With just one week to go before Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about what we are thankful for and why we do what we do. It’s also time to think how we can do it better. This is the perfect time to take a step back and consider how to improve, reflect, and appreciate what we have. This week’s roundup is centered around the future of safety in industry. – Matt Luman, EHS Product Manager
November – Drones across Houston helped to uncover the impact of the recent Hurricane that ravaged the city just over a month ago. This new technology is a great example of using what’s available to consumers to help businesses either uncover problems or check their sites. Have you thought about where a drone could benefit your company? Having a drone could help construction companies with building plans, staging, and giving better insights for their investors. Currently NFPA is proposing NFPA 2400, regulations for aerial robots.
November 9 – OSHA issued its final crane and derrick rule on November 9th, setting November 10th, 2018 as the compliance date for employers in the construction industry to comply with the requirement for crane operator certification. To read the rule, click the link above.
November – According to the latest stats from the NFPA, an estimated 62,085 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty. This figure accounts for exposure to infectious diseases, hazardous conditions, and injuries. This number represents a nearly 9% decrease from year prior; making it the lowest rate since the NFPA started analyzing the data in 1981.
November 7 – The EPA has a new mosquito biopesticide, aimed at reducing local populations of the type of mosquitos responsible for spreading infectious diseases, including those responsible for the Zika virus. MosquitoMate, Inc. will be allowed to sell male mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacteria strain for a period of five years in select states. The offspring will not be able to reproduce and male mosquitoes themselves do not bite, thus reducing the risk of transmitting disease.