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  • Bill Would Prohibit Firing Colorado Workers Based Solely on Positive Marijuana Tests
    The bill, which has been proposed by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws' local branch, also would require employers to provide evidence that an employee was unable to perform his or her duties because of marijuana use.

  • DOJ Seeks Contempt Order Against Pesticide Manufacturer
    A May 2017 court order required the defendants to comply with the 2011 consent decree, but HPI and Garvey continue to store thousands of pounds of uncharacterized, often unidentified, chemicals, some with labels indicating they have been stored for a dozen years or more, according to DOJ, which said many of HPI's facilities lack functional fire suppression equipment.

  • Urgent NTSB Recommendations Issued After Two Train Accidents
    "The installation of the life-saving positive train control technology on the CSX tracks is not the cause of the Cayce, South Carolina train collision," said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. "While the collision remains under investigation, we know that signal suspensions are an unusual operating condition, used for signal maintenance, repair, and installation, that have the potential to increase the risk of train collisions. That risk was not mitigated in the Cayce collision. Our recommendation, if implemented, works to mitigate that increased risk."

  • NFPA Fast-Tracks Active Shooter Response Standard
    NFPA will process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events, as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April 2018. The standard is now open for input until Feb. 23, 2018.

  • HIPAA Penalty Follows Company Into Receivership
    "The careless handling of [protected health information] is never acceptable," said OCR Director Roger Severino. "Covered entities and business associates need to be aware that OCR is committed to enforcing HIPAA regardless of whether a covered entity is opening its doors or closing them. HIPAA still applies."

  • WHO Releases 2018 Priority Diseases List
    Experts say that, given their potential to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and/or vaccines, there is an urgent need for accelerated research and development about them.

  • DOE Creating Office for Cybersecurity, Emergency Response
    The new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response will be created with $96 million in funding that is included in President Donald J. Trump's FY19 budget request.

  • New York Places 250 Apartment Buildings in Alternative Enforcement Program
    The announcement said the 250 buildings have a total of 4,859 immediately hazardous (C-class) violations, 21,442 hazardous (B-class), and 7,602 non-hazardous (A-class) violations; immediately hazardous violations include inadequate fire exits, evidence of rodents, lead-based paint, and the lack of heat, hot water, electricity, or gas

  • NTSB Sets Meeting on New Mexico Train Crash
    The incident occurred about 6:23 a.m. Mountain daylight time when a westbound freight train with nine locomotives and 79 cars collided with a standing train, causing all nine locomotives to derail. The moving train struck the stationary one after traveling through a misaligned switch, according to the safety board.

  • IAEA Publishes Guide on Leadership and Communication in Nuclear Emergencies
    The guide is intended for operators, regulators, and those working in emergency preparedness and response.