News Bulletins

In safety news:

At the U.S. Department of Labor’s second annual Tech Day, held on May 16th, OSHA was one of several federal agencies that displayed cutting-edge technology they use to support their missions. OSHA was voted “Best in Show” for interactive demonstrations on how the agency is using technology to identify hazards and improve workplace safety.

Interested in tech in the workplace? Register for Spotlight on Solutions 2019 June 27th at the House of Blues New Orleans. Complete info and registration here.

In national news:

McDonald’s safety procedures are the subject of a new report from the National Employment Law Project. Behind the Arches: How McDonald’s Fails to Protect Workers from Workplace Violence argues, after examining over 700 violent incidents at McDonald’s reported in the news over the past three years and interviewing workers employed at its stores, that the fast-food giant is failing in its legal and moral duty to provide employees a safe work environment.

Read more here.

In national news:

A new Kaiser Health News (KHN) report found that while opioid abuse and addiction is finally part of the national discussion and remains top of mind for public health officials, meth has made a comeback. According to KHN’s research, U.S. overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Admissions to treatment facilities for meth are up 17 percent. Hospitalizations related to meth jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015. And throughout the West and Midwest, 70 percent of local law enforcement agencies say meth is their biggest drug threat.

Read more here.

Upcoming events:

Louisiana Comp Blog presents: Spotlight on Solutions tech symposium 2019 | 6/27 | House of Blues New Orleans | Info and registration here.

In industry news:

A.M. Best released a new Special Report: First Look—3 Month Property/Casualty Financial Results. The report reveals that the U.S. property/casualty industry posted net underwriting income of $4.2 billion in first-quarter 2019, a 24 percent increase from the same period in the previous year.

Read more via Insurance Journal here.

In economic news:

Fuel import prices rose 6.9 percent for the year ending April 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Petroleum import prices increased 7 percent, and prices for natural gas declined 10.5 percent. The decrease in natural gas import prices was the largest over-the-year decline since a 27.3-percent drop from June 2017 to June 2018. From April 2018 to April 2019, petroleum export prices increased 2.9 percent and natural gas export prices increased 6.6 percent.

Read more here.

In safety news:

EHS Today announced a new webinar: When Time Is Not On Your Side: Best Practices in CPR and Defibrillation. The June 4th event, sponsored by Philips Healthcare, is intended to help viewers understand the specific actions and best practices to implement to help decrease time and improve reliable access to lifesaving CPR and defibrillation in the workplace.

Register here.

Upcoming events:

Louisiana Comp Blog presents: Spotlight on Solutions tech symposium 2019 | 6/27 | House of Blues New Orleans | Info and registration here.

In local news:

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shell Chemicals Vice President for Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy announced the company will advance feasibility plans for a potential $1.2 billion manufacturing expansion at its Shell Geismar facility in Louisiana. A decision to proceed with the project could come from Royal Dutch Shell in 2020.

In safety news:

OSHA is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The Agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate energy, as well as the evolving technology for robotics.

Read more here.