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September 16, 2009

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A revision to the OSHA Acetylene Standard replaces outdated references with updated references reflecting current industry practices in the acetylene industry.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services announced late last week that early trial data shows H1N1 influenza vaccines are well tolerated and induce a strong immune response in most healthy grown-ups when administered in a single dose. The World Health Organization reports that in the United States, regional increases in influenza activity are being reported, most notably in the south eastern states.

The CDC is releasing new guidance that employers should take now to decrease the spread of seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 flu in the workplace and to help maintain business continuity during the 2009-2010 flu season. The guidance includes additional strategies to use if flu conditions become more severe and some new recommendations regarding when a worker who is ill with influenza may return to work.

OSHA just published a final rule revising the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards. The new rule concerns requirements for eye- and face-protective devices and head and foot protection. The new rule takes effect October 9.

A new International Standard developed by the ISO aims to protect lives and cut costs associated with fires in built environments. ISO 23932:2009, Fire safety engineering - General principles, provides general principles for engineers to assess the level of fire safety for new or existing built environments. The standard reviews how fire safety engineering analyses and assessments should be conducted, and includes links to more specific standards.

Safety Humor

Two workmen were digging a trench when one of them started shouting and jumping around. The other one thought his partner had hit an underground power cable and was being electrocuted, so he followed good safety protocol and used a wood-handled shovel to separate his friend from the electricity. Fortunately, the first worker wasn't being shocked but had panicked when a wasp flew up his pants leg. He didn't get stung... but his partner hit him so hard with the shovel that it dislocated his shoulder.