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February 25, 2010

February News & Notes

H1N1 Update - The latest flu report from the CDC shows most key flu indicators remained about the same as the previous week. Visits to doctors for influenza-like illness nationally increased slightly over the prior week, but are still low for this time of year. The national increase was driven by elevated numbers in the south, plains states, southwest and Hawaii. No states reported widespread influenza activity, but Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina reported regional activity. Check the latest news here.

Delaware updated its statewide adoption of three NFPA Codes: NFPA 1: Fire Code and NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® to the 2009 editions, and NFPA 70: National Electrical Code® to the 2008 edition. The state has also updated several other NFPA codes and standards to the latest version. Learn more here or with the links above.

OSHA released a new eTool addressing Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution standard (29 CFR 1910.269). It also outlines employer obligations regarding prevention and control methodologies for hazards such as arc flashes, electric shock, falls and thermal burns. ETools are highly illustrated, interactive, Web-based training tools available on a variety of occupational safety and health topics. Check it out here.

On February 17 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to further reduce emissions of air pollutants from some 900,000 existing stationary diesel engines that meet specific site, age and size criteria. Operators of affected engines will be required to:
Blue_Bullet_Small2 Install emissions control equipment that would limit air toxics emissions by up to 70 percent
Blue_Bullet_Small2 Perform emissions tests to demonstrate engine performance and compliance with rule requirements
Blue_Bullet_Small2 Burn ultra-low sulfur fuel
Review a fact sheet on the new ruling here, or read the complete new rule here. (The EPA will issue final emissions standards for existing spark-ignition engines by August 10, 2010.)

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