads. While it is too early to tell what will happen to highway crash and fatality trends in the year of the pandemic, the desire to return to normality will increase the number of drivers on the road and that increases risk for highway users. “The number of traffic fatalities was a crisis before the pandemic,” said Robert L. Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Boar...
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  • Red Cross Coronavirus Safety and Readiness Tips for You

    Red Cross Coronavirus Safety and Readiness Tips for You

    Red Cross Coronavirus Safety and Readiness Tips for You | site |





    (March 9, 2020) - - On March 5, 2020 the Red Cross published the following Coronavirus Safety and Readiness Tips for You:








    The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the evolving outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. That’s why the Red Cross is highlighting some everyday health safety and preparedness steps that people in the U.S. can take now in response to coronavirus concerns.




    LIMIT THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION



    There are common sense steps we can all take to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus:
    • Avoid close contact
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Automated Driving System Safety Principles | site |



    Publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on ADS safety framework


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration press release: November 19, 2020)

    November 19, 2020 | Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online here. “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,”
    ...
    11-23-2020, 11:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band for WI-FI and Auto Safety
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    Federal Communications Commission Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band for WI-FI and Auto Safety | site |


    New Plan Makes Additional Spectrum Available Immediately for Improved Indoor Wi-Fi Connectivity While Authorizing Market-Driven Transportation Safety Services


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: released November 20, 2020) WASHINGTON, November 18, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules for the 5.9 GHz band (5.850-5.925 GHz) to make new spectrum available for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, and improve automotive safety. Specifically, the new band plan designates the lower 45 megahertz (5.850-5.895 GHz) for unlicensed uses and the upper 30 megahertz (5.895-5.925 GHz) for enhanced automobile safety using Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology. Increasing the amount of spectrum available for unlicensed operations is critical for meeting our nation’s connectivity needs...
    11-21-2020, 11:28 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor emphasizes protecting Worker Safety and Pay during Holiday Season
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    U.S. Department of Labor emphasizes protecting Worker Safety and Pay during Holiday Season| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release: November 20, 2020) Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) remind employers of their responsibility to protect worker safety and pay during the holiday season. As the nation enters a unique holiday shopping season, employers must ensure that they train all workers to recognize and prevent job hazards, and incorporate safe work practices to prevent exposure to the coronavirus. At the same time, employers must also familiarize themselves and comply with federal rules governing the payment of wages for temporary or seasonal workers. “Throughout the holiday season, all employees, including seasonal workers, should be trained not only on how to perform their jobs safely, but also on how to stay saf...
    11-21-2020, 05:12 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces 2,856,533 Dollars in Coronavirus Violations
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA announces $2,856,533 in Coronavirus Violations | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published information that included the following:

    WASHINGTON, DC – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Nov. 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued 204 citations arising from inspections for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,856,533.

    OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to:
    • Provide a medical evaluation, respirator fit test, training on the proper use of a respirator and personal protective equipment;
    ...
    11-16-2020, 08:20 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Payments for State Oversight Programs
    by Staff Reporter 1
    HUD Strengthens Manufactured Housing Safety and Affordability with Revised Minimum Payments for State Oversight Programs | site |


    Final rule published today provides more equitable HUD funding for State Administrative Agencies


    WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published today a final rule in the Federal Register which provides a revised structure for the payments HUD makes to states participating as State Administrative Agencies in the manufactured housing program. State Administrative Agencies in 33 states are fully or conditionally approved to carry out their manufactured housing oversight programs, and the majority of these states will see an increase in payments to administer their programs under the revised payment structure. “More than 22 million Americans have used manufactured homes as a means of attaining the stability and financial independence of homeownership, particularly in areas where housing aff...
    11-14-2020, 10:54 PM

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