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December 12, 2009

December News and Notes

DOT Issues Rules to Enhance Pipeline Safety
The Transportation Secretary has announced new Federal regulations for operators of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. The two rules require operators of natural gas distribution pipelines to adopt integrity management programs similar to current requirements for larger transmission pipelines. In addition, the DOT is calling for strengthened management and oversight of control room operations for all types of DOT-regulated pipelines. Learn more here.

Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2008
The complete Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts annual reports contain vehicle miles traveled and vehicle registration data. For the 2008 report, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is publishing an early release of the annual report with preliminary figures. Read more here.

OSHA issues final rule revising acetylene standardThe final rule revising OSHA's Acetylene Standard became effective Nov. 9. The rule changed procedures for transferring, handling and storing acetylene cylinders and replaces references to outdated industry standards. Read the Federal Register for more information.

Food Safety and H1N1 Flu
The CDC reports that food workers with the flu do NOT present any risk to the safety of food. However, one of the best ways to reduce the spread of influenza is to keep sick people away from well people. Workers who have symptoms of the flu should stay home and not come to work until at least 24 hours after their fever has resolved. Review Frequently Asked Questions about H1N1 and food handling at

Beware Fraudulent Emails Promoting CDC Vaccination Profile
Fraudulent emails referencing a CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program are making the rounds. The messages direct users to create a personal "vaccination profile" with the CDC, and will take users to a look-alike website. Clicking a link on the site will install malware and give scammers access to the user's computer. The CDC reports it has not implemented any such program. Read the CDC statement here.

Focus on Flu
Experts from WebMD and the CDC have teamed up to answer your questions about the flu season - from concerns about the H1N1 pandemic to seasonal flu issues. Visit the Focus on Flu blog here.

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