Environment, health and safety concerns associated with transporting crude oil by train are drawing attention. Most crude oil is shipped by pipeline, but rail transport is becoming increasing common because the pipeline system is limited, and it costs less and is much quicker to transport oil by train, the Texas Tribune reported Sunday.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks public comments on a draft proposal that outlines recommendations for a health information technology framework designed to promote product innovation while protecting patients and avoiding regulatory duplication.The FDA developed the framework in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health […]
Fewer mining injuries, more fatalites in 2013; Mine Safety and Health Administration urged to address underreporting
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) released preliminary work injury and fatality data for 2013 this week, just 10 days after auditors in the Department of Labor’s Inspector General Office issued a report recommending action to address underreporting in the mining industry.
Truck driver group files petition to delay May 21 medical examiner registry requirement; FMCSA says supply will meet immediate demand
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a petition yesterday asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to extend the deadline for qualified medical examiners to become registered on the agency’s new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The OODIA anticipates a significant shortage of registered examiners by the May 21 deadline when all […]
Workers’ compensation, general business liability and automobile insurance costs may fall while the growing number of Americans who obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act may trigger a corresponding increase in medical malpractice claims, a newly released RAND Corporation study shows. The cost shifts could be as much as 5 percent in some states, […]
A 57-year-old New Jersey Transit employee who legally uses medical marijuana under state law to treat symptoms of end-stage renal failure has sued his employer for discrimination after being suspended and required to enter a drug rehab program. The case may be the first to test application of New Jersey’s 2012 medical marijuana law in […]
Failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard is the second-most-cited OSHA violation. Consequently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released new resources to help employers with compliance. They include:
Walgreen Co. has signed a definitive agreement with Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, in which Water Street will acquire a majority interest in Take Care Employer Solutions, LLC.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a prescription treatment that can be used in emergency situations to treat a person with a known or suspected opioid overdose. The treatment, Evzio, delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone via a hand-held auto-injector that can be carried in a pocket or stored in a […]
‘Doc fix’ law delays federal ICD-10 implementation, gives states more time to adopt coding system for workers’ comp
A law signed by President Obama on Tuesday delays the mandated national transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 medical coding scheduled to take effect October 2014 until October 2015 at the earliest. The House passed enabling legislation last week and the Senate passed the House’s Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 on Monday.