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New PHMSA Rules on Safety Oil Spill Response Plans and Information Sharing Has Some Carriers Concerned

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Association this month proposed new regulations for trains that transport highly flammable...more

Riding the Initial “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon: Branding Basics

Pokémon Go, released July 6, has unleashed a swarm of hopeful Pokémon trainers into the world, seeking to, as Pokémon famously says, “catch ‘em all.” And while Pokémon Go users are traversing cities, towns and hamlets to...more

How to Avoid Getting Popped: Top 10 Texas Firework Laws

Sure, fireworks are fun, but it’s important to be cautious and careful. We covered firework laws in the 2008 and 2014, but a few things have changed. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you need to be aware of before...more

Rocket's Red Glare: Burns & Other Injuries From Fireworks

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), about 230 people are rushed to an emergency room daily between June 20th and July 20th each year, because of serious fireworks injuries. More than half of these ER...more

Final Rule On Inspection Of Towing Vessels Published After 12 Years In The Making

Action Item: The recently published Subchapter M Final Rule establishes a comprehensive safety system and inspection program for towing vessels. Stakeholders involved in the operation or ownership of towing vessels should...more

Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

When Drowsy Driving Leads to Accidents

According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 100,000 police-reported accidents each year are due to drowsy drivers. According to a nationwide poll conducted by this institution, 37 percent of people admit to...more

Cook Medical Issues Voluntary Global Recall of Beacon Tip

FDA’s MedWatch recently posted a voluntary recall issued by Cook Medical recalling 4.1 million catheters using Cook’s Beacon Tip technology. The recall was initiated after 30 Medical Device Reports were received by the FDA. ...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - May 2016

Senators Proposing Meaningful Use Changes – A group of Republican Senators released proposed legislation that would provide flexibility to hospitals and physicians under the Meaningful Use program. The proposed legislation...more

FDA Medical Device Safety Tracking System Reform

The Los Angeles Times reports that in recent years, several devices, including certain reusable medical scopes, metal-on-metal hip replacements, transvaginal meshes, and lead wires in heart defibrillators have been recalled. ...more

Weathering the (Winter) Storm

Extreme winter weather can cause serious problems. For children, winter weather often means snow days and an escape from the confines of the classroom. For manufacturers, heavy snow and ice can mean absent workers, power...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — February 2016

FDA publishes guidance on human factors review for devices, combination products - The FDA published two draft guidance documents and one final guidance document to address the incorporation of human factors studies in...more

ICAO Bans Bulk Shipments of Lithium Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

On February 22, 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) Council announced an interim ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. The ICAO Council adopted this new...more

SOLAS Convention Container Weight Verification Requirements Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Beginning July 1, 2016, the SOLAS Convention will require the shipper of a packed export container to verify the container’s weight before it is loaded aboard a ship. In November 2014, the International Maritime...more

TSCA Reform: Detailed Summary of Key Changes in Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as Compared...

This analysis reviews the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) as passed by the Senate on December 17, 2015, and compares it to the previous version of S. 697 (identified as Lautenberg2 in...more

OSHA Fines May Increase More Than 80% In 2016

The recent budget Congress passed included a provision that allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to raise its fines, which has not been adjusted since 1990....more

Seriously, It's Time to Take Safety Seriously

The Federal government is engaging tough measures to ensure corporations take safety seriously. First, OSHA is in the process of implementing changes to its penalty calculation system, which includes increasing penalty...more

Avoid Slips, Falls and Other Winter Injuries in Chicago

When winter comes to Chicago, the seasonal change brings injury risks along with the holiday festivities. Some of winter’s hazards are obvious. For example, most Chicago drivers know how to navigate snowy and icy roads, and...more

OECD Tour de Table Documents Cover Developments in 2014 and 2015

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted two Tour de Table documents. The documents, dated October 26, 2015, cover activities from January to July 2014 and before September 2015...more

NIOSH Drive Safely Work Week 2015 – Is Your Company (and its Policies) Ready?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS), through its NIOSH Science Blog, recently featured the Drive Safely Work Week campaign. The event is scheduled for this...more

Partial repeal of the law prohibiting bisphenol A

On 17 September 2015, the French Constitutional Council (“Conseil Constitutionnel”) issued a decision partly repealing law no. 2010-729, dated 30 June 2010, as amended by law no. 2012-1442, dated 24 December 2012, prohibiting...more

Drone users to lawmakers: ‘Should I stay or should I go?’

California Governor Jerry Brown has just vetoed drone legislation passed by the California legislature that relates to a matter of significant interest to the real estate sector: Flight-level restrictions....more

The FAA’s Drone Dilemma: The Need for Regulation vs. Liberal Licensing

Perhaps no issue has drawn as much attention to the Federal Aviation Administration in recent months as its much anticipated final regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, expected in the early part...more

Traffic Safety Tips for School Children

With millions of California students officially back in school, traffic safety should also be on every parent and child supervisor’s back-to-school list. Too often, we hear tragic stories of children walking in a crosswalk on...more

Florida Defective Product Lawsuits: Who can be liable and how to prove it

Manufactures and sellers have a responsibility to put reasonably safe products in the stream of commerce. When someone is injured by a defective product, both the manufacturer and the seller of the product can be liable for...more

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