FAA bill to impact security industry

FAA bill to impact security industry | #TpromoCom #FAA #Security #Drones #Government |  Bill sets policies for not just drones but security technology as well. President Trump signed into law on Oct. 5, H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, a bill that provides a roadmap for FAA-related policies, programs and procedures that will impact the security industry in a number of ways, from the use of counter-drone measures to the expanded use of CCTV and biometric technology within airports.

Included in the new law is the Preventing Emerging Threats Act, which was a 2018 policy priority for the Security Industry Association, according to Joseph Hoellerer, government relations manager for SIA.

“Prior to the Preventing Emerging Threats Act being incorporated into the FAA reauthorization, there was a lot of legal uncertainty as to what DHS and DOJ could or could not do with counter-UAS [unmanned aircraft systems] technology and measures,” Hoellerer told Security Systems News, noting that the bill now provides DOJ and DHS with legal authority to counter UAS threats.

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The Tragic Story of Eddie Adams (A Lesson in Arc Flash Safety)

“The tragic story of how a worker, Eddie Adams, died from an arch flash, and how it impacted his co-workers and his family.”

Those that work with high-voltage power know the dangers facing them every time they disconnect, connect power or simply open up a can that they “believe” to be disconnected from the main feed. To those who do this every day, please take a few minutes to watch. The life you save by this simple reminder may very well be that of your own or one of your fellow workers. –Al Colombo

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Health Facility for Exposing Employees to Workplace Violence

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Health Facility for Exposing Employees to Workplace Violence | #TpromoCom #USDL #HealthCare #Workplace | The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc., the operators of Bradenton-based Suncoast Behavioral Health Center, for failing to protect employees from violence in the workplace. Proposed penalties total $71,137.

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OSHA responded to a complaint that employees were not adequately protected from violent mental health patients. OSHA cited Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc., subsidiaries of Universal Health Services Inc., for failing to institute controls to prevent patients from verbal and physical threats of assault, including punches, kicks, and bites; and from using objects as weapons. Another UHS subsidiary was cited in 2016 for a deficient workplace violence program.

“This citation reflects a failure to effectively address numerous incidents over the past two years resulting in serious injuries to employees of the facility,” said Les Grove, OSHA Tampa Area Office Director.

Premier Behavioral Health Solutions of Florida Inc. and UHS of Delaware Inc. have 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

Wireless Emergency Alert Testing on Tap in D.C. Area

Wireless Emergency Alert Testing on Tap in D.C. Area | #TpromoCom #EMS #EmergencyManagement #Test | People in or near the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C., on April 5 will be part of a test of the regional Wireless Emergency Alerts system between 10 and 11 a.m. Cell phones and other mobile devices in the area will receive this message: “A test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts System. No action required.” WEA triggers a loud noise and text message on cell phones and enabled mobile devices.

Twenty local jurisdictions will simultaneously issue a test message to the public through the WEA system, including the city of Alexandria, city of Bowie, city of College Park, city of Fairfax, city of Falls Church, city of Gaithersburg, city of Greenbelt, city of Takoma Park, city of Manassas, city of Manassas Park, city of Rockville, the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Charles County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Prince William County.

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DOL & Ohio Environ Services Company Resolve Lawsuit on Whistleblower Allegations

DOL & Ohio Environ Services Company Resolve Lawsuit on Whistleblower Allegations | #TpromoCom #DOL #Ohio #Whistleblower |  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS) reached a settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed under the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Under the agreement, Steubenville, Ohio-based EMS will pay $21,000 in back wages to one of its employees. To read this informative press release, click here.

U.S. Department of Labor
Feb. 16, 2018

U.S. Department of Labor and Ohio Environmental Services
Company Resolve Lawsuit on Whistleblower Allegations

STEUBENVILLE, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS) reached a settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed under the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Under the agreement, Steubenville, Ohio-based EMS will pay $21,000 in back wages to one of its employees.

A field technician alleged EMS terminated him after he filed complaints with OSHA that employees were exposed to confined space and respiratory hazards as they cleaned storage tanks.

In addition to paying the technician $21,000 in back wages, EMS will expunge the termination and all references to this action from the employee’s record.

“An employee’s commitment to workplace safety should be commended – not punished,” said Ken Nishiyama Atha, OSHA Chicago-area Regional Administrator. “This settlement represents a true win for an employee willing to exercise his rights to ensure workplace safety for his co-workers and himself.”

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, motor vehicle safety, healthcare reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise concerns or provide information to their employer or the government under any of these laws. Employees who believe they are retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with OSHA’s Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs.

Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

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Editor’s note: The U.S. Department of Labor does not release the names of employees involved in whistleblower complaints.

Civil Action Number: 2-17-cv-00821

Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-4727, allen.scott@dol.gov
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976, burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Release Number: 18-243-CHI

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The Race for AI Militarily

The Race for AI | #TpromoCom #AI #China #Military | The return of great-power competition is spurring the quest to develop artificial intelligence for military purposes. This eBook reveals how AI is already shaping the battlefield and forecasts the practical, ethical, and philosophical conflicts ahead.
• China Is On a Whole-of-Nation Push for AI. The US Must Match It | Beijing is harnessing government and commercial entities in pursuit of a once-in-a-generation technological kingmaker.
• The NSA’s Next Likely Chief Wants to Enlist AI for Cyber Offense | A look at Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone’s public statements about artificial intelligence, offense, and defense. To download this informative white paper, click here.

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White Paper: Bringing Mobile Devices Into Emergency Management

White Paper: Bringing Mobile Devices Into Emergency Management | #TpromoCom #SmartPhone #EmergencyManagement #EmergencyNotification | When emergencies strike, there’s really no time to plan your next move. By then, the time for planning is past and now you’re forced to second guess your next action. If you’re in a position of responsibility for the safety and security of visitors, workers, and others within a structure, campus, or some other venue of mass importance, “Bringing Mobile Devices Into Emergency Management” is a must read. To download your copy of “Bringing Mobile Devices Into Emergency Management”, click here: http://bit.ly/2EkIgfO

 

Injury Tracking Application: Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA

Injury Tracking Application: Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA | #TpromoCom #OSHA #injury #application #Federal | OSHA Accepting Injury and Illness Reports Through Dec. 31st. Employers have until Dec. 31st to electronically submit Form 300A. To review this OSHA application, click here.