Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements Set for November 10, 2018

“OSHA issued a final rule that sets November 10, 2018, as the date employers in the construction industry must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule became effective on November 9, 2017. After issuing the final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010, stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements. In response, the agency published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. The additional one-year extension provides more time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Read the news release for more information.”

Honoring Our Veterans

“On November 9th, the Department of Labor announced the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which will recognize job creators that recruit and retain America’s veterans.”

Thank You to our Veterans.

Public Awareness: Fake Prescription Pills Containing Dangerous Drugs

FYI – Attached is a public awareness notice from the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center.
“During 2017, forensic laboratories in New Jersey have identified a large amount of imitation prescription pills
containing dangerous drugs.
So far this year, law enforcement in NJ have seized over 500,000 fake prescription pills that have actually contained highly potent opioids, including heroin and fentanyl class compounds.
Recently, carfentanil was identified in what appeared to be a legitimate prescription oxycodone pill.
Imitation prescription pills containing dangerous drugs such as carfentanil are being sold by drug dealers, placing users at significant risk of death.
Due to the serious implications of this trend, NJ’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) has created this public awareness product. This product is Unclassified and can be shared with the general public and posted to social media.”

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week!

“Each year National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to help increase lead awareness by using their efforts and collaborations to reduce childhood exposure to lead.  The theme for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide information to protect against lead poisoning.  This year we’ve added a focus on testing children for elevated blood lead levels. Lead can enter the body in many ways, and children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 24 months if exposed. A simple blood test can detect lead. Interested in participating? Here’s what you can do to help EPA, HUD, and CDC spread the word: Visit our National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week webpage to get our flyer, poster, web banners and other materials ( ).”

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

“October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). As a partner in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign, the Department of Labor is proud to promote NCSAM and the importance of online safety. Cyber criminals do not discriminate; they target vulnerable computer systems regardless of whether they are part of a large corporation, a small business, or belong to a home user. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility in which all Americans have a role to play.

For more information on NCSAM, visit  and become a Friend of the Campaign. The Stop.Think.Connect. online toolkit ( ) is filled with tips, facts, and shareable resources.”

Top 10 OSHA Violations Announced at National Safety Congress

“On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during Fiscal Year 2017. Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements, (  which came in at ninth place. OSHA publicizes the Top 10 list to increase awareness of these standards so employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards to prevent injury or illness.”

NSC Introduces Women in Safety Scholarship Program

“The National Safety Council has launched a new scholarship program for women pursuing safety as a career. Nominations for the scholarships will open Nov. 1, the council announced during the 2017 National Safety Congress & Expo here.

The council also will accept nominations for its second year of the Student Member Congress & Expo Program, which provides selected study members who are interested in safety the opportunity to attend this conference at no cost. (The 2018 conference will take place Oct. 20-26 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

“Safety is more than a profession — it is a calling,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “We need to cultivate and encourage dedicated women professionals to pick up the mantel as 25 percent of safety specialists today consider retirement. This scholarship will create an opportunity for outstanding candidates to pursue their education and dedicate their careers to keeping each other safe.”

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