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September 2014

Volume: 190
Edition: 3

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YOUNG SAFETY PROFESSIONALS

‘Innovation and Inspiration’

The National Safety Council presents the Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2014
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The National Safety Council is pleased to recognize the 2014 Class of the NSC Rising Stars of Safety, presented by DuPont Sustainable Solutions. With many outstanding nominations to choose from, 41 honorees were selected.
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'HOT BUTTON ISSUE'

Medical marijuana and workplace safety

Amid a flurry of new laws, more questions than answers exist
Tom Musick
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Laws and attitudes are changing rapidly regarding medical marijuana, which has been legalized by nearly half of the states in the country. But each state’s law varies, leaving more questions than answers when it comes to employers with safety-sensitive positions. A group of experts – including lawyers, researchers and safety professionals – weigh in.
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WHAT IS A NEAR MISS?

Reporting near misses

Why are they important, and how can safety pros get employees involved?
Kyle W. Morrison
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Observing and abating hazards before someone gets hurt is vital to ensuring worker safety, and a near-miss program can help. Learn what near misses are, how they work, and how to collect reports on them.
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CDC stops shipping biological materials; closes 2 labs after exposure incidents

Sarah Trotto
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced July 11 that it had immediately stopped shipment of biological materials – pending review from an advisory committee – after incidents of anthrax exposure and shipment of bird flu. CDC released a report detailing five incidents in the past decade involving dangerous pathogens being sent to labs. The institute has formed an external laboratory safety workgroup in response to the recent incidents.
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Editor's Note: We appreciate your time

Melissa J. Ruminski
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I frequently fill out surveys because, as the editor of a magazine, I know how valuable the data can be. As you’ve likely noticed, Safety+Health emails various surveys throughout the year. Every time we send one out, we’re keenly aware that we’re asking you to take time away from your job. But the information you provide is extremely useful.
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September Letters to the Editor

This month: Readers weigh in on the fiscal impact of injuries and the I2P2 delay.
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Washington Update: The case against the 'Safety Case'

Kyle W. Morrison
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The federal government has been working to improve chemical facility safety and security, but two concepts intended to further that improvement are seemingly being left behind: Inherently Safer Design and the Safety Case.


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State Spotlight: OSHA Region 8

A region-by-region look at injury statistics
Safety+Health takes a region-by-region look at injury statistics, this month with OSHA Region 8. Read a listing of the region's emphasis programs and fatality and injury counts by state.
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Safety Leadership: Bring your safety vision to life

Rebecca Timmins
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There’s some interesting work being done in areas around the world that are known for long histories of conflict. Several organizations are taking a fresh look at how to overcome poverty, factional violence and the legacy of repression that have dominated these environments for so long – and create a different future.
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All About You: 'Mindful meditation'

Richard Hawk
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This month, veteran safety pro turned professional speaker Richard Hawk discusses how to handle negative emotions.
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