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PHMSA Implements New Emergency Safety Authority Effective Immediately

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) establishing when and how it will issue Emergency Orders to address imminent safety hazards across...more

Pipeline Operators Take Note: PHMSA Issues Interim Emergency Pipeline Safety Rules – Should You Be Concerned?

On October 3, 2016, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, released a new rule on its authority to issue emergency orders for pipeline safety. The...more

Hurricane Matthew – Emergency Permits After North Carolina State of Emergency

Whether Hurricane Matthew tracks east or west, coastal North Carolina will get a visit.  If you own a house, bulkhead, dock, and/or pier in coastal North Carolina, take pictures of your property before you stock up on the...more

4 Key Requirements of CMS’ New Emergency Preparedness Rule

In an effort to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements, increase patient safety, and ensure coordinated responses to catastrophes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Emergency...more

Charlotte-area riots and looting could be covered by insurance

Businesses in Charlotte, North Carolina will most likely be covered by property insurance for damage caused by protesters. Additionally, some may be able to recover lost business income. Over the last two evenings,...more

Is Your Health Care Facility Prepared for an Active Shooter? [Video]

How prepared is your health care facility for the unimaginable? No one wants to think an active shooter situation could occur on their hospital campus or in their medical facility. But, the more prepared you are, the better...more

Active Shooters In The Workplace: Is The Hospitality Industry Ready

An armed gunman just entered the lobby of your hotel. He announces he is taking your front desk employees and nearby guests as hostages. An image on a security camera reveals that the gunman is a former bellman who was fired...more

CMS Lifts Temporary Moratorium on Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers but Extends and Expands Other Moratoria

On July 29, 2016, CMS announced that it is lifting a temporary moratorium on Medicare Part B, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) emergency ambulance suppliers, but extending and expanding similar...more

PHMSA Looks to Stakeholders to Complete Crude-by-Rail Response Plan Rule

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently issued a proposed rule that aims to expand oil spill response plan (OSRP) requirements for railroads transporting oil. Stakeholders have already...more

West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act Becomes Effective

On August 1, 2016, the legislative rule promulgated to implement the Aboveground Storage Tank Act became effective. The Rule is 63 pages long and contains detailed requirements for registering, designing, installing,...more

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Provides Recommendations to Upgrade Employers’ Emergency Planning and Response Programs

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Chemical Safety Board offers recommendations and best practices for chemical facilities regarding emergency planning and response programs....more

Eeeek! What To Do When You Find Bones or Human Remains On the Construction Site?

Last month, authorities in Suffolk, Virginia were investigating a construction site where human bones were found.  Forensic experts were called in to excavate the site and determine whether they were recent or from an old...more

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Wave of Shootings Puts Workplace Violence Back in the Spotlight

Seyfarth Synopsis: DHS’s recommendations for active shooter prevention and preparedness is only one piece of an effective workplace violence prevention program. Employers should assess their workplaces and develop...more

How to Comply With China's Revised Workplace Safety Requirements

Workplace safety incidents have been an issue in China throughout the 21st century, a consequence of the rapid growth of the country’s economy, the pursuit of high profits at the expense of safety and lax government oversight...more

RECAP: Highlights from the Sixty-Ninth World Health Assembly in Geneva, May 23rd to 28th

Every year in May, the health ministers from all 194 World Health Organization (WHO) Member States meet at the WHO headquarters in Geneva to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA). As the decision-making body of WHO, the WHA...more

U.S. House Committee On Homeland Security Holds Hearing On States’ Preparation For Cyber Threats

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security (the “Committee”) held a hearing titled “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats.” The hearing was convened jointly by...more

Employer Obligations During the Fort McMurray Wildfire

The devastating impact of the wildfire that continues to burn throughout northern Alberta has left those directly affected with unanswered questions relating to sources of income and financial stability. Many workplaces have...more

EPA Poised To Make Sweeping Changes to the Risk Management Program Rule

Chemical manufacturers and petroleum refiners are closely tracking the latest activities of a high-level agency working group formed pursuant to President Obama’s Executive Order (13,650) responding to the West, Texas,...more

FDA grants Emergency Use Authorization to Quest Diagnostics for Zika Test

According to Medical Device Daily, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of a diagnostic molecular test developed by Quest Diagnostics subsidiary, Focus Diagnostics Inc., in response to...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature Reconvenes Today, May Possibly Adjourn sine die The Maine State Legislature...more

Senate Passes Reauthorization Bill for PHMSA - Bill Puts Pressure on the Agency to Complete Delayed Congressional Pipeline Safety...

The U.S. Senate passed S. 2276, the Securing America's Future Energy: Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act (SAFE PIPES Act) on March 3, 2016. The SAFE PIPES Act would reauthorize the...more

EPA Issues Proposal to Amend RMP Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a long awaited proposal to update the Accidental Release Prevention rules at 40 C.F.R. Part 68, which implement the Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7) risk management...more

EPA Proposes Significant Changes to the RMP Rule

On February 25, 2016, the EPA proposed revisions to its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule.  Click here to see the proposed rule.  The rule revisions are required by Executive Order 13650, which called for additional...more

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