Monthly Archives: February 2016

In safety news:

OSHA is requesting a $595 million budget for FY 2017 which would be a 7.6 percent increase over its 2016 budget of almost $553 million.

In medical news:

Waiting lists to receive the opioid dependence medication buprenorphine have grown to number in the hundreds, as heroin and painkillers remain much cheaper on the street.

In research news:

The threat of losing money was more effective in getting overweight and obese adult employees to exercise than was promising extra pay, according to results of a randomized, controlled trial published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In industry news:

Disappointing underwriting and investment returns resulted in AIG reporting an operating loss of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to operating income of $1.4 billion in the prior-year quarter.

In regulatory news:

OSHA is set to accept public comment on new guidance for how to apply the Weight of Evidence approach when dealing with complex scientific studies.

In national news:

New Mexico is moving forward with a bill that would prevent employers from having to pay for medical marijuana under workers’ compensation claims.

In regulatory news:

Top officials from the FDA recently announced the need for a “far-reaching action plan to reassess the agency’s approach to opioid medications.”

In safety news:

A new study by the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin focused on why large organizations such as NASA and BP have a tendency to repeat the same operational safety mistakes.