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May 21, 2010

News and Notes: May 2010

FDA Expands AED Recall. Automatic External Defibrillators can save lives, but only if they work properly. The FDA recently expanded its recall of certain AED units, due to electrical component malfunctions that may not be detected by device self-tests. Read more here.

Dept. of Labor Introduces Disability Law Advisor. The new online tool is designed to help employers determine which federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization. It provides a customized list of federal disability nondiscrimination laws that may apply to you and shows links to detailed information that will help you understand your requirements under these laws. The Advisor does not address worker's comp or state and local laws. Visit the Advisor here.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the ADA, disability.gov has launched the Countdown: 100 Days to the ADA web page and blog.

May 20 Webcast to Connect Employee Engagement and Safety. The no-cost event will detail the important link between employee engagement and safety performance. The session will address engagement as a key to safe behavior, the benefits of a wellness program and how to communicate to drive success. Learn more here.

More States Ban Texting While Driving. Wisconsin and Michigan are among the latest states to pass texting-while-driving laws. In Wisconsin, it is a primary offense, meaning police can stop motorists for this offense alone. Michigan drives can only be ticketed if stopped for another offense. Both bans affect drivers of all ages.

Deadly Lightning Strikes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 58 people in the U.S. are killed each year by lightning - and summer is peak season. Advise your outdoor workers about lightning safety. Review NOAA's Lightning Safety Tips.

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